Let's Get App Happy

Apps, Apps, and More Apps


Nearpod, a slide-based multimedia app that lets teachers create presentations by populating pre-built templates with an entire lesson's worth of text, images, and video. Then, using a special teacher version of the app, the presentations can be pushed out to an entire class, who use their own student version, allowing the teacher great control over the tempo and pace of the lesson.

Get engaged with Nearpod!

iPad Apps - Creation


Doodle Buddy - Paint, Draw, Scribble, Sketch

Perimeter of a Shape Lesson - Perimeter of Shape Practice


Educreations - Create and share amazing video lessons with your iPad or Browser.


Morphology of a Frog Warm-up

Explain Everything ($2.99)

http://youtu.be/b00ZeszvjP4 (tutorial)


ShowMe - Create tutorials with the tap of your finger.


Screenchomp - This app allows you to illustrate and review any number of ideas and concepts all while offering the tools to help you collaborate with others.

Intro video


Sock Puppets

Sock Puppet Lesson

PuppetPals HD

Puppet Pals 2


Audioboo - record and share voice

My Script Calculator - performs mathematical operations using your handwriting

Touchcast - video and web come together


Animoto - Turn your photos, video clips, and music into stunning video masterpieces to share with everyone. Fast, free, and shockingly easy!



Animoto Lesson - Picture Math

Animoto Assignment using www.smore.com (Smore Directions)


Voicethread - A Web-based digital-storytelling application that allows users to share their stories through audio, images, videos or text. It also allows visitors to make comments on their stories in five different ways: 1) voice with a microphone, 2) or voice with telephone), 3) text, 4) audio file, or 5) video with a webcam.

Also offers an educator license http://ed.voicethread.com/

Check out the voicethread library for classroom ideas: http://voicethread.com/about/library/

See Voicethread example


A few more helpful apps:

Note taking:

Notes App - (yellow lined notebook) Easy to Use

Evernote - A little harder to learn, but will sync with all devices.

Answer Underground - free app to manage class Q & A

iWorksheet - iWorksheet is the simplest and smartest way to use multiple choice worksheets on your iPad. In three easy steps, your paper worksheets are digital and ready to go. Share your worksheets with friends, teachers and students.

Haiku Deck - Haiku Deck is the simple new way to create stunning presentations – whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. Featured on the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” lists, Haiku Deck makes it fast and fun to create beautifully designed slideshows you’ll be proud to share.


Skitch - Snap a photo, mark it up, and send it on.

Writing and Phonics Practice (Labeling Center):

  • Search "Fall Coloring Sheet" images
  • Hold finger on image to save to camera roll
  • Launch Skitch
  • Load Image
  • Right Arrow - Tools
  • Left Icon - Color Icon
  • Students work in pairs label 6 items (take turns)
  • Use arrow to point to item, text box to label item
  • Teacher can email picture to their email
  • Put in word document to be printed out so students can color

http://www.worksheetworks.com/ - great place to create PDF's and use in Skitch


Venn Diagram - Allows users to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles. The finished Venn diagram can be emailed out or saved to the device's photo album.

Augmented Reality


The paperless classroom made simple.


A few more apps to check out...

ipadio - easy fast way to share audio

Write About This - visual writing prompt and creation

Thinglink - make images come alive

Tellpic - record voice to tell about pic

Popplet Lite - capture ideas and sort visually

Puffin Free - supports flash, free for 14 days

Rover - education flash content

Photon - Costs $4.99 - My favorite Flash Browser for iPad

Zite - intelligent magazine

Flipboard - personal magazine

Chirp - magical way to share stuff

Look Away - look away and video stops, shhhhh video is silent

Basic Computer Programming:

Daisy the Dinosaur



Google Drive (Docs)

Google Drive - Web Based

Google Drive App

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com.
  2. Install Google Drive on your computer or mobile device.
  3. Throw your files in Google Drive. It’s right there on your device.

Now your files go everywhere you do. Change a file on the web, on your computer, or on your mobile device and it updates on every device where you’ve installed Google Drive. Share, collaborate, or work alone: your files, your choice.

Shared iPad Folder in Google Drive - Tons of Resources

Google Drive Practice

Google Forms (Quiz) - http://goo.gl/yzXZS

Proogle It (Google + Prove) - http://goo.gl/dtzKT

Collaborative Research - http://goo.gl/qi10f

Group Brainstorm (drawing) - http://goo.gl/D7taF



Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.

Apps for Reading

iBooks - iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

iTunesU - The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Kindle - The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface.

Overdrive - Download eBooks and audiobooks from your library directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!

Books for FREE!!!

http://books.google.com Google Books

http://www.gutenberg.org Project Gutenberg


Drop Box

Dropbox - Web Based

Dropbox App

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website.

Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you're a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! You can relax knowing that Dropbox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.

Video on iPad

Discovery Education (United Streaming)

If your school/district has a license for Discovery’s United Streaming, then you've got permission to put those videos onto classroom devices! Here's how:

· Visit the United Streaming website, and log in with your username and password. Navigate to the video(s) you wish to put on your iPad.
· Directly beneath the video preview pane on the left, choose Quicktime as the Download Type.
· On the right side in the list of video segments, right-click the small filmstrip icon located to the right of the video you want, and choose “Save Link As...”or “Save Target As...” to save a copy of the video to your computer. Be sure to name it something that makes sense! Also, pay attention to where you're saving the file.
· You’ve now taken a copy of the video “out of” United Streaming and made it available to use on your school's devices!
· Next, copy that file into your iTunes library. It's not in iPod/iPad format just yet.
· In your iTunes media window, select the file you just uploaded by clicking it once.
· Go to the “Advanced” menu and choose “Create iPod or iPad Version” (this menu item might also be called “Create iPod or iPhone Version”).
· A minute or so later (depending on the length of the video), you should hear the iTunes confirmation beep, and your video is now in the correct format. You can delete the original file you uploaded, since it is no longer needed.

A short video tutorial of these steps is available here:


Other Options:



Youtube - Can now add questions to videos.


Ted Ed Lessons - Awesome Site for the Flipped Classroom http://ed.ted.com/

Only One iPad? No Problem

You don’t have to be in a 1:1 classroom to infuse technology into your instruction. If you have one iPad in your classroom, turn it into a technology station during literacy or math small group work. A group of 3-4 students can work collaboratively on one iPad with these fantastic free apps:

1. Toontastic: Students can work in small groups to write a script based on a story they know or one they’ve created. Toontastic allows users to tell their story by choosing a setting, creating characters, and moving each character while they record dialogue. Students must identify the tone of a story, sequence events, and act out the different parts. Each child can play the role of a character, or take on jobs like set designer and director. Using Toontastic students can draw and record their tale, creating a final product that’s perfect to share with the class or on a back-to-school night. These videos are also great for digital portfolios.

2. Math Fluency: Instead of having students use paper flashcards to quiz each other on math facts try one of the free iPad apps – there are many to choose from – that quiz students on addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Using just one iPad (or iPod Touch) students can work in teams to quiz one another to reinforce these basic skills. Fluency is an important foundational skill and digital flashcards are an easy way to create a technology math station.

3. Camera: The iPad camera offers many opportunities for students to work together collaboratively. Students can snap pictures of their group acting out scenes from a story or describing the feelings of a character. Whether they’re filming public service announcements, retelling a story they’re read, giving a book recommendation or conducting interviews, small groups can work together to complete a task using the iPad camera.

4. Screencasting: Doceri, ScreenChomp, and Educreations are fantastic free apps that students can use in small groups. Have a team solve a math word problem and document the steps they’ve taken to find their answer. Students can each take on a role (as speaker, writer, timekeeper, director) or each model a different part of the problem. These tutorials can be shared with the whole class or included in digital portfolios. Differentiate the task by having students work on problems at their level or in a heterogeneous group. These screencasts can be used as a form of assessment to see if students can explain their thinking – and work collaboratively.

5. Teleprompter: Students can practice choral reading to build fluency using the iPrompt iPad app. Choose a famous text – or one you and your students have written – and cut and paste it into the app. Change the font size and speed of delivery to meet the needs of your students. Have students read in unison or act as a timekeeper for another child.

60 Apps in 60 Seconds