Suggested Apps by Topic

Selecting apps to even preview can be time consuming and confusing. There are so many apps, and so many web sites reviewing them (including good ones!) that you can spend many hours in your search.  Below I’ve listed what I believe are the top rated apps – based on reviews by teachers and from lists that schools around the country are actually putting on their iPads as part of their ‘standard install’ for new iPads being placed in classrooms

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Screen Casting
(turn your iPad into a recordable white-board)
Show Me:  (Free)
Educreations: (Free)
Explain Everything: ($2.99)
Classroom Management Class Dojo : monitor student behavior and give and subtract points (Free)
Stick Pick: select a student at random by shaking the iPad – and record how well students respond ($2.99)
Decide Now: create an Options wheel for class rewards, math problem, lesson options, or ??  (cost 99 cents)
Classroom Timer: display a large clock with a visual pie chart countdown (Free)
Digital Story Telling Toontastic:  Draw and animate cartoons (Free)
Pic Collage:  Using pictures create collages using cutouts, filters, borders, stickers, and text.(Free)
Voicethread: create using voice, pictures, video, or docs
Animoto: use photos, video, and music and easily share
Videolicious: add your photos, movies, and narration and email the movie link  to yourself
Elementary LA Dictionary.com:  no internet connection needed!
Blio:  ebooks reader with text-to-speech
Reading Comprehension: lesson plan with pre-assessment, reading passages, and assessment activities.
MiniMod Read for details: reading passages and questions to practice comprehension
Phonics Genius: Over 6000 words grouped by phonemes
Rainbow Sentences: construct grammatically correct sentences
Figurative Language: builds comprehension
Grammar Jammers Elementary:  includes unique animations and quiz questions on the following topics: Adjectives Adverbs Capitalization Conjunctions Contractions Nouns Prepositions
Pronouns Punctuation Sentences Verbs
 Elementary Math Candy Count: Learn Colors and Numbers
Study Pad – a series of apps for elementary
Motion Math HD
: kinesthetic learning for number line, fractions, decimals, and percents
Geoboard: stretch bands around pegs to learn about perimeter, angles, segments, etc
Sushi Monster: game to review addition, subtractions, multiplication and division
 Elementary Science  A Life Cycle App: 10 different cycles are explored
 Elementary Social Studies  Early Jamestown: interactive textbook
 Middle School LA  Dictionary.com:  no internet connection needed!
Tools4Students:  graphic organizers with templates
How to Write an Essay: lesson plan with pre-assessment, reading passages, and assessment activities
Figurative Language: builds comprehension

Painless Reading Comprehension Challenge

 Middle School Math  Geoboard: stretch bands around pegs to learn about perimeter, angles, segments, etc
 Middle School Science  Science 360: The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video
VideoScience: A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science experiments
 Middle School Social Studies Today’s Document:  365 of the most fascinating documents and photos from the collections of the US National Archives.
Virtual History – Roma: reconstructed in virtual form where you can explore in a “full-immersion” panorama
Stack the States: learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more
 High School LA Dictionary.com:  no internet connection needed!
Notability:  Integrated note taking app supporting hand writing, PDF annotation, word processing, and voice notes
Evernote:  Organize your web links, notes, and files. Syncs with your online account and computer
SideBySide:  split screen with notetaking and browser
Easy Writing Guide: the mechanics of writing
Figurative Language: builds comprehension
 High School Math Algebra Touch: Drag to rearrange, tap to simplify, and draw lines to eliminate identical terms.
Geometry Pad: create fundamental geometric shapes, explore and change their properties and calculate metrics
 High School Science  Period Table of the Elements: shows 7 traits and other useful information
3D Cell
Star Walk and Solar Walk are both top quality
Unit Conversion Pro
Visual Anatomy Lite: interactive anatomy reference
 High School History  WWII Interactive:  includes photos, videos, & speeches