Top 20 iPad Apps for Teachers

Published by admin on Mon Sep 20, 2010

One of the toughest things about teaching can be putting together lesson plans. The good news is that there is a great deal of technology that can help you be a more effective teacher. The Internet offers resources that provide you with helpful lesson plans and good information, as well as solid teaching tips.

However, you can go beyond surfing the Internet these days. The iPad is especially helpful for many teachers. There are a number of iPad apps designed to help teachers prepare for class. The iPad is portable, so it makes it simple to take with you wherever you go. Here are 20 iPad apps for teachers:

Organization and Time Management

These great iPad apps can help you keep yourself organized, as well as manage your time. Keep notes and lesson plan ideas as well.

  1. Bento: This is a great organizational iPad app designed to help you keep track of what is happening in your life. You manage your life easily by keeping track of lesson plans, appointments, and even notes about your students. Cost: $4.99
  2. Mobile Mouse: This great app turns your iPad into a wireless remote that you can use your classroom. Great for when you want to coordinate the technology in your class, and be a more efficient teacher. Cost: $2.99
  3. iWork: A great suite of applications that can help you stay organized. You can get Pages, Numbers and Keynote in one pack that allows you to take notes, organize information and more. Cost: $30
  4. Dropbox: This helpful organizational tool helps you to sync up your files. This means you can use your iPad to sync up with the computer at your school, as well as your home computer. Makes it easy to prepare lesson plans at home, and to take your work with you wherever you go. Cost: Free
  5. Evernote: This is one of the ultimate note taking applications for iPad. Remember what you need to know, jot down information that is important for your class, and coordinate lesson plans. Keep notes on your students so you can interact with them better. You can do notes using text, voice or even pictures. A great way to keep track of what you are doing. Cost: Free
  6. WritePad: You can write using a stylus — or even your finger. When you have an idea, you can easily capture it, and use it to organize your thoughts. It is a great way to organize your thoughts, and to make notes on lessons. Cost: $9.99
  7. QuickVoice Recorder: Record your class lessons, and listen back to them for more information on how you can improve. A great way to record teaching ideas and make notes on students quickly and easily. Cost: Free
  8. Cramberry: This is an interesting iPad app that allows you to create and share your own flashcards. Enhance your lessons with flashcards that you can share with your students. A great educational and organizational tool. Cost: $1.99
  9. Idea Boards: Four different writing surfaces to help you organize your thoughts. Jot down lesson plan ideas, make notes, and create reminders. Cost: $1.99
  10. Things for iPad: A task manager that is highly sophisticated. Keep track of faculty meetings, parent teacher conferences and more. Prep for class, and keep track of projects and schedules. Cost: $19.99

Educational Apps

The iPad also has a number of educational apps designed to help you reference interesting resources. These can help you find information quickly and efficiently.

  1. This Day in History: Add a little interest to each day with these simple, interesting history lessons. A new one each day, courtesy of your iPad. Cost: Free
  2. World Atlas HD: National Geographic offers some great maps that can help you reference what you are looking for. Interesting maps that you can consult for a number of reasons. Perfect for preparing lessons, or for helping your students learn. Cost: $1.99
  3. BBC News: Teach current events lessons with a little help from the BBC News iPad app. A great resource for preparing lessons related to current events, history and more. A good way for you to keep on the news as well. Cost: Free
  4. Mathematical Formulas: Get quick access to mathematical formulas. Organized by the type of math, from algebra to geometry to complex numbers, this iPad app can ensure that you find the formula you need, when you need it. Cost: $0.99
  5. The Elements: This great science app provides you with a look at all of the elements. But it adds a fun twist. Includes pictures that go with the elements. A great way to visualize the elements. A fun tool for students. Cost: $13.99
  6. Pi83 Graphing Calculator: Perform various graphing functions using this calculator. No need for a separate calculator when you have your iPad. Useful for lessons, to help students, or for your own edification. Cost: $0.99
  7. Cram: This is a study tool meant to help students learn information. But it can also be useful for teachers. You can use it to create tests and quizzes. Plus, using the app provides you with access to online test banks and quizzes. A great way to make test taking more efficient. Cost: $3.99
  8. GoSkyWatch Planetarium: A great astronomy app, this is perfect for those who want to prepare astronomy lessons. Includes information about constellations, and helps with location. You can take it outside, and use it to find different features of the night sky, or you can use it as you put together your lessons. Cost: Free
  9. Discover: An encyclopedia at your fingertips. You can explore Wikipedia, and get interesting information about any number of subjects. A great way to learn more about a variety of subjects. Discover serves as a go to app for those who want to prepare lessons, or just look something up quickly. Cost: Free
  10. The Skeletal System Pro: This app offers detailed information on the skeletal system. It is offered by a company that also provides apps on muscles, the digestive system and other areas of anatomy. A great reference for lesson prep. It is also a helpful and fun resource to use in class. Get this app, as well as the other medical apps, and find out how you can make the human body even more interesting. Cost: $19.99

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