Mobile Apps for the Classroom

A list of user friendly apps for the elementary age child

Khan Academy

Based on the teaching philosophy of Salman Khan, this app contains lessons and tutorials for any subject, available for students to watch for free, including quiz questions and progress tracking

This could be used in any classroom as supplementary teaching. Students can be assigned to watch certain tutorials before class (at home) and then teachers can work through material and answer questions while the students practice the concepts they've learned in class.

Salman Khan talk at TED 2011 (from


A program that allows individuals to create their own cartoon characters, settings, and scenes. The application is fully customizable and features fun graphics.

Students can create comic book scenes on particular subjects that they can present to the class. For example, students could create an anti-bullying message using the program and present it to the class at a later date.

iBooks is an Apple application that allows you to download books for purchase. iBooks has features such as highlighting words to look up their meaning, and text can be read back aloud.

Although it may seem simple, this could be a useful application for students. It encourages independent reading since it allows students more freedom to read on the go. Also, the addition of reading assistance tools makes reading more accessible for any student.

BrainQuest: Blast Off (different grade versions)

This is a cross-curricular trivia application that allows students to quiz themselves or others on basic knowledge and interesting trivia.

This application is not only helpful for studying purposes, but it is also fun. This would make a useful consolidating activity for teachers if they chose the subjects appropriately. Students can practice what they have learned as well as interact with others in a fun manner.

Super Speller

Super Speller is a comprehensive spelling app that test students on spelling words (that can be pre-provided). It also allows students to experiment and test themselves with various vocabulary words.

While this is more suited to younger grades, teachers can add the weekly spelling words and vocabulary and students can practice and learn at home on their own. It would be a very effective addition to regular studying tools.