Designed by Liternauts for iOS, Android, Kindle, and Mac, the Writing Challenge allows students from ages 7 to 14 to enjoy writing in the guise of an engaging, interactive game. The app provides a prompt to get students started in writing a story. Then, every minute, the app supplies another prompt to add new ideas, words, characters, sentences, places, or actions to the plot. Students who have a difficult time getting started with creative writing assignments will be motivated by the fast-paced, game-like approach of this app—and in the end, they’ll have been inspired to write an entire story. Costs: $2.99, iOS; $1.89, Android; $1.99, Kindle; $3.99, Mac
Listenwise harnesses the power of listening to advance literacy and learning in all students. Listenwise Premium pairs curriculum-aligned podcasts and public radio with learning tools and listening comprehension assessments to transform them into rigorous academic content.
The nonprofit Khan Academy has launched Khan Academy Kids for early learners (aged 2–5). The education app includes thousands of original activities, books, videos, and lessons, and combines subjects such as math and reading with creative activities.