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Many teachers have asked for a resource to help identify iPad apps to use in the classroom. This page provides information on apps we have used. It is in no way comprehensive, but we provide information on apps we know and like.

Prices will be included for apps that are not free. Please note that prices can change over time.

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Instructional Ideas
Aurasma is an augmented reality app that’s changing the way millions of people see and interact with the world.
  • Bring tagged images, objects and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content, such as video, animations and 3D scenes, we call Auras
  • Look out for our ‘A’ logo in newspapers, magazines, books and on product packaging and clothing– wherever you spot the ‘A’, there’s an Aura for you to discover
  • Use the map feature to discover Auras at nearby locations
  • Browse the ‘explore’ and ‘featured’ sections of the app to find the latest and most popular Auras
Aurasma can be used to make still image come to life in your classroom.
  • Interactive Word Wall - overlay a video or image of the vocabulary word on your Word Wall
  • Bulletin Boards/Classroom Posters - overlay videos or images on classroom bulletin boards and posters to make these tools 'come to life' and allow students to gain addition information.
  • Classroom Rules - Have students create skits, or display ways the rules are followed in the classroom to make the classroom rules digital and visual.
  • Student Projects - Add a video aspect to a student's project display.
Your Canvas content goes everywhere with you on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Canvas by Instructure allows you to:
  • View your Canvas activity stream
  • Stay on top of your to do items
  • View your course schedule and syllabus
  • Read and participate in course discussions
  • Turn in homework assignments
  • Upload files, videos, and audio recordings
  • Read, create, and reply to inbox messages
  • Study and navigate course pages
  • View grades for your courses and individual assignments
  • View submissions and participate in comment discussions with your instructor
  • Access and participate in Canvas groups
With the Canvas app, students can upload projects created and saved on the iPad directly into a Canvas assignment. Students can also access Canvas assignments, discussions, messages, and groups.
Charades! Kids is the outrageously fun and exciting multi-activity game for you and your friends. Guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out.
Charades! Kids can be an excellent tool for both studetns and teachers. Create a custom deck within the Charades! Kids app to add your own vocabulary words, terms, or math facts. Students can play in small groups, or it can be used by the teacher as an 'exit ticket' activity.
Chirp is a magical new way to share your stuff – using sound. Chirp 'sings' information from one iPhone to another. Share photos, links, notes and more: all from your built-in iPhone speaker. What will you chirp?

Chirp lets you send information over the air to anyone running the app near you. Use the app to send or receive pictures from your camera, and share with everyone in the room. Chirp is the super-simple way to share that everyone's talking about - download it now.
  • Share photos with groups of friends
  • One-button simple: just chirp it!
  • Share any link you like
Chrip to a great tool to use when you want your students to have specific images to use in an activity. Share the images to your iPads using Chirp, and the images can be saved in the Camera Roll.

Teachers can also send website addresses to students through Chirp. This is great to have when the address is so long that students have trouble typing it correctly.

Send text to your students as well through Chirp. The can be used for editing exercises, writing prompts, or vocabulary.
Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition app.  It allows you to speak and then see what you have said in your text message or email.  You can dictate status updates to your Social Networking apps, or send yourself notes and reminders!
Dragon Dictation can be used to help students with spelling and writing. It can be used for brainstorming, transcription, reading aloud, and note-taking. After dictating is complete, you can go back and edit specific words or entire sentences. Dictation can be copied and pasted into other apps, emailed, or added to Social Networking sites.
Finger paint with thousands of colors and drop in playful stamps.
  • Paint with multiple fingers, yea like in pre-school!
  • Funny sounds paired with stamps are a blast!
  • Doodle and stamp all over your own pictures.
  • Lots of cool drawing tools: paintbrush, glitter, chalk, text, stencils, smudge and more!
  • 44,000-color picker doesn’t get your fingers dirty.
Doodle Buddy can be used to create visual representations of skills. Students can draw, write, and use the Doodle Buddy stamps and/or backgrounds to create student products.

Student products can be saved to the Camera Roll, then uploaded to their CISD Google Drive or Canvas account.
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard allows you to write on the whiteboard as you record your voice and create lessons on any topic you can imagine.  This allows you to clear the page with one stroke, or go to the next page very easily.

States Of Matter   (Educreations video)

Transformations   (Educreations Video)

Educreations can be used for sharing, demonstrating, or presenting skills or concepts in your classroom. This Interactive Whiteboard App allows you write, type or insert images on multiple pages without having to clear the page or stop your recording.

Teachers can use Educreations to introduce, extend, or re-teach a concept. The lessons that are created can be linked to on your class web page for instant access, any time.

Students can also use this app to show understanding of a skill or concept from the classroom. With the ability to record both pen strokes and voice, students can vocally walk through their processes, with the teacher reviewing it to check for correct understanding.
Garage Band turns your iPad into a collection of touch instruments and a full-featured recording studio. You can play Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro. You can use the built-in microphone to capture any performance.  Also, you can mix up to eight different tracks to create a song.  

Price:  $4.99
With Garage Band, students can create their own music that can be used for iMovie projects, school announcements, oral reading, interviews, mood and tone.
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Create, edit, and collaborate with others on documents from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the free Google Docs app. With Google Docs you can:
  • Create new documents or edit any that were created on the web or on another device 
  • Share documents and work together with others in the same document at the same time
  • Open, edit, and save Microsoft Word documents
  • Get stuff done anytime -- even without an Internet connection
  • Add and respond to comments
  • Never worry about losing your work -- everything is automatically saved as you type 
The Google Docs app is now where you can create or edit word processing documents created within Google Docs. You can create new documents, or work on documents created in Google Docs on a computer. The documents are still collaborative, auto-saved, and shareable.

To edit a Google Docs document, you must have the Google Docs app, not just Google Drive. Google Drive will direct the document to open in the Google Docs app.
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. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.
Use Google Docs to upload and share products made on the iPad. Any project, video, or image saved to the iPad's Camera Roll can be uploaded to Google Drive. The file can then be shared with others within Google Drive.
Create, edit, and collaborate with others on spreadsheets from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the free Google Sheets app. With Google Sheets you can:
  • Create new spreadsheets or edit any that were created on the web or on another device 
  • Share spreadsheets and work together with others in the same spreadsheet at the same time
  • Open, edit, and save Microsoft Excel files
  • Get stuff done anytime -- even without an Internet connection
  • Format cells, enter/sort data, view charts, insert formulas, use find/replace, and more
  • Never worry about losing your work -- everything is automatically saved as you type 
The Google Sheets app is now where you can create or edit word spreadsheets created within Google Sheets. You can create new spreadsheets, or work on spreadsheets created in Google Sheets on a computer. The documents are still collaborative, auto-saved, and shareable.

To edit a Google Sheets document, you must have the Google Sheets app, not just Google Drive. Google Drive will direct the document to open in the Google Sheets app.
Create, edit, and collaborate with others on presentations from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad with the free Google Slides app. With Google Slides you can:
  • Create new presentations or edit any that were created on the web or on another device 
  • Share presentations and work together with others in the same presentation at the same time
  • Open, edit, and save Microsoft PowerPoint files
  • Get stuff done anytime -- even without an Internet connection
  • Add and rearrange slides, format text and shapes, and more
  • Present right from your device
  • Never worry about losing your work -- everything is automatically saved as you type
The Google Slides app is now where you can create or edit presentations created within Google Slides. You can create presentations, or work on presentations created in Google Slides on a computer. The documents are still collaborative, auto-saved, and shareable.

To edit a Google Slides document, you must have the Google Slides app, not just Google Drive. Google Drive will direct the document to open in the Google Slides app.
Break through language barriers with Google Translate:
  • Translate 80 languages
  • Listen to your translations spoken aloud
  • Directly translate speech and handwriting
  • Star your favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline
  • View dictionary results for single words or phrase
Google Translate is a great tool to use with your ESL and Bilingual students. Foreign language teachers can also use this app in their classroom. To translate, you can type text into the app, or you can use the iPad's microphone to speak and Google Translate will translate the audio. There is also a pen tool where you can write your word or phrase to translate.
iMovie is a movie making app. It includes 12 trailers with scores by some of the world's top film composers. You can choose from 8 themes, each having different sets of titles, transitions and music. It allows you to customize movie studio logos, cast names and credits. You can add video and photos from your library or record new footage. You can add music and sound effects, animations, pan-and-zoom effects, trim the length of a clip, split a clip and freeze a frame. You can also send your movie to the camera roll and upload it to Google Drive.

Price:  $4.99
Pre-K Students at Wilkinson Elementary created an iMovie about making applesauce.

5th Grade Students at Vogel Intermediate made "People of the West Documentaries" with iMovie.

4th Grade Students at Rice Elementary made book trailers with iMovie.

Keynote is a Presentation app. It comes with 12 Apple-designed themes. Includes over 20 professional-quality slide transitions.  
  • Can view, edit and export to Keynote '09 and Microsoft Power Point file formats
  • Can share files via e-mail, the web, WebDAV services or PC/Mac using iTunes File Sharing
  • iCloud allows you to continue editing where you left off on another device
  • Can incorporate photos, videos, charts and tables
  • Use Magic Move to create sophisticated animations
Price:  $9.99
Keynote is Apple's presentation app.  You can create slide presentations with this app. Charts, graphs, tables, shapes, and images can be added to your slides in Keynote.

Nearpod is an app that enables teachers to use an iPad to manage content on students' iPads.  With Nearpod, teachers can share content with students and manage the flow of that content.

After teachers create an account, they can search for or create multimedia presentations with interactive features such as quizzes, videos, polls, drawings, and more.

When presenting content to students, teachers can see students' responses in real-time in the Nearpod app. Teachers can receive post-session data and activity reports at www.nearpod.com.

Using nearpod.com, you can create interactive presentations from files you have already created in PDF, PPT, PNG, and JPG formats. You can also add Google images or import directly from your Google Drive account.

Add activities such as quizzes, drawing activities, open ended questions, and polls to your presentations to make them interactive. Get instant feedback from these activities while using Nearpod.

A report is generated after a Nearpod session that can be used for grading and record keeping.

Number Pieces Basic helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students can use the number pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, count, regroup, add, and subtract. The drawing tools allow students to label representations and show their understanding.
Number Pieces Basic is a great tool to use with place value. The pieces can be used to represent multi-digit numbers. It can also be used to regroup, add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

Users can take a 'screenshot' of their work and then submit for review using Google Drive, Seesaw, and Canvas.

PicCollage for Kids allows you to create amazing collages using images from your Camera Roll, fun stickers, text with cool fonts and frames.
  • Simple touch gestures to rotate, resize, flick to delete
  • Double-tap a photo to edit photo with Aviary photo effects, clip photo, adjust borders, copy/paste and “flip” images
  • Just tap on the lower-left Frame icon, and swipe to select a frame to make an instant collage!
  • Clip photos by outlining the area you want with your finger
  • Lots of backgrounds and stickers to choose from!
  • Save your Collage to the Camera Roll and it can be uploaded to Google Drive.
PicCollage for Kids is great for making digital posters to go along with classroom activities. Posters can include photos, images, or drawings saved to the Camera Roll. Include arrows from the Stickers to make a sequential display. Students can save their collage to the Camera Roll, share directly to their Google Drive account, or submit directly to a Canvas Assignment using the Canvas app.

Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a "paper clicker"), and use your iPhone or iPad to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.
Plickers is a simple assessment tool that can be used for formative assessment. All the student needs is a Plickers card assigned to them. The teacher needs the Plickers app installed on their smartphone or tablet. Using the app, the teacher will scan the cards of the class to check student responses.
Photo app for creating beautiful collages.
  • Can import pictures from the camera or Camera Roll
  • Free form manipulation allows creation of arbitrary layouts
  • Built in background templates, frames and filters
  • Add captions
  • Add stickers
Teacher created example of PicWall created for 4th grade Regions of Texas unit
ScreenChomp is a white board on the iPad that lets you record what happens on the screen and audio as well. The app will also let you save the recording and post to a web site. Links to video on the web site can be shared with others.

ScreenChomp can be used to share information. It can be used to demonstrate understanding, and lets you get at what is inside the learner's mind. For example, a student can solve a math problem on the screen and talk through the steps as she works. This will let the teacher identify problems in thinking that might not be apparent in the written work alone.

Teachers can use ScreenChomp to introduce or re-teach a concept. Students can refer to the video when they need extra help or simply need to refresh their memories about a concept.

As a culminating activity, students can present their knowledge through a ScreenChomp recording. The example below is from a high school anatomy and physiology class.

ShowMe is a white board on the iPad that lets you record what is happening on the screen as well as audio to coincide with the screen. The app will also let you save the recording and post it to a web site. Links to the video on the web site can be shared with others.

The ShowMe Story (Vimeo video)

ShowMe Basics  (ShowMe Video)
Show Me is an app that can be used to create, record, and share whiteboard-style activities or tutorials. You can write, add text, add images, undo, or clear your screen as you record. Show Me also records audio as you work on the screen.

Created ShowMe's can be easily viewed, linked to, or embedded to a class webpage for viewing.
Sock Puppets lets you create "Puppet Shows" using built-in puppets, scenery and props. You select which puppets, backgrounds and props to use, and as you record your dialog, the puppets lip-sync to your voice. You select one puppet at a time to lip-sync, but can switch to a different puppet at any time. You can also change backgrounds and move props while making your video.    
The Sock Puppets app is great for elementary-aged students to show their creativity. It can be used to:
  • Visualize writing
  • Reviewing concepts
  • Introducing new concepts
  • Story creation
Users can use multiple puppets, backgrounds, and props to create their project.Users can also narrate their story and the app converts the narration to a funny voice for replay.
Toontastic is an app that allows you to create a cartoon story. It comes with several different settings and many different characters to choose from, but you can also draw your own setting or character. Each cartoon can have 5 pieces: The setup, the conflict, the challenge, the climax and the resolution. You can add music to each scene to represent the "mood" of the scene. You give your cartoon a title and it is done. The app creates your "story" and adds the title board and trailing credits.  
  • You can share your cartoon and view cartoons created by others.  
  • Can search for cartoons by name or writer
  • Requires parental approval before cartoons can be posted online.
Toontastic is a great app to use when working with Story Elements. You create your cartoon story in 5 parts; setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution. Toontastic describes and explains each part as you are creating a story. As scenes are created, the user can narrate the story and move characters around.

Word Clouds by ABCya.com is an easy-to-use app to create and share beautiful word clouds.

A word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency. While there are many practical applications for word clouds, a common use is to analyze a body of text.
Word Clouds is a simple and easy-to-use word cloud creator.

Word Clouds can be used for vocabulary, word association, text analyzation, character study, brainstorming, or reflection.

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