Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tutor Tip: Two iPad Applications

As I have previously stated, I am tutoring and I love it. I am always trying to find ways to make the activities more fun and engaging for the student I tutor. So I thought I would share two iPad applications that I am using with the student and it seems to be going well.

For language arts (reading) we use the app Endless ABC:

NOTE: My 2 and a half-year-old nephew also LOVES this game and it has taught him most of the letters of the alphabet. 

Endless Alphabet (which I got free during an iTunes giveaway at Christmas time) uses cute monsters to spell out words. For instance, if the word was JUGGLE, the word would be stated in big letters and then little letters (with eyes and tongues to show they are monsters) will be scattered around the word. Like a puzzle, the student has to drag the monster letter to the letter in the word and once all of the letters are together it there is a little skit about the word. Playing this app is great positive reinforcement for the student to get her phonics sheets completed.

The mathematics application that I have been using for the grade 2 student is: TIC TAC MATH

This game comes with the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), can be a two player game (good for the tutor to always interact and keep the student engaged) and has three different levels (easy, advanced, and expert). So the game is played like tic tac toe but in order for you to put your mark down (an X or an O) you must complete an operation (just one operation per game). This can also be played without the application (create a Tic Tac Toe page, write down addition questions in each box and ask the student to complete the question before putting their mark down).

Anyways, those are two applications that I find helpful in tutoring. What are two applications that you find helpful?