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Best apps to support literacy & numeracy

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Started by SherylC 24 Apr 2015 3:30pm () Replies (11)

Can someone tell me the names of some good reading/writing & numeracy apps I can use with my high learning needs students please? These students are working at or below level 1 of the curriculum and range in age from 6 to 10 years old.


  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 24 Apr 2015 11:14pm ()

    Here are a couple of apps that you may find useful

    • You Tube- search for videos to support learning goals, add videos of children working towards goals, share these with whānau. Make the learning things that you do rewindable so that kids can replay the lessons and repeat them.
    • Google Drawings for all sorts of things- labelling matching- that sort of thing- example
    • Class Dojo for motivation, rewarding positive action and communication with whānau.


  • Charlotte Verity (View all users posts) 25 Apr 2015 10:02pm ()

    Hi there

    I love using:

    Phonics lite (letter formation, fine motor, phonics)

    News-o-matic (kids newspaper - visual and audio)

    Preschool alphabet (letter formation)

    Pow Strip designer (story writing, cartoons)

    Little Story Creator / Little Bird Tales (story creator)

    Reomations - Te Reo

    Sumdog - maths 

    sunshine online - reading

    I would love to hear any you know of, esp for maths


  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 26 Apr 2015 3:19pm ()

    Are you meaning Google Apps or iPad apps. I am a bit confused.

  • Charlotte Verity (View all users posts) 26 Apr 2015 4:01pm ()

    These are all ipad apps but some also available through google or app store (eg sumdog app)


  • TanyaK (View all users posts) 27 Apr 2015 3:35pm ()

    Hi Allanah

    Some apps I have found particularly valuable with supporting learners with their writing are:

    iWordQ (UK version) - excellent with many processing disorders, dyspraxia, dyslexia, APS is costly but well worth it many parents have also bought it for their children when they have trialled it

    Dragon dictation - turns speech into text

    Book Creator - use this as a book for students who are reluctant writers especially great because they can add pictures/photos

    Popplet - great for mind mapping, organising ideas, note taking, keywords and can also add photos to, timelines, many many uses

    QRCodes/Scan (for both reading and writing they find this particularly creative and quickly overcome their reluctance)

    Reading - Learning Media have many books as apps now aimed at L13 and above I think can't be 100% sure)

    ShowMe (reading and writing)




    Math Bingo 

    Hungry Fish - Motion Math have many great apps

    MathTapper Apps such as Clockmaster, multiplies, fractions

  • TanyaK (View all users posts) 27 Apr 2015 3:45pm ()

    More Math

    Thinking Blocks - by Math playground                       Addition to 20(stage 5)

    Let's Do Maths - Number Bonds to 10 ,100 and 1000   (add pairs to make10, add pairs to make20, add pairs to make50, make 100, make 200, make 500 and make 1000)

    Math Town and Math Museum

    Math machine (available in both english and maori) excellent NZ content


  • TanyaK (View all users posts) 27 Apr 2015 3:52pm ()

    More reading - those apps are interactive and hook the children into them, hours and hours of fun


    The Waterhole


  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 27 Apr 2015 9:18pm ()

    Thanks Tanya K,

    They are all great apps but seeing this is the Google Apps for Education group I thought Sheryl C was more interested in Google Apps rather than iPad apps.

    Which is why I was a bit confused as to what she was looking for.

  • Sarah Parker (View all users posts) 28 Apr 2015 6:40am ()

    I use Skill Builder Spelling BETA version [there are 2 in the store, after contacting the developer he made the BETA version where you can add and attach an id to a spelling list].  It is a simple 'learn your essential lists by rote' type app but the kids enjoy it as part of a phonics/toolbox rotation.  Below are the lists I've typed into it and the id's that go with them. 

    Essential List 3 = 15

    Essential List 4 part 1 = 16

    Essential List 4 part 2 = 17

    Essential List 5 part 1 = 13

    Essential List 5 part 2 = 14

    Essential List 6 part 1 = 18

    Essential List 6 part 2 = 19

    Essential List 7 part 1 = 20

    Essential List 7 part 2 = 21


    Commonly Misspelt Words part 1 = 24

    Commonly Misspelt Words part 2 = 25


    Adding suffixes part 1 = 26

    Adding suffixes part 2 = 28

  • SherylC (View all users posts) 28 Apr 2015 1:55pm ()

    Hi all,

    Thanks for the app suggestions. I will be looking into these and trying them. This student has an ipad and access to a PC as well. I will also share these with my colleagues.



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