Tuesday, 25 January 2011

See Read Say

Simple but effective - it is American so be aware of some differences - children can keep records of where they are and there is a reporting feature at the end.

"Did you know before children finish first grade, they should be able to read all of the Dolch sight words? This list of 220 words, prepared by E.W. Dolch, generally make up from 50 to 75 percent of the reading material encountered by students.
Allows up to 4 DIFFERENT users to save individual progress
Easily erase user data to start over if needed
Welcome message on menu screen shows current user
Includes ALL 220 Dolch Sight Words for one low price!
Child friendly interface (but also suitable for adults!)
Vibrant colors
Shake iPhone/iPod for a new word
Control for random and non-random words
Words spoken at the push of a button
Audio control for sounds
Separate word lists for each level
Tracks individual progress and number of completed words for each user
Report feature after every 100 words completed with audio (kids love this)
Star rating system keeps kids wanting to continue learning"

Walkie Talkie

Very simple to use speaking and listening tool. Works in a wide range, really simple interface. Push to talk and then listen. Would work well giving instructions, following guides etc.

App is free and quite small file size.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Lego Creationary

Simple game, very nice layout, graphics. Creationary is an app that is based on the popular Lego board game. The Creationary app, which is also available for the iPhone or iPod Touch, integrates the touch screen to roll the die and determine which of four different build categories will be used.

The categories include nature, buildings, vehicles and things. You can also roll the random or double score random. Once the category has been determined the game begins to slowly build an item, while four different choices of what the item might be is displayed around the borders of the screen. The point of the game is to guess correctly as quickly as possible and the quicker the guess the higher score you will rack up. One wrong guess ends the game, and the player can go through as many as 15 different rounds. Creationary is strictly a one player game, but when you have finished you can share your score via Facebook.

The app is free


Sharing, note taking and free drawing as well as post-it linking. You can then collaborate with other iPads and share plans and on screen work through Bluetooth and network.

Program Functionality: B- Allows up to four people to collaborate (somewhat) on a brainstorming diagram or group thinking process. Once the diagram or brainstorming has been completed, the diagram can easily be emailed to all participants. Must have an iPad for the iPods to be used. (ie. Teacher on iPad, students on iPods) As students type on the iPods, they just flick their finger and their ideas will be flipped over to the iPad. See YouTube demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKFpEMG3BF4

Classroom Use Examples/Ideas: Need to be on the same local wifi, but can be used via Bluetooth if you turn off wifi on all devices. Students could collaborate on a diagram add text, note-taking. Could be used in small groups: teacher writes something and students add to it on iPod Touches and flip it over to the teacher. The need for an iPad is a bit of a drawback. YouTube demo of use with multiple devices: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KumchuR5R1A&feature=related

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibrainstorm/id382252825?mt=8

Dragon dictation

Plenty of uses especially when you start passing the iPad around the class. Each child getting chance to speak and you start to build up a story. The story is typed out, you can edit, add pictures and then post or print out a finished story. Really simple, very straightforward.

"This should get a lot of iPad owners excited. Dragon Dictation, which has been so popular on the iPhone, is now available for the iPad.

The app is free for a limited time, and adds some new features to the original iPhone version. The app also includes a new Dragon Dictation Notes feature that lets users speak and save drafts of documents, emails, to-do lists, social media status updates, and more.

"Dragon Dictation has proven to be a must-have app for iPhone and iPod touch, so it made sense to immediately extend those benefits to iPad," said Michael Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. "The iPad is a unique and remarkable device, and with the Dragon Dictation App users can experience added flexibility and convenience as they quickly convert speech into text."

Pirate treasure hunt

Really simple app for ks1 pupils. Nice straight forward interface with spoken instruction and guides.

"Join forces with Pirate Jack. He needs your help to solve eight problems and find the hidden treasure. Use the map to work your way through the obstacles one by one and in the right order. Make sure you collect the correct item before tackling the next obstacle. For example, you'll need to find a lantern before you can explore the dark cave. Use different strategies to solve the clues, and you'll find the booty. This learning object is one in a series of three objects."

The learning object:
provides opportunities for students to solve problems using their literacy and numeracy skills within the context of a pirate treasure map;
encourages the use of trial and error to discover the correct sequence of problem solving;
includes a variety of problem types which focus on, for example, spelling, shapes, visual cues, word knowledge, addition of numbers and time.