We talk about iPhones, Android phones, iPads, and web tools all the time. But we don’t often focus solely on iPod Touch apps. They’re the affordable brother to the iPhone and are devices actually attainable for many classrooms. No monthly subscription plan, no data limits, and it’s even got a fancy camera and fun colors to pick from. It may be $299 before any education discount but that’s a one-time purchase.
In any case, enough about why you should consider the iPod touch for your classroom … let’s talk about how you can use it. There’s a boatload of free educational iPod touch apps you should know about. Here’s some of my favorites.
- ABC Alphabet Phonics – Preschool Kids Game Free Lite
Photo Touch is an exciting educational game that helps your child rapidly learn the ABC by sight, sound, and touch. The interface is so easy to use that even a 9 month old baby will delight in using this app. Ideal for ages 0 to 6.
- Human Anatomy – Free
An ideal application for students, children and others who would like to learn the names of various body parts, organs and other terminologies related to the human body. There is also an option to take tests on how far you are progressing with each lesson.Click on each body part name to learn about it, it has a full description. Also in the quiz area click on each number to type in the name of the body part. I also will be including 8 more anatomy sections to the full version and zoom in and zoom out feature. So buy the full version for only $1.99 today. Have fun.
- Phonics Genius
Over 6,000 unique words – this means you will never get tired of it since you always have new words to discover. Words are intelligently grouped by phonics. App supports 3 unique learning modes including (play audio automatically and proceed to next card on click or hear audio only on click and move back and forth one word at a time by swiping left or right). Multiple unique game (quiz) modes from easy (2 words only) to challenging (6 words per page). Phonic highlights accelerate learning – students can see the phoneme that is being emphasized in each lesson via highlights. Ability to add your own cards – you can add an unlimited number of new words and record your own voice. Add new lists – you can add and group flash cards into customizable lists which is ideal for learning. Fun & engaging voice artist keeps kids engaged.
TeacherKit is a personal organizer for the teacher. It enables the teacher to organize classes, and students. Its simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of students.
- PBS KIDS Photo Factory
Put your child in a photo with a favorite PBS KIDS character in three simple steps. Easy and safe for kids to use, too! Features leading characters from series that air on PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO!, including Arthur, Caillou, Clifford, Curious George, Dinosaur Train, Fetch!, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, SUPER WHY!, Word Girl, and more. A Web version of the app is at pbsparents.org.
VocabularySpellingCity is a fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words by playing engaging learning games using any word list. The most popular activities are a spelling test, HangMouse, and the vocabulary games. The most popular lists are Sound Alike Words, Compound Words, the Hunger Games, and SAT Vocabulary. Students can access any of the hundreds of thousands of word lists available on VocabularySpellingCity including lists created by their parents or teachers. The app includes seven learning games and activities.
Pick from 3 mobile-only study modes to suit your learning style and take advantage of audio in 18 languages to reinforce pronunciation and retention. Plus, with full offline support you can study anywhere — even without an internet connection.
- 3D Brain
Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research
TED’s official app presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Find more than 1,100 TEDTalk videos (with more added each week) on the official TED app — now for both iPad and iPhone.
- Grammar Up – Free Edition
Grammar Up was designed to replicate questions with a business focus commonly found in the popular TOEIC (TM) English proficiency test. Grammar Up can help learners to improve their grammar, word selection and vocabulary. Custom timer setting can assist learners to improve response times under exam time constraints. Research suggests that kids and adults learn most quickly when playing learning games with real-time error-feedback. Grammar Up provides learners with an opportunity to improve strategies for grammar success.