ABA Preferences is a great tool to help teachers, parents, caregivers, and others who work with special needs individuals to understand their students’ and clients’ preferences. This information can be very useful in designing effective learning and behavior management interventions.
Ready, Jet, Go! Space Explorer is a free app from PBS Kids that will get kids interested in the stars, constellations, and other aspects of the nighttime sky. With four modes of play, there’s something here for everyone, but the most exciting part is the app’s capability to “see” what is in the sky above the user and allow users to learn about objects in the sky that they can really see right now.
Matching! My First Brain Training offers children the opportunity to see and hear letters, numbers, and colors in four languages, then play a matching game based on choosing a response that includes the targeted three attributes. The game seems difficult for young children, and could use some tweaks to make it more entertaining.
Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun offers a wide array of word problems in topics and levels suitable for grades 1-8, and if players enjoy arcade-style maze games, will be a motivational way to practice applying math skills. Game play is quite complex, however, and players may need adult assistance to learn the game well enough to enjoy it.
Math Climber HD is an outstanding, engaging resource for practicing basic math and prealgebra skills, useful for students who are learning these skills for the first time and those who need quick review or extra practice.
Updated October 2017 Ah, high school…sometimes we adults look back on it through rose colored glasses with our fond memories, but today’s students will be quick to tell you that it can be very stressful and involves a lot of hard work. Fortunately, there are many apps that can ease the load and make studying …
Listening Power Preschool is an outstanding receptive language development app capable of accommodating up to 75 users, creating groups, and providing an array of flexible practice activities that will keep young children learning for years.
Math Galaxy Fraction and Decimal Riddles is a simple yet outstanding app that will appeal to children from grade three on up. It provides nearly endless practice in basic operations with fractions, decimals, and measurements, as well as practice identifying and working with special pairs of angles.
Patchmania Kids-A Puzzle About Bunny Revenge offers a large and entertaining set of maze-like puzzles that will exercise logic, reasoning, visual and spatial skills as players guide the animals to eat up all of Farmer Lester’s vegetables.
Drew Meets Boo is an entertaining ebook app that will appeal to young children. It sends several positive messages, including be yourself, don’t let others bring you down, and return kindness even to people who bully you.
The winter days can get long and dull, especially if you have preschoolers who are stuck inside. Next time you are faced with a herd of bored youngsters, try going big. The preschool years are a time when kids are usually fascinated with really big things in general. I’m sure you’ve met a preschooler (or …
Kindergarten Prep is a fun app that is designed to help preschool children practice some essential skills before entering kindergarten. With six sections having four activities each, there is some variety in the activities.
Elastic Alphabets for Kids is a remarkably entertaining app designed to review and reinforce letter recognition and beginning phonics with young children, ESL students, and students with special needs.
Spelling Bug Hangman is a fun version of the classic game that comes with nearly 100 built-in word lists for early elementary students as well as the capability to add individualized practice word lists.
Wondering exactly how you can ring in the New Year with your children? In the United States, this often involves late night parties with family and friends, festive foods, some sparkling drinks, and a noise maker at midnight. However, those are far from your only options! Check out these New Year’s traditions from other parts …
Looking for a craft suitable for young children or teens, kids of varying ages, and even a range of abilities? Sparkling Art may be just the idea that you need. The finished product is eye-catching with brilliant colors and flashes of light. You can adjust the difficulty level to suit nearly anyone, and the supplies …
Kids across the nation are excitedly anticipating the holiday vacation. They dream of sixteen uninterrupted days of freedom from homework and tests. Parents, on the other hand, see a frighteningly long stream of dull days with children bickering or complaining of boredom. Here are ten ideas that just might rescue your holiday vacation. Make Back …
Times Table Galaxy is a fun and effective system for practicing multiplication facts in timed and competitive settings. The app supports both development of skill at skip counting and improvement in speed and memorization of multiplication combinations 2 x 2 to 12 x 12.
Autism Discovery Tool offers a wealth of insights and tips that will be useful to people who interact with others who have sensory processing problems or are on the autism spectrum as well as simulations of what some of the sensory distortions might seem like.
MUBApp is a great first attempt at capturing some of the experiential learning opportunities that are possible at children’s museums around the world as well as a playful introduction to eight other cultures.
Smart Spark-Ignite Your Child’s Learning Potential will help most families and even some teachers to analyze their child’s and their own learning style and to better understand how to best take advantage of everyone’s strengths to achieve more academic success.
Verbs for Kids-Part 1 would be a useful tool to help students of English and perhaps special needs students hear examples of acceptable English grammar and pronunciation, as well as see clear animated illustrations of 180 verbs and sentences. It does have some flaws, however, and parents and teachers would be wise to check the app thoroughly before investing.
Astro Nora: Addition & Subtraction Maths for 4-7 Year Olds is a fun and simple app that provides practice on addition and subtraction from basic combinations through problems with three digits and regrouping. Children are likely to enjoy the app’s theme and reward system for a bit, but may tire of it quickly.
Pock & Palam makes a gentle and simplified introduction to many types of standard arcade and game system games, and will help young children feel like they are “part of the action” as they play a game that just may entertain older children as well.
Box Drop Math Addition Game provides addition facts in order of increasing difficulty and encourages players to build speed at basic addition combinations. A simple but fun arcade game challenges them to stack falling boxes to earn extra points.
Letter Cross-Tracking is a serviceable app that will help children remediate letter reversals and inversions and help them build skills in the areas of visual tracking, attention to detail and position in space, but they may need outside motivation to complete assigned work so they don’t lose interest.
Monkey Party Learn Algebra makes an entertaining and valuable introduction to basic early algebra concepts, including balancing equations, combining like terms, using negative numbers, multiplying with fractions, and introducing the concept of graphing lines based on equations.
Elkonin Boxes is a digital version of a highly-effective teaching strategy that will help beginning and struggling readers build vital skills for phonemic awareness, which is foundational to success in phonics.