After reading many articles and comments from teachers, I notice a common question is "Are there any good apps for free?" The answer is yes! In addition, many apps offer a "lite" version to try before purchasing. Many of the lite versions just have advertisements so it's well worth installing, if it is a good app.
Basic Math (opens in new tab) - This app offers basic operations of math with choices. It allows teachers to see student’s score and email results to parents.
Mad Math Lite (opens in new tab) - If your classroom has limited iPads, this app allows you to have more than one user. In addition, it enables you to set the student’s setting depending what operation they are working on. This app records a report card on the student’s progress.
Coins Genius (opens in new tab) - This app is a good introduction to coins. It is limited in the free version, but it does give you a chance to see if this would be a good tool for your class.
Calculator Pro (opens in new tab)- A standard calculator in vertical mode and a scientific calculator in landscape mode.
EaselAlgebra ilite (opens in new tab) - Easel combines interactive, hands-on algebra workbooks with instant "ShowMe" lessons. If you get stuck on a problem, just tap "ShowMe" and see a step-by-step animation of how to solve the problem.
HMH-Fuse Geometry (opens in new tab)- A completely self-contained, interactive curriculum on the iPad.
My Spelling Test (opens in new tab) - Create your own spelling tests with your weekly words. Students can test themselves. Allows students to see what words they got right and wrong. Teachers can track student’s work to make sure they stay on level.
ABC Phonics sigh words (opens in new tab) - Uses the DOLCH spelling words. The app has flashcards, drag and spell, and unscramble.
Wordweb Dictionary (opens in new tab) - The WordWeb English dictionary and thesaurus: fast searching, spelling suggestions, definitions, usage examples, synonyms, related words - and no adverts.
Free ebooks - Download app, then join for free. Download five free books a month.
Paperdesk lite (opens in new tab) - Leave behind your paper notebook for your next class lecture or meeting. PaperDesk is a simple notebook replacement made for the iPad. The design goal behind PaperDesk was to mimic, as closely as possible, a simple pad of paper with no unnecessary frills.
Spanish Tutor 24/7 (opens in new tab) - Goes beyond the simple talking phrasebook or flashcard programs, providing a set of interactive study tools that helps users learn Spanish. Also available for French: French Tutor 24/7 (opens in new tab).
Sign Language (opens in new tab) - How to fingerspell words, numbers, express basic sentences, idioms and learn about deaf culture.
Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.