20 iPad Apps

For Project or Product Based Learning by Karen Ogen

1. PicCollage (FREE)

Create posters with custom backgrounds, pictures, and text. When finished, students can save to the camera roll (library) or email directly to their teacher. Other posting options include: PicCollage, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.


2. Popplet Lite (FREE)

Connect boxes of information that contain text, images, or drawings. Double tap to add a popple. Only one popplet can be created on the iPad at a time (with FREE version). Export finished image as a .jpeg to the camera roll and then email to the teacher or directly email a .pdf or .jpeg file to the teacher.


3. Shadow Puppet (Sometimes FREE, Usually $2.99)

Create narrated photo slideshows. Tap the screen to highlight or pinch/pull the image to zoom in/out while recording. To save and share finished projects, set up your Shadow Puppet account prior to using with students (on shared iPads you can set up a generic school account). Completed videos can be saved to the camera roll or emailed to the teacher. The email includes an embed code which can be used to place the video seamlessly into your website.


4. Educreations (FREE)

Create a video with images, drawn images, typed text, and narration. Great for students or teachers to teach or review concepts. To save and share finished projects, set up your Educreations account prior to using with students (on shared iPads you can set up a generic school account). Finished videos are saved to your Educreations account and can be made private or public. Videos can be emailed when complete or shared with a web link (URL). You can also link your Educreations account to a Dropbox or Facebook account to share videos among these accounts.


5. Story Me (FREE)

Create comic strips. Images can automatically be converted to a cartoon or pencil drawing. Hundreds of layouts for the story your students will tell. Finished products (images) can be saved to the camera roll or be sent to Twitter or Facebook.

6. Trading Cards (FREE)

Create a trading card about a real person, fictional person, event, place, object, or vocabulary word. Finished projects can be saved to the camera roll, emailed, or sent directly to a wireless printer.

7. Tellagami (FREE)

Create a mini video (up to 30 seconds) with a talking avatar.
Import your own background behind your avatar to set your scene. Finished projects can be saved to the camera roll, emailed, or sent to Twitter or Facebook.

8. RWT Timeline

Create a timeline with chronological events, dates, information, and images with this app by Read, Write, Think. Projects can be saved to the camera roll or emailed.

9. Chatterpix (FREE) or Facetalker (FREE)

Add a mouth to any image and make it talk!
Export the video by email or to Facebook.

10. Venn Diagram (FREE)

Create Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast information. Projects can be saved to the camera roll or emailed.

11. Audioboo (FREE)

Audioboo creates an audio (recorded) file that can be published and embedded on a website through your Audioboo account. Set up your Audioboo account prior to using with students (on shared iPads you can set up a generic school account). Finished "boos" can be accessed online through your audioboo account or downloaded.

12. Bill Atkinson PhotoCard (FREE)

Create a virtual postcard with your own images or select from the library of beautiful photos. Students can practice writing while telling about the image. Then record themselves speaking and add thematic stamps and stickers! Email or export your image to the camera roll or Twitter when done. The app requires a log-in prior to using. You can set up a generic account prior to using with your students.


13. Haiku Deck (FREE)

Create beautiful presentations! Don't miss Haiku Deck's graphing/chart feature to add meaning to your presentation. The app requires a log-in prior to using. You can set up a generic account prior to using with your students. When the presentation is complete it can be shared publicly or privately by email, URL, blog, Facebook, or Twitter.


14. iMotion HD (FREE)

Create an impressive stop-motion animation. Your video can be saved to the camera roll when complete.

  • Animate a short story
  • Explain science concepts (ex: force and motion)
  • Recreate a historical event
  • Illustrate a scene from a book
  • Demonstrate a process with time-lapse (ex: seed to plant)
  • Make a character come to life
  • Record a music video
  • Spell words or explain math concepts

16. Write About This (FREE or $3.99)

Students write using image prompts and record. The free version comes with a limited library of images- but no problem because your students can take and import their own images! Students can also only save one writing prompt at a time in the free version. When projects are complete they can be saved to the camera roll.

17. Thinglink (FREE)

Thinglink makes images interactive. Students can add pins to any image and link to websites, videos, text, or audio. Completed projects can be shared by email or published to the ThingLink library. The app requires a log-in prior to using. You can set up a generic account prior to using with your students.

18. Greenscreen by DoInk ($2.99)

Put your students right in the action with the magic of greenscreen. Create unique videos that can be saved to the camera roll or emailed when complete.

  • Report the weather or the news
  • Create book trailers
  • Retell a story
  • Report from another country, planet, or historical event
  • Biographies
  • Historical reenactment
  • Creative writing

19. Book Creator (FREE or $4.99)

Students write and publish books with text, images, videos, and audio. The free version only allows one book project to be created at a time. Finished projects can be opened in iBooks and Overdrive or exported to Dropbox, Edmodo, or Evernote. Or, the ePub file created can be emailed, printed, or exported as a PDF.