This is probably one of the most popular questions I am asked on Anseo.net and I don’t really like answering it because my answer doesn’t make me very popular! I also don’t own an iPad anymore and haven’t done so since I bought the first one all those years ago.
I have found that most of the educational apps on the iPad tend to be drill and practice exercises at best or there’s the tendency to artificially try and make something educational out of an app that isn’t really educational – e.g. Cut the Rope being touted as a game of science. I have yet to find the part of the curriculum that it supports.
For me, there are 3 apps for the iPad worth considering:
- Book Creator
- Puppet Pals
I’d cheekily say Safari as a 4th option but that’s probably too cheeky!
For me, Book Creator is probably one of the best apps out there, full stop. In order to get the best of it, one needs to pay for it, but put simply, it allows anyone anywhere to make a book featuring text, images, audio and video. This gives everyone the ability to publish their own books and stick them up on the Internet for download. I would nearly buy an iPad simply for this app!
Puppet Pals is another app that I like for storytelling. Again, it’s best to pay for it. It allows the user to create their own interactive puppet shows using audio and animation. It can support all aspects of the curriculum and is well worth checking out.
Finally, iMovie, which comes as standard on an iPad is the ultimate movie making app. There’s nothing else out there that touches it for simplicity and quality. If you are making movies regularly with your class, this is a must have.
Last Update: March 28, 2018