Language Arts Intermediate Apps

Language Arts Apps for Intermediate Students

 

Storytelling & Writing

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Cost

Platform

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Book Creator

Create your own books and publish them as PDF or EPUB formats.

CommonSenseMedia

free to create one book, $4.99 to create unlimited books

iPad, Android

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PuppetPals

Create and record animated short stories.

FCPS & CommonSenseMedia

free but has limited access unless purchasing additional in-app items

iPad

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Dragon Dictation

This voice recognition app allows you to speak into your phone or device and watch as your words are transcribed into written text.  Students can use this for note-taking or for dictating papers or written projects.

FCPS

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Write About This Free

This app contains prompts and images to spark creativity and students’ interest in writing.  Students and parents can also add their own images and prompts into the app.

CommonSenseMedia

free (Another version with more prompts, images and features is available for $3.99.)

iPad

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Shake-a-Phrase

Students can select a category and get a writing prompt in the form of a silly sentence or question.  Then, students can expand these into their own stories.  Other modes in the app are a vocabulary builder and a parts of speech quiz.  

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices

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Big Nate: Comix by U!

From the creator of the popular Big Nate book series, this app gives students the opportunity to write their own comic strip using the characters from the book.  Students can use three different modes to get help with starting their comics and may print or email them when finished.

CommonSenseMedia

$0.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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MakeBeliefsComix

This comic strip creator app allows students to use pre-drawn characters and settings to write their own comics.  When completed, the comics may be printed or emailed.  

CommonSenseMedia

free ($1.99 for ad-free version)

iPad

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Rory’s Story Cubes

Students shake their digital device to roll 9 virtual dice, each of which have pictures.  Then, students use the resulting pictures to write a story.

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

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Lark

From the Storybird website, this app allows users to create poetry through images and stickers.  Poems may be shared via social media or sent to friends.

educational blog

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Strip Designer

This app allows students to take pictures with the device’s camera or from the photo roll to turn them into comic strips.  They can use a variety of layouts and stickers to create a custom comic strip, which can be exported as a PDF for printing or sharing.

CommonSenseMedia

$2.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

 

Books

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Cost

Platform

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Axis 360

Online access to free ebooks and audiobooks.  Students can browse, check out and read books in this all-in-one app.

FCPS

free

all iOS devices running iOS 7 or later, Android devices, Kindle Fire

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Starwalk Kids

Online access to ebooks for students.  Many nonfiction titles are available.

FCPS

free

iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire

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Middle School

Confidential 1

This book app features a story about students who encourage each other’s self-esteem while standing up against bullying.

CommonSenseMedia

$2.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire, Nook

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News-O-Matic

This app summarizes world news in 5 daily news articles written for children.  The app also contains a Read to Me feature, word puzzles, games, and maps to show the location of the news stories and distance from the reader.

CommonSenseMedia

free for 10 trial editiions (one time fee of $19.99 for unlimited editions)

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire

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Loose Strands

This interactive book app follows the story of Roland, a boy who begins exploring the secrets of his family’s barber shop.  In the app, readers decide what actions Roland should take, see the consequences of those actions, and follow clues to determine the steps to take next.

AASL

$4.99

iPad, Android devices

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The Un-Stealer

This app features the story of a thief who steals the “un” from the beginning of words to create chaos.

AASL

$3.99

iPad, Android devices

 

Reading & Vocabulary    

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Cost

Platform

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Quizlet

This app allows you to make custom flashcards to study vocabulary words and definitions.  You may also create games to use to study the words.

FCPS

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices

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KidsVocab-MindSnacks

This app features nine different games to teach students vocabulary words with correct spelling, usage, and pronunciation.

CommonSenseMedia

$1.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Chicktionary

After choosing a timed or untimed game, players race to unscramble letters to form words.

CommonSenseMedia

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices

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SpellingCity

A variety of games to help students learn vocabulary words from different preset lists.  Users can register for free and upload their own custom vocabulary lists for the games.

CommonSenseMedia

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle, Chromebook

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Spellboard

Spellboard allows users to enter a custom list of spelling words from any language.  Then, it creates a variety of spelling quizzes to help test the user on correct spelling of the words.

CommonSenseMedia

$4.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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The Opposites

In this fast-paced game, students are encouraged to learn new vocabulary by pairing words with opposite meanings before the screen is filled.

CommonSenseMedia

$0.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

 

Presentation Tools

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Cost

Platform

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HaikuDeck

This app, and its accompanying website, allow users to create presentations using a gallery of images and templates.

FCPS

free

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices

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Prezi

This app, and its accompanying website, allow users to create and view presentations by uploading their own images, links, videos and PDF files.

FCPS

free

iPhone, ipad, Android devices

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Green Screen by Do Ink

This app allows students to create green screen images and videos using an iPad.

FCPS

$2.99

iPad

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EduCreations

An interactive whiteboard that allows users to animate and narrate videos that teach others how to do something.

FCPS

free

iPad

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Explain Everything

An interactive whiteboard that allows users to animate and narrate videos that teach others how to do something.

FCPS

$3.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android devices

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Trading Cards from Read Write Think

This app allows students to create a baseball card about real or fictional people, places and things.  After answering a template of questions and importing a picture, students can save, email or print their trading card.

educational blog

free

iPad, Android

 

Keyboarding Apps

 

App Name

Description

Reviewed By

Cost

Platform

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Typing Maniac

This app works on students’ speed of typing.  As words fall down the screen, students must type them correctly to clear them from piling up.  Too many piled up words signals an end to the round.

CommonSenseMedia

$0.99

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Tap Typing

This app helps students master touch typing and improve their skills typing on tablets and other devices.  It provides them with shortcuts and hints for improving their use of a keyboard.

CommonSenseMedia

free (must pay for more samples and practice levels)

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad