The AlphaPlus list of Useful Apps presents comprehensive reviews that cover how the apps could be used for literacy and numeracy learning and to support engagement and motivation. We also include apps that are useful for program administration, note taking, productivity and collaborative work.



Canada Map Quiz

An entertaining and informative App to learn or test your knowledge of  Canadian Provinces and Territories, Provincial Capitals and Provincial Flags.


Mathopia+ is  tile- matching game focused on basic math drills. Similar to jewel swapping games such as Bejeweled.  As numbers appear on the screen users swipe to make matches. When a match is made the row disappears and harder numbers appear.The game is quite fast paced, but users can choose the level of difficulty.

Spelling Notebook

The Spelling Notebook allows users to create  a personalized list of words to practice.  Users can add words using the built-in searchable dictionary or record their own word lists Users can practice and test their spelling and hear each word spoken. 

What is the Story

What’s the Story  app  was developed for a community based adult literacy program in Ireland (Galway Adult Basic Education Service). This is how the developer describes the App. ” Users complete pieces of text that have gaps. There are hints and also links to the Dolch List and an online dictionary. The app is designed…

Prizmo Go- Instant Text OCR

Prizmo Go – Instant Text Capture allows users to scan any text, using the built-in iPad camera, and hear it read aloud. The basic App is free , if you want extended options e.g. copy and paste, in-App purchases ranging from approx. $0.99 to $7.99 are available.

MiniMod Reading for Details Lite

MiniMod Reading for Details is useful App to support reading comprehension. This is a bingo like game, students read a short passage about an inventor and her or his invention and then practice their understanding. The game is available at 3 levels of reading difficulty.  

Singular and Plural Match

Singular and Plural Match is a simple and  entertaining word match game in which players match the singular and plural form of a word.  There are three levels of difficulty and the game can be played alone or by up to four players at a time.

Tap Math

A simple yet challenging math game focusing on operations and times tables. The game offers 4 modes – Children Mode ( the easiest), Hardcore Mode ( most challenging), Operations, users choose the operations they want to practice, Times Tables, for multiplication practice.  There is also a Multiplayer option which allows  a two player game on…

Spelling Star

A practical spelling app. Instructors  and students can easily create custom lists and add words. Each word added can be recorded.  Students can repeat attempts at correct spelling of each word multiple times.
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