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This LibGuide was originally created by Nicole Hennig and Remlee Green of MIT Libraries and has been edited for use by The Education Service Center, Region 20. 

Many thanks to Nicole and Remlee for conducting and sharing the results of their research.

Apps for Productivity

  • Find My iPad
  • Goodreader
    A robust PDF Reader
  • Dropbox
    Storage in the cloud
  • Mobile Mouse
    Instantly transforms your iPad into a wireless remote and trackpad
  • Screen Chomp
    Interactive whiteboard
  • Show Me
    Record voice-over whiteboard
  • Edmodo
    Makes it easy for teacher and students to stay connected
  • TED Talks
    TED's official app presents talks from some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Find more than 1,100 TEDTalk videos (with more added each week) on the official TED app
  • T-Charts
    A simple T-Charts program. Have a tough decision to make? Measure the pros and cons of a situation. Share the answer with friends.
  • popplet lite
    Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas and sort them visually in realtime. Quickly and easily!
  • Notability
    Notability is optimized for the new iPad! It powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect place on iPad.
  • JotNot Scanner Pro
    JotNot is the original and premier multi-page document scanner for the iDevices. JotNot has many additional features including: A simple, easy to use interface with Camera stabilisation. It includes quick capture “Single Page Mode” and automated backup of scans. It includes the ability to email PDFs, PNGs, and JPEGs, presets for receipts, documents, and more and the ability to save to the Photo Library.
  • Skitch
    Use shapes, arrows, sketches and text annotation to get your point across fast. Mark up photos, screenshots, maps, and webpages then share them with anyone you like. Skitch lets you annotate, add arrows, shapes and text to existing images. You can draw something new. You can edit images with reposition, recolor and remove your annotations at will.
  • Printmagic
    Print Magic is simple to use. Launch Print Magic and touch the printer icon to print. For convenience, Print Magic also allows you to select and print pictures from your Photos Library right from within the Print Magic application. You can pinch, zoom, and crop the images to set exactly what you want to print. Print Magic supports photo sizes 4x6 and up. Print Magic uses WiFi to print directly to many types of printers and any printer that can be shared from your Mac via Printer Sharing.
  • Socrative
    Socrative brings smart clickers to a whole new level. Engaged the entire class with educational exercises and games. Let the students see their classmates’ ideas in real time and interact with the responses. Students can provide you with instant feedback on the lessons and how well they understand the material. Ask your own poll questions for the entire class or use a pre-made activity. This can be very powerful tool for teachers.
  • Google Search
    This is the lastest Search app from Google and has been completely redesigned for the iPad. I like the Voice Search function which is excellent for some of your disabled students. Google Goggles is also a great function that allows you to search by image to find more information about what you are looking at. It also gives you quick access to other Google apps like Gmail, Calendar, Docs and more. Nice package all round.

Working with Dropbox

  • DropItToMe
    Password protected online application created to help you set up a process for transferring files using Dropbox. The password is known only by you and your counterpart whom you wish to send documents or files to.
  • Dropbox Forms
    A service hosted by Jotforms. It allows you to create online forms where people come, create documents or leave impressions, fill out form for you and then Dropbox Forms automatically synchronizes the content with your Dropbox account.
  • FileStork
    An easy and very secure way for Dropbox users around the world to request files from each other. All you have to do is to register, send a request and then the file will be uploaded to Dropbox and you have full access to the file.
  • ePubBooks
    ePubBooks is a marketplace where you can download eBooks and have them synchronised automatically to your Dropbox account.

Apps for General Instruction

  • Notability
    Notability gives life to your ideas, stores your notes, and improves your memory and organization.
  • Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
    Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking.
  • Dropbox
    Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website!
  • Nearpod
    Nearpod enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content. It combines presentation, engagement and real-time assessment tools. Teacher iPad app allows sharing content and managing flow of the lecture. Students use the Nearpod Student app to receive curricular content, participate in activities and submit responses.
  • PuppetPals
    Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record
  • Evernote
    Free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use.
  • neu.Notes+
    Take notes and draw on your iPad for handwritten notes, sketching, mind mapping, and more!
  • Popplet Lite
    With Popplet you can capture your ideas and sort them visually in realtime.
  • PaperPort Notes
    PaperPort Notes is a digital note taking tool for the iPad that is transforming the way people create and share information.
  • Mobile Mouse
    Mobile Mouse instantly transforms your iPad into a wireless remote and trackpad for your computer
  • Brain Dip Mag
    Brain Dip Magazine is a magazine-style textbook with a multi-disciplinary, multi-level online study guide correlated to the Common Core State Standards. With the tap of your finger, analyze President Barak Obama's inaugural address from the viewpoint of literacy, math, science, and social studies...and it's all FREE.
  • AirServer
    AirServer is a powerful Mac/PC application that enables you to stream or mirror your iOS device, such as your iPhone 4S, to your Mac/PC. If your computer is connected to a secondary or alternative display, such as an HDTV or projector, your iOS device can use that display. If your iOS device allows Mirroring then anything you see on that device can be displayed on the big screen.
  • Inspiration Maps
    Inspiration Maps brings visual thinking and learning to the iPad. Work with up to five diagrams to create maps, edit and stylize content, transform diagrams to outlines, and preview templates. Developed by the makers of Inspiration, Inspiration Maps is ideal for brainstorming, analyzing and organizing information, planning projects, and studying.
  • Showbie
    Effortlessly assign, collect, and review student work from anywhere – with Showbie! A cloud storage solution designed specifically for K-12 schools that allows students to hand in homework electronically. Through the website or app, students can share files quickly and easily, express their creativity through various forms of media or hand in their homework using a computer or mobile device.

Apps for CTE

Apps for Science

Apps for Social Studies

  • Declaration for iPad
    A copy of the Declaration of Independence
  • Constitution for iPad
    A copy of the Constitution of the United States
  • Presidents HD
    Historical information on every President of the United States.
  • The Presidency
    Historical information on every President of the United States.
  • WORLD BOOK - This Day in History
    Interactive multimedia calendar that features historical events for the day.
  • Beautiful Planet HD
    Beautiful Planet is a groundbreaking app that captures the breathtaking beauty of our world and its cultures. Featuring a collection of galleries three decades in the making by travel photographer, author and explorer, Peter Guttman, Beautiful Planet spans seven continents and 160 countries.
  • Civil War America's Epic Struggle
    Civil War: America's Epic Struggle Features over 1,000 high-res photos, more than an hour of multimedia presentations, in excess of 100 authentic maps, dozens of first hand accounts, and numerous text articles and biographies, it provides instantaneous access to information on every aspect of the war.
  • Virtual History ROMA
    A fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome, the capital of the largest empire in the ancient world, which has been reconstructed in virtual form and which you can explore in a “full-immersion” panoramic experience.The format provides the viewer with an astonishing insight into Roman civilization, using innovative functions and video content: from the spectacular digital reconstruction of the city's statues to breathtaking aerial views of the metropolis as it stood 2,000 years ago, from the manipulation of models of the legionaries, gladiators and war engines to the 3D exploration of monuments such as the Colosseum, and the Circus Maximus.
  • Art Authority

    Virtual art museum filled with over 50,000 paintings and sculptures organized into 8 period-specific rooms.

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