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Recommended iPad Apps


  • $.99, Kakooma™ - Can you add two numbers together? Do you love the challenge - and satisfaction of solving a great puzzle? Kakooma™ puzzles are deceptively simple, yet fiendishly difficult. You’ll be hooked - and won’t realize that math is getting surprisingly...easy! It’s amazing, mind-sharpening, brain-tastic fun for all ages. What are you waiting for? It's time to Kakooma™!
  • $2.99, Motion Math  - Developed at the Stanford School of Education, Motion Math HD follows a star that has fallen from space, and must bound back up, up, up to its home in the stars. Moving fractions to their correct place on the number line is the only way to return. By playing Motion Math HD, learners improve their ability to perceive and estimate fractions in multiple forms.
  • $4.99, Mathboard - MathBoard is a stunning app for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. The number of customization options available make this a brilliant app for making math fun for elementary school children.
  • $9.99, On-Track Time, Money & Fractions - Learning about time, money, and fractions can be challenging for many children. School Zone's On-Track Time, Money & Fractions iPad app is the perfect tool to help children build those skills! The program’s kid-friendly approach delivers solid practice that will build confidence and help children succeed in school. Exercises are presented with detailed instructions and clear examples. The section concentrating on time lets children manipulate the hands of a clock to learn about hours and minutes, while other exercises teach children to set clocks to specific times. The section dedicated to money lets children maneuver coins into a bank, which teaches coin values and how to count coins. In the exercises focused on fractions, children learn fraction values and how to divide and color pie pieces to show fractions. Performance is encouraged by audio guidance, instant grading, progress-tracking, and ample positive reinforcement. In addition, each skill section has a no-stress learning area where children can explore each concept without being graded. Colorful graphics, silly sound effects, and funny animations enhance the learning experience. Plus, engaging games offer an important break between exercises. When additional practice is needed, a click of the reset button will randomize the problems for extended learning opportunities.


  • Free, Science House - A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.
  • Free, Mild EleMints 2: Free Periodic Table - Mild EleMints 2 is the interactive Periodic Table for the iPad. It is the free version of EleMints, which not only offers a Periodic Table, but also a Plot Graph, Element listing, Electron Diagram and a wealth of information on every element.
  • Free, Science360 - The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from scientists, colleges and universities, and NSF science and engineering centers.
  • Free, Hubble Top 100 - Feel the Universe at your fingertips and access a universe of knowledge with the ESA/Hubble Top 100 Images, which brings users the best Hubble pictures from ESA, as NASA’s partner in this international project.
  • $4.99, Star Walk - Star Walk enables you to point your iPad at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time. 
  • $7.99, Back In Time - An imaginary clock will guide you through this quest, proposing a simple analogy: the entire Universe started 24 hours ago. The Big Bang, the source of time and space, is the first event in our journey – the clock says 0:00 hours. Today, 13.7 billion years later, the clock says midnight. In between, is a sequence of key events that has brought us to where we are today. Explore them, place them in perspective, see how they relate, understand the consequences, and wonder what if...

Language Arts

  • Free, The Beatles Yellow Submarine - This enhancing illustrated book captures the same magical spirit found in the film. In this iTunes exclusive, clips from the movie have been included throughout and can be viewed either embedded in the page or at full-screen. The book also contains interactive animations as well as sound effects and music clips. Download the book for free and enjoy it on iBooks on your iPad, iPhone, or iPad touch.
  • $5.99, SentenceBuilder™ - SentenceBuilder™ is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. Explicit attention is paid to the connector words that make up over 80% of the english language. Sentence Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the grammar of all children.

Social Studies

  • Free, History: Maps of the World - A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies that support the science education website, All definitions link to related terms and to free, detailed science learning modules. Though geared for high school and undergraduate student's using the website, the glossary and modules are appropriate for anyone generally interested in science.
  • $.99, Presidents vs. Aliens - Presidents vs. Aliens makes learning about the presidents fun! As you learn presidential facts, quotes, nicknames and historical events, you can use your knowledge to help the presidents defeat the aliens. Fling the presidents at the aliens to knock them all down. Use the many special objects and "Executive Powers" to increase the fun!
  • $1.99, Shake the States - Do you know the exact placement of each state on a map of the USA? Touch and drag one of the 50 states to its proper position on the board and it will stick, but make a mistake, and watch the state tumble.
  • $3.99, GeoMaster Plus HD - Following the great success of Geomaster for iPhone, the iPad Plus HD version is now available. This brand new version includes an atlas and 8 games with high resolution maps : World's capitals, European cities, Asian countries, States of America... The Flags game is coming soon! Interactive and fun, Geomaster can put your Geography knowledge to the test while you are playing!

Educator Resources

  • Free, TeacherPal - TeacherPal is a personal organizer for the teacher. It enables the teacher to organize classes, and students. Its simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of students.
  • Free, Edmodo - Edmodo for iPhone makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information. Use your iPhone to send notes, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom.
  • Free, Encyclopedia Britannica - The complete Encyclopedia Britannica - the world’s most trusted reference source, enhanced for your iPad.
  • $6.99, Book Creator - The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBookstore. Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.
  • $9.99, Planbook - Planbook is lesson planning software for educators. Enter the courses you teach and the type of schedule you use and you'll be planning in no time at all. Planbook lets you create lesson plans using six customizable text fields. You can easily create assignments with assigned and due dates and attach web sites directly to your lessons. You can view an entire week of lessons at once, or zoom in and focus on one day at a time. Making quick edits is as simple as tapping once on a lesson. For more extensive editing, tap with two fingers on any lesson to bring up a full screen editing mode. When viewing a week at a time, pinching out on a lesson will show just that lesson using a large font suitable for use when teaching.


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