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Updated by Jeanne Reed on Jun 23, 2016
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Very Versatile iPad Apps

Just the beginning... If you're just starting to explore with an iPad, here's a great list of very versatile apps that we've discovered are super useful for personal learning and classroom teaching. Most are free apps but the few that aren't, so worth it.


1. iPad Apps for Learning

More Education & Must-have iPad Apps for K-12

Adobe Photoshop Express

Snap, edit and share.

Animoto Video Maker

Turn photos into videos with music and text.


Kids love earning Class Dojo points and parents love "being in the know." Class management made just a little easier, rewarding and entertaining.

Comic Life

Get creative creating anything! Create eye-catching flyers and responses to literature, comic strips, and so much more.

Comic Touch Lite

Add balloon to give your subjects thoughts and words. Add captions to describe the scene of give the photo a title.

Creative Book Builder

Create, edit, publish ebooks, and read using iBooks or other ePub readers.
*Paid app




Send notes, submit assignments, post replies, and check messages.

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

Turn your iPad into a recordable whiteboard - create a video tutorial.


Searchable notes, photos capture, todo lists, recorded voice reminders.

Explain Everything

Annotate, animate, and narrate lessons, assessments, and tutorials - an interactive whiteboard.
*Paid app for teachers


Search, study, and make local edits to flashcards or create your own.


Creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Flip through Facebook newsfeed, Google+ Circles, tweets, photos from Instagram friends, videos from YouTube, and more.

Google Drive

A must have free app for storage, creating documents, sharing, collaborating and more. With a Google Apps for Education account that's 30 GB storage!

Google Earth

Travel to far corners of the planet with just the swipe of a finger.

Haiku Deck - Beautiful Presentations and Slideshows with Charts and Graphs

Beautiful Presentations and Slideshows with Charts and Graphs and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Free app that is similar to Keynote or PowerPoint built for the iPad.




Tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.




Make HD movies
*Paid app

iTunes U

Access courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the digital catalog of free education content.




Presentation app with animated charts and transitions
*Paid app

Notability - Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox Sync

Handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing




Make spreadsheets with tables, charts, photos, and graphics
*Paid app




Word processor - create, edit, and view documents
*Paid app

popplet lite

Mind maps - capture ideas and sort them visually

Puppet Pals HD

Create shows with animation and audio.