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Updated by Sara Anderson on Jul 29, 2013
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ELA iPad Lesson Ideas & Apps

Figurative Language with Instant Poetry HD

7th grade students used the Instant Poetry app on their iPad t o create poems with numerous examples of figurative language and an obvious theme. (ELA Standard 7-1.3 and 7-1.6).  

Literary Responses with StoryRobe

Middle school students used the StoryRobe app on their iPod touch to create situational responses to literary texts (ELA Standard 7-1.7)                                                                                    

Poetry with StoryKit

Middle school students used the StoryKit app on their iPod touch to create their own narrative poems (ELA Standard 7-5.2)                                                                                                                                

Public Service Announcements with Animoto and Comic Touch

Students at Loris Middle used the Animoto and Comic Touch apps on their iPod touch to create responses to informational texts through media productions (ELA Standard 7-2.4)        

Paperless Passages with PaperPort & Vocabulary with Popplet Lite

PaperPort Notes and Popplet Lite are used for vocabulary lesson activities.

Putting an iSpin on Video Vocabulary

Students learn vocabulary by creating their own videos and watching the videos of others.


This deck highlights multiple standard vocabulary activities that could be done on an iPad. Each activity lists several apps that could be used for the activity.

Trading Card Creator

Description of the app and ideas for classroom integration.

Photo Collage Creator

App description and classroom integration ideas.

Popplet Lite +

Description of the app and integration ideas for the classroom.

Storylines App

Since this was written, the developers have published a Storylines for Schools app which does the same thing but is appropriate for an educational setting.

Wordmover for Poem Creation

This free app acts like the magnetic words you might have on your refrigerator. Created by the National Council of Teachers of English, Wordmover allows students to manipulate words on their screen...

ELA Talk Bubbles

There are lots of great ways to incorporate Perfect Captions in your classroom.  I love using this app with primary source documents, but it's also perfect for reinforcing literacy skills.  Have st...