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POWER APPS

This page contains links to apps or app directories/portals
that have been recommended by educators

for students,teachers & parents

Drama

  • Scene Partner (free)- "Start memorizing your lines today with Scene Partner® - the one App you need to get offbook fast! Use your own scripts or choose from a growing collection of Publisher e-Scripts — the authorized Acting Editions designed specifically for use with Scene Partner."
  • Shakespeare (free)- "Shakespeare™ is a free app with the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works) and a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term)."

Creative Writing

  • The Brainstormer ($1.99)- "The Brainstormer is a bit of kindling for creative minds. A tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer can provide that elusive moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any kind of creative endeavour. It’s a great way to combat creative block, to spark new ideas for a new project or to summon up quick subjects for doodling, sketching or journaling.

    The Brainstormer has three spinning wheels featuring plot/conflict, theme/setting and subject/location. By manipulating the wheels -- or do a random spin and let fate take over -- you generate combinations that make fantastic creative prompts for writing, sketching or any creative activity. And you have the freedom to edit the wheels to fit your process: from simply tweaking the built in lists to creating entirely new scenarios from scratch."
  • iDeas for Writing ($1.99)- "The app features multiple creators to help choose titles, characters and writing the first line of a piece. Also included in the app are exercises to help get a story started, develop characters for later use, practice writing dialogue or just get in some quick creative writing practice."
  • Writing Prompts ($1.99)- "This app features hundreds of writing prompts based on current events, popular texts and other subject areas. Users will find story starters, special writing exercises, scenes and word-based writing prompts to get them started or help get them past writer’s block. Favorite prompts can be bookmarked and prompts can also be searched by key terms or genres.

Environment

  • Earth Science Regents Study ($2.99)- "While the Earth Study Regents app is designed to prepare students for the New York State Regents Exam for earth science, it also serves as a useful tool for other earth science teachers.  The app comes with over 200 questions from past exams, as well as nearly 500 flash cards for studying popular earth science topics."
  • Just Science (free)- "Can help students explore the science behind climate change. Featured in the app are maps that highlight the temperature in different parts of the world and show how temperatures have changed over time. Also included in the app are news articles and links to relevant Wikipedia content."
  • Project Noah (free)- "Helps students identify the organisms they find around them. With the app, they can take pictures of wildlife and upload it to the database or ask for information on the species. They can also use the location-based field guide to find things to look for during nature walks or self-identify some of the wildlife they find."

Literature

  • Goodreads (free)- "Designed to help individuals find books they like and share those books with others. Students can share book recommendations with one another or find suggestions for new books based on those they have said they liked. In addition, students can rate and review books, allowing them to avoid books they despised and quickly return to those they loved, or take notes on books as they read them. The app also contains over 2,000 free eBooks for users to read."
  • Literary Analysis Guide ($3.99)- "At some point in time every high school and college student must write a literary analysis paper or complete another literary analysis activity. When that time comes, the Literary Analysis Guide comes in handy. The app features three different wheels which contain information about poetry, prose and rhetoric. Using the wheel, students can access an overview and examples of common literary terms. These terms and definitions will help guide students as they create their own analysis of literary works."
  • Literary Review (free)- "Literature teachers who want to keep up on the latest happenings in the literary world can do so with the Literary Review app. While full access to the app requires a subscription to the Literary Review, the cost is nominal and gives you access to reviews of the latest publications in multiple genres and critical discussions of literature. It also comes with the ability to search past editions of the publication to find articles relevant to your teaching."
  • Poetry Daily (free)- "The more poetry students read and discuss the better they become at understanding the genre. Poetry Daily gives students plenty of poetry to read. The app offers a new poem every day. Users can bookmark their favorite poems and also explore information about the poets behind the works. There is also a section on the latest poetry news which may spark critical discussion in a literature class."

Miscellaneous

  • Stitcher Radio (free)- "Listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows ON DEMAND from your mobile device. Discover the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, WSJ, Adam Carolla, SModcast, Joe Rogan, Rachel Maddow, Rush Limbaugh, Fresh Air, Freakonomics, Radiolab and over 10,000+ shows and live stations. Change the way you listen to radio - on your schedule, not the schedule of traditional stations" Check out the "Podcasts" page for some interesting audio content.

Science

  • geotimescale (free)- "A simple app designed to help students quickly find information about specific areas in history. Just by opening the app students can see the major eons, epochs and periods in the Earth’s history and the dates they span. Clicking on individual periods provides the opportunity to gain more information, such as major events or the creatures living during the period."
  • Whatchamacology (free)- "Students often find themselves overwhelmed with the amount of new words they have to learn when studying science. Why can’t we learn about dinosaurs and robots without having to memorize a bunch of definitions? Whatchamacology turns studying scientific terms into a fun, interactive game.If you enjoy games like Password, Taboo, or Catch Phrase, you’ll love Whatchamacology. Get your team to guess scientific terms without using words from their typical definitions. Act out a scene; draw pictures; tell stories; use analogies. Earn points for each correct guess. The team with the most points before the timer runs out wins! You’ll find that when you start thinking creatively about scientific terms, they become much easier to remember. Great for study groups or classroom review sessions."