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TeachThought Editor's Choice: The 50 Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2016

TeachThought Editor's Choice: The 50 Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2016


Create infographics and visual data on iPad or through your browser. Download a free book to learn how to incorporate infographics in your classroom.

Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free on the App Store

Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.

Evernote on the App Store

"Use Evernote as the place you put everything...don’t ask yourself which device it’s on—it’s in Evernote" – The New York Times

Google Drive - free online storage from Google on the App Store

Get started with Google Drive for free and have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them.

Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later on the App Store

Use Pocket to easily save articles, videos and more for later.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition on the App Store

Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.

ZoomNotes - Note take, Sketch, Annotate PDF and Present on the App Store

ZoomNotes is the most comprehensive visual note-taking app with unlimited zoom. Make handwritten notes and sketches on virtual paper, PDF files, images and MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents (via GoogleDrive).

Bitsboard - Education, Games, and Flashcards for Learning Reading, Spelling, and more on the App Store

Easily create your own study sets or download study sets from teachers and classmates

The Sandbox­ - Build & Create Your Pixel World on the App Store

Play God & Create Worlds with Life or Destroy everything within a tap of your finger!

Knowji Vocab 7-10, SAT, GRE, ASVAB Audio Visual Vocabulary Flashcards with Spaced Repetition on the App Store

Knowji makes the highest quality and most effective vocabulary apps in the App Store.

Math Fact Master: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division on the App Store

Allows children to practice specific number sets and operators in the proven learning style of flashcards.

Phonics Genius on the App Store

One of the best ways to rapidly learn how to speak, read, and recognize words is through phonic awareness.

Summary Pro on the App Store

With Summary, you can now easily and smartly summarise your ideas, study notes and business reports while keeping track of the source of every piece of information in your summary

Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe on the App Store

Take a mind-blowing 3D tour of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox as your guide. The official Wonders app by arrangement with the BBC.

Lapse It * Time Lapse & Stop Motion Camera * Free on the App Store

Lapse It is an award-winning full featured app for capturing amazing time lapse and stop motion videos.




Codea lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

Simple Machines

Explore the playful side of physics! Experiment with six simple machines, discover how they work, and investigate the invisible forces behind them in this sandbox app. Destroy a castle, make music, send satellites into orbit & more

The Everything Machine by Tinybop on the App Store

Dive inside your device and make your own machines! In Tinybop’s first maker app, kids are empowered to build anything they can imagine using the hardware and sensors.

Scratch Jr

With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games. By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing.


Build loops! Create sequences! Compose music! LOOPIMAL is a building kit of handcrafted animations and sounds. The possibilities of creations and compositions are endless. With an intuitive fun gesture they can create sequences for different animals. The content is on a melodic, rhythmic or movement basis.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of all ages to independently document and share what they are learning at school.

Explain Everything™ Interactive Whiteboard on the App Store

Start creating videos and classroom projects with this leading unique interactive screencasting whiteboard.

Showbie - Paperless Classroom

Find out how easy it is to assign, collect and review student work from thousands of compatible iPad apps, or have your students complete assignments with Showbie’s built in tools. Provide rich feedback using digital ink, text and voice annotations right on images and PDFs, and then add your students’ best work to personalized digital portfolios that can be securely shared with parents

Adobe Voice – Show your story

Voice helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming – just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack. Persuade, inform and inspire anyone online. Make an impact.


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