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Top 10 Elementary Apps

Shadow Puppet Edu

Easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!

**Best Edtech of 2014. "A must-have app for elementary classrooms." - Graphite | Common Sense Media **

2014 Best App for Teaching & Learning - American Association of School Librarians
Featured by Apple as Best App for Middle School for 5 months!

STUDENTS CAN:
∙ Present a project or describe an experience
∙ Search Library of Congress, NASA, Met Museum, maps for images to explain an idea
∙ Develop digital storytelling skills
∙ Demonstrate understanding of a concept for assessment
∙ Improve speaking skills or practice reading aloud

TEACHERS CAN:
∙ Create mini-lessons for blended learning or flipped classroom
∙ Develop more engaging prompts for assignments or discussions
∙ Provide examples of final projects

APP FEATURES:

  • Use photos and video clips from camera roll
    ∙ Up to 100 items per video and up to 30 minutes long

  • Built-in search for images and maps
    ∙ Educational Image Search: Library of Congress, NASA, Met Museum of Art, British Library
    ∙ Maps Search: Search and clip images from maps and satellite maps
    ∙ Automatic image credits added to end of videos to cite sources
    ∙ Safe search enabled
    ∙ Option for administrators to disable image search

  • Record voiceover narration, add music, or both
    ∙ Record voiceover as you flip through your photos
    ∙ Choose one of our background songs or a song from iTunes library

  • Add text titles
    ∙ Choose font, color, size, position, and animation

  • Draw on screen and interact with your images as you record
    ∙ Draw with pointer tools
    ∙ Zoom in/out, pan, swipe between images

  • Easy sharing - no app needed to view!
    ∙ Send via email to parents, student, or colleagues
    ∙ Upload to Seesaw, iCloud, Drive, Dropbox, and more
    ∙ Embed on website or blog
    ∙ Share to Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram
    ∙ Option for administrators to disable parental gates for sharing

  • Video export with optional HD export
    ∙ Automatically saves .mp4 video file to camera roll

  • 30+ activity ideas right in the app
    ∙ Find ideas for English, language arts, history, science, math, art, and foreign language that support the Common Core
    ∙ Easily adapt ideas to your students’ learning level and your curriculum

  • Pairs with Apple TV
    ∙ Watch and create videos on the big screen for all students to see

30+ ACTIVITY IDEAS SUPPORT COMMON CORE:
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2-4.5: Create audio recordings of stories or poems
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5-12.5: Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5: Make strategic use of digital media to express information and enhance understanding of presentations
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6: Use technology to produce and publish writing

WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING:
“Great app. Intuitive interface. Students loved hearing/seeing their voice+words+pics. Definitely upgraded their text-only narratives.” - Mr. Garvin, 7th/8th Grade Teacher

"The students absolutely enjoy this app! It's AMAZING to use in the classroom. It's great to see a student sitting in the hallway listening back to her own work.” - Ms. Laidlaw, 1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Shadow Puppet Edu is licensed for school use. If you’re not an educator or student, please check out our other app, Shadow Puppet.

*** We’re here to help! Contact us with any questions at feedback@get-puppet.com or tweet @puppet ***

TeleStory

App Store - Best of 2014

Write, direct, and star in your own TV show with TeleStory!

From the creators of Toontastic (iTunes Hall of Fame, NY Times "Top 10 iPad Apps"), TeleStory takes you behind the scenes to create and broadcast your own TV show! Record a music video, teleport to an alien planet, film a high-speed-chase, or perform on a reality TV show - TeleStory is a TV studio in your pocket.

Creating a TV show is as easy as...
1. Pick a theme, then mix and match over 30 animated scenes to film your own story
2. Craft a script using our playful TV tropes (or write your own)
3. Dress up in 50 different digital costumes with face tracking
4. Perform and record your own show with animated settings and special effects
5. Broadcast your by exporting it to the camera roll and then sharing your creation with family and friends around the world!

"TeleStory gets my kids off the couch and acting out all sorts of misadventures around the house - just like I used to as a kid - and RECORDS them for us to watch and laugh as a family. It's like a video game, a movie studio, and a gym all rolled into one. Amazing."

  • Sabrina | Evanston, IL

"This is the jam. Seriously, THE JAM."

  • Christopher (age 10) | San Francisco, CA

"I love that TeleStory is a lens for my kids' imagination - our living room transforms into a stage and our backyard an alien planet. They're not watching TV anymore... well, not as much... they're creating it."

  • Evan | Berkeley, CA

If you have any thoughts, suggestions or issues, please reach out to us at support@launchpadtoys.com

About Launchpad Toys
At Launchpad Toys, we build digital toys and tools like Toontastic and TeleStory that empower kids to create and share stories through imaginative play. We're a small team of developers/artists/big-kids in San Francisco, CA... with lots of help from creative kids in the neighborhood :)

Preschool University Apps

Preschool University iPad Apps - Over 22 years development with a team of educators, these phonics, spelling and reading games are the best choice for your children quest for reading mastery.

Tiggly Apps

Tiggly Words, Math, & Numbers.

Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids

Epic! is the leading all-you-can-read eBook library for kids 12 and under offering unlimited access to over 15,000 high-quality children’s books, now including thousands of read-to-me and Audio books.

There are 2 versions of Epic!, both accessible through the one app:

  1. EPIC! FOR THE HOME

Epic! costs only $4.99/month with the first month FREE and supports up to 4 individual child profiles per account. Each child receives personalized recommendations based on their reading level and interests, helping them discover new books they will love. No commitments or hassles. You can easily cancel at any time.

  1. EPIC! FOR EDUCATORS

Epic! is absolutely free to elementary school teachers and school librarians in the US and Canada. A favorite with teachers and students around the country, Epic! brings access to unlimited children's literature into every classroom. Epic! encourages young readers with badges and rewards, while letting teachers assign books and track individual reading progress.

THE EPIC! LIBRARY

Epic!’s award-winning service includes a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books from leading publishers such as Scholastic, National Geographic, HarperCollins, Macmillan and many more. With over 15,000 books available now and many more titles added each week, Epic! has been called the “Netflix of kids' books” – it's an unlimited library your kids can take anywhere!

Well-known books and series include Fancy Nancy, Flat Stanley, Warriors, Rainbow Magic Fairies, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Batman, Goosebumps, Clifford, A Series of Unfortunate Events, National Geographic Kids, Goodnight Moon, The Berenstain Bears, Big Nate, and many more.

The Epic! library contains everything from picture books to chapter books, early readers, audiobooks, “read to me” audio books, comic books, graphic novels, non-fiction titles, educational books, and junior novels.

PRESS AND EXPERT REVIEWS

Epic! has been featured in USA Today, Parenting.com, Parents, CNET, Forbes, Publisher’s Weekly and more. Here's what the press and the experts are saying about Epic!:

“We’re proud to offer our titles on Epic! which provides an innovative mobile reading experience for kids and fosters a love of reading in a whole new way.” - Chantal Restivo-Alessi (Chief Digital Officer, HarperCollins Publishers)

“Epic strikes the perfect balance between educational and fun, and should allow parents to feel more confident about introducing the iPad into their children’s daily lives as a tool” - TechCrunch

"get access to thousands of books on all subject matters" - Parenting.com

“one handy app that that offers all-you-can-read selections for a low monthly fee” - Cool Mom Tech

KEY FEATURES

• Over 15,000 great titles with many more added weekly
• Audiobooks and “read-to-me” books
• Individual customized child profiles at no additional cost
• Personalized book recommendations for each child
• Online and offline reading (take Epic! in the car, on a plane, or camping)
• A detailed reading log to track reading progress available in the app, and emailed weekly to parents
• Access your Epic! account and Epic!’s full library on any device

  • Includes a 30 day free trial and just $4.99/ month after that
  • Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
  • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
  • Account will be charged $4.99 for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period
  • The user may manage subscriptions & may turn off auto-renewal by going to Account Settings after purchase
  • No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
  • Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to Epic!
Write About This

Write About This is a visual writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. 125 categorized images & 375 text+voice prompts included! 


RECENT REVIEWS:

“Versatile and easy to use for kids of many ages. The pictures are engaging and show diversity; the prompts get kids thinking critically and creatively.” -Common Sense Media

“An excellent app to use for developing writing and fluency skills with students.” -Karen Bosch, K-8 Educator, ADE

"My favorite is using the Write About This app because it is real data with their recorded voice and it would be a great artifact to have when speaking to parents at conferences as well as a wonderful component to digital portfolios." - appsolutelyapril.com (@AprilRequard, ADE)

“Editor’s Choice!” “Outstanding” “Great for a very wide range of ages and abilities..a highly useful and flexible tool for home or classroom to encourage children to write.” -BestAppsforKids.com

Featured in “Best iPad Digital Storytelling Apps” on EducatorsTechnology.com

"The ability to change the complexity, remove text prompts and search by topic and image is great, especially for children at different reading and writing levels. If your child likes to write or express their imagination, we highly recommend this app for your collection."-CNET

“Very intuitive...an embodiment of the Universal Design for Learning principles” -EdTechKit.com

“Making writing fun again... an ‘A’! For any parent who may have a child who is needing extra practice in writing, I highly suggest this app.” -TeachersAppReview.com


WHAT TEACHERS SAY:

"My SS love this app. I have seen more writing in my room since downloading this app then ever before." - @lmetts65, Teacher

“I couldn’t get students to stop writing at the end of the day!” - @RebeccaWildman, 4th Grade Teacher

“Great for writing prompts...very easy to use!” - @pwagnerlcisd, Instructional Technology Specialist

“My students love it! They are even downloading and writing at home with family iPads!” - @appleclassroom, 3rd Grade Teacher

"I downloaded your app yesterday and my 10 year old daughter is having a blast! In fact this morning, she chose creating a story over her TV time!" -Tammy, parent & Special Education teacher

Full version Includes:

**COMMON CORE ALIGNMENT
An easy way for students to compose and share Opinion and Narrative digital writing!

**AMAZING COMBINATION OF IMAGES AND PROMPTS
Carefully selected and written by teachers, all 125 pages and 375 prompts are interesting and appropriate!

**SIMPLE DIGITAL PUBLISHING
Multiple authors can write and save to the gallery. Download to the Camera Roll or share a polished Write About by email (.JPG, .PDF or .MOV)!

**CELEBRATE STUDENT WRITING
Authors can now add a voice recording with their work to create a personalized movie on the Camera Roll!

**FAST PHOTO+WRITING
New Quick Write button gets kids publishing immediately– perfect for when they have an idea and an image (no prompt needed)!

**CREATE AUTHOR PORTFOLIOS
New Profiles feature with custom avatar and default email allows for further individualization and saved work can now be filtered by author!

**ANYONE CAN CREATE THEIR OWN
Use your photos, ideas and voice to capture unique Write Abouts!

**FLEXIBILITY TO FIT EVERY LEARNER
Voice & Level options based on learning theory and real classroom experience!

**WORKS WITH ANY NUMBER OF DEVICES
From single teacher iPads, to carts, to 1:1...educators are using the app to meet their unique needs!

**EASY AND ACCESSIBLE
Search content based on interest, curriculum, season or theme.

Our world is full of amazing scenes with stories yet to be written...what will you Write About?

Visit our Learning Hub at WriteAboutApp.com

Number Bonds: Addition & Subtraction to 99

Your students will beg to play these engaging games—racing the clock or each other, or they can “play” on their own. You don’t have to tell them that what they're really doing is practicing number bonds (aka fact families) and developing mathematical reasoning.
Use these games with a Singapore Math program or with any other math curriculum, and make math come alive for your students!

Bee-Bot

The new Bee-Bot App from TTS Group has been developed based on our well-loved, award-winning Bee-Bot floor robot. The app makes use of Bee-Bot's keypad functionality and enables children to improve their skills in directional language and programming through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns.

The app has been developed with 12 levels encouraging progression. Each level is timed and the faster it is completed the more stars you get! The levels are set in an engaging garden scenario and will appeal from age 4 upwards.

The app is for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world.

Used in over 200,000 classrooms, 1-in-4 schools in the US, and over 100 countries!

Named Best Website of 2016 by American Association of School Librarians, Top Pick for Education 2016 by Common Sense Media, and featured in by Apple as "Perfect for Every Classroom" for 9 months.

Named Best App of 2015 by Graphite Common Sense Media, American Association of School Librarians, and Richard Byrne's Free Tech for Teachers.

WHAT IS SEESAW?:

For students, Seesaw helps them see their own growth and provides an audience for their work - whether that be peers, parents, or the world at large.

For parents, Seesaw gives an immediate, personalized window into their child’s day so they can support learning at home.

For teachers, Seesaw saves time on organization and communication, makes formative assessment easy, and provides a safe place to teach digital citizenship skills.

FEATURES:
Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form
∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links or PDFs to show what they know and store evidence in their digital portfolio. You can also import from 100s of other apps.
∙ When students add to Seesaw, content is uploaded, organized by student, and accessible from any device.
∙ Teachers can browse work from the entire class or for a single student. Optionally, use folders to organize work by subject area project, or assessment standard.
∙ Teachers can flag items in the digital portfolio for follow up or to review at parent-teacher conferences.

Sign In Options that Work for All Ages
∙ Younger learners or classrooms with shared devices can sign in with a QR code.
∙ Older students can sign in with their email address or Google account.

Encourage Reflection and Provide an Authentic Audience
∙ Seesaw helps capture the learning process not just the end result. Students can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they've learned or explain how they got their answer.
∙ Seesaw gives students an authentic audience of their peers and parents, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available, such as likes and comments.

Strengthen Connections Between School and Home
∙ Include families in the learning process by inviting them to view updates to their child’s Seesaw journal. Seesaw’s immediate, visual updates actually get seen by parents, provide encouragement for students, and cross language barriers.
∙ Teachers approve all new additions and comments before anything is shared with parents.

Seesaw Blogs -- the easiest way to create a blog for your class!

  • Create a public webpage for your class and give students a global audience for their work.
  • Teachers and students can post a selection of Seesaw items to the class blog in just one tap. No other apps, websites or embed codes needed! All posts are teacher-moderated.
  • Connect to other class blogs directly within the Seesaw app so students can easily comment and collaborate with students from other classrooms.

Teacher Resource Center at help.seesaw.me
∙ Getting started tips, professional development resources, FAQ.
∙ More than 100 Common Core aligned activity ideas for K-12.

+++ Need help? Have feedback? Email us help@seesaw.me or tweet @Seesaw +++

FETCH! LUNCH RUSH

HELLO, HOLLYWOOD!

In case you hadn’t heard, Ruff Ruffman, canine host of the PBS KIDS TV series, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, is making a movie! Of course, he’s in over his head and he needs your help, like, yesterday.

In this Augmented Reality, multi-player game, you need to keep up with lunch orders from Ruff’s movie crew. The challenge is keeping track of how many pieces of sushi everyone wants.

ORDER UP!
Since the most important job on a movie crew is filling everyone’s belly, you’ll need to think fast and be quick on your feet to keep the sushi straight. Both your brain and body will be moving once you spread out the game pieces (Augmented Reality markers) and start taking orders. No sweat? See if you can make it all the way to Top Dog. Better yet, see if you can get there before your friends do.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
This game was funded by a grant from the Department of Education and is designed to supplement national standards for first and second grade math curricula.

MORE FETCH!
For more fun with Ruff Ruffman, visit the FETCH website at pbskids.org/FETCH.