Fave iPad Apps

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Subject or Topic
Ways to Integrate
Sharing Options
AllMy new favorite App!!! (November 2013) One Stop shopping at it's best! This app starts out as a simple recorder and can turn into a variety of projects and learning experiences for your students. There are so many great ways to use AudioBoo in the classroom. Here are a few suggestions.

1. fluency
2. verbal directions
3. question of the day
4. audio books
5. message home to parents
6. students answering a question
7. correct answer check - QR code leads students to correct answers
8. poetry reading
9. scavenger hunts
10. explain thinking
11. make a poster come to life
12. open house tour/museum walk
Generate a QR Code, save to iTunes as a podcast, embed on a website, and Tweet it.

AllThere are many QR Code generators and readers available. I suggest you find the one that works best for you. They all have plus and minuses when it comes to features. However, no matter which app you choose, QR Codes are extremely useful, timesaving, and motivating for a classroom setting. 

Ideas: 1. Create QR dice for writing prompts. 2. Quick access to sites you want students to get to. 3. Scavenger hunts. 4. Place in books for classroom library to send students to trailers about the books. Great for choosing "Best Fit Books". Plus have students create the trailers for you. 5. Add voice to a student poster. 6. Tour for Open House. 7. I could go on and on. Get creative with it!
Print, embed on websites, send via email, project on the white board.

AllIt is very exciting that Thinglink now has an app for iOS. With ThingLink students and teachers can create interactive posters. Clickable tabs are added to a picture that once clicked will reveal text or videos that the creator of the poster has added. This app makes creating posters an enjoyable experience along with creating a multimedia learning tool.Email a link to the creation and embed on sites.

AllUsing StoryKit students can create books by taking photos with the camera or import from the photo library. Users can also create their own illustrations. Another great feature of Story Kit is that students can read the text to add voice to the book or add their own sound effects.The story will be uploaded to StoryKit. After uploading the user will receive a private web address to share via email, or save the link to put on a blog, website, or wiki.

(No longer free, but may be worth the investment)

AllA great photo collage creating tool that includes video importing along with photographs. Great for any subject or topic! Save to photo gallery and email file.

AllBaiboard may be one of the coolest collaboration iPad Apps available to classrooms at the wonderful cost of free. When you open the app the user has the option to create or join a board. Once a board is created others may join and add to the work effort. There are 6 pages per "whiteboard". The users can import pictures, pdfs, and maps. What a wonderful way for students and teachers to work together. Even better classrooms from different schools can collaborate.The finished boards can be saved to the photo gallery, sent by email, uploaded to Evernote or Dropbox or even Tweeted.
AllStudents can read finished writing pieces and record themselves or do oral presentations via the app. User needs an account. Fotobabble is also web-based for use from computers.Email finished product or embed on any site.

Teacher and student Apps
AllStudent Response system for any subject. Can import quizzes or tests, or even have it open to flow with what is happening in the classroom. Use for “Parking Lot”. Can also be used on a computer through the Socrative site.When quiz, test, or questionnaire is finished the teacher can email the results to him/herself and then open it in a Google Spreadsheet or download results to a computer.

No longer free!

Free Version now.
Students can create storybooks in a variety of formats. The books can be illustrated by the students or they can use Scribble Press gallery drawings. All creations are saved in the app on a bookshelf.

Book Creator is similar to ScribblePress without the drawing and stamp tools. With the free version the user can create two books by deleting contents of the instruction book. Once an user saves the BookCreator creation to iBooks the contents in the app can be erased to create a new book in it's place. Students can record their voice on the pages in Book Creator, a huge bonus over ScribblePress.
Publish to the Scribble Press Gallery, email link or export to iBooks. Post link on website or blog. For a fee Scribble Press will publish your book or use one of your drawings to create a few different products.

Book Creator Books can be saved as an epub and opened in apps like iBooks to be read.

If you can afford it...
Explain Everything, $2.99, is a bit better. With laser pointer and saving to camera roll features.

AllTeachers can make videos/tutorials to help students with concepts outside the classroom. Students can use the app to show how they work out a math problem so that the teacher can see how the student thought it through. Students can also use this app to create a story, practice reading for fluency, or create a project about any topic. Students and teachers can add photos from their camera, library or search the web. They can also free draw on slides, add text and record audio to create demonstrations of skills.Can share via facebook, twitter, email and embed code.

AllEdmodo is an awesome virtual learning environment. With Edmodo teachers can customize learning for all of their students. For example, students can take a quiz on Edmodo and based on the quiz results, know what their next step in learning should be. All quiz and test results are added to the teacher's grade book for convenience. Immediate feedback!!! The classroom teacher would let the students know what their next steps would be after a quiz. For example those that got a certain amount correct could go onto a new concept via video lesson, while some may revisit the lesson with the classroom teacher and others may just need a little more practice.Students can turn in assignments, take quizzes/tests, chat with other students plus teachers, and access teacher approved links and videos.
Students can express what they are thinking through drawing and they can annotate on a photo taken with the iPad camera or imported from the photo library. The picture can be saved as a photo (jpeg) and then used in other applications, like Fotoflo, Fotobabble, Educreations, Splice, Popplet and Story Kit.

2.5 Update - It is now possible to annotate on .pdf and stamps have been added. Useful for filling in a chart where you may need a checkmark or an x.

Save to photo gallery, email, or tweet the creation. If the user has an Evernote Account, the work will automatically be saved in the user's account.
(No longer free)
Click on iPhone when purchasing on iPad.

Loopster makes a great free substitute.

Create short movies with ease. Splice is a very simple movie making app that allows the user to import videos, photos, and music. The user can also do voice overs and add sound effects. A great way to create a book trailer.Save to Camera Roll and upload to YouTube or other video hosting sites. Then the video can be embedded on a variety of sites that students and parents have access to.

AllCreate mind-mapping webs using text, the drawing tool, links, and insert photos. Great for students to map out a story, create a report, or organize their thoughts.Email .pdf or .jpeg or save .jpeg to camera roll. Must have paid version to save as a .pdf.

AllA note taking app that not only allows the user to type notes, but notes can be created in their own handwriting. Pdfs can be imported and written on or typed on. Students can use it to annotate on any pdf document that the teacher wants them to. I have used it to fill in paperwork for my district, sign my name to a document and send it back to district central office.Email documents, drop into Dropbox, Google Docs, Evernote, Showbie, and I am sure many more apps.

New Fave over Pic Stitch

A photo collage making app. Once the user chooses a photo to be added to the collage they get a menu of effects, stickers, and ways to add text to their photos. A great way to create a quick report on a subject or a fun way to practice skills. For example, a student could take a picture of something and label all of the nouns. On another photo use common and proper nouns correctly in a sentence and on another photo within the collage write out the meaning. This type of example can be adapted for almost any topic that students learn and practice during the school year.Email or open in a variety of apps like Skitch, Evernote, Doceri, Edmodo, Showbie, and Dropbox. Save in Photo Gallery.


Students can create a script for characters and then act it out. Great app for teaching character, setting, and the writing process. Students can also create math stories by getting a little creative.Export to camera role. From there the video can be emailed or sent to Youtube.

Evernote is a tool that can be used on both computers and handheld devices. At it's basic form it is a place to store written work. However, if you get creative, Evernote can be much more than a digital portfolio and reach all levels of the SAMR Model, created by Ruben Puentedura.

At the Substitution Level of SAMR: Use Evernote strictly as a portfolio. Any work that students could add to a three ring binder can be added to their Evernote notes. Students can write and store anything in written form. Students can take photos of projects that would normally be too big to fit in a binder. The Notes can be sorted into folders and be tagged to help students find their stored work quickly. What makes Evernote better than a binder is that it is paperless, takes up less space, and is environmentally friendly.

At the Augmentation Level of SAMR: Use Evernote with functional improvement to a binder portfolio by having students add voice descriptions to their notes/school work that they store in Evernote. On each note students could record their voice talking about their project or artifact and why it is valuable. They could also record themselves setting goals to improve their learning for their next submission.

At the Modification Level of SAMR: Evernote is an excellent place to have students store their fluency. What we have been doing in some of my schools that I work with... students are taking a picture of a passage in a book. Then the students record themselves reading the passage. After they record themselves, the students play back their recording and follow along. Lastly students evaluate their recording and set goals for the next time that they will record themselves reading fluently.

The previous example can be brought to the Redefinition Level of SAMR if students have the ability to email work, which would allow for students to evaluate each other's recordings and provide feedback to their peers. When suggestions come from peers, students often take the suggestion very seriously. Students could share their work with each other by switching devices or computers, however there is the chance for someone's work to get erased with this option. In my district all students from second grade on have an email account. Our 2nd - 8th grades students can only send and receive email from educators and students in our domain. I highly recommend having an email account for your students, if you do not already.