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iPad Apps
carolyn fruin
Is there a short list of “must haves” that as a new iPad implementer, where I can get my feet wet? What are the newest, greatest iPad apps?
Dec. 26, 2013 at 5:12 am
Mr. Schild
If you are a math teacher, get KickBox and BigSeed from MIND Research Institute. They are great games for helping students learn inductive and deductive reasoning skills. I have it on my personal iPad and some of my Adv. 8th grade student ask to play it everyday if they finish their work in class.
Dec. 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm
Jon Samuelson
I recently wrote a blog about this very subject. I am currently working with a shared cart of 20 iPads in a K-5 setting.
Dec. 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm
David Prindle
I would add: Haiku Deck, Screen Chomp, Coaches Eye, Anatomy 4D (by daQRi), Easy Bib, Diigo, Penultimate....
Dec. 19, 2013 at 9:33 am
Nichole Carter
Do you use the Easy Bib app that only scans books? Or is there another one that allows for like internet citation?
Dec. 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm
peter farrant
I would start with developing a really good understanding of the core apps that come with an iPad: Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iPhoto, Photobooth, Garageband, iMovie and iTunes. With these you and your students will have all the digital tools to create lots a creative ways to present their work. Too often I see staff looking for apps that will do the thinking for them and this, I find, is too limiting. The broader based the tool the more flexibly it can be thought about and used. For example, we started using QR codes to present basic student recordings on, and they were great, but limited in their scope. Once students got hold of this idea we started to get them exploring all kinds of options. For example, they turned a simple report on Uluru into a brochure (using Pages) with a QR code on the back where they would add their own short movie of them standing in front of Uluru (the movie was made in Photobooth using the green screen technology and a dropped in image of Uluru). The best thing is that with just basic teacher understanding of the app it is easy to open up the door to student creativity.
Dec. 18, 2013 at 10:38 pm
Nichole Carter
Many of these apps did not just come with the iPad you have to buy them and add them. When you are working with big numbers for roll-out sometimes the "paid-for" apps can be hard to equate with the money available... I would definitely recommend iMovie though. There are other free apps you can get if money is an issue for the other "office suite" type apps from apple.
Jan. 07, 2014 at 3:54 pm
Alice Marie Pool
I am learning too. Very helpful to know what is working in classrooms.
Dec. 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm
Paul Miller
Try VEO for recording and tagging videoclips. Still at trial stage but a lot of CPD potential. Download free at
Dec. 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm
Nichole Carter
I literally just answered this question for a colleague at another school that is getting ready to roll out a few iPads per class! We are a 1:1 iPad middle school. Here is what I told her:

1. Some sort of QR code (we have Qrafter and I really like it, I have used a few others this one is my favorite)
2. For student creation (iMovie, Prezi, some sort of whiteboard app-)
White board apps:
*Explain Everything is known as the best but you have to buy it,
other free ones include screen chomp
*Educreations (my personal favorite because you can create an account
and save your creations to a cloud based favorite)
*doodle cast this one is new and is touting to be better than explain
everything –it was free last week on iTunes but I believe now you have
to buy it
*Doceri- this one is one that teachers "LOVE" I haven't played too much
with it but it seems to work similar to nearpod- teachers create a power
point run it through doceri and then you can write over the top of the
power point and control your projector from your iPad
*Showme on the same caliber as screen chomp they are kind of
*Nearpod (teachers create a power point, save it as a PDF, move it to the
online repository where they can then add interactive content like polls,
open ended and multiple choice questions, even drawing. The teachers
then use their iPads and give the students a code to join the
presentation. The teacher will then control all of the students iPads, when
they swipe to move forwards in the presentation so do all the student
iPads. As the students answer questions the teacher can see them and
then share out the answers or the poll data. At the end of the
presentation the teacher can e-mail a spreadsheet of all the answers to
themselves for grading.
3. Quizlet app (flashcards and games to study by)
4. Easy Writer Lite (one of the best FREE word processing apps)
5. app (free dictionary)
6. Brainstorming and Organizer app Popplet
7. Mastery Connect CommonCore app (free for teachers)
8. News 360 (free online news magazine, you tell it what you are interested in and it scours the web for articles related to those topics, good for nonfiction reading)
9. Notability has become our "GO TO" for everything really like a student's spiral notebook, but it does cost anywhere from 1.99 to 2.99 (sometimes it is free, just have to catch it on the right day)
10. Socrative (turn your iPads into "clickers")
11. Hopscotch (James can speak more to this than I can, coding game)
12. Calculator (free version) unless math people want a more powerful graphing style calculator, we have META CALC
13. Adobe Reader/ PDFReader
14. Some sort of LMS. Edmodo or Schoology LMS's help to push out URL's to the students as well as to use for discussion threads and even online quizzes.
15. Google Chrome
16. Google Drive
16. Augmented Reality app Aurasma

Bottom line our students are using notability and schoology (the LMS we use) on a regular daily/period basis.
Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm
Angie Kalthoff
I agree with these. These apps are not tied to an age or content specific category and can be used for a lot of creation activities!
Some sort of QR code
13. Adobe Reader/ PDFReader
15. Google Chrome
16. Google Drive
16. Augmented Reality app Aurasma
Dec. 19, 2013 at 9:38 am
Todd Nesloney
I love Remind101, Aurasma, ChatterPix, Socrative, Google Hangouts, Chirp (search the iPhone store), and AppsGoneFree
Dec. 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm
sonya rosenglick
I don't think there is a short list of anything when it comes to iPad apps. :-) I love Quizlet, Socrative, ShowMe, Knowmia, ClassDojo, YouTube Capture, Evernote, and CloudOn. I tried to keep it short, but there are just so many. :-)
Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

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