Suggested Websites and Apps for iPads

BrainPOP Featured Movie teaches kids something different each day in a variety of subjects and include quizzes. http://www.brainpop.com/about/featured

Khan Academy has over 3,100 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice. You can learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. http://www.khanapp.com

TED The TED talks (Technology Entertainment and Design) are a series of advanced, in-depth talks given by experts in all sorts of fields imaginable. http://www.ted.com

iTunes U 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. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere. http://www.apple.com/apps/itunes-u

Crackle offers full-length movies and television shows for free. Every month, choose from 20 different titles. http://www.crackle.com/

TEACHER-CREATED MATERIAL OR CREATE YOUR OWN

iBooks Author is an app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks and just about any other kind of book for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could. http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author

Educreations turns any iPad or web browser into a recordable, interactive whiteboard, making it easy for teachers and experts to create engaging video lessons and share them on the web. Students can replay these lessons any time, any place, on any connected device. http://www.educreations.com

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery. http://prezi.com/index/

ORGANIZATION

 

 

Evernote is a note-taking app. One account can sync with virtually every mobile device that exists, and sharing and transmitting your data couldn’t be easier. This is perfect for taking notes in a lecture and then accessing them at home on your desktop, or sending them to friends who haven’t quite made it in that morning, or making to-do lists, etc. http://www.evernote.com

ThreeRing allows teachers to quickly and easily create digital portfolios of student work. Just snap a picture with your smartphone, and the app will sort the work by student, tag its content, and upload it to an online interface accessible by teachers, students, and parents. http://www.threering.com

Dropbox is an easy way to transfer images from an iPhone or an iPad to a computer, or to add PDFs or text files to an iOS device so you can read them there. https://www.dropbox.com/

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Dictionary.com features a dictionary, thesaurus and a word of the day feature. It offers example sentences, audio pronunciations, and word origins. You don’t even need to be connected to the Internet to use the dictionary and thesaurus features. http://www.dictionary.reference.com

Story Kit is the International Children’s Digital Library App. It allows you to create your own stories, complete with pictures. Add text boxes, images and sound clips. Record sounds for your stories, and add, reorder or delete your pages. Add pictures by drawing on the screen, taking a picture of something, or drawing something on paper and taking a picture of it. http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

Grammar Up (Free Edition) has over 50 multiple choice questions, over 10 categories, to provide a quick test of your student’s grammar abilities. Adjectives, adverbs, verb tenses, prepositions, and conjunctions are just some of the categories covered with this app. http://www.grammarup.com

iTalk Recorder is a voice recording app. Use this to record readers theater groups, or to record and playback readers to help them improve their fluency. The iTalk Recorder is a versatile tool that could have many uses in the classroom. https://store.griffintechnology.com/italk-premium

Sight Words by Little Speller (Free) is an app that lets you fully customize the list of words and add your own voice and images.
http://www.GrasshopperApps.com/

Comics provides access to over 20,000 comics from its store, including many from the likes of Marvel and DC. Guided View allows you to double-tap on a panel and zoom in on it, then swipe left to zoom in on the next panel, or a subsequent speech bubble in the same panel. (website not available)

MATH

 

Math Tutor Lite: practice basic math skills with this Math app. Math Tutor Lite is the free version of Math Tutor, but it has more than enough content to make it a worthwhile download. Whether you want your students to brush up on addition, multiplication, subtraction or division, you will find that all skills are covered here. (website not available)

Number Line: this app will help your students learn about fractions, decimals, percentages and their equivalents. The game features several levels where the object is to drag objects onto a number line in the correct numerical order. http://www.numberlineapp.com/

Basic Math: this is another skills drill app that will help your students practice their basic math facts. Designed largely for under 12s, the included exercises have varying levels of difficulty and cover addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A timer can be added if students want to play against the clock, and you can even set a delay between questions depending on whether they were answered correctly or incorrectly. http://www.explorer-technologies.com/BasicMathDeluxe/

TanZen Lite: help your students foster shape awareness with this neat tangram app. Choose one of the 45 puzzles, and try to fit all seven shapes in the shaded area to complete the level. Puzzles range in difficulty from easy to hard, and a full tutorial is included for new users. Hints can be turned on or off, and an advanced mode is available for master puzzlers to try the same puzzles in a whole new light. Soothing Zen music is played in the background to all puzzles, but that too can be turned off if needed. http://www.littlewhitebearstudios.com/tanzen.html

Math Drills Lite: more drills, but these are drills with a difference. Solutions to the problems are revealed with a variety of on-screen manipulatives like number lines, the nine times tables on your fingers, or wooden blocks. There are also problems with missing operation signs, or greater than and less than signs, so it could be a useful way to introduce students to basic algebra problems. An on-screen graphic keeps track of the number of right and wrong answers. (website not available)

Motion Math: Hungry Fish features addition – touch two numbers together and they instantly add. Most addition games teach in the form 3 + 4 = __; Hungry Fish challenges players to find, for example, the many different ways to make a 7 (1+6, 2+5, 3+2+2, etc.). There are 18 levels of challenge (for 4-year-olds to adults) and bonuses that let you customize your fish with new colors and fins. http://motionmathgames.com/motion-math-hungry-fish/

SCIENCE

 

Leafsnap is an app that teaches you about leaves. It has a massive database of plants from around the world, with lovely hi-res images of their leaves, branches, fruits, cones, bark and so on, and plenty of written information, too. http://leafsnap.com/

Exoplanet: little more than a database of planets and what we know about them, and a whacking great zoomable map of the Milky Way to show you where they all sit in space. http://exoplanetapp.com/

3D Brain: human biology this time, with an absolutely exhaustive pictographic guide to all the many parts of the human brain. You can see, in the obligatory 3D, all the different structures of our most complex organ, and get comprehensive but easy-to-comprehend information explaining what they do. http://www.g2conline.org/

Science 360: this app from the National Science Foundation provides up-to-date images, videos, and news about emerging science and engineering research from NSF-funded institutions. Students can learn about new scientific concepts by seeing them up close and personal. http://science360.gov/files/

Science Glossary: get a glossary of science terms with app. Definitions link to related terms and detailed learning modules. Short biographies are also included. http://www.visionlearning.com/

Molecules: students can view three-dimensional renderings of molecules from multiple angles with this app. Structures can be viewed in different modes, and different molecules can be downloaded from several scientific databases. http://www.sunsetlakesoftware.com/molecules

Skeptical Science provides information to back up scientific theories and research. “Respond to skeptics with hard science” for debates such as global warming, evolution, and more. http://www.skepticalscience.com/iphone.shtml

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

History: Maps of the World Lots of different maps including ancient maps. http://seungbin.wordpress.com/historymaps-of-world/

  1. iAmerica (Free) accesses a huge volume of basic information regarding the history of the United States, and features a list and brief biography of each president identical to the one found on the White House’s website. The app also includes state flags, major historical points, and even a quiz tool. http://www.usainteractive.net/

This Day in History is an interactive multimedia calendar that displays historical events for the current day or any selected day, along with related media such as photos, illustrations, music, and speeches. You can hear the national anthems of countries on the day they became a nation, listen to presidents’ speeches on the anniversaries of their inaugurations, and play sound clips from famous artists on their birthdays. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

3D National Parks Lite takes a three-dimensional journey through the United States National Parks. Photographed in both 2D and 3D, these pictures portray the best that the U.S. Park System. These colorful images become more eye-catching in real 3D. The LITE version has two national parks. The Full version has 28 national parks. http://schoenburg.com/3d_national_parks.html

Westward Expansion explores the westward expansion of United States history in the 1800s. Covers the Lewis & Clark expedition, territories acquired by the U.S. and the causes and effects of the westward expansion. http://appsbyrachel.com/

Google Earth lets you zoom around the world from your chair. http://maps.google.com/

Geo Photo Explorer lets you spend hours exploring the world through geo located photos. This app provides an easy way to explore, organize, manage photo galleries and share photos. http://www.geophotoexplorer.com/

Stack the States Lite makes learning about the 50 states fun! As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level. (website not available)

We City lets you create your own We City from over 100 unique buildings and decorations. Bodybuilders, fry cooks and fashionistas take to your city’s streets with each building you add. Helicopters soar through your skies. And share your bustling city with your friends! http://www.ngmoco.com/we-city/

National Geographic Magazine has covered “The world and all that is in it” since 1888. The App expands this tradition with the power of digital publishing. Now, NG’s iPad App delivers the content from the print edition—enhanced with unique interactive elements in a re-designed layout optimized for reading on the iPad. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ipad