Here are a list of useful educational websites and apps for iPhone/ iPad and android devices that can be used at home.
They include English, Gaeilge, Maths, Geography, History, Science, SESE, Working memory, Animation, Typing and Exercise/Movement .
IXLwebsite – Irish curriculum from infants to secondary school
Cool maths games is a brain-training site, for everyone, where logic & thinking & math meets fun & games
NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18
Math is fun is a site that explains maths in easy language, plus puzzles, games, worksheets and an illustrated dictionary
Maths week Ireland has great free resources to encourage the learning of maths and the development of problem solving strategies. Junior Infants- 6th class
Pbskids is a site that offers literacy games for younger children
Raz kids offers 400+ eBooks that students can listen to, read, and even record themselves reading
Readtheory.org offers reading comprehensions for children of all ages
Twinkl is a very useful website offering free one month trial during current crisis
Funbrain offers educational games for kids of all ages
Free children stories is a site offering free stories for younger kids ages 3-5
The literacy shed has high quality educational films and animations
Storylineonline -stories read by famous actors and actresses
Borrowbox has lots of free eBooks and eAudiobooks. Download and listen now!
PHONICS AND READING
Starfall -phonics for younger children
Teach your monster to read covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. Computer version is 100% free
HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND SCIENCE
Ask about Ireland containing thousands of articles, images, maps, audio tracks, ebooks, videos.. about Irelands geography and history
National geographic Worldwide geography site
Anseo, i Scoil Náisiúnta Currach Eanach, bhí sár obair á dhéanamh againn ó thaobh úsáid na cúpla focal Gaeilge de, sa bhaile agus ar scoil. Dá mba rud é go bhfuil fonn ort leanúint leis an obair iontach sinn, cliceáil ar na nasc seo a leanas. Tá ranganna teagaisc le fáil ann. Tá súil agam go mbeidh siad cabhrach daoibh.
At Crehana, we had been making great efforts at using our few Irish words, at home and at school. If you’d like to continue that wonderful work, click on the following links. They will take you to a few tutorials. I hope you find them helpful.
Éadaí / clothes
Timpeall an Tí, cuid 1 / Around the house, part 1
Obair Bhaile (cuid 1) – Doing Homework
TG4 – Cula 4 also offer an educational and fun children’s section to their website which includes cartoons, games and competitions both in English and Irish
CURRICULUM FOCUSED RESOURCES
Please click here for Mrs. Fosters Padlet A Padlet of Educational Resources and Sites. A Padlet is an application to create an online bulletin board that can be used to display information for any topic. This Padlet has been created with all classes and subjects of the primary school in mind. There are also boards for Special Educational needs, Occupational Therapy, Speech and language Therapy as well as emotional/ wellbeing and mindfulness. This is a changing resource as it is upgraded and added to regularly. It is best to open this resource on an ipad or computer as it is a very large resource. Swipe across to see all boards and scroll down each one for full list.
Scoilnet is a portal website that aims to support Ireland’s education community by providing educational resources
Topmarks is a searchable site of thousands of quality teaching resources, interactive resources, homework, exam and revision help. Useful for teachers, pupils and parents
Help My Kid Learn is a website providing fun activities that parents can do with their children to develop their literacy and numeracy
NASA Kids Club is an excellent site for “kids” of all ages and provides an abundance of information, images, and interesting things to do on astronomy and the space sciences
Visit DK Find Out! to learn about dinosaurs, space, animals, nature & more. Fun learning activities for kids with videos, quizzes & galleries
Ducksters is an educational site covering subjects such as history, science, geography, math, and biographies
EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT
GoNoodle engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are! Whole Child Approach. Benefits kids’ physical wellness, academic success, and social-emotional health
Beyond the Classroom resources can be used by teachers to help engage parents in their child’s physical literacy journey. Learning undertaken within physical education class can be consolidated and enhanced outside of school through the use of these resources.
TypingClub is a highly engaging site where kids can learn how to touch-type (using all of one’s fingers to type on a keyboard, without looking at the keys). From basic lessons on lowercase letters to using capitals, numbers, and even symbols, almost every aspect of standard keyboarding is covered
free access to grow in love resources. Login on the growinlove.ie website using the following details – Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Password: growinlove
Duolingo You can practice with fun lessons that will leave you eager to learn more, and develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, and conversation skills along the way! It feels like a game and makes sure you stay motivated. You can practice for as little as 5 minutes every day and see improvements.
Cúla Caint This lovely Irish language app sounds out or displays words in Irish when the user touches any given image. Cúla Caint 2 and 3 are also available, with an extended vocabulary. (IOS, Android)
Caoga caoga (Fifty-Fifty), a fun Irish language learning game where players of all ages learn vocabulary by associating words with descriptive images. Information on their mobile app for android and iPhone.
Cula 4 This is a free app from TG4, which is designed to cater for younger viewers. Explore, learn and be entertained with the Irish language content. The shows on it are updated regularly for all ages to enjoy.
An Teach Mór Learn the basics of Irish language in the home, the app allows the user to explore 7 rooms in a virtual house, each room contains tasks and fun challenges, this early version of the game features only 2 levels. By using a drag and drop approach to learning the user gets to experience the voice of a fluent speaker help guide them figure out puzzles.
An Chraic With 16 topics, 70 themes, and 800 phrases, supports learning of Irish in 5th/6th class, and beyond. It gives good examples of suitable phrases with clear audio too.
Briathra na Gaeilge This is a fun way To learn and engage with the Irish language. It has detailed information on 500 verbs and translations. It has examples of how they should be used in sentences. It also has interactive tests to challenge your knowledge on what you’ve learned.
Saibhreas na Gaeilge This app has a substantial collection of Irish phrases, proverbs and vocabulary which is invaluable to an Irish language learner.
Mo Chéad Fhocail This is an early learning app which will delight and encourage young children as they learn their first Irish words, using a combination of superb, colourful photographs, simple word labels and friendly narration.
TG4 This app allows you to view TG4 live or catch up on content for 35 days after broadcast. Most programmes carry optional English language subtitles, and some offer Irish language subtitles.
Irish Grammar This app is great for pupils in the senior classes. You can learn grammar rules section by section and then test yourself at the end. It’s like having all the grammar rules at your finger tips!
Collins Irish Pocket Dictionary With 47,000 references and 69,500 translations provides excellent coverage of both languages and their usage today.
Teanglann.ie Through this fantastic app, you can download up to 3 Irish language dictionaries plus grammar and sound files for Irish words.
New English Irish Dictionary This contemporary, authoritative dictionary is suitable for people of all ages and ranges of ability, from beginners to fluent speakers
Get the Focal This free Irish translator is a two way Irish-English, English-Irish Translator with a database of over 13,000 words and terms which live in your pocket.
Nessy apps – Have fun learning the alphabet, phonics, sight words, syllable division and more with Nessy
Book Creator can be used to make your own book. Available on iPad
Jolly Phonics Lessons – Using the familiar Jolly Phonics sound groups, the app has an action, sound audio, and formation section for each sound, followed by word bank and questions. A really good way to complement Jolly Phonics being taught in Junior Infants, and it’s free. (IOS, Android)
Kiddoland offers Nursery rhymes and educational apps for young children
Starfall ABCs – Children delight as they see, hear, and interact with letters and sounds in words, sentences, and games. They learn to recognize letters while developing the skills they need to become confident readers. All children, especially English language learners, benefit . Available on iphone/ iPad
Teach your monster to read covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. Available on iphone and ipad
Borrowbox app has lots of free eBooks and eAudiobooks to borrow and download!
Dexteria app turns your iOS device into a therapeutic tool that improves fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the iOS multi-touch screen to help build strength, control, and dexterity.
Writing Wizard is designed to help every child learn how to trace letters, numbers and words through a fun system carefully designed to maintain motivation.Show and enforce how to trace letters correctly. 10 Fonts available (including a UK font). Fun tracing using 50+ animated stickers, sound effects and interactive games that animate letters at the end of tracing
Mathland app offers reinforcement for the main mathematical operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, sorting from higher to lower, division, and negative numbers
Mathletics app is a student’s best companion tool for Mathletics – the world’s leading online mathematics program. suitable for all ages and downloadable for iOS and android devices
IXL maths app is tailor-made for tablets and phones, with a fun, immersive experience for learners of all levels. This mobile app offers practise of thousands of skills anywhere, anytime. You never know where your learning will take you!
Cool maths games app- If you love CoolmathGames.com, you’ll love this app – hundreds of games made especially for mobile. It’s all FREE, and new games are added every week! These games are fun + smart – they’re super fun to play, but also require a lot of thinking, strategy and logic. Available on iPhone and iPad
Tock and roll has been rated on the top ten music apps for kids by The Guardian. This powerful tool has been designed to help children start composing songs and cultivate their creativity in a funny and easy way. Available on iPhone and iPad
Bainisteoir 1 This is a must have for every coach, child and parent involved in Gaelic Games. With this free app you will find professionally prepared Hurling and Gaelic Football skills demonstrations for children under 12. Each demonstration consists of a video displaying an easy to understand basic skill. The skills are demonstrated in accordance with GAA coaching and games development.
Monster hunt app is a brilliantly simple and fun working memory improvement game that is great for all ages. Downloadable on iPhone and iPad
imovies app allows children to create their own movies. With a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures, iMovie lets you create Hollywood-style trailers and beautiful movies like never before. Available for iPhone and iPad
Puppet pals app Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later. Available for iPhone and iPad
Your main concern: The time your little ones spend on their screens
Screen Time app is committed to letting kids be kids, and exploring the realm of childhood, outside their screens. Screen Time lets parents remotely monitoring the amount of screen time kids spend on their mobile devices. Screen Time lets you set daily time limits, assign tasks to your kids to complete like homework, see which apps your child uses the most, and more. Our favorite feature? Instant pause, allowing parents to instantly pause their child’s devices