Providing the best possible learning journey for students shouldn’t be dictated by the size of the budget. Educators know that lots of resources can be found that don’t require deep pockets. One place to turn when looking to locate affordable options is the app store. These 5 newcomers fit the bill for affordable and engaging tools that can create an impact with a simple download.
Distant Suns (VR)– Just as education is technologically evolving, Distant Suns is reaching new heights by adding a Virtual Reality component. From a desktop program of the 80s to this personal planetarium experience, users get a front row seat to a journey through space. For $2.99, students can orbit the moon, fly over Saturn’s rings, or spend time gazing at over a quarter of a million stars. The Moon Map points out hundreds of lunar features and pinpoints lunar landings. An instant view of the evening’s sky can be found, and Earth’s current cloud patterns can also be viewed. There is so much to explore and discover!
The Coping Skills App– One would be hard-pressed to put a price tag on positive mental health, but at only $0.99, this new app is a more than affordable option. Angela Burgess, a licensed therapist, put together this cheery and simple app to help users identify ways of coping with the day-to-day rigmarole that can occur. The app offers an easy-to-use library of A-Z coping strategies. This can be a great place for students and teachers to turn to find some fresh ideas for beating the blahs.
Mulberry Street- Read & Play– Engaging young readers will be a breeze with this digital adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ first book, And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street. Activities and surprises abound at the touch of a fingertip. Students can read along with highlighted text or tackle the words on their own. The Parent section allows for the tracking of time spent navigating the app and/or pages covered. A fun addition to a digital library for only $2.99.
Chutes and Ladders– This new twist on a classic is more than a game of chance. Users navigate a story, and in choose-your-own-adventure style, the choices they make have an impact on the outcome. While there is still the counting and movement of gameplay, the app is about the cause and effect relationship between actions and their consequences. Some great lessons about the impact surrounding choices are the biggest takeaways. This $2.99 app is sure to become a student favorite for its fun animations, and a parent/teacher favorite for its journey through life lessons.
Tales of Covarnius– This digital storybook is a science fiction edition of a choose-your-own-adventure tale. The hand-drawn images take readers on a journey through a sci-fi world when a UFO landing in a neighborhood sets the story in motion. As students choose different paths to take, they are able to explore the consequences of their actions. This isn’t a bells and whistles edition with games and activities embedded in the story. The simplicity of the format leaves reading and decision-making as the main focus. For $1.99, students can continually delve into the sci-fi world and play out a variety of plot twists in this reader-driven tale.
With a heavy focus on ELA, this collection of affordable apps offers a great way to sharpen literacy skills with some space exploration and coping strategies thrown in for good measure. Gathering engaging resources can be checked off the to-do list for the month. Our 5 Newest Ed Apps under $5 collection can be a real lifesaver when it comes to locating affordable resources for the classroom and beyond!