Week 12 Apps

I think that iBook is a really great app.  Reading is critical in today’s society and you can never read too much or start to early.  The more exposed our kids are, the better and more confident they will become.  I know that I need to practice my reading comprehension and wish there were things like this around when I was learning to read.  It is a great way to get kids to love to read early on.  If they enjoy it right from the beginning, they will be better off!  The iBook app has tons of best-selling, classic books that are available day or night to download. All teachers and parents should encourage their kids to read no matter what level they are at! 


BrainPop is also another app that I think is fantastic! It is short animated movies available in a variety of topics.  The students can learn about things from dinosaurs and aliens to natural disasters and the U.S. constitution.  Again, I feel that everything in today’s society revolves around exposing our kids earlier to the real world and core academic subjects.  Movies can help them better understand the lessons and get a firmer grasp on concepts.   


Week 10 Blog

         Being a Special Education major, I take a particular interest to apps that are visually appealing, simple and engaging.  This week, my two favorite apps are Shape-O! ABC’s and Spot the Dot.  This YouTube video provides basic instructions on how to operate and play Shape-O.  I find a great liking to this app because it is simple to navigate through, has the option to change the color of the screen (and colors always appeal to kids) and also, the word is written out under the puzzle of the picture.  Having the word underneath the picture they are working on will help children begin to associate the picture with the word.  Spot the Dot by David A. Carter, focuses on colors and fine motor skills.