Kindergarten Academy – Apps, ‘Bots and Code

Welcome! If you haven’t already done so, please download the following apps free before we begin.

Apps/Sites for Reading and Listening to Reading

  • Epic Books (free) – Providing access to over 10,000 books, Epic is a free iOS app or webpage forScreen Shot 2016-02-17 at 3.41.13 PM educators. Check out Epic for Educators for information about setting up free teacher/student accounts.
  • Storyline Online (free) – Also an app or a webpage. Actors read books aloud. Supported by either YouTube or SchoolTube.
  • Unite for Literacy (free) – a great website for beginning readers.  I make a direct link to the website using the “add to home screen” feature of  iPad.
  • The Belkin Rockstar allows up to five students to listen with headphones at once on a computer or device.
  • Invite a guest reader to read to your class via online videoconferencing such as Google Hangouts or Skype.

Apps for Word Work

  • Writing Wizard (paid) – With this app practice letters, numbers and words. You can set up your own spelling lists and record your voice saying the words to be practiced. Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 3.39.47 PM
  • Word Wizard (paid) – This app reads words you spell aloud to you and asks you to spell words. You can record your own words to practice.
  • Book Creator (paid) – Long and short vowels
  • Camera (Comes with iPad) – Words I’ve Mastered
  • iMovie (Comes with iPad) – Silent E
  • Practice words on drawing apps such as

Apps/Sites for Read to Someone

  • Read to someone via Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime etc.Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 10.57.58 AM (Check my class’s experience.)
  • Book Creator – take a picture of the page and then read it. Record a reading sample in the same “book” several times throughout the year to show fluency.  Grade one example

Apps/Sites for WritingScreen Shot 2016-02-17 at 3.44.31 PM

Apps/Sites for Math

Connecting Beyond Your Classroom

Getting Started – Involve Parents First

  • Parental Permission  — Form my school division uses for permissions
  • Show parents what you want to doPhonics via Skype
  • Offer options – such as no images, pseudonyms

Video Conferencing

Using Video Conferencing in the Classroom


Using Twitter in the ClassroomReading Tweets


Digital Portfolios

Finding Connections

Robots and Coding

Introducing Coding ( or Unplugged Coding)


There are many, many robotic options out there (and more appearing all the time). Here are a few that have been tested by my students and work well with 5-7 years old.

  • KIBO – works on batteries. No devices necessary. (Resources)
  • Bee-Bot – Rechargeable. No devices necessary. (Ideas)
  • Ozobot – charges via USB port on computer. No device is necessary, but value is added when combined. (Resources)Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 3.19.35 PM
  • Other available robots
    • Code-a-Pillar (available at Walmart, Amazon)
    • Code & Go Robot Mouse (available from Amazon)
    • Dot and Dash by Wonder Workshop
    • Cubetto by Primo Toys

Coding Apps

  • Kodable (free) Sign up as a teacher and get a class code. Create student accounts.
  • Daisy the Dinosaur (free)
  • Hopscotch (free – requires email address for account)Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 3.22.56 PM
  • Tynker (free) or try their website (pay version) This app requires quite a bit of reading.
  • ScratchJr (free) – this app has both iOS and Android versions (Check herefor activities, curricula and assessments with ScratchJr.)
  • The Foos ( free) Check out Foos resources here.

Some Curricular Connections

iBook Coding Resources

Other Resources

  • Innovate With iPad by Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen is a practical, hands-on guide for using apps in creative ways in the classroom.
  • Amplify by Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris. Discover how you—and your students—can make the most of any technology.

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