Sunday, 19 August 2012

Apps for Teachers in Primary Education

This is by no means an exhaustive list of apps and ideas and I would welcome any contributions to my blogs.

Apps for Teachers

Flipboard: FREE

Flipboard creates a personalised magazine for the things you 

like to read and it offers an alternative to browsing the Web for 
news. It has become one of the essential iPad apps.

iBooks: Built in app

You can highlight or underline text, make notes, look up a word 

in the dictionary or on the web, or search inside the book. You 
can even use VoiceOver to have iPad read to you.Tap the Store 
button in iBooks and the bookshelf flips round to reveal the 
iBookstore. There you’ll find 700,000* books and counting — 
including new Multi-Touch textbooks.

iTunes U: FREE

The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from

 leading universities and other schools - plus the world's largest 
digital catalogue of free educational content. iTunes U features 
free courses in a wide array of subjects.


Evernote: FREE

Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create-to-do lists, 

record voice reminders and make these notes completely 


Teacher's Pick HD: £1.49

Teacher's Pick HD gives you the ability to randomly and uniquely 

choose children without having to rely on memory, cups of craft 
sticks or flash cards. Just add your class names and the children 
in each class. Teacher's Pick keeps track of which children are 
active, inactive (already chosen) or absent.

Dropbox: FREE

Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, documents, and videos

 anywhere. Dropbox allows files to be easily shared between 
children and teachers. A collaborative Dropbox could be an 
effective tool for children to submit work and the teacher to 
share files.


ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard: FREE

Show me allows you to record voice over whiteboard tutorial and 

share them online. The app records your ShowMe as soon as you 
open the app to easily explain a range of topics.

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard: FREE

Educreations turns you iPad into a recordable whiteboard. With 

voice recording, realistic digital ink, photo imports and simple 
sharing through e-mail, now you can broadcast your ideas from  anywhere. Lessons could be put on the Web to be viewed by 
children, you could help someone from afar and add commentary 
to your lesson.


Riveting talks from remarkable people, free to the world. TED's 

official app presents talks from some of the world's most 
fascinating people: educational radicals, tech geniuses, 
medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends.

Find My iPhone: FREE

Extremely useful app in schools! So long as this app is installed 

on your iOS devices and you know the Apple ID and password for 
your iPad then Find My iPhone will help you locate a missing 
device on a map. You can then chose to display a message or 
play a sound, remotely lock your device, or erase your data on it.

FaceTime: Built in app

FaceTime allows you to make video calls. This app has huge 

potential for collaborative learning. For example, children could 
use FaceTime to help with their learning, by contacting a teacher, 
who could be an expert in a particular area, or other children on 
a project they are working on for help. They do this by simple 
calling their email address.

Skype for iPad: FREE

Same idea as using FaceTime in school. Could be used as an 

alternative to FaceTime though. For example, in our school the 
proxy setting (at the moment) for the Internet won't allow the 
use of FaceTime across our wireless.


String Augmented Reality: FREE
This amazing app merges both the real-world environment and 
virtual one, in ways that allows you to interact with the device 
depending on the application. Augmented reality Showcase 
makes things come to life right out of a printed images (see 
my screen shot).

CloudOn: FREE

This app allows you to get Microsoft Office on your iPad. CloudOn 

lets you use your iPad to create, view and edit files directly in 
Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. To use CloudOn you must 
have Dropbox to manage your files.


Pages: £6.99

Pages is a word processing app that has been designed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. You can create, edit, and view documents wherever you are. There are 16 design templates and styles to 
create letters, reports, flyers, cards and posters. You can share your 
work by exporting it as a Pages '09, Microsoft Word, or PDF file and sending it via Mail.

Keynotes: £6.99

Keynote is a presentation apps designed for mobile devices. You 
create presentation by simple touching and tapping. Highlight 
your data with 3D bar, line, area, and pie charts, animated with 
new 3D chart builds such as crane, Grow, Radical, and Rotate. 
If you own an iPhone you can buy the Keynote Remote app (£0.69), 
which you can use to control your presentation through your wireless 
Numbers: £6.99

Numbers let you create spreadsheets with charts, tables, photos and graphics using just your fingers. Choose from over 250 easy-to-use functions. Enter data and explore results with sliders, steppers, 

pop-ups and intelligent keyboards.

Three Ring: FREE

Three Ring allows you to take pictures of children's work and keep 
track of them online. It's a fast, flexible, and simple way to organise 
and present your children's real world work, from handwritten assignments to classroom presentations.

Paper by FiftyThree: FREE

Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way 
to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web. 

Scanner Pro: Scan Multipage documents, upload to Dropbox and Evernote: £4.99

Scanner Pro 4 is out! Enjoy the best scanning experience on your 
iPhone and the new iPad. Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and 
the new iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan checks, agreements, whiteboards, pages and even multipage documents. 
After scanning you can email them or upload to Dropbox, Google 
Docs and Evernote.

Student Clicker - Socrative: FREE

Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use 
to a whole new level. Be engaged for the entire class with 
educational exercises and games. See all your classmates’ 
ideas in real time and interact with the responses. Provide your 
instructor feedback on the lessons and how well you understand 
the material. Ask your own poll questions for the entire class or build 
a premade activity for your whole class. 

Teacher Clicker - Socrative: FREE

Engage the entire classroom with educational exercises and games while capturing student results in real-time. Interact with the data to further student understanding in the moment, and review the reports
to prepare for future classes. Socrative will even aggregate and 
grade your pre-made activities! Saving you time, so you can engage more with your students on an individual level. Create a library of activities and share them with your colleagues and learning 

Penultimate: £0.69

Penultimate gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on 
paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, 
or share your next breakthrough idea. Penultimate stands with the 
core productivity apps on your iPad. Every detail of the user interface 
has been designed and refined to be simple and intuitive - no 
complicated or cluttered settings.

Nearpod Teacher: FREE

Nearpod enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content 
on students' devices. It combines presentation, engagement 
and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution. 

Nearpod Student: FREE

By using the Nearpod Student app, students will be able to:
- Follow the teacher's visual presentation
- Touch the screen and respond to quizzes, polls and other 

- Submit personalized answers
- Engage in a multimedia classroom experience
- See correct answers and quiz scores 

iDocs HD Pro for Google Docs and Google Drive: £2.99

iDocs: the most intuitive and robust app for managing Google 
Docs and Google Drive on the iPad. Create, edit, share and view
 your Google documents with an easy-to-use and intuitive 
interface, built from the ground up to take advantage of the 
iPad's revolutionary form and functionality. From creating 
spreadsheets to live-editing text documents, iDocs HD Pro 
gives you a direct line to the full Google Docs and Google 
Drive suite.

Google Drive: FREE

Google Drive lets you create, share and keep all your stuff in one 

place. Upload all your files – even the big ones – and you can 
access them anywhere, even on your iPhone or iPad. We'll get 
you started with 5 GB free.

TubePad: £0.69

Continuously play YouTube videos on iOS. Cache all videos and 
play anywhere even offline. Super fast and great UI. Don't have 
internet connection? No problem, it's works great. TubePad is 
the YouTube downloader & player. It lets you save favorite videos 
and play them anywhere even offline.

Buzzer £1.49

Finally, a buzzer for the iPhone! This app turns you and your 
friends' iPhones and iPod touches into game buzzers! Start up 
one device as the game Host, and add as many iPhones and 
iPod touches to the mix to have your own trivia party! 

InkFlow: FREE

The Basic Edition of Inkflow completely FREE. The Basic Edition 

is a full featured note-taking and sketching app. It comes with 
the Fountain Pen with black ink and all the features above. 
Books max out at 20 pages each, but you can create as many 
as you like.!/


Book Retriever: £0.69

It allows you to scan, level and inventory your entire Classroom 

Library, giving you leveling data such as Guided Reading Levels,
 Lexile, Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, DRA and Reading Recovery. The handy label printing function allows you to print 
the leveling data wirelessly and easily attach the labels to your 
books! Over 178,000 titles loaded and we are adding more every 

Classes: £0.69

Classes features: Instantly displays all relevant on the current 
event in portrait mode. Manage exams and assignments. 
Notifications for assignments and classes. Interactive week 
overview in landscape mode. Define name, abbreviation, 
location, lecturer, beginning and end for events. Add notes 
to events. Organise your schedule with colours
Displays the progress of the current class, and the time left. 

Allows you to place different classes at the same time.

Training Essentials for iPad: £0.69

Excellent value: the App has over 1000 screens of step-by-step interactive tutorials! We'll guide you through the steps you will 

take on your iPad and you will discover great features you 
probably didn’t know were there.

Decibel 10: FREE

Decibel 10 turns your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch into a 

professional sound meter, precisely measures the sound
 pressure level all around you. This extremely useful and 
beautiful tool will not only be a great tool for many uses but 
also bring you a lot of fun. Have you wondered how quiet is 
your room or how loud is a rock concert or sport event? 
Decibel 10 will help you answer all those right now.


SMART Notebook: £4.99

The SMART Notebook app for iPad is a light version of SMART 

Notebook collaborative learning software. Using this app, you 
can create basic multimedia files and complete SMART 
Notebook lesson activities. You can use the app for individual 
and collaborative learning with an iPad, and you can use SMART Notebook software with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard
 for small group and class learning.

A Teacher's Toolkit: £1.49

Create a bank of pupils and add your own custom assessment comments/observations to their record; Organise your 

assessments into different subjects including Mathematics, 
English and Science; Keep all your important teaching 
appointments in one place using the integrated diary that 
links directly with your phone's calendar and displays your 
upcoming appointments for the next 30 days; Keep track of 
those important tasks using the simple "To Do" manager; Use 
"Pupil Picker" to select a pupil at random, no more "hands up"!

Class Act: £3.99

This intuitive app is designed to support teachers 'on the go' as 

they assess their students' progress throughout the lesson.
Simple and quick to use, just tap students on the screen as they progress. The different progress colours give you a visual of how 

well different students are learning, helping you to direct your questioning and support to individuals or groups.!/id586905978?mt

TeacherTools HD: £1.99

Teacher Tools HD is one of the first apps made by teachers for 
teachers which you can use every day, across the whole 
curriculum. It’s not subject specific so you won’t be paying 
£1.99 for an app you may only use once a week. We would 
encourage you to use it throughout each day to save you and 
your students teaching time.
Teacher Tools HD features two tools: A class timer with built 

in name selector; A multi-functional name shuffler.

Haiku Deck: FREE

Haiku Deck is the simple and fun new way to create stunning presentations – whether you’re pitching an idea, teaching a 

lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. Featured on the 
iTunes “New and Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” lists, Haiku 
Deck makes it fast and fun to create beautifully designed 
slideshows you’ll be proud to share.

Prezi: FREE

Create, edit, present, and share your prezis anywhere with simple, intuitive multi touch gestures. Drag to pan and pinch to zoom in or 
out of topics, just like you do in any map apps. Revise and retouch 
prezis, correct typos and adjust your presentation on-the-fly. Prezi 
for iPad is the perfect companion to your Prezi experience.

Twitter: FREE

With Twitter, you can watch the world unfold like never before. 
Get real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations, ideas, and inspiration all in your timeline. Follow people and your interests to get unfiltered access and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives. 
Express yourself with photos, videos and comments. Great place 
for Continued Professional Development.

Offline Reader: FREE

You can now read your favorite web pages even when there is no continuous Internet connectivity. Take your favorite web pages for Offline Reading. To save a web page for Offline reading, touch the "Save Offline" icon while surfing the web using built-in browser. This app allows you to save entire web pages, including formatting and images, and read them offline on your iOS devices.!/id411217271?mt=8&uo=4

Showbie: FREE

Students can: Share files quickly and easily; Express their creativity through various forms of media; Hand in their homework using a computer or mobile device.
Showbie also allows teachers to: Assign schoolwork digitally; Collect student work without printing any paper; Review assignments anytime, anywhere.

Kidblog: FREE

Teachers can monitor blog activity and moderate comments and posts. Students can easily upload photos and videos directly from their iOS device - with no embed codes or HTML. Happy blogging!

Instatube: £0.69

Instatube is a full featured video player that supports YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion videos allowing you to seamlessly stream content to your iOS device. You can create playlists for all your favorite movies giving you instant access to your most watched content.


The Answer Pad scores paper quizzes for you. 8 different question types and students can show their work. The Answer Pad has a built in robust reporting system for item analysis, reports by skill, by class, by student. Teachers can see the scratch pad showing the student work. School and district implementations available for aggregate reporting.

ClassBreak: £0.69

ClassBreak has all the information you need for getting to know a new class right through to filling in twenty minutes at the end of the day with a fun game. It is also great for building confidence, unity and self-esteem with your class through team building activities and class work designed to improve every aspect of the students learning.

QuizBreak: £0.69

QuizBreak is a great tool for testing and revising and also reintroducing a topic for learning. For information on the benefits of breaking lessons up with an educational break, brain breaks and general team building breaks, check out our website. QuizBreak is made up of over 3000 educational questions. These questions have been designed into ten different categories to cater for all subjects in the curriculum.

BrainBreak: £0.69

BrainBreak will increased posture control, general motivation and class teamwork in the classroom. BrainBreak is made up of nine different categories which each energise and exercise the student’s bodies and brains in a different way. For best results with most of the BrainBreaks, music is a great way to motivate students and increase enjoyment and activities when using this application.


  1. Some fantastic Apps here, I particularly like teacher pick. I've tried student clicker before, but find it a bit counter-intuitive; have you tried buzzer (by Kudit)? It's extremely basic, to the point and very easy to use - would definitely reccommend it!

    1. Thanks J Hughes. I agree Teacher Pick is very useful. I haven't tried Buzzer, but i've added to the list above and I'll be sure to give it a go. Appreciate any recommendations you have - keep them coming.

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  4. As an educator, I believe it is very important to teach material that is important for the future of the students. When inventing my math and memory system Brainetics (, I wanted to focus on new subjects and innovative methods to teach. By teaching for the 21st century, students will be more prepared in the future. It seems like so many aspects of today’s society centers around the digital environment and teaching should be altered to adapt.

    Great article,

    Mike Byster
    Inventor of Brainetics, Educator, Author of Genius, Mathematician

    1. Thanks for the comment Mike.

      I'll pass on your maths link to the maths coordinator.

  5. The Buzzer app looks really cool, but do you need to install the app on every device e.g £1.49 a go?

  6. Great list!

    I also recommend "GeoExpert - Countries and Capitals of the World", to learn world geography.

  7. Great list!

    I also recommend "GeoExpert - Countries and Capitals of the World", to learn world geography.

    irene of Pinky's Plumbing

  8. Brid Ni Shiochain1 July 2013 at 03:34

    Great list of utility Apps for teachers. However it would be useful if you could create sublists of recommended "content" Apps for various subject categories...

  9. Great list! I found some new ones. Thanks for sharing!

  10. It seems I found a very nice lists of educational apps that will really suit on my 5 years old daughter. Will be checking those app one-by-one to see which of them will stand out co'z I really want the best for my kid.

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  11. Is there a KS1 app to link lesson objectives to photo evidence as there is for the FS curriculum?