The teaching world has come a long way with technology since I was in elementary school... I remember asking to stay in for recess to get computer time just so I could play The Oregon Trail... those were the days.
Today, many classrooms have a set of classroom computers and some very lucky teachers are 1:1 with technology.
Last May, I won a grant through my school district to purchase 4 iPad Minis for my life skills classroom. So since September, we have been very fortunate enough to have 4 classroom computers and 5 classroom iPads to accommodate 7 students.
Rhyme to Read
This set of books within the app are fantastic. There are a total of 20 books within the app that you can purchase as in-app purchases or you can purchase them all at once (which makes it great for school POs).
I love this app simply because my kids love it... and it reads to my kids while highlighting the word as it's read, modeling how to read. Students know the characters and the stories, so they are always of high interest to my students.
I'm pretty sure you only get one free story with the free download, and after that each book is a few dollars. I've only purchased 4 books for my students (all of which were purchased as an incentive to complete work), so it's worked both ways for me.
If you haven't heard of Bob's Books you may be living under a rock. Did you know the program has apps now too?! I love these apps... so much that I own all three apps created by Bob. I typically have students work in one of these apps two times per week and I will rotate through the apps so they don't get bored.
PhotoTouch Sight Words
This is a great app to practice sight word recognition. The app presents 3+ sight words, telling you to find a certain word. The student chooses the correct answer and the app congratulates the student. If the student chooses incorrectly, it makes a noise (no words) to let the student know that choice is incorrect and to try again.
If your students aren't quite ready for sight words, you'll want to try this app for alphabet recognition.
What are your favorite apps to use in your classroom for reading / language arts?
I was compensated for including app choice #1, but all opinions are my own. App choices 2-5 were chosen by me and included based on my honest opinion. I was not compensated for apps 2-5.