Educational App Review – Reading Comprehension Prep

The Reading Comprehension Prep app by Peek-a-boo Studios give students a short story to read and then a few questions to answer afterwards to test how well they remember the story. This app was free and tested students in grades 3-5. The paid apps have more variety and are for one grade. They cost $2.99. I found this app while I was looking for a reading comprehension app for a teacher for her high school class. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good one for that age level but I feel like this one is very good for elementary kids.

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There are two fiction stories and two non fiction stories per grade level. This specific story has 13 questions that follow. If I were a teacher, I would download the $2.99 app on a few iPads and have the kids keep retaking the test. Only four stories are not enough to do these tests throughout the school year. The free app could be downloaded on the kids iPads so the could practice if they want to but the official grade would be from the teacher’s iPad. This way would be slow and time consuming to test each student individually. I still feel like reading comprehension is hard to do over the iPad but this was easily the best I found. 

 

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Educational App Review – Grammar Wonderland

McGraw-Hill makes an app call Grammar Wonderland which is exactly what it sounds like. The game allows elementary age students to practice their grammar skills. This is the lite, free version and the full version is available for $2.99. I was looking for a game that was good for English. There are a bunch of math and science games that everyone knows about but this one helps with grammar and the creators turned it into a game, not to mention the creators are a trusted educational company. 

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This game has a practice mode as well for nouns, verbs, and adjectives. These games are very interactive and the kids can save their progress. At the top of the screen there are instructions and you have to find that word that fits best with the instructions. You can fly through adventures or toss objects or swim. The one thing that I found sort of difficult when I play is there are actually five options the two on the end are off the screen. This was an issue for me because if you go too far to one side and the correct word is actually on the other side, it’s incredibly difficult to get back in time.

This game can be useful in a classroom. It wouldn’t be good to teach a lesson obviously but it would be a nice review or time filler. When I was in elementary school, if we had down time we were supposed to read. I think this is definitely important and all kids should read, but maybe if they have down time during an English lesson they could be allowed to play educational games such as this one.

Educational App Review – Educreations

One of the most versatile apps I’ve found is Educreations. This app is a digital white board. It allows you to set the background as a plain white background or a x- y- coordinate plane or graph paper or lined paper. This allows the app to be used for any subject at any grade level. There are no limitations to what this app can be used for. Below I used it for a math lesson:

I friend of mine initially found this app and was showing it to me. I found it very interesting and incredibly useful. You can add pages so you don’t have to erase and you can go back if a student is confused or didn’t get the notes copied down in time. There is also a record button in the top right corner. This allows you to record your voice while you’re drawing on the whiteboard. You can save the lesson and make it public so all your students can view it.

Not only can you and your students view your lessons but they can also view everyone else’s public lessons. This is very helpful if a student is at home trying to do homework or study for a test and doesn’t understand a problem. They can get on Educreations and see lessons on the subject and get any confusions cleared up. This app could also be used as an assessment. The teacher could ask the students to create their own lessons and view them to determine the students’ level of understanding. People always say you learn better if you have to teach it to someone else. This app has a ton of educational value and versatility making it a great addition to any classroom.