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Maths Splat App

This is a great app for children to go over and reinforce basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The children can work at different levels and select which of the 4 areas they want to practise.  As they get things correct  higher levels to move into are unlocked.  Maths Splat pushes into three-digit numbers at the higher levels, so it is good up to Year 6.  The lower levels for multiplication include 2, 3, 4 and 5 times tables. It costs 99p. Have a go and let us know what you think!

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Google Expeditions App

This is a fantastic app that takes children or adults on journeys. Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool that allows you to lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world – get up close to historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks and even visit outer space! It has been specifically built for the classroom and small group use, whilst, allowing a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.

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Our first app of the month 2017!

This is a great web based site and  app to encourage children to create a research or information board all about a given topic, theme or in response to a question. It allows children to collect information from the internet and pin it onto virtual bulletin boards using a simple drag-and-drop system. Videos, text, links, images can be added to a board and organized there, like a page full of Post-it notes. You can add as many notes to a wall as you like and it just grows in size! More than one person can contribute to a Padlet wall, opening the door to teamwork and group projects. Padlets can be shared via social media, through blogs or embedded within a QR code. Click here to find out more from the app store.

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Puppet Pals App

This is a fabulous upgrade to the first puppet pals, with lots more functionality. Both children and adults can unlock creativity with this easy to use and highly addictive interactive puppet show! It allows children to create high quality cartoons from their imaginations and means that stories, thoughts and ideas can be brought to life. A great addition, is that the creators can even star in the show along side the built-in characters! 

For class teachers and teaching assistants there is lots of potential for this app, such as allowing children to  act out historical events, practice language skills, or deliver a killer book report. The cartoons that children can make really bring learning to life through digital literacy. The finished projects are easily shared to be watched by others (share via email or simply copy the video file to your computer and distribute how you see fit) Have a go and let us know what you think!

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Animoto app

This is a great app for children or adults to use to create their own movies. It could be used for a project or simply to share your thinking. The review on the apple app store states that you can “make fun videos wherever you are, with photos and video clips from your Camera Roll. Choose from one of our sleek video styles, add a song, and you’re done!” Why not have a go with this free app and let us know what you think.

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This great app called Skitch, allows children to annotate or draw on a taken image. Quite simply, it allows you to get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster. It is a great way to create explanations, posters or for children to simply share their learning.

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TagCloud App

Tag Cloud allows you to create your own word art by inputting your own words. There are a range of styles and colour schemes and it allows bothy children and adults the opportunity to share their thinking in a different way. Click here to read the official reviews on the app store.

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Meteor Math is a great universal maths game that expertly adds an arcade feel which will keep children engaged as they learn basic mathematics. The premise of this app is simple. The player here is given a number and then must collide meteors together that each have a number value of its own that combined will create the sum in question. This can be done by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing these meteors – depending on what is being asked of the player.

The look of this app will appeal to arcade- enthusiastic children nicely, as this app opens up with a view of the night’s sky, presumably looking through the radar screen of a space ship or the like, based on the subtle grid also seen that quivers as these meteors collide. As the player progresses and “levels up,” the sky gets lighter and lighter, showing various stages of a beautiful sunrise through clouds. The speed of this game will be enjoyed by kids who are into arcade- style games as at times it can get pretty intense, but not in a frustrating way, an aspect that is supported by the included music, as it is upbeat and contains the right level of intensity without making the player feel overwhelmed or overly rushed. As stated before, this app includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division and each concept can be chosen to be practiced one-by-one in the “practice” or “compete” sections, or randomly in “survival” mode.

Click here to find out more from the app store.

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Trello is a fantastic app for organising information, creating lists and collaborating with other people on boards. Click here to read the review on the app store and find out more!

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This is a fantastic app that the children in school are making great use of to share their learning and their thoughts. It allows photographs from the camera roll to be combined to make a collage image. There are a range of different options to add backgrounds, stickers and text. Click here to visit the official website or here to read more about it on the app store. Below are some sample collages produced in school. Leave us a comment by scrolling to the bottom and let us know about your thoughts of pic collage!