Thursday, 9 October 2014
With the new iOS 8 update, iTunes have started to offer apps in bundles which is great for teachers as it means you can save money! For schools who have a lot of iPads, this is a great way to save more of the precious budget. I am a massive fan of Apps Gone Free, where paid apps are released for free for a limited period and often share useful apps on twitter. Below are some app bundles that I would recommend looking into for schools:
Quick Math Pack - Bundle - £1.49 Separately - £2.76
These are some of my favourite apps to use in Numeracy, children really enjoy using them and the additions of Quick Clocks and Quick Fractions make these apps usable with plenty of different maths objectives. I have also been sent the new app from the Quick Math team and am very excited at the potential so make sure you keep a keen eye out for that one!
Let's do Mental Maths - Bundle - £4.99 Separately - £11.94
These are fantastic apps to support mental maths tailored to the UK curriculum. You can read more about these apps here.
Ultimate Productivity Bundle by Readdle - Bundle - £13.99 Separately - £18.96
These apps are great for teachers, particularly the Scanner Pro, just for simply scanning texts, pictures and sharing them as PDF or JPEG files - no more photocopying!
Toca Toy Box - Bundle - £4.99 Separately - £7.96
I absolutely LOVE Toca Boca and the range of apps available. They are superb for EYFS for role play but can also be a useful 'Camouflage Learning' stimulus for writing.
Artgig Maths Mysteries and Mazes - Bundle - £5.99 Separately - £7.96
The apps from Artgig are an engaging way for children to practise their maths skills in game-type environments. Children revel in playing these games and often will choose to play them when they get some free time on the iPads.
Primary Apps Megapack - Bundle - £4.99 Separately - £10.90
The Primary Apps collection has some great apps specifically designed for the primary classroom! Well worth a look!
I have only chosen app bundles where I have used nearly every app included. There are plenty of other app bundles available but these are ones that I have used in class and have worked well in my lessons.
Please feel free to share any other app bundles that you feel may be useful in the comments below.