Touch Press’s Ink Blott Undergroundapp for iOS is an engaging English language arts game for middle school students in which players dig through a series of crystal-filled caves and bring their vivid world back to life by using word parts to fix broken words and sentences. The game educates students on prefixes and suffixes in relation to root words. The object of this game is to help Blott the Inkling—an inky, resourceful mole-like creature that lives below the ground in the literary world. Blott must work tirelessly to revitalize and maintain the dense and perilous Verbose Underground. Students work to guide Blott through caverns to collect crystals and unlock levels. However, the paths to the caverns are often blocked, so Blott must repair corrupted words or sentences to unblock the paths to the caverns in order to reach the crystals and unlock the level. As they progress through the levels, students are introduced to more sophisticated gameplay and a higher degree of difficulty in word pairings. Cost:Free
At the beginning of February 2019, the podcast “Binge Mode” concluded its eight-month run of 70 episodes discussing every chapter of the seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Students can jump on their brooms and explore all the episodes of the Harry Potter podcast on the Binge Mode website or in iTunes.
Alive Studios’ Rugs alive are colorful classroom rugs that come to life with the freeRugs alive app for iOS and Android devices. Students can learn about the world’s animal habitats, explore 26 animals in 3D, take fun photos with their favorite animal, brush up on uppercase and lowercase letters, and more.
The Global OnenessProject has created an Empathy Collection of 15 stories and lessonplans to foster empathy in the classroom. Through the multimedia stories, students meet individuals from different backgrounds and visit communities in different geographic locations facing challenging global issues.