iPad Apps for Language Arts
& the Common Core
Common Core Standards
Common Core Standards
View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12.
The best planning resource and reference tool for teachers! This app breaks down cognitive levels, providing lesson activities, question stems, and action verbs for each step of the learning process. Tailored around the Common Core, this app was made by a teacher for teachers. Take your students to higher levels of thinking without extra planning time on your part.
iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.
Free (Books purchased separately)
Get an incredible reading experience with NOOK for iPad and iPhone™. Choose from NOOK books, magazines, newspapers, and exclusive PagePerfect NOOK Books, which are specially crafted to retain all the precision and beauty of their stunning print versions.
Barnes & Noble NOOK Kids
Free (Books purchased separately)
Barnes & Noble introduces the largest –- and growing –- collection of children’s digital picture and chapter books. Explore dynamic books for kids, from beloved classics to new favorites, featuring the original artwork in beautiful color and a reading experience kids love.
Free (Books purchased separately)
The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000* books in the Kindle Store plus
hundreds* of newspapers and magazines.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
The award-winning short film is now an interactive narrative experience. William Joyce's "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore", blurs the line between picture books and animated film. Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story.
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss - LITE
Free (Additional titles available for purchase)
“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!”
Watch your child build their reading skills as they engage with this interactive Dr. Seuss storybook app. Capture precious moments by recording your child's voice, then sharing it with grandparents and teachers. Bring your entire Dr. Seuss collection with you anytime, anywhere. Perfect for bedtime, travel, school, shopping and more.
Sight Words Flash Cards
Free (Upgrade to full version for $1.99)
Sight Words Flash Cards is designed to develop pre-reading skills such as recognizing common words by sight and sound. Sight Words Flash Cards are divided into 4 categories: Pre-primary, kindergarten, 1st grade & 2nd grade. Each grade has an accompanying Question Mode to test and enhance reading skills. Repetition is the key to learning! By simply clicking on the flag button provided in each flashcard, kids or parents can add difficult words to the practice list for revision at a later time.
Sight Words 2
Free (Upgrade to full version for $1.99)
Introducing Sight Words 2 with Word Bingo! All new words in this comprehensive Sight Words app with multiple games, including Word Bingo! This app is designed to educate and entertain 1st and 2nd graders, Pre-Schoolers, Kindergarteners!
WH Question Cards
Free (Additional stacks available for $2.99/each, Pro Version available in the App Store for $11.99)
This educational app from Super Duper Publications helps children learn how to correctly ask and answer WHO-WHAT-WHEN-WHERE-WHY questions with four entertaining learning games for each WH set of cards.
Learn about this app with the FREE "WHO" download. You can purchase the WHAT-WHEN-WHERE-WHY card decks and enhanced data tracking through in-app purchases. Separately, each deck is $2.99.
Learn how to write both print and cursive letter forms by tracing them with a finger over templates. Each letter includes a sound to teach the pronunciation of each letter.
ABC Print Big Trace HD Free Lite
Free (Also available for cursive)
Learn Alphabet Tracing with oversized large letters. Good for classroom settings or home teaching.
** This app was a request from a teacher who uses tracing apps in her class and wanted something to demonstrate the proper strokes to her whole class with large letters.
Sentence Builder for iPad
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. Additional apps such as QuestionBuilder, LanguageBuilder, StoryBuilder, etc. are available in the App Store.
Write About This Free
Free (Full version available for $3.99)
Write About This is a visual writing prompt & creation platform perfect for classrooms and families! With endless ways to respond and the ability to craft custom photo prompts, it will kick-start any writing activity. Free version provides more than 50 leveled text & voice prompts and the ability to try the custom prompt creation and digital publishing tools!
Free (Full version $4.99)
Great for work. Great for school. Popplet is a platform for your ideas. Popplet's super simple interface allows you to move at the speed of your thoughts. With Popplet you can capture your ideas and sort them visually in real-time. Quickly and easily!
The Brainstormer is kindling for creative minds. A tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer provides a moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any creative mind. Combat creative block, spark new ideas and summon up quick subjects for doodling, sketching or journaling.
Free (Requires Evernote account)
Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.
Evernote Peek is a learning app designed for the iPad 2 Smart Cover. No Smart Cover? No problem! The new Virtual Cover lets any iPad get in on the fun. Studying with an iPad has never been more natural. Simply peek under the cover to prepare for a quiz, practice a language or strengthen your memory.
Free (Requires Google account)
Get started with 5GB for free to safely keep all your stuff in one place and then access it from any device, anywhere. Store documents, pictures, or other files - even the big ones - using Google Drive and easily share them with anyone. Edit and create Google documents and spreadsheets or share photos with friends and family - to anywhere, from anywhere.. You will always have the latest version of your documents at home or office.
$9.99 (Free on New Devices)
Pages is the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. This powerful app has been exclusively designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Create, edit, and view documents wherever you are. Pages works with iCloud, so your documents stay up to date on all your devices — automatically.
$9.99 (Free on New Devices)
Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping. Highlight your data with stunning 3D bar, line, area, and pie charts, animated with new 3D chart builds such as Crane, Grow, Radial, and Rotate. Use full-screen view to present right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Or use video mirroring to present on an HDTV, and preview your slides and notes on your device using the Presenter Display.
SlideIdea - Make Presentations Different!
SlideIdea transforms traditional presentations into captivating experiences. Import existing PPT/PDF presentations or create your own with SlideIdea's easy to use builder. Next, transform your slides into captivating touch experiences using SlideIdea's unique playmode.
Flowboard is a presentation & storytelling app that allows anyone to make side-scrolling publications with images, text, videos, PDFs, links, & photo galleries. Whether you have a story to tell, an idea to share, or a presentation to give, Flowboard allows you to create & present right from your iPad, or share to any device. Flowboards are fun, stylish, & entertaining.
Puppet Pals HD
Free (Director’s Pass $2.99)
Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!
Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.
Toonia Storymaker is a fun educational toy that encourages children to explore their imagination and express themselves through creating their own illustrated stories. Choose your world and your characters, move them around, change their color, size, posture or emotion, and use text or symbols to express what they are saying. It's like lego bricks for illustrated stories. From fairy tales to adventures in space, Toonia Storymaker allows for endless possibilities and hours of fun for both kids and parents.
Free (Additional sets available from $0.99)
Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a storytelling and creative learning tool that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world through simple and fun imaginative play!
Toontastic Jr. Pirates - For iPad
Lights, Camera, PLAY! Toontastic Jr. Pirates is a playful storytelling tool for swashbucklers and scallywags as young as 3 to create their own pirate cartoons. Pick a beginning, middle, and ending - then animate your story just like a puppet show, recording your voice while you move the characters onscreen!
Book Creator for iPad
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.
My Story - Book Maker for Kids
Create and share ebooks and stories by adding drawings, photos, and stickers. Then record your voice on every page and share your story with friends, family and classmates. We’ve made My Story super teacher friendly by adding multiple authors and syncing across multiple iPads! So now you can have all your classroom iPads in sync! Perfect for the home or classroom.
Story Creator - Easy Story Book Maker for Kids
With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. Story Creator truly brings your best stories to life and easily allows you to retell and share your most memorable moments.
Free (School Edition available for $2.99)
Create and share your very own illustrated stories in a few simple steps!
Choose from a constantly updating library of cute pictures. Narrate your story with any text you like. Add your own photos (in-app purchase upgrade).
Share your story book with friends and relatives. Curl up and read your very own bedtime story.
Create your own personal comic strips, created on your iPad, iPhone or iPod using photos from your photo album or iPhone camera. Select one of the many included page templates. Insert photos into the cells. Add a couple of balloons with fun words. Add additional effect symbols (stickers) like "Boom", "Splash", or "Bang" to spice up the story. When you are happy with your new graphic novel, share it with friends and family.
Free (Additional Books Available for Purchase)
The classic Mad Libs have come to the iPad! Students practice their parts of speech knowledge with hilarious results. Great as an individual or group activity!
Speaking & Listening
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard
Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!
ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s an amazingly simple app that anyone can use, no matter how young or old!
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play...
With voice recording, realistic digital ink, photos and text, and simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter, now you can broadcast your ideas from anywhere.
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.
Shadow Puppet Edu
Easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning.
The Nearpod platform enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students' iPads, iPhones or iPods. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution. Teachers use Nearpod to share content with their students and to manage the flow of the lecture. Students use Nearpod on their iOS devices to receive multimedia content and to participate in engaging assessment and collaboration activities.
Animoby ℠ – Paint, type, draw, use voice in interactive board - Make presentations
Create quality presentations using VOICE and a variety of design tools (draw, paint, type, image), and publish or share via email. Animations are created when users pick a tool and simply touch the screen, and voice can accompany designs by the press of the record button. Unlike other apps that create presentations, Animoby's sharing process is simplified due to compact file sizes it uses.
$4.99 (Free on New Devices)
Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Create Hollywood-style trailers or sophisticated home movies in minutes. Share your finished projects with the world - right from iMovie.
Free (Videos limited to 60 seconds)
Instantly combine your videos, photos, music and stories into a stunning movie masterpiece. Just talk and tap to create the perfect video. Super fast and easy movie making -- now with incredible cinematic filters!
BrainPOP Featured Movie
Free (Additional content available for purchase)
Learn something new every day!
Bring learning to your fingertips™ with the BrainPOP Featured Movie app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz – free!
BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week
Free (Subscription available for purchase)
Ideal for kids in Kindergarten through grade 3, the BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app spans subjects within Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts and Technology. The gentle, humorous, and relatable characters Annie and Moby serve as guides through each topic, empowering kids to form their own ideas. BrainPOP Jr. content is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. The app is easily navigable by kids ages 5-9.
Free (For a limited time)
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated message called a Gami. A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos. Create a Gami in 3 easy steps. 1 - Customize a character and choose your background. 2 - Record your voice or type a message for your character to say. 3 - Share your Gami on Facebook, Twitter or send via text or email.
Free (Additional parts of speech available for $1.99; Buy them all for $12.99)
Grammaropolis is where grammar lives! Hailed as a Schoolhouse Rock for the 21st Century, Grammaropolis uses the parts of speech as animated characters whose personalities are based on the roles they play in the sentence. From the shady pronoun always trying to take the noun’s place to the motherly conjunction who just wants everyone to get along, Grammaropolis achieves the impossible: we make learning grammar fun!
The Phrasal Verb Machine
At Cambridge University Press, we know that Phrasal verbs are complicated for non-native English speakers to learn and use. We also know that it's essential to use them if we want our writing and speaking to sound natural. However, studying unending lists doesn't seem to be the best way to learn and use them efficiently. Phrasal verbs are, more than anything, action. And action must be visual. The more visually stimulating the learning, the better we will understand and assimilate the phrasal verbs.
Phrasalstein, the definitive app to help you lose your fear of the horrifying phrasal verbs once and for all. This time around, our star is Doctor Phrasalstein who, with the help of his friends, will teach us 100 phrasal verbs using animations inspired by the classic “horror movie” genre, with a touch of humour and irony. You can find 60 of the 100 total animations in this first version of the App. The rest will be along soon in the next update and the App will, of course, continue to be free.
Free (Additional words start at $0.99)
Breeze through vocabulary building with Bluster!
This word matching game develops vocabulary and word understanding for school-aged children, or anyone brave enough to battle the elements.
Shine bright in single-player mode as you learn and practice important word skills. Match rhyming words, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms, homophones, adjectives, and more.
VocabularySpellingCity is a fun way to learn spelling and vocabulary words by playing engaging learning games using any word list. The most popular activities are a spelling test, HangMouse, and the vocabulary games. The most popular lists are Sound Alike Words, Compound Words, the Hunger Games, and SAT Vocabulary.
Students can access any of the hundreds of thousands of word lists available on VocabularySpellingCity including lists created by their parents or teachers.
21 Ice Clues
Free (Additional Clue Sets available for purchase)
If you like crossword puzzles or word searches, get ready to put your vocabulary to the test in this exciting word game by Just Kidding Studios! Build words with the letter cubes to match the clues you are given. When you get one right, Icy the penguin will remove it from the puzzle and more will come tumbling down. Each puzzle set contains 12 puzzles with 21 clues in each. That's a whopping 252 clues per set!
WordGirl Word Hunt
Villains have taken over the city and only WordGirl ‘s vocabulary prowess and superhero strength can save the day from certain doom! WordGirl knows that crime doesn’t pay, but knowing the right word for the right moment is priceless.
Complete each WordGirl story by choosing the right word to defeat the evil villains. Then in a high-flying action game, tilt your iPhone™ or iPod® Touch to fly with WordGirl as she collects the word she needs to save the day!
Free (iPhone Only)
Travel worldwide and build up your Textropolis by finding the words hidden in each city. Play through 30 different cities in this free-play word discovery game. Stumble across a new word? Textropolis includes definitions for every word in the game. Watch each city grow as you discover its words and add to your total Textropolis population!
SUPER WHY! for iPad
Help your child achieve the Power to Read with this collection of four SUPER WHY interactive games. Featured by Apple at the launch of the iPad2 and winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Award!
Unleash your creativity by making beautiful word clouds on your iPad.
Simply give Cloudart some text from a web page or paste some into the app and it will automatically create a gorgeous word cloud for you in seconds.
Classroom Management, Assessment & Miscellaneous
Award-winning Edmodo for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information. Use your iOS device to send notes, submit assignments, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom.
ClassDojo for Teachers
ClassDojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators. Teachers can use this app to give students real-time feedback while in class - it will sync with the main ClassDojo website. Better learning behaviors, smoother lessons, and hassle-free data - and it's free for teachers!
Teacher Clicker - Socrative
Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level. 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!
Student Clicker - Socrative
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. Have Fun!
--WORKS ON ANY DEVICE WITH A WEB BROWSER: Tablets, Smartphones & laptops (except some types of blackberries)
Free (Requires Login)
Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website!
CamDraw is a NEW and FUN way to color and draw over live images from your iOS device camera! Have you ever wanted to sketch right over the live view from your device camera? Now you can! With CamDraw's unique interface you can sketch over any background you choose! Featuring multiple color selection and variable line sizes, CamDraw is the funnest way to make sketches over a live background!
Stage Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera
Stage™ combines the convenience of a document camera with the power of an interactive whiteboard to bring your lessons to life and make you the star of your classroom.
TeacherKit 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.
Pick a student at random just by giving your device a shake or tapping the screen -- but that’s just the beginning. Stick Pick suggests question starters for learners at different levels and also records how well students respond during classroom discussions. If a student is consistently scoring near the top or bottom, simply change the level so students aren't bored or frustrated. Depending on students' levels of English proficiency, they might be asked simple yes-or-no questions or to elaborate in longer sentences.
$0.99 (Lite version available for free)
Sometimes in our life there seems to be no choice or ... just so many of them, that it's hard to decide. Decide Now! will help you to quickly choose your next step in different situations and give you entertaining ideas on different occasions.
Sign+ is the easier way to turn your iPad into a digital sign. Use it at sporting events, at the airport, or even in the classroom. It's never been easier to make your own signs. No markers or paper required.
Anyone who has attempted to keep the noise levels under control of a group of youngsters will appreciate this simple, fun and engaging app.
Can’t access Flash on your iPad? Rover CAN! Rover is the free to download education app that streams educational Flash content to your iPad. Rover is an education app and the only education browser for your iPad designed for teachers and students of all ages. Rover is targeted towards enhancing the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad- including access to content ordinarily available on the Apple tablet (e.g. Flash content). Rover has partnered with major education brands, including Discovery Education, to make sure you have access to leading educational content on the iPad. Rover can transform your classroom into a fun, easy to use, and exciting learning lab!
With SymbalooEDU teachers can organize and share the best of the web with
their students. SymbalooEDU is a free educational tool that allows teachers and students to save their online resources in the cloud with access from any device. Teachers can easily save their favorite web 2.0 sites to a webmix with just a few clicks then share it with colleagues or students.
QR Code Maker
QR Code Maker is an application that is used to create those rectangle codes that you scan with your mobile device - QR codes. This application will create codes for you and then save it for your photo library so you could use it! You can create SMS codes, Phone number codes, normal text codes, and websites links.
America's most useful and respected dictionary, designed and enhanced especially for iPad. In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the app offers voice search – to let you look up a word without having to spell it – along with synonyms and antonyms, example sentences, Word of the Day, Favorites, and more.
Helpful Apps & Websites
Turn your classroom website into an easy-to-navigate app!
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Download appoLearning to find the best educational apps for kids and high school-aged students handpicked by teachers and app experts. appoLearning showcases the five best educational apps across more than 150 different subjects.
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