The best iPhone and iPad apps to help both elementary school students and teachers be more productive and make the most out of their school year.
Depending one where you are in the world, back to school time might be here right now, just around the corner, or coming up at some point in the future. School supplies, textbooks, clothes, and more are no doubt on the list of must-haves for anyone with kids about to go to - or go back to - school. But whether you're a parent or a teacher, there's something else that should be on everyone's lists - apps! Here are some of our favorite apps for elementary school classrooms and kids!
For any teacher who has a SMART Board in their classroom, SMART Notebook is a must have. You can create slides just like you would in Keynote or Power Point and then share them to a SMART Board in your classroom where the kids can interact with, and learn from them.
If you're a teacher and you have a SMART Board and iPad available to you, you'll definitely want to pick up SMART Notebook.
From identifying letters to tracing them, Intro to Letters by Montessorium is a fun way for young children to start learning their alphabet and become familiar with both capital and small letters. It's beautifully designed, and works as well as it looks.
If you're a parent with an elementary level child learning their alphabet, get Intro to Letters.
MathBoard can follow a child all the way through basic math in kindergarten and first grade to 5th grade and elementary graduation! Your child can be quizzed or work out practice problems, and since MathBoard is highly customizable, you can choose the difficulty level and types of math you want to do.
If you want a great way for your child to get in more math, get MathBoard.
For younger children that need a story line to grab their attention, Moose Math is a perfect way to get them interacting with and learning numbers. From the easy to follow story lines to the charming characters, it's sure to grab young children's attention and have them wanting to count and solve simple math problems.
Moose Math is ideal for children at the kindergarten to first grade levels that are just starting off with numbers.
Mibblio allows smaller children to learn sounds such as a guitar, piano, and more while listening along to to rhymes and tunes, both classic and new. Some "Mibblets" are free while others are paid. Once you purchase them, they show up in your library for your child to choose from.
If you want to introduce your child to basic music, you want Mobblio.
Intro to Geography - North America, also by Montessorium, lets kids learn the location and flags of places in North America. Using a road map, a great interface, and an easy to follow progression, kids will be asked to perform tasks that increase in difficulty and help build their knowledge.
Intro to Geography is a great way to help your kids learn more about the world around them.
For learning and managing spelling lists, Super Speller is a great resource for child, parent, and teacher. With the ability to add custom spelling lists, record the words, and have students take tests, it's an easy way to help kids master spelling words. You can manage lists, add new ones, and administer tests all within one app.
Super Speller makes it dead simple to enter spelling lists and quiz children on them.
These are the apps we found to be the best overall learning tools for either a parent, child, or teacher. We'd also really like to hear from all of you parents and teachers out there. What iPhone and iPad apps do you use to help elementary level children learn and keep their attention? Let us know in the comments!