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Updated by Robert Barker on Oct 31, 2013
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iPad Apps for the Secondary English Teacher

A list of apps that support education in secondary English courses.

Shakespeare In Bits

This is an invaluable app that features captioned, animated versions of Shakespeare's most widely read plays, along with features that enable students to track vocabulary and themes. Students can add their own notes alongside any section of the text and also quickly navigate to decidedly non-Sparknotish analysis that provides valuable scaffolds for readers.

English Poetry

Mostly Western Canon fare, but good place to get quick exhaustive catalog of poems from the greats, including Dickinson, Yeats, Twain, Whitman, etc. Students can add comments to each poem, favorite poems, and share specific poems.

Shakespeare Pro

Great features for teachers, including all 37 plays, the sonnets, quotes, a concordance, glossary, and biographical information on the Bard.

Comprehensive, Engaging Vocabulary Building | Membean

Not an App yet, but this is the most underrated vocabulary tool out there. Get it; you won't be disappointed. Incredibly intuitive, nimble, and targeted learning for each individual student. From their own site:
Why Membean in Your School? Knowing the meanings of words, and being able to use them, is an essential skill for both reading comprehension and effective writing. Researchers have long known that teaching individual words is essential, but it's even more important to build a student's word consciousness.

Edmodo | Where Learning Happens | Sign up, Sign In

This is the best free Learning Management System out there. Robust features and a responsive support team.


This app keeps improving, which is a good thing, because while it is incredibly useful and powerful, the learning curve is sometimes not the easiest, for students especially.


Pintarest's big-muscled "for education" step-son. Don't know why this isn't a bigger deal. Fantastic way to create boards for students to gain background knowledge through easy interface.

Storify - Create stories using social media

Similar to Learnist, but with perhaps an even better interface and more interactivity for students and teachers.


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