Archive for January, 2013

28th January
written by admin

In my last post, I lamented the limited number of quality apps available for middle school students. How many kids are walking around their schools with a MacBook? Several thousand. And that’s just here in Shanghai. Granted, not everyone is carrying around an app-enabled device and not everyone is eager to spend all of their free time developing their wordsmith skills. But, if you are looking to spend a few dollars on an app that has a clear benefit to your middle schooler then the following ten apps get this teacher’s vote (and many of my 8th graders):

Word Development

You’d be surprised how many kids have never played Scrabble or a variation of it. My students have enjoyed playing against me in each of these games. I set a high score and they try to beat it or we square off against one another. I’ve been humbled by a few of my students when we squared off.


Its bean hard to find an reliable app that’s meets the wide range of grammer issues most middle schoolers’ face. These two apps are essentially workbooks adapted for the iDevice, but Pearson has the most comprehensive set of age-appropriate exercises and a decent progress-tracker.


Essay Support