- “Once educators focus on the iPad’s creative learning potential, they can start to cultivate a small set of “Evergreen Apps” into almost limitless instructional possibilities. Evergreen Apps—such as iMovie, Garage Band, Explain Everything, Paper53, Inspiration, Animoto, VoiceThread, and Doodlecast—are non-subject apps useful throughout the year for speaking, writing, listening, drawing, annotating, curating, collaborating, sharing, and more...Instead of trying to find an app to teach every curriculum topic (an impossible feat and a waste of time), educators instead can integrate Evergreen Apps, along with perhaps a few select content apps, to foster student creativity and innovation.”
For example, an app like Educreations, is not a “math app” but can be used by students in a math class to explain their strategy for solving 39 + 17. They can record their audio explanation, add visuals, and then share it with the whole class or keep it as an electronic work sample for their portfolio. These types of apps will not be found by searching “math” in the app store, but can be used in so many creative ways in the math classroom. The pages on this blog will focus on these types of apps (organized by what they help you do; Consumption, Curation, Creation, Connection/ Collaborate, and Management) and giving you ideas on how they can be used in a K-5 math classroom. I have also included some of my favorite Content apps for math, a page for K-2 and a page for 3rd-5th. Any prices that are listed with the apps were prices when I downloaded them...prices do change!