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Updated by Tim Yenca on Jan 27, 2016
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Essential iPad Resources & Apps List for Educators

Here is a list of apps suggested for a shared iPad educational environment. I also included links to resources that should help you continue to take risks and try new ways to integrate technology in meaningful ways that will have a tremendous & positive impact on your learners. iPad on my friends!


With Classkick, students work assignments on their iPad and get help from teachers and peers. Teachers create assignments, see all their students’ work in real-time, and give LOTS of student feedback. Best of all, students can help each other anonymously.

Classkick Teacher Resources:

“Classkick is every teacher’s dream.” - Lynne Shalman, Chapin School
“Students love was magic!” - Greg Port, Seton College


  • CREATE paperless assignments using existing worksheets, audio, video or web content.
  • SEE every students’ work simultaneously.
  • GIVE instant feedback when it is most important.
  • FACILITATE peer-to-peer feedback and learning.


  • WORK at their own pace and even on their own time.
  • ASK for help privately.
  • HELP their peers.


  • in class or at home.
  • in traditional or flipped classrooms.
  • as a group together or on your own time individually.


  • assignments
  • quizzes
  • station work
  • do nows/exit slips
  • guided practice
  • independent practice
  • homework
Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Teachers resources:

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

Named Best App of 2015 by Graphite Common Sense Media, American Association of School Librarians, and Richard Byrne's Free Tech for Teachers

Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form
∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links or PDFs to show what they know and store evidence in their digital portfolio. You can also import directly from over 100 other apps.

Sign In Options that Work for All Ages
∙ Younger learners or classrooms with shared devices can sign in with a QR code.

Encourage Reflection and Provide an Authentic Audience

Strengthen Connections Between School and Home

Seesaw Blogs -- the easiest way to create a blog for your class!

Shadow Puppet Edu

Easily create videos in the classroom! Students can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning.

Teacher Resources:

**Best Edtech of 2014. "A must-have app for elementary classrooms." - Graphite | Common Sense Media **

2014 Best App for Teaching & Learning - American Association of School Librarians
Featured by Apple as Best App for Middle School for 5 months!

∙ Present a project or describe an experience
∙ Search Library of Congress, NASA, Met Museum, Creative Commons, and more for images to explain an idea
∙ Develop digital storytelling skills
∙ Demonstrate understanding of a concept for assessment
∙ Improve speaking skills or practice reading aloud

∙ Create mini-lessons for blended learning or flipped classroom
∙ Develop more engaging prompts for assignments or discussions
∙ Provide examples of final projects


  • Use photos and video clips from camera roll
    ∙ Up to 100 items per video and up to 30 minutes long

  • Built-in search for images, clipart and maps
    ∙ Educational Image Search: Library of Congress, NASA, Met Museum of Art, and more
    ∙ Web Image Search: Fair use or Creative Commons images, clipart and web images
    ∙ Maps Search: Search and clip images from maps and satellite maps
    ∙ Automatic image credits added to end of videos to cite sources
    ∙ Safe search enabled

Math test activities for students and teachers of all grade levels

Create a free account and start using it with classes today!

What is ThatQuiz?
A free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing.
An online grade book providing fast analysis of class and individual student progress.
An exchange for teachers to share the resources they create.
A skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.
Also has Vocabulary, Geography, and Science questions.

QR Stuff

Free QR Code Generator and online QR code creator. Generate QR codes ready to download and print.

iPad User Guide & Accessibility Features

Need more help with the basics? The iPad User Guide has you covered by providing all the necessary details needed to learn about the iPad.

Book Creator for iPad - create and publish ebooks, pdfs and comics

See more Book Creator Resources here:

  • THE No.1 Book app for the iPad in 80 countries.

  • Voted Best Educational App in the 2015 BETT Awards.

Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad.

With over 15 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.


  • Add text, choosing from over 50 fonts
  • Add photos and images from your iPad's photo library, from the web, or use the iPad's Camera
  • Resize, rotate and position content as you like with guidelines and snap positioning
  • Add video and music, and even record your voice
  • Use the pen tool to draw and annotate your book
  • Choose from portrait, landscape or square book sizes
  • Add super powers to your books with comic templates, stickers and styles
  • A quick tap and you're reading your book in iBooks!

MANY WAYS TO SHARE YOUR BOOK including sharing thru the SeeSaw app.


Book Creator is open-ended, creative and cross curriculum, and is one of the most popular iPad apps for teachers across the world.

“Book Creator sits atop my list of the best educational apps. I’ve used Book Creator with learners of all ages, from kindergarten to adults. Its simplicity is refreshing, allowing authors to focus on their content.”

  • Tony Vincent, Learning and Technology Consultant,

“In my opinion the essential education app for the iPad!”

  • Andrew Rhodes, Apple Distinguished Educator and Director of Technology, International School of Stavanger

“I love this app. It’s an incredibly powerful app with a deceptively easy to use interface. One of the three iPad apps every elementary school should buy.”

  • Dan Callahan, Instructional Technology Specialist K-5 with 1:1 iPads

“A must for anyone in education. I love this app!”

  • Joe Moretti, Apple UK Education Mentor

Read case studies and lesson plans from teachers using Book Creator at


Endless Reader introduces “sight words”, the most commonly used words in school, library, and children’s books. Kids just love learning sight words with the adorable Endless monsters.

Evernote Scannable

Scannable moves paper forward.

Automatically capture high-quality scans anywhere

  • Scan fast: Point your camera at documents, expense receipts, or whiteboards. Scannable immediately captures them.
  • Save time: Scannable automatically rotates, crops, and adjusts images so your scans are clear and easy to read.
  • Share or save: Send documents to colleagues via email or text, or export them as PDF and JPG files to Evernote and other apps.

Scannable is free to download and use.

How to use your Apple TV

Use AirPlay to wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. With AirPlay, you can stream music, photos, and videos to your Apple TV that is connected to your projector. And with AirPlay Mirroring, you can display your iOS screen on your Apple TV.




Pages is the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. This powerful word processor helps you create gorgeous reports, resumes, and documents in minutes. Pages has been designed exclusively for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch with support for Multi-Touch gestures and Smart Zoom.

Get a quick start by using one of over 60 Apple-designed templates. Or use a blank document and easily add text, images, shapes, and more with a few taps. Then format using beautiful preset styles and fonts. And use advanced features like change tracking, comments, and highlights to easily review changes in a document.

Get started quickly
• Choose from over 60 Apple-designed templates to instantly create beautiful reports, resumes, cards, and posters
• Import and edit Microsoft Word and plain text files using Mail, a WebDAV service, or iTunes File Sharing
• Quickly browse your document using the page navigator and see a thumbnail preview of each page
• Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help

Create beautiful documents
• Write and edit documents using the onscreen keyboard or a wireless keyboard with Bluetooth
• Format your document with gorgeous styles, fonts, and textures
• Your most important text formatting options are right in your keyboard, and always just a tap or two away
• Easily add images and video to your document using the Media Browser
• Use auto-text wrap to flow text around images
• Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
• Organize your data easily in tables




Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping.

Start with an Apple-designed theme and add text, images, charts, tables, and shapes with just a few taps. Highlight your data with stunning interactive bar, column, scatter, and bubble charts. Present right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Or use video mirroring to present on an HDTV, and preview your slides and notes on your device using the Presenter Display.

graphite | The best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula rated for learning

Common Sense Graphite is a site by teachers, for teachers that helps you find the best educational technology resources and learn the best practices for implementing them in your classroom. Brought to you by Common Sense Media: Empowering kids to thrive in a world of media and technology.

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