Celebrate the NEW YEAR with a half-dozen of the BEST Free Educational Apps of 2012

Finding the BEST Free Educational Apps of 2012 might seem like an easy enough task, but with so many app developers setting their apps free for a limited time only, it’s difficult to know which apps are FREE and will stay FREE.  Here you will find a half dozen FREE apps that we consider to be among the BEST of 2012. All of these apps are geared toward the elementary, primary or toddler population, with the exception of Fry Words and Grammaropolis, which can be great for older, struggling readers and writers. Enjoy these FREE downloads and spend some quality time with your kids!

imgres-5Scribble My Story – A Fingerprint Network App, by Fingerprint, is a junior version of the popular and award winning Scribble Press App, selected by Time Magazine as one of the 25 best apps of 2012 and widely used in classrooms. Targeted for kids 3 to 7, Scribble My Story is a design collaboration between Fingerprint’s early learning experts and the Scribble Press team. This app delivers a wonderful, age appropriate experience, fostering creativity and early literacy skills.

imagesBitsboard, by Grasshopper Apps, is a place where learning is FUN, SIMPLE, and a BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE! Bitsboard offers free access to tens of thousands of gorgeous flashcards and carefully curated lessons across dozens of languages. No matter what you want to teach (English, German, Telling Time, Counting, Sight Words, ABCs, etc.), you will find it on Bitsboard. All of the content on Bitsboard is 100% FREE. The possibilities are literally endless with this incredible app. This is a must download for any educator! The power and simplicity of this app will jump off the screen. Developers listened to the requested features and made this app absolutely awesome with their latest upgrade.

imgres-7Yabber Magazine, by Big Red Publications Inc., believes science is fun and promotes that concept! Inside this mag, you’ll find animations, games and activities as you join Yabber and Lily on exciting interactive adventures. To make this magazine have a global appeal the developers worked with artists, animators and educators from all around the world, bringing a diverse human perspective to the issues at hand. Yabber is growing into an engaged community of parents and children, educators and students, all sharing the love of learning in its many forms. Their philosophy: Learn it. Do it. Discuss it.

imgres-8Kids’ Own App, by Conan Moriarty, brings a brand new concept to the iPad for interactive learning, from Kids’ Own – Ireland’s only dedicated publisher of books made by children for children. This app is for parents and young children to read, sing and record rhymes, together. The child rendered, interactive graphics are fabulous and give the overall experience a special feeling. The art and audio were created by 2 & 3 year old children and make this app truly spectacular! The content includes classics like: Five Little Monkeys, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, The Wheels on the Bus and traditional rhymes such as: Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider, Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Hey Diddle, Diddle, the Cat & the Fiddle. This app surely delights the little ones.

mzl.wadalfxs.175x175-75Fry Words, by Alligator Apps, is another excellent learning tool to add to your bag of tricks. Fry 1000 Instant Words is a list of the most commonly used words for teaching reading, writing, and spelling. These high frequency words should be recognized instantly by readers. In 1996, Dr. Fry expanded on Dolch’s sight word lists, researched and published a book titled “Fry 1000 Instant Words.” In his research, Dr. Fry found the following results:  25 words make up approximately 1/3 of all items published,  100 words comprise approximately 1/2 of all of the words found in publications, 300 words make up approximately 65% of all written material. To make learning the Fry Words fun, simple, and easy, they have broken the 1,000 Fry words into unique sets of 10 word each. TWA included Phonics Genius by the same developer in another collection of FREE apps way back and we raved about it!

statGrammaropolis, by Grammaropolis LLC, began educating students via the web before it jumped on board digitally. We really have to wonder how grammaropolis.com eluded us. It originated as a website and was commonly used on computers and SMARTBoards. There is also a book and CD component. As for the app, it is great way to introduce, teach, and review grammar. It is all organized by a map and tracks progress for up to five students. The app includes character descriptions for nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections. It has a catchy tune and accomplishes its goal in an engaging, invigorating, and FUN way; this content can be very dry!

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  7. Andy Hanson says:

    In my opinion, any app that focuses on content mastery (flashcards, memorization, etc.) is NOT a top educational app. I have to agree with David Thornburg when he says that “The downside of tablets today is that they are tools for consumption, not tools for creation.”

    The “There’s an app for that” culture, combined with the test prep culture, has sucked the creativity out of education. Next time, let’s focus on those apps that do a great job of pulling the creativity out of kids, giving them things to explore and express rather than memorize.

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