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Five Fun Free iPad Apps for Elementary School Teachers And Students

by Kelly Walsh on October 23, 2011


These free applications provide a wide variety of engaging learning opportunities for young students (and you can’t beat the price).

The Apple iPad is becoming more popular in our schools every day (just check out this EmergingEdTech video to appreciate how quickly the iPad is gaining hold in our schools). It’s really a great tool for the younger student, with its ease of use and touch screen functionality. In addition to the thousands of education related apps out there for a price, there are a lot of applications available for free.

Logos for five free ipad apps for elementary schools teachers

I spent a few hours this weekend downloading and trying out apps and ultimately selected these five to share here. These apps do not require any registrations, and are quick and easy to download and check out. Two of these are freebies that hope to encourage you to purchase a higher end version, but what they offer for free works great, and the other three are entirely free with no other expectations. Enjoy!

Preschool Memory Match
This is your standard memory match game (flip tiles two at a time, looking for matches), and it comes in 4 levels of complexity from Easy to “Super Duper Hard”. The game uses mostly pictures of animals and provides and displays and pronounces their names, which provides additional learning opportunities.

Times Table Quiz!-multiplication/id441001315?mt=8
This is a rudimentary, but very useful app that tests students skills with math times tables. The app presents random multiplication questions from the spectrum of times tables from 2×2 to 12 x 12, providing 4 possible answers in multiple choice format, and you keep going to see how many you can get right in a row. When you guess an incorrect answer, it stops and tells you the correct answer and you start over. This is geared towards later grades, as it does not allow for setting the level of the times tables – it just mixes the full range.

Trainyard EX
This application is great for the younger grades, as it guides the student slowly through a smooth learning curve with an increasingly complex task of designing a path for one or more trains to get point A to point B. As you progress through successive successful completions of the game it gets more complicated, working it’s way up to some pretty involved challenges!

BrainPop’s Featured Movie
BrainPop is a powerful application, with a wide range of functionality in its relatively inexpensive paid versions, but they provide the Featured Movie feature on their iPad app for free, and elementary school teachers might find it worth using. Students can watch a different animated movie each day, then test their knowledge with an interactive quiz. The movies are well done short animated clips on a wide variety of subjects, providing a fun, engaging way to learn.

Amazing Shape Puzzle Lite Version
This app has three free puzzles that can be fun and educational for younger elementary school students.  The app works in English, Spanish, French, and German and provides Word Learning opportunities in addition to developing concentration, memory, and cognitive skills. 

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 If you know of other great free iPad apps for the elementary grades, please comment and tell us about them!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
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Using The iPad As A Digital Whiteboard (Plus 4 Cool Free Apps To Try It Out)


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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Akash Verma March 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I just downloaded free version of a new app for music Jazzy World Tour release by the melody book. It’s a great app for those who want their child to use the iPad for learning and have fun while doing so.

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