Curriculum App Reviews - Language Arts (7-12)
Title: Al Gore - Your Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis
Publisher: Push Pop Press
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:  This is what an interactive book should look like.  Our Choice is an amazing look into the issues of global warming.  This book is full of amazing pictures, stunning videos and awesome graphics.  If all future books on the iPad are this amazing, the future looks bright.  
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:
 Bookworm
Publisher: PopCap Software
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $2.99
Review:  Do your students struggle with creating words?  Bookworm is an exciting game that allows students to create words.  Letters drop from the top of the screen and pile up.  Students are then able to create words by dragging their fingers over the letters.  Letters have to be connected to form words.  Watch out though!  Fire letters appear and if you don't use them, they will eventually end your game.  How many points can you score?  This game is addictive. My own classroom has a challenge board to see who can score the most points.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Caster: Mobile Studio
Publisher:  Gregory Maculo
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free version available, Full version $4.99
Review:    Caster Mobile Studio allows teachers and students of all content areas to create podcasts.  Podcasting is an engaging way for students to explain what they know through easy audio recordings.  This app makes this even simpler with the use from either an iPod Touch or iPad.  Podcasts can be shared via email, Dropbox, or your own school's server.  Tired of giving the same old paper and pencil tests?  Have your students create a podcast instead!
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Chicktionary
Publisher:  Blockdot
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Main game is free, Puzzle packs $.99 each
Review:   This app is about building words with the 7 letters that are given.  It is cute and visually appealing because the letters are on "chicks" and the words go on eggs in an egg crate.  It is great for those who struggle with spelling and/or dislike spelling/English because it is a fun way to learn.  You can do a short, timed version or a longer version when you play. My high school students even like it.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Cloud On
Publisher:  Cloud On, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Cloud on is a free app that allows you to create, view, and modify Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly on your iPad. There are many other apps out there that allow you to do this but I have not seen one that is free. The documents you create are easily shared to a Dropbox account (which you will need to set up). This is also free. This app could be used in any class that creates documents. Awesome app for creating those digital portfolios. 
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:  Common Core Standards
Publisher:  MasteryConnect
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  As an administrator and former teacher, the Common Core Standards app has been a great reference to easily read and understand the core content standards in the areas of Mathematics and Language Arts.  This app includes standards for grades K-12 and are integrated & synthesized with corresponding college and career readiness standards.
Submitted By:  Jamie Kunz, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Dragon Dictation
Publisher: Nuance
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This app allows you to speak into the iPad and it will type your speech into text. This is great for those students who struggle with typing, but they have to be able to speak clearly for it to translate properly.  The app turns speech into emails or it can be cut and copied into a document.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Dr. Seuss - Various Titles
Publisher:  Oceanhouse Media
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $1.99 - $4.99
Review:     Dr. Seuss is one of those authors that appeals to many different ages of children and adults alike.  Many of Dr. Seuss' best books are available in the app store.  Prices range from $1.99-$4.99 per book.  I didn't review each book individually but they are all worth the price.  Children will love Dr. Seuss from an entirely new perspective.  Each book is interactive and can be read with or without help.  Kids of all ages will love these new Dr. Seuss books.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Easy Bib
Publisher: Imagine Easy Solutions, LLC
Available For:  iPad, iTouch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This is an excellent app for writing reference citations for English class for my students.  You can type in or scan the bar code of the publication you need to cite and it will show you how to format it in APA, MLA or Chicago style.  There is an awesome function that allows you to search for a text (ex. book title) and it will bring up all of the publications and you can search for the one you need. 
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: eClicker Host
Publisher: Big Nerd Ranch
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   eClicker Host is a wonderful app that turns iPods into a classroom performance system.  Students will beg to take tests on their iPods.  Students will get instant results after each question.  Teachers can create their own questions that correspond to their own curriculum.   You will also need to download the eClicker app (free) for each iPod. This is a wonderful app and one of my most used and highly recommended apps.  I love it.  Kids love it.  You will love it!
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Google Earth
Publisher: Google
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Wish you could take students on a field trip to see historical places?  Don't have the money?  Well, Google Earth could be the answer for you and your students.  Google Earth will take you on a virtual field trip to any location on earth.  This is a great app for social studies and science class but can be used in all subject areas.  Are you learning about the pyramids?  Take your students to see the pyramids.  Want to visit the birthplace of a famous writer?  The possibilities are endless.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Grammar Express Series
Publisher: Eknath Kadam
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free for lite versions, full versions $.99-$3.99
Review:  Grammar Express is a series of apps that allows users to learn and review every aspect of the English language from verbs, to nouns, to everything in between.  Each app has numerous quizzes which allows users to check their understanding.  These apps have everything your students will need to know about grammar.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Grammar Up
Publisher: Eknath Kadam
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free for lite version, full version $4.99
Review:  This app is great for higher level grammar practice.  It covers verb tense, pronouns, conjunctions, causative verbs, adverbs, conditionals, etc. in the free version.  The full version has 1800 questions with 20 topics and the free version has 10 topics. You can select the number of questions you want to answer and it shows you the correct answer and reasoning.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools
 
 
Title: Grammaropolis
Publisher: Grammaropolis LLC
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free, sections are $1.99 each
Review:  A good overview of the parts of speech.  Each part of speech has its own neighborhood that includes a curriculum map with songs, books, videos, and quizzes.  The user follows the map through the various parts of speech to earn a badge.  This app can be used to introduce the parts of speech, to review the parts of speech, or to extend the learning of students who are knowledgeable about the parts of speech.
Submitted By:  Robin Weaver, Willoughby-Eastlake Schools
 


Title: Idioms
Publisher:  Eknath Kadam
Available For:  iPad, iTouch, iPhone
Cost:  Lite version free, full version $2.99
Review:   This app describes all of the English Idioms and what they mean.  It gives a detailed description and an interesting picture with each one.  My students like to look at it and discuss them with one another.       
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  iResponse 
Publisher: TATE, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99, the Pro version is $4.99
Review:   iResponse is another classroom responder system.  Unlike other classroom responder systems, iResponse works in conjunction with your own laptop.  Using the wireless network in your school, iResponse allows teachers to create quizzes on the computer and "push" questions to their students immediately.  I also like the fact that teachers can create questions on the fly and push them to their students.  iResponse works seamlessly and the students love taking quizzes.  I have used this app many times to do quick comprehension checks during the teaching of the lesson.  This is wonderful for students who are afraid of answering out loud for fear of being wrong.  No one knows if a student got the answer correct except the teacher and the individual student.  NOTE:  the teacher laptop also needs to download the free iResponse software from their website.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Keynote
Publisher:  Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   Keynote is Apple Inc.'s version of Powerpoint.  Keynote on the iPad is so user friendly you won't want to make presentations on any other device again.  Take pictures and videos from your iPad2 camera and add them to your presentations just like that.  Simple is the key phrase here.  Kids will love making presentations on the iPad and sharing them with others.  This app can be used for assessment in every subject area.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Popplet
Publisher:  Notion Inc.
Available For:  iPad
Cost:  Lite Version Free, Full Version $4.99
Review:  Popplet is a cool little app that allows students and teachers to create simple graphic organizers.  There is nothing fancy about this app.  It is a simple and easy to use graphic organizer and that's it.  This is a great app for students who are just beginning to use graphic organizers and can be used as a great tool for digital portfolios.  There is also an internet based version of Popplet but it cannot work on iDevices due to their lack of Flash.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: SAT Vocab Cards
Publisher:  Lucidifi, LLC
Available For:  iPad
Cost:  Free
Review:  Very useful app in preparing students for standardized testing.  While the name implies it is for the SAT, this app can be used to prepare students for any test because of new vocabulary aqusition. It comes with around 1,000 cards and allows you to hear the pronunciation of each word.  Simply touch the card and it flips over for the definition. Mark it with a star if you got it right, don't if you missed it.  Swipe your finger for a new card.  It is that simple! Good resource.
Submitted By:  Tyler Belew, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Shake-a-Phrase
Publisher:  Artgig
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $1.99
Review:  Shake-a-Phrase is a wonderful tool to build vocabulary, learn parts of speech, and get creative story starters.  Shake your iPad to get a new sentence that goes with one of five themes.  If there's a word the student doesn't know, he can tap on it to get a definition.  The story starter will get the ideas flowing for your students.  If you aren't happy with the one that appears, just shake the iPad for another one.  Students can also quiz their knowledge on parts of speech.  Not only is it a great learning tool, but also a fun way to interact with the iPad by shaking it! 
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title: Shakespeare
Publisher:  Shakespeare Passport / Readdle
Available For:  iPhone. iPad, iTouch, Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Pro version $9.99
Review:  This app has all of the Shakespeare plays.  You can highlight certain parts of the play, change the font and the font size. This has been helpful for some of my students who are studying Shakespeare in English.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Spell Bee Challenge
Publisher:  Galaxyreach
Available For:  iPad, iTouch, iPhone
Cost:  Lite version free, full version $.99
Review:  This app is great for spelling because it says the word aloud and has the kids spell them.  You are able to choose a level (1-10) and it gives you the word, part of speech, definition, language of origin and it will use it in a sentence.  The app also allows you to enter your own spelling list to study.  The only negative is that it is sometimes difficult to understand what the word is because it is in a strange accent.       
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools

Title: Spellathon - word game
Publisher: Nivedita Arora
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Very fun and engaging activity for students to play.  The object of the game is to make four to seven letter words from 7 letters that are randomly arranged, with one letter in the center.  This game definitely works on anagram skills, word recognition, and vocabulary skills.  It features different levels as well as a definition look-up for improving your vocab skills.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  StoryKit
Publisher:  ICDL Foundation
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   Have you ever wanted your students to create a storyboard or comic strip as an assignment but not had the materials?  With the StoryKit app students can create a storybook with pictures, text, and sounds all from the iPad or iPhone. This app can help bring assignments alive to students and make learning fun. An English teacher could have their students illustrate a segment from a book reading assignment or a History teacher could have students illustrate George Washington’s winter at Valley Forge. There are too many options to mention for in-class usage. Try it out, it’s free!
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: StoryLines for Schools
Publisher: Root-One Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Story Lines is an app that allows the creativity to flow.  The "story" begins with a common phrase or saying.  Another student "grows" the story by adding a picture to go with the phrase.  The iPad keeps getting passed around until the story line is done.  Each student either gets to add a phrase to the previous picture or add a picture to the previous text.  This is a fun game and your students will love it.  
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Publisher:  Moonbot Studios
Available For:  iPad
Cost:  $4.99
Review:  Have you ever seen 6th grade boys cry before?  Ok.  Maybe.  Have you ever seen them cry after reading a book?  Probably not.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore is an absolutely amazing book/app.  This is what the iPad and books should be all about.  The book is full of wonderful pictures, interactive pieces and of course a storyline that is wonderful.  I cannot recommend a better book for the iPad.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Vocabology
Publisher: ThatWith.Me  LLC
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   My students enjoy this app because it gives you a "word of the day" daily.  It also gives you the Urban Dictionary WOTD, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Yahoo Education WOTD, dictionary.com WOTD, etc.  It will say the word aloud to you and also use it in a sentence.  This is fun for a quick vocabulary lesson.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Whirly Word
Publisher: Mighty Mighty Good Games
Available For:  iPad, iPhone, iTouch, Android
Cost:  Lite version is free, Standard version is $1.99, HD version is $2.99
Review:  This app is all about word building.  You are given 6 letters and you have to unscramble them to make various words.  The app tells you how many words to find within each word-letter makeup (ex. there are 3 4-letter words, etc.) The students like this game because they can challenge each other to see who can make the most words.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools