5 Free iPad Apps I Love Using In My Classroom

free ipad appsMy students love using their iPads for everything. Sometimes it’s hard to determine how to create activities that are meaningful and fun. Students who are encouraged to be an active participant in their learning, retain more information and are more engaged in their learning process.

Listed below are 5 of my favorite app-tivities to use in my class. They all are free and very easy to create. For printables and directions, visit me at: www.funintegratingtechnology.blogspot.com.

Wordsalad

This app creates word clouds in a quick, fast, fun way! Help students review vocabulary and combine this with Fotobabble and have them explain their word salad! What a great way to engage students in learning vocabulary, concepts, formulas, and more! So easy, no directions required!

Corkulous

This app is a sticky note app that allows the creater to create sticky notes on a cork style board. You can input sticky notes, labels, etc. The greatest feature is that it is free! Students can use this app to write notes and or study notes. Notes can be shared via mail, exported as a PDF file, Image or Board, saved as a photo or template, or it can be printed! For more information check out: http://www.appigo.com/corkulous

BingoBaker

Create free printable Bingo Cards with Bingo Baker (www.bingobaker.com). This is not an app, but you can create a bingo card and students can use their iPads to play the Bingo game. Directions: Directions for BingoBaker can be found on my website.

Think – Pair – Share

Students can use an app such as Corkulous or Notes to create their thoughts of a passage, problem, etc. Then pair students together and have them discuss their thoughts. Have student share their thoughts and/or discussions with their partners with the entire class.

JigSaw

Many apps (Notes, KeyNotes, SonicPics, StoryKit, Sock Puppet etc.) will allow you use the JigSaw method in your class. Assign students to a base group of 4 to 5 students. Have students to number off within their group. Assign topics to the base group members. Students move to their expert groups. Students work with members of their expert group to research/read/learn the topic. Expert groups create a short presentation to present to their base group. Students return to their base groups and take turns teaching their group members the material.

 

6 Comments

  1. Felecia Young

    December 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    The BingoBaker is a website that allows you to create a bingo game for students to use on their iPads. The Think-Pair-Share and JigSaw are activities that can be incorporated into your lessons using the apps listed.

  2. Colin

    December 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    It’s awesome to see how versatile the iPad can be in a classroom setting! For teachers who are looking for a super easy to use service to facilitate assignment or project file workflow between themselves and students, we’ve created a free iPad app called Showbie. With Showbie, teachers set up a class and assignments. They invite students to the class by giving the students a class code that links the student with all the assignments in the class once the student joins Showbie. This gives students each and assignment drop folder where they can upload work from their iPad or laptop via our website.

    You’ll also be excited to know we’ve taken extra steps to ensure Showbie works perfectly with other popular apps like Keynote, Notability, and Explain Everything!

    If this sounds like a tool you need, feel free to check us out at https://www.showbie.com.

    Thanks,

    Colin
    Founder, Showbie.com
    Learning Happens Everywhere

  3. Bienne

    December 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    FYI: WordSalad is no longer free, and costs around 2.-
    Take a look for others too, under ‘related’ / ‘what others bought’

    • Beth

      December 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

      I found WordSalad for free still.

      Felicia, where is your website so I can find the directions for Bingo?

      thanks for sharing your apps!
      bp

  4. Cindy

    December 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Is there a free version of WordSalad? The link from your post is an app that costs $1.99

    • Cindy

      December 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Nevermind, just saw the lite version. thanks