This morning I facilitated another 1.5 hour iPad workshop for teacher-aides in Yukon Public Schools who work with PreK students on our elementary campuses. This was the third workshop we’ve had together since these staff members received iPads late last fall. Participants shared different apps they’d been using with students and liked, and I shared several eBook apps as well as free eBooks which they could share with students. I also introduced them to Book Creator for iPad and encouraged them to consider creating eBooks of “narrated art” made by their students. Here are the links from our workshop. These and initial training resources / iPad apps are linked from the YPS Professional Development website.

Apps Shared by Participants

Peekaboo Barn ($2)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/peekaboo-barn/id300590611?mt=8
teaches animal sounds, free version just has 2 levels (kids get bored with the free version quickly)

ABC Letter Tracing (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abc-letter-tracing…/id416326981?mt8

My Horse (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-horse/id421167112?mt=8
Game, take care of a virtual horse

PuzzleiPad (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jigsaw-puzzle-collection-free/id571264158?mt=8
create virtual puzzles with photos from your iPad

Jigsaw Box (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jigsaw-box/id374251470?mt=8
create virtual puzzles with photos from your iPad

eBook Apps and eBooks Shared by Wes

iBooks (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8
free eBook reader app

Our Batak House by Yogi Nainggolan (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/our-batak-house/id591646134?mt8
ebook created by Indonesian students taught by Jane Ross (read more)

Free enhanced eBooks by Rachel Fryer
http://rachelfryer.com/ebooks/
Rachel (3rd grade) recorded the books “Twins” and “The Hungry Fox” with Book Creator for iPad, but built the visuals for them using Storypatch

Book Creator for iPad for iPad on the iTunes App Store ($5)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/book-creator-for…/id442378070?mt8
Great app for creating enhanced ebooks with voice recordings you make

ICDL – The International Childrens’ Digital Library (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icdl-free-books-for-children/id363731638?mt=8
hundreds of free ebooks from around the world, filter by age, language and more, also online at www.childrenslibrary.org

i-Nigma (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/app/i-nigma-4-qr-datamatrix-barcode/id388923203?mt=8
Fastest QR code reader for the iPad we’ve found

QR Beamer (free)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qr-code-beamer/id459324783?mt=8
Lets you CREATE and ‘beam’ QR codes so other people can scan them

These are the current eBook and eReader apps I have installed on my iPad:

eBook Apps (Feb 2013)

eReader iPad Apps (Feb 2013)

What eBook apps are your favorites for PreK students?


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