Useful Apps

Useful Apps for Teachers/Parents/Students

Science

  • Earth Viewer – Timeline of the earth’s changes for the last 500 million years (Free)
  • SkyORB – 3D view of our solar system from various aspects (Free)
  • Google Earth – 3D views of the earth from near and far (Free)
  • Orbit Architect – Design and explore the orbit from a satellite you create (Free)
  • Star Walk HD – Point your iPad to the sky and get real time, interactive view and information about celestial bodies ($2.99)
  • VideoScience – A library of videos showing many science experiments and explanations behind the science (Free)
  • Science 360 – A “room” full of videos explaining scientific concepts (Free)

Reading

  • ReadNRespond – Students read selections and answer their choice of questions from a list pertaining to an area of Bloom’s Taxonomy ($ .99)

Vocabulary/Parts of Speech

  • Wordflex Touch Dictionary – Interactive reference tool for word lovers.  This app creates a visual map combining the dictionary/thesaurus/parts of speech for any word you would like ($11.99)

Math

  • Fill the Cup – Students learn addition and multiplication of fractions using manipulative to try to “fill a cup” (Free)
  • Virtual Manipulatives – Students use manipulatives to practice math concepts such as fractions, decimals, and percents (Free)

Social Studies

  • History Line – This app is a game that can be played with 1-6 students (on multiple iPads at the same time).  The object is to place historical events on a time line in the correct order (Free)
  • Constitution for iPad – Take a look at each part of the constitution and its writers with this app (Free)
  • Constitution by KIDS DISCOVER – This app shows the constitution and the ratification process that took place.  Students can also learn about how amendments are proposed and incorporated into legislation all in kid friendly terms ($3.99)

Writing

  • Story Patch – Create your own stories ($2.99)
  • Story Buddy – Create your own stories (Free Version and $4.99)
  • Sparklefish – Mad Libs with a microphone (Free)
  • Scribble Press – Create your own ebook ($3.99)
  • Strip Designer – Create your own comic strip with real pics ($2.99))
  • idiary for Kids – Journal keeping for students (Free Version and $1.99)
  • Toontastic Jr. – Write and illustrate your own cartoon (Free)
  • Bamboo Paper – Create your own notes while doing research then add the notebook to your “notebooks library” (Free)
  • Inspiration Maps and Simple Mind – These apps are great visual organizers for creating outlines (Free)
  • Word Mover– This interactive app created by ReadWriteThink and National Council of Teachers of English, allows children to create “found poetry”.  Students can create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and remixing famous works (Free)
  • Book Creator– Book Creator allows students to create their own book to publish on iBooks.  Students compose the text, insert art work or photographs, configure layout, and share with others in iBooks. ($4.99)  The volume purchase is 50% off.

Current Events/Humanities

  • NPR for iPad – The app provides a focus on news, art, life, and music (Free)
  • Wonderopolis– Each day an intriguing question is posted and explored in a variety of ways.  Students can comment on “wonders” or post their own wonder for others to comment on (Free)

Problem/Project Based Learning

  • Solve the Outbreak – Collect and analyze data to save lives from a disease as you work to become the top Disease Detective (Free)
  • PBLE Problem Based Learning Experiences – Choose from an array of problems to research and come up with a viable solution to solve the problem ($1.99)

Critical Thinking

  • Analogies 4 Kids – Challenge young minds on their cognitive skills ($ .99)
  • Logic Puzzles by Puzzle Baron – Decode written clues and fill in the grid to them ($2.99)
  • iAdventure – The Original – Text based adventure game that encourages critical thinking and logic ($1.99)

Research and Presentation

  • Good Reader for iPad – Allows you to annotate and markup PDF’s as well as read from websites, magazines, and books online ($4.99)
  • Teaching with Technology Video Library – Technology lesson plans (context, handouts, videos) (Free)
  • Khan Academy – A video library where you can learn almost anything! (Free)
  • TED Talks – A video library of the world’s most fascinating people (Free)
  • Screen Chomp – Record your voice while explaining and showing a tricky concept for your students (Free)
  • Sling Note– Can be used to create mind-maps to organize information ($2.99)
  • Sound Note– Note taking app allows you to type your notes or handwrite notes using a stylus ($4.99)
  • Edmodo– Stay connected and share information by sending notes, posting and receiving assignments or opening discussion boards (Free)
  • Popplet/Popplet Lite– This app allows you to visually map your ideas, plan and organize (Free Version and $4.99)
  • Socrative– This is a free student response system that allows students to not only answer a question but to also post their thoughts and interact with their classmates’ ideas (Free)
  • Prezi – Capture and share student learning using video cameras, pictures and audio recorders (Free)