Apps for School

Touch and Write Phonics App

By: Fizzbrain LLC

Cost: $2.99

This app helps children practice their writing skills while learning the sounds of the English language, including vowels, blends, and digraphs. This app integrates visual, kinesthetic, and simulated tactile modalities to enhance learning and fun.

Pros:

  • Provides explicit lessons on vowel sounds, blends, and digraphs.
  • Makes writing fun by allowing children to choose from 35 different writing papers and 18 different writing textures (e.g., shaving cream, ketchup, syrup, pudding).
  • Option to create your own word lists.
  • After each word, children have a brief reward time. They can make a little monster eat cupcakes.

Cons:

  • Sometimes difficult for the app to pick up on the letter tracing and forces you to start the letter over again.

Available for iPhone and iPad.

Visit the Fizzbrain website.

Little Writer App

By: Innovative Mobile Apps

Cost: Free

Little Writer – The Tracing App for Kids (Lite). This app allows young children to develop their writing skills by practicing tracing letters, numbers, shapes, and words. Colorful graphics and fun sounds keep children engaged in the activity.

Pros:

  • Very straight forward and simple to use.
  • Option to upload your own pictures and words (e.g., the child’s name).
  • A fun way to practice writing skills.

Cons:

  • Geared towards younger children even though older children may benefit from using.

Available for iPhone and iPad.

Get app now from the Apple store.

myHomework Student Planner App

By: Rodrigo Neri

Cost: Free

This app allows students to track and organize their homework and provides reminders when homework is due. It also allows students to check off when homework has been completed, providing a sense of accomplishment for them.

Pros:

  • Fairly simple to use.
  • Allows user to categorize homework by subject, type of homework, and priority.
  • Tracks upcoming, late, and completed homework.

Cons:

  • May require help from parent or teacher to initially set up.
  • May require reminders from adults to keep up on tracking and inputting assignments.

This app is available for iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones, Windows, Mac, Kindle Fire, ChromeBook and on the website.

Visit the myHomework Student Planner website.

Quizlet App

By: Quizlet Inc.

Cost: Free to $19.99/year

This app allows students to create flashcards that can be used to study and learn new information. Students can make their own cards or search the Quizlet database for card sets on a wide range of topics.

Pros:

  • Encourages active studying because the student makes the cards themselves and reviews them.
  • Allows students to study with each other by connecting to their friends sets.

Cons:

  • Accuracy of information is not always guaranteed when using other users card sets.
  • Creating card sets may be tedious for students with ADHD – they may require help.

This app is available for iOS, Android and computer.

Visit the Quizlet website.

Inspiration and Kidspiration Apps

By: Inspiration Software
Cost: Free to $9.99

These apps helps elementary to post-secondary aged students learn to graphically organize and classify information, gain sight word knowledge and expand their ideas into written and verbal expression. This app can be used to organize written tasks, help with reading comprehension, and aid in the understanding of information by allowing students to classify, organize and sequence related pieces of information.

Pros:

  • Colourful and visually appealing
  • Fairly easy to learn and use
  • Comes with pre-made activities using mind mapping, categorizing, and visual representations in the areas of reading, writing, social studies, science, and math (users do not necessarily have to create maps from scratch)

Cons:

  • Will initially take more time to complete learning tasks as children and adults learn to use the program.

This app is available for iPad only.

Visit the Inspiration Software Website.

Dictionary.com App

By: Dictionary.com, LLC

Cost: Free

This app is able to work offline and online to search for English words, definitions, synonyms, and antonyms. Additionally, the app provides audio pronunciation of words, examples of words in sentences, and translation into 30 other languages. If the user is unsure of spelling, the app provides spelling suggestions for possible words. An excellent app for individuals with writing, spelling and vocabulary difficulties. Thesaurus is also available.

Pros:

  • Everything you could possibly need in a dictionary.
  • Upgrades available for grammar tips, encyclopedia, slang, idioms, and voice search.

Cons:

  • Advertisements.

Available on iTunes and Google Play.

Visit the Dictionary.com website.

Where’s My Water? App

By: Disney

Cost: Free

This game provides experience with problem solving through several puzzles where the user has to move water through obstacles to provide a friendly gator with a shower. The user must identify the water source, the end goal (a pipeline to the shower), and the various challenges in the way (rocks, mud, pesticide, algae, fans, and more) before cutting a path through the dirt for the water to follow.

Pros:

  • Excellent graphics.
  • Encourages problem solving in a rewarding way.

Cons:

  • Some children may not be able to persist with game as difficulty increases.

Available on iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, and Windows Phone.

Visit the ‘Where’s My Water?’ website.

Graphophonics: Vocabulary App

By: Logouplasis
Cost: $2.99

This app aims to help children ages 4 to 9 develop phonemic awareness through a simply spelling game of words from 5 different categories.Each word is presented with a picture and the child must align the individual letters to spell the word. As the child touches each letter the sound of the letter is given.

Pros:

  • Simple and straight forward.
  • Combines speech sounds, letters, and letter names.
  • Teaches vocabulary.

Cons:

  • No options for tracking or monitoring progress.
  • Only 44 words. No option to add your own words.
  • A little expensive for how simple it is.

Available on iTunes for iPhone or iPad.

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Audiobooks from Audible App

By: Audible, Inc.
Cost: Free

This app allows individuals to access audio books through an Amazon based app. Users have access to a range of 150,000 books anytime, anywhere. This app may be beneficial to individuals with ADHD who have difficulty reading. Reading along with the audio can also be helpful for children who are learning to read.

Pros:
Able to switch between reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice
Transfer books to your device over Wi-Fi

Cons:
Users still pay for books.
Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows Phone.

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Evernote App

By: Evernote

Cost: Free to $24.99/year for Premium

This app helps individuals stay organized, save ideas, and improve productivity.

Evernote allows the user to take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, and record voice reminders. All of the notes are organized and are searchable on any device to allow for easy access.

Evernote can start out being a challenge to use, however, spend some time with it and you will find you will use it ALL the time! Tagging can be challenging, so here are some tips: Tag with the top three or four labels that you can think of, and then when you need it, you will easily find it.

Evernote also gives you an email account which you can use to forward items. If you have an email that you want to save, send it to your Evernote email address and in the Subject line, use ‘@’ to direct into an existing folder. Use ‘#’ in the subject line to tag the email as well.

Pros:

  • Provides an organizational structure for an individual’s electronic files

Cons:

  • Premium version requires a subscription

This app is “Available on everything you use every day”.

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Dropbox App

By: Dropbox

Cost: Free for 2 GB to $8.25/month for 1 TB

This app allows users to store and access computer files from multiple devices and share these files with others.

Excellent for users who are busy and forget which device a file is saved on. Also good for parents to share files with their children and monitor school work completion.

Pros:

  • Provides convenient access to files anywhere, anytime
  • Allows for file sharing
  • Straight forward to use

Cons:

  • Files deleted on one device will delete the file on other devices – be careful!

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The Social Navigator App

By: Seven Minds

Cost: $6.99

This app was designed especially for children with ADHD and other social/behavioural difficulties. The Social Navigator can be used as a behavior-management device or as a teaching tool anytime your child is becoming agitated.

This app could help to reduce oppositional behaviours, improve communication skills, and develop greater social awareness for kids ages 6 to 16.

Pros:

There are a number of screens for the user to go through to help with social or behaviour issues that they are struggling with

Each time the app is used, it documents how the user did and can show what areas they are struggling with

Cons:

Only available for iOS

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