When we first incorporated iPads and iPods into our classrooms, there were TONS of apps but not all of the quality and skill-level that we required. Now that we are more informed and discriminating, there are a number of apps that are either free or super-economical. We look for good content and great critical thinking challenges and these apps live up to that expectation.
A primary example of these are the McGraw-Hill Everyday Math apps. If you’re familiar with iTunes, you can simply go into the store and search for these apps to download them! (They happen to be free today if you’re reading this in a timely fashion). Some favorites in our classroom include: Tric Trac Addition and Subtraction, Monster Squeeze, Top It!, and Name that Number. Not only do these “games” deliver content in a fun and exciting way but they incorporate necessary social skills like taking turns, playing with a partner or small group, etc. Pictures of the icons are below - in case you're interested.
Another great app that we like to use is called Splash Math. There is a first grade and second grade version that pulls from various areas of the math curriculum and quizzes students. While researching, I also found Splash Money - we'll check it out and let you know what we find out.
If you haven’t already, please check them out!
Below are some pictures of first graders enjoying these fun Math apps!