Top 5 Apps for Tutor Time

registerTutor time is more than just a register and a few announcements. Tutor time is an excellent opportunities to engage in a purposeful learning activity, support students or simply have some fun and build rapport with your tutees. Simple ‘no prep’ activities are a win win.activities. Students should always participate in a Tutor Time activities what ever they may be. Here are some suggestions for how the iPad can be used to engage, motivate or enhance your tutor time.

Gavin Smart

  1. Kahoot – As mentioned by many others in the Top 5 assessment apps post, Kahoot can not only be used for AfL in lessons but is an awesome way to engage students in topical news, events or just a little bit of fun. A very engaging and competitive way to start the day. Teachers can use one of the many Public Kahoots accessible via getkahoot.com,  make their own or ask students to make a quiz for their tutor group. Last but not least, Kahoot is also accessible from any device that can access the internet.
  2. Monument Valley – ‘Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.’ Monument Valley makes students problem solve. Mirror the iPad screen and work collaboratively as a tutor group.
  3. WordShaker HD – Wordshaker is a word searching game similar to Boggle. Students love the competitive nature of this game that also helps students literacy. A little bit of fun with an educational twist.
  4. Word Brain Themes – An excellent app similar to WordShaker but words that are required are all from one theme. Increasing difficult but also increasingly addictive.
  5. Flipboard – Students love this app and so do teachers. Students can use their tutor time to read news articles that interest them. An excellent way to get reluctant readers into reading or when used as a class, an excellent stimulus for tutor time debate.
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