Apps for Students with Special Needs
Apps for ESL Students
SMART Board Apps
- The Social Express
Apps for ESL Students
This awesome application can be found on almost any computer, but it is also an app that can be downloaded on the iPad or Android devices. There are many languages that can be learned from this app, in fact, I have been learning Spanish and Italian from Duolingo. However, for students who speak English as a second language, the app can be used to learn English. Each lesson has many different activities to help student identify the word with picture, use the word in writing, and to learn how to pronounce the word as well. One of the best parts about this app is that it is free!
SMART Board Apps
The “Math Board” app provides an easy template for teachers and students to solve math problems. In the app, there is a calculator provided and students can work out problems by writing it out directly on to the Smart Board. You could create a game out of it by splitting the group into teams and the team who has solved the most problems wins.
- Time, Money, and Fractions On-Track
The app “Time, Money, and Fractions On-Track” helps students to learn time, the value of money, and different fractions. The interactive graphics make it easy for student to learn these concepts fluently and practice them. Students could take turns on the Smart Board with each activity.
- Fotopedia National Parks
With the “Fotopedia National Parks” app, students are able to view stunning imagery of some of the U.S. National Parks. They will be able to see detailed images of geological features in their natural setting. This would be very helpful for students because it would help them identify certain landmarks and geological features easier.
- Manulife Word Hunter
The “Manulife Word Hunter” app is an interactive board game that helps students identify and spell words. It adds a competitive element by giving the option of playing in a multiplayer mode. I really like this app because, by being a competitive game, students would want to learn more and more words in order to win the game. http://ipadapps4school.com/2014/07/25/word-hunter-a-fun-ipad-game-for-learning-new-words/
- Crackers and Goo
The app “Crackers and Goo” is designed to provide fun multiplication and addition games for elementary school students. This would be a great app for students to use when they are done with an assignment and need something to do because it is great practice. The games have a time limit, forcing students to learn their multiplication or addition facts in order to win the game.
- Phonics Fun: Long and Short Vowel Sounds
The “Phonics Fun: Long and Short Vowel Sounds” app helps students understand what vowels are and how to identify long and short vowels. The fun graphics and clear instructions are very inviting to students and non-intimidating. The activities are fun and students will be learning their vowels very quickly!
- Meet Science
The app “Meet Science” introduces the concepts of magnetism and electric currents to students. With videos, pictures, games, and guiding questions, this app is great for reinforcing what students have learned about magnetism and currents in class. It even has cool experiments the students can perform to learn even more!
This website has tons of free games covering almost every subject from grades K-5 and it is iPad compatible! The graphics are very exciting which makes the games fun to play! Students would have fun with the games but learn so much at the same time!
This site is intended for grade levels 1-5 and has tons of games covering almost every subject. This site does require a low monthly subscription fee, but some school already offer the website to students. With the hundreds of games and activities offered on the website, it is a must have for any school/
This site is offered at many libraries because students can read many books on the website, but it also has reading games that help students improve their reading skills and word recognition. This would also be great for ESL students to improve their reading skills as well.