The SanDisk iXpand flash drive works like a conventional USB flash drive but with added compatibility for Apple’s lightning connected devices. A USB connector and lightning connector are both neatly tucked away in the same small device. The flash drive essentially provides extra storage for files, photos and videos, that you might not want taking up space on your device. It also works as a secure way of transferring files from one iOS device to another without an internet connection.
Marble Math is a game that doesn’t just test your maths knowledge, but you’ll need nerves of steel and a steady hand to complete each level. Like the classic Labyrinth games, you control a marble by tilting the iPad (or by dragging it using your finger) in order to get it down the hole and progress to the next level. On your way, you have to collect the correct answers to a maths question that’s displayed at the top of the screen.
Toca Nature is a stunning app that gives you complete control to create a wonderful landscape, filled with trees, wild food and curious animals. By using your fingertip, you manipulate how the environment looks — raising the land for mountains or digging it down for lakes. You can create beautiful surroundings in a matter of seconds.
As if building a robot wasn’t fun enough, the new mBot takes it to the next level, allowing students to program the robot once it’s built. This is achieved using the mBlock drag and drop interface (based on Scratch), that allows students of all ages to implement commands and instructions for all of the robot’s sensors and attachments.
The official ScratchJr app is an easier version of Scratch, where children can create stories, games, and animations by using coding principles. Rather than writing code, Scratch and ScratchJr uses coloured blocks that are slotted together like a jigsaw, so creating basic animations are as simple as choosing an action and joining it with another.
Todo Maths is one of the most thorough and content-laden apps you can get for KS1 learners. It covers an immense amount of skills that are presented beautifully, with artwork, animations, sound and music.
With realistic sounds and beautiful looks, Hanx Writer does a great job of bringing to life the humble typewriter. Sure it has a modern delete and a flickering cursor, but these can be turned off for a truly accurate typewriting experience. Tapping backspace now strikes through a letter, showing children just how writing was printed, just a few decades ago. You have one font, one ink colour and not a single emoji in sight.
StoryLines Comix is a brilliant idea for an app and an especially good app for boys. Rather than tell a story in the form of a comic, the app focuses on specific words and how you can explain the definition using images.
Teachers are designing and creating materials all the time and it’s important that the content created is engaging and exciting for students. With Canva, you have a simple way of creating posters, invitations, cards and more, that not only look good but are professional too.
Presentations are a great teaching tool and you may be surprised just how exciting they can be. Linda Dong, a user interface designer, experimented with Apple’s Keynote app to see how powerful the animation effects were. It turns out, they’re pretty amazing.
Sortly is a free app for organising physical objects in a digital and visual way. You take photographs and videos which are then assigned to tags and folders for the ultimate organised hub.
Action Movie FX is one of those apps that will genuinely impress you when you see it. It adds explosions, monsters, aliens, robots and more, into your videos with just a few taps. Not only that, but the effects are surprisingly realistic – especially with the help from the team at Star Wars.