We often get questions about what apps teachers, students, or parents should use. While this seems like a logical question, there is rarely one app that addresses the unique needs of every user.
Before embarking on any app search, we encourage you to focus on the activity or task first. Chances are good you’ll find multiple apps that address the identified need. While some may be the perfect fit for the vast majority of users, others may provide unique features or functionalities that address special needs.
The best place to begin your search is the App Store located on the iPad. Use the search box at the top right corner, as well as the categories at the bottom, to find apps and read reviews.
For those who prefer to browse app lists, here are a few of the more popular and vetted sites:
Apple’s Education Apps Site
Apple’s own education site has a great number of apps listed by subject area category.
APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings. Teachers can propose apps to be reviewed by the ADEs on the site. Apps are categorized by subject area, Bloom’s Taxonomy, the ISTE Nets, and many other categories.
I Education Apps Review is now a community of over 500 educators, administrators and app developers. They review apps on their website, a Ning Social network, other district lists of apps, and many more resources for using iDevices in your classroom!
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Because media profoundly affects our kids’ social, emotional, and physical development, Common Sense Media rates media based on age appropriateness and learning potential. They rely on developmental criteria from some of the nation’s leading authorities to determine what content is appropriate for which ages. Additionally, for apps, video games, and websites, they indicate the learning potential of a title in terms of whether it’s BEST, GOOD, or FAIR for learning — or not for learning.
Teachers can search for apps by subject, age, skill, and many more attributes!