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10 Most Engaging Apps for Title 1 Schools

10 Most Engaging Apps for Title 1 Schools

By Jessica Sanders

According to Education Week, the Title 1 program has a number of goals, including:

  • Provide supplementary education to students eligible for services
  • Provide additional funding to schools and districts serving high concentrations of children from low-income families.
  • Focus educators on the needs of special student populations.
  • Improve the academic achievement of eligible students, reduce performance gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students, and assist eligible students in meeting high academic standards (Riddle, 1996).

Schools that receive Title 1 funds also focus on creating achievements and progress in math and science.

In the 2011-2012 school year, there were 68,276 Title 1 eligible schools, compared to 66,646 the year before. With this number increasing every year, it’s more important than ever before that teachers are able to engage these students, turning them into lifelong learners and empowering them to discover their own passions.

The following apps were created to engage students within special populations and increase academic achievement. They’ll supplement current educational goals within Title 1 schools and classrooms.

Llama Drama

Use this app to engage students learning about multiplication arrays.

Need to know: This app meets Common Core Standards and includes gamification features such as unlocking story items and getting hints when answering questions.

Fry Words

Help young and ESL students learn high frequency words, which provide the basis for reading and comprehension.

Need to know: This app was developed based on Dr. Edward B. Fry’s research.

Whooo’s Reading

Online reading log used to track independent reading frequency and progress.

Need to know: African American students improved their reading scores 3X more than African American students not using Whooo’s Reading, according to MAP test results from two groups of 6th grade students in a South Carolina Title 1 school.

Behavior Assessment Pro

Helps teachers and schools identify factors related to various problem behaviors.

Need to know: A Board Certified Behavior Analyst developed this app.

My Talk Tools

Students use this app to show what they want or need. It’s perfect for ESL students or those with behavioral disabilities.

Need to know: This app is available on nearly every device, including iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android devices, and PCs.

Marble Math Junior

This is a customizable, effective math game for early elementary students, used to reinforce math concepts.

Need to know: The app is based on Common Core Standards and has a variety of gamification features to keep students engaged.


Teachers can use this app to provide private, real-time feedback to students’ written work. All feedback is tracked, allowing you to look back and see progress over time.

Need to know: You can speak your comments, rather than type and integrate with Google Drive.


Give students a chance to study in a way that makes the most sense to them with adaptive digital flashcards from Brainscape.

Need to know: Students can access pre-made flashcards, created by Brainscape’s partners and teacher around the world, saving them (and you!) time.


Use this app to help students help themselves—with it they can check their math work by simply taking a photo of the problem on paper. Students can use this during group or solo class work. 

Need to know: This app supports fractions, decimals, linear equations and more.


This is ideal for students learning reading and math in any K-8 classroom. It uses adaptive algorithms and predictive analytics to cater to every single students’ learning preferences.

Need to know: This app offers differentiated learning plans, 50+ tech-enhanced formative assessment options, and behavior tracking, all of which help you assess progress throughout the year.

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