There are various different books in this series and this app allows the teacher children to read the story, have the story read to them or create their own story. There are lots of different versions of this book, for example: ‘Around the World’, ‘Dark Night’ and ‘The Garden’. This is excellent to relate to English, as the teacher could use it during guided reading or to stimulate the children’s imagination by creating their own book. A positive factor of the book is that it is really child-friendly and easy to use. The books are really colourful and have really interesting characters for the children to engage with. A more negative factor however is that the make your own book section is quite complicated and difficult to use therefore younger children (who the app is designed for) may need quite a lot of support with this.
- I Can Animate Lite
This app allows the children to create videos and animations. There can be up to 240 frames and the children can make a short video by making models and moving them slightly each time to create a moving picture! This relates to the ICT curriculum, especially in Key Stage Two, where the pupils are expected to use sequence in working with forms of input and output. This also relates really well to English, as the children will use their imagination to create a form of digital story. The teacher can therefore get the children to use this app to develop their computing skills. A positive element of the app is that it will really excite and engage the children and boost their ICT skills. However a more negative element is that it will take a very long time to create a short video.
This app will allow the children to create their own book, including photos, video, text, sound and drawing with the pen. You can copy and paste an image from the internet or from your photos and position it around the page. You can then edit the book and read it back. This is also really good to relate to English, as the children can develop and share their own stories. The teacher can use this to create her own story and read this to the class or allow the children to create their own ones and share them, or set this as a homework task! This app seems easy to use and a really useful resource, however may be more useful if it created characters, or suggestions for the children to use, like the Big Cat books do.
- Kid’s Maths
This app is a game for children which helps with their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This is good for younger children and the teacher can use it to test the children’s understanding, as a fun activity as a starter or plenary to a lesson or set this as a homework task. The children will really enjoy this and will engage with the app, however the tasks do not seem very difficult and it may be better if the teacher could set the difficulty level of the app.
This phonics app is really good, as it says the sound out loud and gets the children to trace the letter with their finger, following the arrow. It then helps the children to make a word by them clicking on the sound that is read aloud. The teacher can pick the letter sound that she wants the children to focus on and this provides a good support base for the children’s phonics and writing. The teacher could use this as a starter to a lesson on the interactive whiteboard. The app is really engaging and gives the children lots aof guidance and praise. It could be improved by having all of the letters available at the beginning as there are only a few basic sounds on the app, rather than progressing onto digraphs and trigraphs.
- Fun Spanish
This Spanish game is really interactive and useful for children to learn the basis of the language. There are main topics of colours, animals, numbers, food, vehicles etc. and then various games within these topics such as matching pairs or reviewing the topic. This is really useful to test listening, speaking and recognition and there are lots of resources on the app for teachers to use to engage the children within the Spanish lesson. The app is really useful to provide a basis to the language in a fun and interactive way, however is slightly limiting and only says the words in Spanish, instead of sentences.
- Nouns Verbs
This app will help the children to progress with their nouns and verbs and involves the children doing activities such as matching words into boxes and identifying which word is the noun or verb. This would be useful to use as a started to an English lesson to recap this with the children. A positive impact of the app is that the activities are useful to show what a verb or a noun is and to enhance understanding. It may be more useful if the app included harder tasks or different levels for the children to progress to.
This phonics app is really useful to boost the children’s understanding. There is each letter sound that the children can trace, a letter matching game and an activity listening to and recognising letter sounds. This would be a great for an Early Years class for the teacher to help the children’s understanding of phonics. However many of the games are locked and it would be good if more activities came with the original app!
This app will allow the children to mind map ideas and put them all onto one document. This is really useful, as each child can post their ideas onto the interactive whiteboard and a discussion can be based from ideas. Photos, videos and voice recordings can also be shared. This can be used in various subjects and will excite the children. This can also be anonymous, to gain all the children’s ideas and opinions. This could form the basis of discussion, however may be time consuming to have and all the children will need a computer or a tablet in order to do this, which they probably don’t have on a day-to-day basis.
This app allows annotation of different photos, videos, google images and drawings. This can be used in the classroom by allowing the children to annotate photos of themselves doing a piece of work, something they have drawn or a photo they have taken. This can also be used by the teacher to annotate a child’s work to either mark it, use it as evidence of assessment or show what the children are doing in a photo of them. This will excite the children and they will enjoy annotating their work. However this may not be used very often or done by hand instead!