Last week I focused on free apps for teachers and this week I will explore how to find free educational apps for kids. Not that long ago when parents were wanting a specialized training for their child in a certain subject area, the choices were either hiring a personal tutor or buying computer software that focused on that subject. Both of these can be very expensive. Technology and apps have changed all of this. Now instead, specialized apps (which is short for applications), can be found on smart phones and tablets. Many are free or very low in cost and very easy to use.The problem often though, is finding the right educational apps, and knowing where to look and figuring out if they are worth the time and effort.
I would like to tell you how to search on your own in case you don’t know how. For Apple Iphone or Ipad, you go to the App store either online or own the device and in the search bar type the description such as educational math app for 8 year old student, or reading app for 10 year old student. If you only want a free apps you have to include that word in the description. It will then pull up a list of the available apps in that category. To sort them more favorably, you look at the amount of stars they have received in the reviews which will be offered in a menu when you choose the app you want to learn more about. It is also good to check the Apple recommends list under educational. It is important to remember that new apps are released every day so although their are a lot of lists available for apps. The best way to learn about the new ones is to check the apps store and do a search. Another factor to consider is that many apps are offered free when they first come out. If it looks good, it might be worth taking a chance on it although it won’t have any or maybe a low number of reviews.
You can also use the links listed here:
Apple Educational Apps For Kids
For Android devices, you can follow the same procedure in Google Top Free Apps in Education.
Often a student may need help with their homework and although parents can help sometimes they might not be available or have much knowledge in that subject area. Here are some apps that can help with homework:
Study Blue on Android phones and tablets Sky Blue is free and is available online or as app on Apple iIOS and Android smart phones and tablets. It offers flash cards and quizzes as aids to study.
Khan Academy (Ipad App) offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Subjects offered include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Age levels include from kindergarten to calculus in math using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Resources include partnerships with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. Khan Academy Website
I hope you find this information helpful. As a parent and former teacher, I can assure you that the amount of free help that available for students now is astounding and increasing all the time. It is mportant to know how to find free educational apps for kids. Please leave a comment on the form below and sign up for the newsletter also with the link at the top of the page.
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