Some Handy Apps. For Using IPAD or IPOD in Learning Environments


The following is a list of iPod and iPad apps that can be used in learning environments.

“All Subjects/General/Productivity

  • Keynote – A slideshow presentation program
  • Pages– A word processing program
  • Numbers – A spreadsheet application
  • iBooks – a ereader book store.
  • Mobile Mouse – Mobile Mouse instantly transforms your iPad into a wireless mouse and trackpad for your computer.
  • Bento – Manage things with 25 ready to use databases.
  • GoodReader – Within moments of downloading GoodReader, you’ll be transferring files from the computer to the iPad. Supports a wide range of files.
  • Note Taker HD – An app for writing handwritten notes, diagrams, etc.
  • Sundry Notes Pro – Sundry Notes is the first social note taking application. Write, draw, record and research right within the app – and then share your notes with others.Take notes right within your application, including: Write text (and change font color, size, etc.), draw anywhere in your notes, search Wikipedia, Google, and Google Books – and grab images from them for your notes using two fingers, Import PDFs from the internet, Import images from your photo library, record sound/voice, Change page background to graph paper, lined paper, legal paper, etc.
  • CourseNotes – Take notes in class and keep them organized by subject area.
  • MindNode – Mind mapping, brainstorming, organization.
  • iThoughtsHD – A mind map tool for the iPad
  • Evernote – Evernote turns the iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life.
  • Stick It – Sticky Notes with Bump™ – Sticky notes you can share with other iPad Users
  • PrintCentral – View, store, and print from the iPad
  • Educate – The ultimate teacher’s companion providing mobile access to your student’s data, teaching strategies, eLearning tools, and timetable.
  • OmniGraffle – Brainstorming, diagraming, charts, graphic design, etc.
  • GoDocs iPad/iPhone (Google Docs™ support) – View, edit, share, and download Google Docs
  • Office² HD – View, create, and edit Word and Excel files
  • Cramberry – Create flash cards to study from.
  • Professor Garfield Cyberbullying – Garfield and Friends share information about Cyberbullying
  • Professor Garfield Online Safety – Garfield and Friends share information about Online Safety
  • eClicker and eClicker Host– A personal response system that allows teachers to poll their classes in real time.
  • Blackboard Presenter – Turns iPad into a blackboard presenter using the VGA dongle. Mirrors iPad screen to the projector.
  • PDF Reader Pro Edition – PDF reader.
  • WritePad for iPad – WritePad lets you take notes in your own handwriting with an iPad stylus, pen, or even your finger.
  • Browser Duo – Designed specifically for the iPad, Browser Duo takes advantage of the iPad’s amazing screen size to enable multi-tasking in the browser.


  • SketchBook Pro – A professional-grade paint and drawing application.
  • Brushes – Brushes is a painting application designed from scratch for the iPad. Featuring an advanced color picker, several realistic brushes, multiple layers, extreme zooming, and a simple yet deep interface, it is a powerful tool for creating original artwork on your mobile device. The June 1, 2009 cover of The New Yorker was created in Brushes.
  • Picasso HD – A virtual gallery of Pablo Picasso’s work featuring hundreds of high definition paintings of his greatest works.
  • Van Gogh HD – A virtual gallery of Vincent Van Gogh’s work featuring hundreds of high definition paintings of his greatest works.
  • Klimt HD – A virtual gallery of Austrian Painter Gustav Klimt work featuring hundreds of high definition paintings of his greatest works.
  • Smudge – Finger painting app
  • Skrambler X – Assemble famous masterpieces like a jigsaw puzzle. Learn interesting facts about the artists and their artwork while putting each piece in place.
  • Gravilux – an app that lets you draw with stars
  • The Hot Rod Art Book: Masters of Chicken Scratch – Over 100 pages of hot rod artwork. Over one and a half hours of instructional videos that show the complete process from sketch to rendering.
  • ArtStudio – Similar to Sketchbook Pro – a professional drawing / painting application
  • ArtRage – Similar to Sketchbook Pro – painting and drawing tools that work just like the real thing!


  • HD Solar System – Highly graphic encyclopedia that has detailed and comprehensive information about the solar system.
  • GoSkyWatch Planetarium – Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations and more with a touch or by simply pointing to the sky. Have fun with family and friends discovering the images in the night sky. Go outside and explore the night sky.
  • Star Walk – An interactive astronomy guide.
  • Solar Walk – A 3D Solar System Model.
  • Distant Suns – A database of over 130,000 stars, nebula, and galaxies.
  • DrakeEQ HD – 3D simulation of the Milky Way Galaxy
  • GoSkyWatch Planetarium – Locate stars, planets, and constellations.


  • SpaceTime – Powerful graphing calculator. 2D and 3D graphing
  • PocketCAS pro – Advanced Graphic and Symbolic Scientific Calculator. Handles every mathematical problem you might encounter in school or university.
  • PocketCAS lite – Free Graphic calculator. Not as many features as the pro version above.
  • Quick Graph – 2D and 3D graphing calculator.


  • Magic Piano – Play timeless pieces on spiral and circular keyboards, or follow beams of light – mastery requires only imagination. Play alone, or travel through a warp hole and play Piano Roulette with other performers across the world.
  • Fashion Sketchbook: The Stylish Dress Up Game – A fashion design application that allows the users to design outfits.

ESE Modifications/Accommodations

Foreign Language

Language Arts/Reading


  • The Ruler – measure things in inches or centimeters
  • Math Quizzer – Math Quizzer is an interactive and fun way to, not only learn, but also to boost your skills in; Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. It offers an easy to understand chalkboard visual, which keeps track of your “score” as you progress.
  • Bloomberg – Bring the power of the most trusted source for financial information to your iPad, along with tools to help you analyze the world’s markets.
  • Fractals – Move and pinch fractals in real time.
  • Geometry Stash – Access the most commonly used theorems, postulates, and corollaries.


  • Key Wiz – Learn how to play the piano.
  • Virtuoso Piano Free 2 HD – Learn the basics of music and how to play the piano.
  • Magic Piano – Play the piano freestyle or on a spiral keyboard.
  • Air Harp – Strum and pluck the strings for a harp sound.


  • 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool – Learn about the cell and its structures in a 3D tool.
  • EMD PTE – A highly interactive periodic table of elements.
  • AP Biology Vocabulary Review – All of the vocabulary included in the College Board AP Biology Course.
  • VideoScience – Science experiments with video.
  • Chem 11 Prep – Grade 11 Chemistry exam prep.
  • The Elements: A Visual Exploration – If you think you’ve seen the periodic table, think again. The Elements: A Visual Exploration lets you experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before. And as the first really new ebook developed from the ground up for iPad, The Elements beautifully shows off the capabilities of this lovely device.
  • A Life Among Whales – Video documentary featuring the exploration into the life and work of whale biologist Roger Payne
  • Newtons Laws – Explains Newton’s first two laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation.
  • Periodic Table of the Elements – Standard periodic table of elements. Free as of May 16, 2010
  • Molecules – View and manipulate 3D renderings of molecules.
  • 3D Brain – Rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures in the brain.
  • Science Glossary – an extensive glossary of scientific terms and biographies.
  • PhysicsXL: Mechanics – An app that contains a series of exercises based on physics.
  • HD Birds Encyclopedia – Highly graphic encyclopedia that has detailed and comprehensive information about a variety of birds.
  • myArm Muscles – Visually rich and stimulating way to learn about our complex arm muscles.
  • PLoS Reader – Read the most recent articles from the seven journals published by the Public Library of Science.
  • HD Marine Life – An encyclopedia of marine life.
  • Frog Dissection – A virtual frog dissection app.

Social Studies

  • U.S. Geography by Discovery Education – Become an expert in U.S. Geography with this app. Dozens of videos and interactive gameplay.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • World Atlas HD – The best maps available from National Geographic
  • History:Maps of World – Collection of High-Resolution historical Maps.
  • USA Thematic Atlas & Facts – High quality maps filled with facts and information.
  • USA Puzzle – A USA puzzle that needs to be put together. Double tap on the state for information about that state.
  • Motionx GPS HD – Maps and navigation instruments. Maps from all over the world. Can include waypoints. Can be good for Geocaching.
  • The History Clock – An app that converts the current time to a year and gives a fast fact about that year.
  • The World Factbook for iPad – Extensive information of over 250 countries around the world.
  • WORLD BOOK – This Day in History – Interactive multimedia calendar that features historical events for the day.
  • The Presidency – Historical information on every President of the United States.
  • Presidents HD– Historical information on every President of the United States.
  • Declaration for iPad – A copy of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Constitution for iPad – A copy of the Constitution of the United States.
  • MyCongress – A portal to detailed information about elected congress officials. Please note: This is not an official government resource
  • GeogXPert – A reference app – containing maps which allow you to look up countries and find country information – as well as a quiz app.”

This list was taken from Paul Westeneg.

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  1. Awesome list! Great, thanks a lot. However, there’s one missing! What about Nearpod? It should be here, it’s one of the coolest apps I have ever used. I’m trying it right now. Can’t wait to show it to my students! Here’s the link

    Hope lots of teachers can try this one and other interesting tools from this list!

    1. Thanks for the comment Terry,
      I will definitely try Nearpod and write about it too 😉 As you said, I hope all the teachers will (try to) use the apps. in their classes where all the students have already used them.

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