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K-12 Apps

ipad-3-schoolUpdated 8-2-15

If you have an app you use in your classroom, please add it to comments at the bottom. I’ll update as soon as possible.

If you’re the developer of a great educational app, please contact me. I’ll review it. If it meets Ask a Tech Teacher standards (high quality, ease of use, no/low advertising, quality educational value), I’ll list it. More details here.


  1. Puppet Pals HD (free)–Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time
  2. Toontastic–empowers kids to draw, animate, and share their cartoons through imaginative play.


  1. Autodesk HomeDesigner


  1. Nearpod–works on iOS and the web; free or fee; plan lessons and then assess; send an image and have students draw on the screen with their answers
  2. Socrative–iOS and web
  3. Educreations–video a whiteboard explanation of how students are completing a task
  4. QR Stuff–send almost any type of file to a QR code–includes YouTube videos and audio files (create the QR online and scan with an app)

Augmented Reality

  1. Aurasma
  2. Quiver–print, color, play


  1. Socrative

Common Core

  1. Common Core Standards

English Language

  1. Learn English with English Eruption–fun, fast paced arcade game that will teach you 240+ english words


  1. That’s Baloney!–educational trivia game


  1. Duolingo–learn different languages

Lesson Planning

  1. Nearpod–works on iOS and the web; free or fee; plan lessons and then assess

Mandarin Chinese

  1. Learn Chinese with Mandarin Madness–Learn Mandarin Chinese vocabulary the FUN and EASY way with Mandarin Madness the AMAZINGLY EFFECTIVE vocabulary training game.


  1. LandFormer–Raise and lower terrain to solve puzzles in this unique and challenging game.
  2. Stuck on Earth–A new kind of travel app that brings you the best places in the world to visit, photograph, and experience. It’s the ultimate app for explorers, photographers, and daydreamers.
  3. TapQuiz Maps–Play TapQuiz™ Maps for an easy and quick way to master geography. Learn the countries of the world through a fun and engaging game!


  1. A Jazzy Day–introduce children to jazz music. Funny and enticing
  2. Talking Tom Cat–repeats what students say
  3. Tappy Alphabet–learn letters in a fun way


  1. Belfry Sound Effects–sound effects player written for schools and small scale theatre venues


  1. ConjuVerb–contains over 600 of the most used verbs in Spanish
  2. Spanish Smash–Learn Spanish vocabulary the FUN and EASY way


  1. Google Sheets--free; create new or edit existing
  2. MS Excel–free; create new or edit existing; no Office 365 subscription required to edit
  3. Spreadsheet Touch–similar to Excel


  1. Color Uncovered–Explore the surprising side of color with Color Uncovered, an interactive book that features fascinating illusions, articles, and videos developed by the Exploratorium.
  2. Letter School–for handwriting
  3. PBS Kids–Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA).
  4. Periodic Table of iPad Apps
  5. Scan–fastest, simplest and most user-friendly QR Code and barcode scanner available

18 Responses to K-12 Apps

  1. Kristi Lonheim

    I use VR+ for audio recording. I have found it easy to use, no one has had trouble accessing it with the link, and it will erase after a set number of days.

  2. Sheri

    I am looking for a Timeline Creator and a Geometry manipulative app. Any ideas?

  3. randomrose

    Oh my, this is wonderful. Thank you for all these goodies. I am off to seek out a few. 🙂

  4. Sweetmore

    Very useful resources in the classroom.

  5. Sandi Goerisch

    Thank you for the extensive list of Great Apps. I appreciate having them grouped by subject matter.

  6. Jackie

    Thank you for all these great apps! I can’t wait to try them out

  7. arjen robijn enables teachers and students to organize all (educational) bookmarks in one place. is free to use for educational organizations.

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  8. saddison

    I found this spot really productive wish you keep up the same way as you are

    • Jacqui

      Thanks, Saddison. Why don’t you add it to the Great Websites page? That way, others can find it, too.

  9. Mydhili – News for Kids aggregated form vetted child-friendly websites. With in-context vocabulary help, personalized to each Student’s reading ability, customized practice-based-assessments and weekly reports for parents and students.

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