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10 Excellent iPad Applications for Teachers

by Kelly Walsh on March 6, 2011


With the iPad2 on the launching pad, it’s a great time to share this list of useful iPad apps for teachers from guest writer Paula Dierkens.

There’s no doubt that the iPad is an excellent device, and if you own this gadget, it makes sense to pick up the applications best suited to your lifestyle and profession. So if you’re a teacher, here are ten great iPad apps that you must try out:

[Note to readers of this article! I conducted a survey in March of 2012 to update this list of iPad apps that educators like to use in their professional roles, so it is based on actual teacher input. The results are available in this post. I hope you’ll click through and check it out! – KW 3/25/12]

1. QuickVoice Recorder: This is the perfect recording tool to record your classes and get feedback on your performance; you can see what you’re doing right and what you’re going about wrong and learn how you can improve your lectures.

2. Dropbox: If you’ve used Dropbox on your computer, you already know this is a must-have tool on your iPad. If not, it’s a file storage application that allows you to say goodbye to flash drives and portable hard disks for good. Just sign up to store your files online and then access them from any other computer, your iPad or your smartphone. Ideal for files you use at school and at home.   

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3. Things for iPad: If you’re looking for the perfect task manager to keep track of all your appointments and prepare ahead, then Things it is.

4. Discover: There’s no need for encyclopedias today with Wikipedia and other instant sources of information. Discover joins this list as the go-to app for the iPad when you need information on just about anything in the world.

5. Evernote: There’s no need to carry around a notebook or diary in which to jot down your lesson plans or reminders – just use Evernote to enter your notes in text or voice format.

6. Pages for iPad: Use this nifty app to type out all your documents and include any kind of formatting you may need.

7. Numbers for iPad: For all your spreadsheet needs on your iPad, turn to Numbers. It’s easy to use, easy to access, and easy to import all your information from your Excel worksheets.

8. Goodreader for iPad: Use this app to access all your documents, PDF files, video and audio files, spreadsheets and many other kinds of files over a wireless network or via USB cable – it makes it dead easy to retrieve files from other systems.

9. Mobile Air Mouse: This is the perfect tool for hosting presentations and conducting lectures using an interactive whiteboard. It turns your iPad into an all-in-one remote control that you can use to manipulate the board without having to resort to using a wireless keyboard and a mouse.

10. WritePad: If you prefer to write rather than type, then this app converts your handwriting on the iPad into readable text – use your finger or a stylus to get your point across.

By-line: This guest post is contributed by Paula Dierkins, who writes on the topic of PhD Online Degree . Paula can be reached at her email id:

As always, comments and questions are encouraged and welcomed. If you know of any other great iPad apps for teachers, or have anything else to share, please click here and contribute!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Using The iPad As A Digital Whiteboard (Plus 4 Cool Free Apps To Try It Out)
Five Fun Free iPad Apps for Elementary School Teachers And Students
Do You Know About The Many Free Resources For Education Available from Apple?


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Eric Oemig January 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Mathtopia is a fun iPad game that builds math fact fluency.

Mimi November 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I’m a Biology teacher, and recommend you:

It explains how to manage a microscope, and has laboratory practices.

lisalantz August 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Another great app for teachers is FluencyFinder. It allows you to quickly assess a student’s word per minute reading fluency. I have used it in my classroom and it save so much time. I can listen to the student and let the app do the work.

A. Holmgren July 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

The Babakus for iPad is an excellent app for children as well as adults who have mathematical difficulties or dyscalculia, developed by neuropsychologist Björn Adler who is one of the leading specialists on dyscalculia in Scandinavia. It is intended for teachers, pedagogues or parents with children who have mathematical difficulties, and comes with an in-depth manual and method description, as well as an e-book.

JoanaR July 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I really love Attaché, excellent application to manage your classes from attendance to assignments.

Dr.S July 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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Nick Marks June 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Hi. I wanted to share with you a excellent tools for educators. I hope you can give my app a chance.

Math Pentagon June 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Math !!! by Math Pentagon is a unique math learning program that lets students write and practice math worksheets, exercises & assignments on iPad. Math teachers can assign & review completed worksheets, capture results in real-time, review and understand students’ progress, and prepare for further classroom teaching. This means a lot of time and paper saved. The app also has a sophisticated inbuilt LIVE Learning Center using which teachers can remotely assist/teach students, over a shared whiteboard.

Math Pentagon Privilege Program : Teachers and schools can request for free licenses for their students in the website.

iTunes link:!!!/id467548534?l=en&mt=8

Fred May 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

There is a great app for teachers to plan lessons – TeacherPlan.

Rickles May 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

Found a future addition on Indiegogo called EduApp. Looks like teachers will have content on their iPad and will control the students iPads and push information to the students iPads in the future. Grading easier with integrated testing/scoring sounded like a major timesaver too.

Rich May 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Check out the Teacher’s Wire app. It allows you to take photos of your students’ learning in action or of your students’ work, attach a learning objective that you’ve previously entered into the application and then email the information to the child’s parents.
Here is a short 30 second video-

Richard Johnson April 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I’m a middle school science teacher and I use several interactive books, they are meant to be used for 4th-7th grade but can be used for earlier elementary or even early high school. They are very cheap. Here are the links:

Natural Science:
Earth Science:
Life Science:

Kathlyn April 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’ve just came up with a new educational tool called Nearpod. It’s awesome! You can create your own presentations and it’s a fun and interesting way of engaging everybody in your class. It’s really easy to use. And free, too. Check it out at Hope you like it as much as I do :)

Mintmomeg April 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

NOW Everyone can learn with fun!

Find developer name from App Store : ” Mintmomeg”
Name of popular games in App Store :
1. PK Math
2. KG Math
3. G1 Math
4. G2 Math, and more.

Our games are popular among many US schools and it is also appropriated for little kids age 3yrs old up to 10 yrs old (Pre-school till G3). We have cute cartoon characters with a variety of skills (either 1-2-3 to upper level or ABC and more) that support for home school parents to practice their kids at home.

Visit “” or find “MINTMOMEG” from Apps Store. We make education and fun games for ipods, iphones, Mac and ipads.

Our math games are developed as requested by many primary school teachers and parents. It is a fun and interactive game that introduces your kid to the world of mathematics. We already test this app with many kids and it is sure that they love it. Cute, colorful, and easy to use of its design and concept, it is also not too hard to start in Math for little kids. You will be surprised that kids love to learn Maths naturally. We recommend that our app would bring kids to the world of Math. You can also find us from

Antony Burton March 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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Cynthia miller March 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I use an ap called Confer to take anecdotal records and formative assessments on my primary students….as a matter of fact, it is the REASON I bought an iPad!

Nathan Dumbleton February 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

This site is a youtube channel dedicated to instructional videos of iPads apps for use in education.

Timeline February 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I would reccomend this Timeline Eons app, a graphic representation of the entire natural and human history:

Romesh Jain January 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

A very good source for iPad Apps. Again, too much info to digest in such a short time period. I hope access to these sites would be available throughout the semester.
I liked the following sections:
2. Dropbox. good
7. Numbers for iPad. Very good specially spreadsheets with bar chart graphics.

10. WritePad. OK, cost about $10

Nancy Petersen January 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Once more students have IPADS, this will be a great resource to use for my speech class. Students can practice and record themselves and then share their speeches with their groups for feedback. We can even evaluate student speeches using IPAD applications. Obviously IPADs are not something all students can afford but as prices come down, more students will have access.

Henry January 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

For anyone looking for more, I recommend Color Cool – a fun coloring app on iPad

dumpty December 2, 2011 at 7:57 am

My teacher uses the Ghostwriter Notes app in her iPad whenever we have class. She also encouraged us to use the app so that she can easily synchronize the resources for our everyday discussions. And it’s very nice because we don’t have to bring notebooks with us, just our iPad with the Ghostwriter app in it.

Sarah November 6, 2011 at 11:47 am

This is an AWESOME app to help kids grasp the concept of numbers, addition, and subtraction. It’s really helped my students! Base Ten Number Blocks-

Mr I October 26, 2011 at 7:33 am

I used Templates for Primary Pupils with my own boys homework. I think it has wings for my secondary school class.

Swamykant October 4, 2011 at 2:58 am

Wow. Nice collection. Thanks for share.

Kate Gladstone September 24, 2011 at 1:33 am

Teachers who need to tone up their handwriting (on whiteboards/blackboards/returned papers) will find a suite of helpful resources in the app BETTER LETTERS for $1.99.

RMO September 9, 2011 at 3:44 am

Hi, did you check the iCelsius ( It transforms the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch into the most advanced digital thermometer. Great to teach temperature to kids, do science class, etc.

OneTD August 16, 2011 at 5:55 am

There’s a very nice nw app for social networking. It unites several social networks and allow you to communicate with all your friends from different social networks through only one app! Awesome! It is called QISS.IM

Jeff Bradbury August 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm

There is a great list of applications on

Chris July 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Teachers can track behavior with “Teacher’s Assistant Pro”. There’s a free version you can try as well.

Matt Nygren July 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

There is a great educational app for the iPad called My LessonPlan. You can create and save lesson plans and present in the classroom all from my iPad. Pretty neat 😉

Mrs Ferguson June 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Another great list here In addition I would like to recommend I have observed this app being used to teach joined up handwriting with great results. The best thing about it is that kids love it! ( and it isn’t too expensive either which always gets my vote!)

K. Walsh March 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

For anyone looking for more, I just came across this article, “20 amazing iPad Apps for Educators”, at:, from Samantha Miller.

K. Walsh March 12, 2011 at 6:50 am

Nathan – Thanks for taking a few moments to provide this informed feedback! These sound like great suggestions.

Note to other readers of this article and iPad users – you should stop by Nathan’s site – and check it out!

nathan March 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

Quickrecorder is pretty good. I prefer iTalk by Griffen, but latley I have had trouble getting it on iPADs. Get Quickoffice instead of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Quickoffice offers more functionality for half of the cost. I would add MultiG to the list to gain access to Google Docs and other G apps. Evernote should be number 2 on any list behind Dropbox. Students have really gravitated to using Dropbox as a way to exchange files. Discover is OK, but does not screen out inappropriate content for younger users. Mobile Mouse is descent application . So hear is my list: 1. Dropbox 2.Evernote 3.Sratchwork 4.MultiG 5.QuickOffice Mobile Suite 6.Stanza 7-10 change depending on grade level.

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