So, we got a class set of iPads to share between two classes and are slowly exploring what they have to offer. Yesterday we tried out two new apps (new to us anyway). Both apps are FREE!
App #1 - Doodle Buddy
I had seen this app recommended by many before getting the iPads, but had never used it. It is so simple and the kids love it! Plus, it saves on buying whiteboard markers over and over. We just used it to practice our spelling words today. The kids (and me too!) loved how they could choose their own backgrounds, colors, and write with glitter. Very easy to use!
App #2 - Sight Words
This app is also very simple. It has all the Dolch sight words as flashcards separated by level. Within the settings you can change when the audio of the word is said. For example, I like it to switch words on a swipe, but not say the word unless tapped. That way the kids can try to read the word first and then check if they are correct. The preset configuration is to say the word as soon as a new card appears.
But, the best thing I found out today, is that under the settings, you can create your own word list with audio! I just labeled the list with the child's name, typed in the words that he/she needs to learn, and then recorded the audio for each one (it asks you to do this within the app after typing in a word). This option is under "customize flashcards." You just click the "plus" to create a new set and follow the prompts. The child's name now appears amongst the other sets of Dolch words for individualized practice when the app is opened!
The blue folder that says "Sam" is the one I created.
Choose "customize flashcards" to create your own set.
Type in the word, press record, say it, stop it, save it, and add the rest of the words!