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Bo’s School Day
For early elementary students, there’s Bo’s School Day for Android & iOS. At $3, this app introduces pre-K’ers to “Big Kid” school by teaching them about packing a lunch box and backpack, cleaning up toys and classrooms, and leaving to go home.
Also for late elementary math students is Squeebles Fractions for Android & iOS. This $2 app features monsters called “squabbles” who are having a cake show. The student earns recipes and ingredients to make cakes as they answer math questions. Yummy!
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Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are
Families who have a student transitioning from elementary to middle or junior high school might want to consider Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are by Electric Egglplant for iOS and Android. For $5 your student gets a set of graphic novels that helps them deal with tough issues ranging from bullying, teasing, to self-doubt, coping skills, and learning to believe in themselves.
Hands on Equations: The Fun Way To Learn Algebra
Middle School Math Students will benefit from Hands on Equations: The Fun Way To Learn Algebra – a $5 app on Android and iOS. The app uses pawns to represent variables, and blocks to represent constants in a “game-ified” system that has helped more than a million students.
iTooch Middle School
If your state is teaching the Common Core set of standards, you can try the freemium iTooch Middle School App for Android, iOS and Windows. The lessons cover math and English Language Arts for 6th, 7th and 8th Grades — and cover 10,000 lessons! You can sample a module for free before committing to a subscription.
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And of course Evernote is free and will allow students to synchronize and share study notes, web-clips, documents, to do lists, class schedules… pretty much everything!
Also free, no matter the platform: the fantastic Khan Academy series of lectures on youtube with apps available on just about any platform you can imagine. I even use these videos for continued education!
And finally – it’s not an app — but the website Hoot.Me switches Facebook into “study mode” by allowing users to create “smart” chat rooms that can handle math symbols, YouTube embeds, and group video chats to allow students to leverage the social network into a giant virtual study hall.