Awesome Apps

So much has changed since I created this page! When I first started this page I was an app-aholic!! I couldn't get enough- I was always looking for the next best app. 
Over the past two years I've become a much more critical app purchaser. I use more creation-based apps with my students and fewer skill-based apps- although they do have their time and place. To reflect this shift in thinking and transformation in teaching, I will be working to update this page over the next few months to share what have become my tried and true favorites. You'll find most of these apps discussed in my blog posts as to how I've use them in my 1st grade classroom as well.
 I hope you'll check back to see what's coming.

So many apps,
so little time!

Below is a list of apps I use in my 1st grade classroom. All apps are linked to the iTunes store by clicking on the name. If I've blogged about a particular app, I'll include a link to the specific post as well. Many of these apps are free or have been free at one time or another.

AppShopper - This a definite must have!  AppShopper keeps you up to date on the newest App Store apps, sales and freebies. I have gotten many of my paid apps for free by watching this site daily.

Creation Apps

Book Creator- 

Doodlecast Pro- One of my all time favorites!

Drawing Pad


Popplet- A great webbing app. We use this for Words Their Way as well as for math and writing.

Sock Puppets - Students can retell stories and even make up stories of their own using this app


Word Cloud by ABCya 

Writing Apps 

iDiary- Fantastic journaling app for kids K-3

Bill Atkinson PhotoCard - Students can write their own postcards and send them off through email. This is a great way for students to work on their letter writing skills. Kids even get to chose a stamp to put on their card. There is a lite version and a paid version.

Math Apps

Math Ninja- This app is great for practicing basic math facts. This link is for the free, lite version. The paid version gives you more levels. My kiddos quickly outgrew the lite version.

Math Bingo -

Mathmateer (formerly Rocket Math)

NCTM (Nat'l Council of Teachers of Math) Apps- Great variety of math apps

Number Line

Number Pieces Basic

Intervention Apps

Dexteria - Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the multi-touch interface to help build strength, control, and dexterity.

LetterReflex - LetterReflex helps children overcome common letter reversals in a game format that is inviting, engaging, interactive and user-friendly. Excellent app!

General Apps


Inigma- QR code reader