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iPad Apps for Education I

iPads are more than just a cool tech tool, and the ways they can be used to support and enhance student learning are endless!

Below you will find a list of iPad apps, organized by subject. Click on the name of the app to learn more about each one! The apps listed here are free. If the app is no longer available, please contact the webmaster so they can remove the link.


  • Sight Words by Photo Touch: free app to pracitce and learn sight words by sight, sound, and touch
  • Read on Sight: free sentence practice app, "the child hears the sentence, watches the words scatter, and then puts the words back into place."
  • Sentence Magic: free app that helps with basic sentence building and reading
  • Futaba: four player word and picture matching game that allows students to build and develop vocabulary
  • Reading Monster Town1: fiction and nonfiction passages with interactive word and sentence games, all based on the elementary curriculum
  • MeeGenius!: a library of over 200 children's books with interaction that supports reading development (ex; word highlighting). Some titles are free, and some are not.
  • Not the Hole Story: incomplete stories that students have to use reading comprehension skills and creativity to finish
  • Timed Reading Practice: practice reading fluency by reading short, timed passages


Word Work

  • Tic Tac Toe Phonics: free interactive tic tac toe game that practices vowel sounds, letter sounds, word parts, etc.
  • ABC Phonics Rhyming Words Lite: fun rhyming game for children to learn and practice phonics by finding pairs of matching words
  • abc Pocket Phonics: practice hearing, saying, and writing letter sounds and basic sight words
  • Build A Word Express: practice spelling and word building by using letters, letter sounds, or letter names
  • Letter Bug: fast-paced game that allows students to practice letters and spelling
  • Beginning Sounds Sorting Game: interactive game in which kids can match words and pictures with the same beginning sounds, including letters, blends, etc
  • Bluster! by McGraw Hill: word matching game that helps with vocabulary development; work on synonyms, rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, adjectives, root words, and homophones
  • Vowel Lite: vowel game that uses phonics to help children learn new words as they listen to sounds and build words



  • Sparkle Fish: voice recording sotry completion app... guides students through the story completion process in a new and different way, helpful for those who have trouble getting stories on paper
  • Simple Mind+: free mind mapping app... use this to create thinking maps and webs to plan writing and organize thoughts and ideas
  • Total Recall: create color coordinated thinking maps to plan writing and organize ideas
  • Alphabet Tracing: free app that allows students to trace and write print letters... "Fun train, truck, and worm animations come to life for children to follow, while showing the proper way to write alphabet letters and numbers.
  • ABC Cursive: app that allows students to trace letters to practice cursive handwriting



  • Virtual Manipulatives: practice fractions, decimals, and percents with this free fraction bar app
  • Motion Math Zoom: zoomable, stretchable number line for practice with basic number concepts
  • UnderSea Math: math game that allows students to move through levels by practicing basic facts
  • Skills Tutor Math Fact Fluency: app that includes both instruction and practice to help students in developing fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Personalized avatars and more than 360 real-world and arcade-style activities make the learning interesting (both English and Spanish options).
  • Math Kingdom: free interactive game in which students "journey" through a kingdom by completing math problems, often word problems, that cover all operations
  • Ace Multiply Matrix HD: three multiplication practice options: review and practice, grid multiplication game, and a game blitz to develop speed and fluency
  • Times TableLite (by Magnicode): review the times tables (free version takes you through the fours) by listening, viewing, writing with your finger and checking, or by doing timed practice
  • Multiply Wiz: practice multiplication tables, earn trophies, and compare times to others around the world. Enables students to set goals, practice, and improve.
  • Factor Samurai: takes multiplication practice to the next level with instruction, practice, and games that focus not only on multiplying but also on the concepts of factors and prime numbers.



  • Science Lab: fun and interactive app that reinforces science concepts and vocabulary for intermediate grades
  • Disaster Alert: interactive world map with listings of natural and weather disasters occurring around the globe... current, real-time incidents that are "potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets" by the Pacific Disaster Center
  • NASA: variety of information compiled by NASA including solar system images and facts, sightings of satellites and others, image of the day, videos, orbit trackers, astronomy picture of the day, and more
  • Planets: free guide to the sky, includes both 2-D and 3-D views of the sun, stars, and planets in their current locations; interactive view of the globe and your position on it; a visibility monitor of the planets; map of the constellations, and more
  • Science360: National Science Foundations's free app that includes science and engineering images and video from around the world, along with current science news
  • WeatherBug: access real-time local weather from over 10,000 stations in the United States and around the world; view interactive weather maps and photos of weather across the country; get updates about severe weather
  • Animals 100 Lite: photos and information about over 20 animals (free version) including habitats and sounds; also includes quizzes and puzzles
  • Match Animals: free, interactive app that includes more than 70 animals to teach students... includes animal sounds and pictures as well as spelling and matching games


Social Studies & Global 

  • MyCongress: detailed information about Congress, links to local representatives and government
  • Stats of the Union: explore an United States map to learn the detailed story of health in this country, from national down to local
  • Atlas for iPad Free: political world map and regional maps of each continent
  • 7 Billion: National Geographic Magazine's app that has videos, photos, and articles to go along with the concept of how our world will change as there are going to be 7 billion people living in it
  • Kids World Maps: app that has six different types of maps focusing on what elementary school children need to know about landforms and world geography
  • TapQuiz Maps: improve geography skills through a fun and engaging world map quiz game
  • World Flags Jigsaw Puzzle: choose a continent and then put together jigsaw puzzles of country flags

iPad Apps for Education II

iPads are more than just a cool tech tool, and the ways they can be used to support and enhance student learning are endless!

Below you will find a list of iPad apps, organized by subject. Click on the name of the app to learn more about each one! The apps listed here are free. If the app is no longer available, please contact the webmaster so they can remove the link.


Language Arts

ABC Pocket Phonics ABC Pocket Phonics Lite Teaches the basics of reading and writing to young kids.
chicktionary Chicktionary Word Game - Unscramble a roost full of letters and create as many words as possible.
Word Shaker Free Word Shaker HD Free Word searching game with a twist.
Grammar Fun Free Grammar Fun Free Allows kids of all ages to learn correct grammar.
Bluster Bluster This word matching game develops vocabulary and word understanding.
Shakespeare Shakespeare in Bits Exciting, multimedia approach to learning and teaching Shakespeare’s plays. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Midsummer's Night's Dream
Toy Story Toy Story Read Along Book Interactive read along practice. Packed with Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises.
Ican Write 2 Ican Write 2 Sentence Structure Practice. Designed to help children become an independent writers.
Word Games for Kids Futuba Word Games for Kids Interactive multiple player word game. Outrageously fun word quiz game for children 4 - 8.

The Arts

Hello Crayons Hello Crayons Easy & fun drawing app for children. Provides realistic crayons and marker pens.
Hello Color Pencil Hello Color Pencil Drawing app.
Hello Chalk Hello Chalk Easy and fun drawing app
Hello Oil Painter Hello Oil Painter Realistic drawing through simulation of virtual oil paint and brush.
The Greatest Artists Jigsaw Puzzles - The greatest artists. Get acquainted with the famous artists, and learn more about their works.
How to Draw How to Draw - Free Lessons Step by step lesson how to draw.
Awesome Xylophone Lite Awesome Xylophone Lite Virtual Xylophone application. High quality sounds
Pottery HD Lite Pottery HD Lite Create "one of a kind" pottery items and share them.


number lines Number lines Counting, ordering, sequencing, skip counting, addition and subtraction using number lines.
Math Terms Math Terms Illustrated glossary of math terms in English and Spanish. Colorful, annotated illustrations.
Math Snacks Math Snacks HD Videos with learner and teacher guides and comic printouts. Good for older elementary and middle school students.
Fraction Basics Fraction Basics Computer animated videos for understanding fractions, mixed fractions, improper fractions, adding, subtracting, mulitplying, dividing fractions and more.
nine gaps Nine Gaps Use your reasoning skills to place the correct numbers in the missing gaps.Sudoku style.
Splash Math HD Splash Math 
3rd Grade Lite
3rd grade place value and number sense.
Multiplication Genius 19 Multiplication Genius X19 Free Multiplication tables practice.


Google Earth Google Earth Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth
NASA NASA HD Videos, live streaming, images, and more.
Weather Station Weather Station NOAA's real time weather information for the US location of your choice (except Alaska).
Murky Reef Lite Murky Reef Lite Bllending reading, science, language arts, math and critical thinking skills with interactive and engaging game play.
Hudson Alpha iCell Hudson Alpha iCell iCell gives students, teachers, and anyone interested in biology a 3D view inside a cell.
FotoPedia National Parks FotoPedia National Parks Explore every single one of the 58 National Parks in the USA, from Acadia to Zion
FotoPedia Wild Friends FotoPedia Wild Friends Packed with rare and candid scenes, including of artic foxes, chamois, dolphins, ghost sharks, gray wolves, humpback whales, imperial eagles, monk seals, and more.
Science 360 Science 360 Engaging science and engineering images, video and newsfeed from around the globe.
Color Uncovered Color Uncovered The science of color and light. An interactive book that features fascinating illusions, articles, and videos.

Social Studies

Declaration Declaration Declaration of Independence. Includes text, notes, and images of original documents.
Tap Quiz Map Word Edition Tap Quiz World Edition Master geography. Learn the countries of the world through a fun and engaging game!
Spell The States Spell The States State recognition. Makes learning our USA state names and flags so much fun!
Kids World Maps Kids World Maps Great way for kids to discover more about the World's geographical features.

Presentation / Digital Storytelling

Popplet Popplet Concept mapping. Brainstorming. Diagramming. Notetaking.
Corkulous Corkulous A digital corkboard and just as simple and useful as the real thing. Post notes, reminders, ideas, phone numbers, lists, etc. Collect, organize and share ideas.
Pic Collage Pic Collage Quickly create picture collages using photos from the web, facebook, photo library or camera. Add text, stickers, change backgrounds. Could make great mini-posters for class.


Create an electronic storybook. Add pictures, text, record sounds.
Videolicious Videolicious Combine videos, photos, music and narration to make movie videos. Free version limited to 1 minute.