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HOT Apps 4 TOTS

This is a growing list of apps that showcase how the iPad and apps could support fundamentally essential skills (e.g. spelling name, letter and sound recognition, rhyming, keyboarding skills, following directions, building social skills, color/shape recognition, etc...) which will give preschool students the leg up upon their entrance into the Kindergarten realm.

Here is the Google Form Questionnaire we used to gather our data: http://goo.gl/A59GF

Source: http://www.techchef4u.com/?p=3405

iPrep 4 Kinder: PDF Presentation

 
This is a session created by Yolanda Barker and myself (both mommies of preschoolers) to showcase how an iPad can support and supplement the acquisition of multiple skills necessary to enter the Kindergarten classroom. After completing some online research, we created a Google Form. Over 80+ Kindergarten NorthEast ISD teachers shared their take on “What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?“.  Based on their input, “iPrep 4 Kinder” was born to showcase how the iPad and apps could support fundamentally essential skills (e.g. spelling name, letter and sound recognition, rhyming, keyboarding skills, following directions, building social skills, color/shape recognition, etc…) which will give preschool students the leg up upon their entrance into the Kindergarten realm.
 

Smilebox of How to Manage Classroom iPads

Excellent video created in Smilebox to showcase how to manage a classroom of iPads.

Transformative iPad Use in Early Elementary School

Using the iPad beyond a digital worksheet. Examples from the early elementary classroom.

Should Preschoolers Have iPads? | Education News

There's debate over whether iPads really help preschoolers, and questions about needing more evidence/studies to be done in the area.

iPrep for Preschool and Kindergarten | computerexplorersblog.com

At a recent Mothers of Preschoolers’ meeting, I had the pleasure of listening to two Kindergarten teachers share a list of of skills needed for preschoolers to be ready for Kindergarten. While there was no mention of actual technology skills or the idea of technology working to support the readiness items they mentioned, my mind instantly  began assigning apps to each one.

Felt Board for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Spell Full Name (capital and lower case)

iPen Free for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Write or Spell Full Name

Kids Doodle - Movie Your Drawing

Write and Replay Full Name

ScreenChomp for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Write, Read, and Replay Full Name

ABC Alphabet Letters by The Little Book

Letter and Sound Recognition

ABA Flash Cards - Alphabet

Letter and Sound Recognition

Alphabet Blocks 3D for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Letter and Sound Recognition
Associating lower and upper case

My Word Wall

Letter and Sound Recognition

Bob Books Reading Magic Lite

Letter and Sound Recognition.

App Store - DotToDot numbers & letters lite

Number and Letter (both upper and lower case) Recognition

App Store - 123 Color HD: Talking Coloring Book (English, Spanish, French and German Voice-Overs Included)

Letter (includes upper and lower case), Number, and Color Recognition

Handwriting Practice with Apps | My Hullabaloo

Includes: Intro to Letters, Touch and Write, Wet Dry Try, and Alphabet Tracing.