Great apps for ELLs and students with special needs

The slideshow below features some of my favorite free and inexpensive apps that general education teachers can use to support English Language Learners and kids with special needs. The price for each is under the blue “View in iTunes” button. Click on any app’s icon and you’ll be taken to iTunes where you can download the iPad/iPhone versions.

Here are some of my other favorite apps:

10 awesome apps for K-6 literacy
5 free apps for digital storytelling and sharing kids’ ideas
5 apps that encourage social play and collaboration

apps for ELL students

What apps have been helpful for your ELL/ESL/ESOL kids and students with special needs? Please share your favorites in the comments!

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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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1 Senorita Reina June 21, 2013 at 1:02 am

It’s so hard to find good resources for English language learners. We were fortunate enough to obtain a few iPads in my high school class of ELL’s this year. My students love “Sentence Builder”- it helps with vocabulary and parts of speech- and “Text Grabber”- they take a picture of text on a page and it translates the words for them. This especially comes in handy in their content courses to help with worksheets, handouts, etc. when I’m not there to modify work for them. And of course, their most used app is Google translate, although I try to wean them off this as they become more proficient. :)


2 Angela Watson June 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for sharing these–I’m going to check them out!


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