iPad Parent Guide on iOS and Android

Many children will have had tablets for Christmas and with the availability of a vast array of educational apps, trying to decide which to buy can be a daunting prospect. Now help is at hand for parents of children from ages 1 to 11 in the form of a clever app called iPad Parent Guide.

This fantastic guide helps parents not only find their way around the settings of the iPad with excellent video tutorials on how to set up their tablets to keep their children safe online but it has in-depth video reviews of apps with activity ideas aimed at promoting learning.

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You can see exactly what the recommended apps have to offer before you buy. We did experience slight buffering issue at times on the numeracy section probably due to a slow connection but the excellent featured selections were definitely worth the short wait. The app also includes suggestions of good websites for learning.

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iPad Parent Guide has been produced by the same developer of the superb iPad Teacher Guide and Primary Computing Guide

The School Edition of iPad Parent Guide is available both in iOS and Android formats. For just £19.00 a year primary schools, nurseries and educational providers can provide parent access to both apps! With the promise of regular updates, this app is great value for money for schools. It’s also available for purchase on an individual basis on iTunes for only 79p.

iPad Teacher Guide App

We are often being asked for advice about apps in primary schools. With the vast array of educational apps to choose from, teachers can find it difficult to decide which apps to use in their classrooms. This is where the Teacher Guide for iPad comes in. It features 16 creative apps including Book Creator, Comic Life, Paper 53 and Explain Everything.

Unlike many web sites which have app recommendations this guide has 200 video tutorials and over 600 lesson ideas so you can assess how easy and appropriate each app is for your classroom. I particularly like how the video tutorials are short clips, accessible from a clear menu, so you can work through them either progressively or dip into them individually. Also included are examples of children’s work produced on the apps.

Menu of Book Creative Video Tutorials

Menu of Book Creative Video Tutorials

Each of the apps featured also has lesson ideas arranged by subject, which is brilliant for cross-curricular work. There is also a section on how apps can be used for assessment and evidence keeping.

The Teacher Guide for iPad is bursting with inspirational ideas and for the next couple of days there’s 35% off, so it’s only £1.49.

Screenshot of Video Tutorial on Book Creator

Screenshot of Video Tutorial on Book Creator

Free Dyslexia Quest App

If you have a child that is dyslexic then don’t miss the Dyslexia Quest iOS app which is free to download today and tomorrow. (4 and 5 June)

Dyslexia Quest has six game test skills that are often problem areas for children who are dyslexic, namely working memory, auditory memory (listening), visual memory, sequencing skills, processing speed and phonological awareness. The activities have audio and written instructions.

Designed by Nessy Learning Limited it has engaging cartoon animations to keep children interested and feedback gives an indication of strengths and weaknesses helping teachers to focus on areas of need. The app has three age group selections: Under 10, 11-16 years and 17+.

Well worth a try.

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Great Free App for Place Value, Addition and Subtraction

Number Pieces Basic, designed for primary students, is freely available for the iPad with no in-app purchases so is ideal for school use. It is also available as a web resource which is useful for demonstration purposes if your iPad isn’t linked to an interactive whiteboard.

This app is great for place value and regrouping activities. Children can build two and three digit numbers visually as an alternative to using Dienes blocks. A feature we particularly like is the ability to combine and separate blocks which is really useful for addition and subtraction activities and in particular decomposition. There are clear instructions for manipulating the pieces and also drawing tools allowing pupils to label their representations.

Beginning the process of decomposition

Beginning the process of decomposition