iPad Apps to Demo for First Graders

May 11, 2010
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I was recently asked to demo an iPad in a first grade class. Here is the list of apps I showed off. Would love suggestions for others that would be good.

The Elements by Theodore Gray

This is the best show-off app for K-12 education I’ve seen so far. Choose an element (I’ll ask the class if they can think of one) and then see real-world objects made of that element, that you can spin around in 3D. Hope to instill a love of science!

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Pianist Pro

This is a great app to show the class a fantastic implementation of a musical instrument on the iPad. They can watch songs being played or record their own. Also thinking kids would like to create some beats using one of the DJ apps…

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iBooks

Of course I’ll show the kids Winnie the Pooh that came with iBooks. Very sweet.

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Netflix

Kids may not like Food, Inc. or Helvetica which I just watched. Hmmm…there’s Scooby Doo, or Wall-E, or…maybe I should try Food, Inc.

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Penultimate

This note-taking app where you can write with your finger will appeal to first graders!

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Alice for the iPad-Lite

Alice in Wonderland where you can swing the stopwatch back and forth, watch a box of comfits scatter round, see little cakes float around the page.

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Bigger Words

I will ask the class – how do you spell “apple” — and then spell it out for them in BIG letters that the whole class will be able to see.

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Brushes – iPad Edition

As a grand finale, I’ll let class members come up and contribute to a class drawing on Brushes – which I can then email them or print out. Nice way to give each kid a turn on the iPad.

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