At Beyond the Classroom, we are always looking at how technology can enhance the educational experience of our students. Although limiting screen time at home is very important in a young child’s academic and physical development, using screen time wisely and for the correct educational purposes can sometimes help.
One of Beyond the Classroom’s tutors was featured in the Huffington Post, discussing the reality of kids and technology and includes some useful guidelines for surviving screen time in your home.
For many students, educational apps can reinforce key concepts learned at school or even motivate the most stubborn student to find out more! At Beyond the Classroom, we polled our elementary school tutors, asking which educational apps (online, for tablets and mobile phones) they found to be the most helpful and resourceful when it came to supplementing topics from school. Here are the top 10 results!
BEST APPS FOR PRIMARY/JUNIOR STUDENTS:
- Brain Pop – Brain POP engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping and more. This site has enough resources to keep even the pickiest student engaged (annual subscription fee required)
- Reflex Math– This app for iPad improves math fluency and helps engage kids with numbers (fee required)
- Imagination Playground 3D Builder – This FREE app for iPad, Android and online allows kids to stack, connect, channel and build stuff. But the fun doesn’t stop there. They can also make their creations come to life!
- Sushi Monster – A game to practice, reinforce and extend math fact fluency is completely engaging and appropriately challenging (FREE download at the iTunes store)
- Poptropica – A virtual world in which kids explore and play in complete safety (sort of like the adult-version, Simms). Every month, millions of kids from around the world are entertained and informed by Poptropica’s engaging quests, stories and games (monthly fee required)
- Marble Math Multiplication – This app is available for a small fee in the iTunes store and engages kids with multiplication by challenging them to navigate a maze! Simple idea, but keeps them busy for hours
- WWF Together – This free app from the world renowned animal protection and education authority brings you closer to amazing and endangered species than you ever could have imagined! Kids can explore the lives of endangered animals and find out about the work that the WWF does for them
- Starfall – This free app is a place where any child can learn reading and mathematics through exploration. Geared towards the Kindergarten to grade 2 crowd, it is loaded with fun and engaging activities to keep little hands busy
- Fun Brain Junior – This totally free website and app helps preschoolers and kindergarteners jumpstart their journey of learning with engaging games, stories and printables. Includes great math and reading activities
- Alien Assignment – This free app, geared towards the Kindergarten crowd, encourages children to use their reasoning and creativity. Created by Kindergarten teachers, this popular app gets younger kids using their problem solving skills while involving parents too
Stay tuned for our next post featuring the top 10 educational apps for intermediate/senior students!