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AllKeynoteiPad only
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BooksBartleby's Book of Buttons Vol. 1: The Far Away IslandNo - iPad onlyTurns traditional storybook pages into combination locks, that won’t open until you figure out the right mix of switches, buttons and sliding controls. It helps to read carefully.
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BooksBrave RooneyNo - iPad onlyInteractive book about a child who has no superpowers in a world of superheros
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BooksCinderella - A Princess StoryNo - iPad onlyClassic fairytale with 3D animations and orchestral background.
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BooksFour SeasonsNo - iPad onlyInteractive book published to celebrate Earth Day
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BooksMagic School Bus OceansNo - iPad onlyInteractive version of the Magic School Bus book about oceans
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BooksPopOut! The Tale of Peter RabbitYesBeatrix Potter’s classic illustrations on the multi-touch screen, with touch-and-hear text, and pull-tabs that pull you into the action elements of the story.
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*BooksThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreNo - iPad onlyAll-time favorite interactive story. Beautifully animated -- magical!
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BooksUltimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur ReferenceNo - iPad onlyDetails of over 600 dinosaurs.
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BooksWild About BooksNo - iPad onlyFavorite book by Judy Sierra made interactive on iPad.
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BooksX is for X-RayNo - iPad onlyNonfiction alphabet book about the insides of objects -- swiping allows readers to see x-rays of each object
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CollaborationPoppletNo - iPad onlyCreate idea webs in real-time with multiple users
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GeographyGoogle EarthYesSattellite images of Earth
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GeographyHistory: Maps of the WorldYesCollection of historical world maps
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*GeographyStack the CountriesYesWorld geography quiz game
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*GeographyStack the StatesYesUS geography quiz game
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GeographyUS Geography by Discovery EducationYesTeaches about regions of the United States. Includes region overviews, videos, state facts, and activities.
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MathBright Ninja Tells TimeYesPractice telling time
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MathCoin MathYesProvides challenges for all levels, from identifying coins to counting coins to making change.
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MathCounting Bills and CoinsYesIdentify and solve math problems with money
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*MathDoodle FitYesTetromino puzzles build understanding of area, spatial reasoning skills, and 2D geometry concepts
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MathiCrossYesRotate and learn about the characteristics of 3D solids
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MathMath ConcentrationYesPublished by NCTM. Concentration game matches equations to numbers, shapes to definitions, multiplication sentences to arrays, and more.
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MathMath Tappers: Clock MasterYesPractice reading and setting time using analog, digital, and words
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MathMotion Math HDYes (but works best on iPad)Awesome app for building fractions number sense. Bounce the fractions to their spot on the number line.
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MathMotion Math ZoomYes (but works best on iPad)Amazing app for building number sense! Place numbers on number lines by zooming in and out according to place value. Zoom in for smaller numbers (10 scale, frog level) and out for larger numbers (10,000 scale, brontosaurus level).
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MathNineGapsYesMath puzzle game requires putting numbers (1-9) into an array such that equations are correct moving horizontally and vertically
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MathNumber LineYesChallenging game requires placing numbers (fractions, decimals, percentages) on number lines
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MathPizza Fractions 1, 2, and 3YesSimple apps that teach and quiz kids on fractions concepts. Moves from Pizza Fractions 1 (introductory) to Pizza Fractions 3 (advanced).
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MathProbability ToolsYesProvides dice, spinners, coins, and other tools for playing games or exploring probability. Perfect if kids need dice/spinners at home and don't have them.
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MathSlice It!YesSlice shapes into as close to even pieces as possible -- good practice for symmetry
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*MathSolids ElementaryYesExplore 3D solids by rotating, folding, and unfolding them into their 2D nets
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MathSum StackerYesMath puzzle game requires rearranging stacks of numbers, coins, or pictures to add up to the number at the bottom of each stack
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Math FactsHungry FishYes - iPad onlyFinding addends to total sum on the fish.
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Math FactsCloudMathYesFact practice
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Math FactsKidCalcYesPractice basic facts, counting, and skip-counting
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Math FactsKidsMathFunYesFact practice available for each elementary grade level
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*Math FactsMath BingoYesFact practice
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Math FactsMath DrillsYesFact practice -- uses number lines to help students visualize their facts
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Math FactsPopMath LightYesFact practice
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*Math FactsRocketMathYesFact practice
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MoviesiMovieNo - iPad onlyMake and edit movies -- also the easiest way to make podcasts
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MoviesPuppetPals HDNo - iPad onlyRecord original plays using a variety of puppet characters, or make your own puppets using images from your photo library. Non-HD version available for iPhone/iPod Touch.
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MoviesScreen ChompNo - iPad onlyWhiteboard app -- write with "markers" using your fingertips and record voice-over narration. Great for making how-to videos.
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MoviesSock PuppetsNo - iPad onlyRecord original plays with sock puppet characters. Puppets' mouths move as you speak.
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MusicGarage BandNo - iPad onlyCompose your own music and podcasts.
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MusicMagic PianoYesPlay piano! Intuitive interface makes playing piano easy.
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MusicThumb JamYesCombine samples of over 30 real instruments to compose your own music.
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*PhotographyPhoto BoothYesJust like Photo Booth on Mac
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ReferenceDiscoverNo - iPad onlyWikipedia app that formats content like a magazine
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ReferenceMerriam Webster DictionaryYesIndispensable, free dictionary app
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*ReferenceQwikiNo - iPad onlyWikipedia app that formats content as a movie, including narration that reads aloud article text
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ReferenceThe American Heritage DictionaryYesIndispensable dictionary app
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ReferenceWikiNodesNo - iPad onlyWikipedia app that connects topics in webs. Clicking on a topic shifts the webs and shows new associations. Fabulous way to browse topics of interest in Wikipedia.
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ReferenceWikipanionYesBasic Wikipedia app
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ReferenceWolfram AlphaYesSame as WlframAlpha website - computation, reference
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Science3D BrainYes3D tour of the parts of the brain
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*ScienceiBird Yard+YesBird guide includes typical information plus bird sounds
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ScienceNASAYesNews, articles, and photos from NASA
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ScienceScience 360No - iPad onlyPublished by National Science Foundation - engineering images and videos plus NSF news feed
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*ScienceSolar WalkYes (but works best on iPad)3D tour of the solar system. Includes videos that illustrate concepts like changing seasons.
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*ScienceStar WalkYes (but works best on iPad)3D tour of the night sky
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TestingMobi 360Yes"Clicker" software for quizzing students and getting instant feedback. Perfect for assessment and test-prep. Requires paid account with eInstruction.
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VideosBrainPOP Featured MoviesYesA movie a day plus quizzes and more from BrainPOP educational video website
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VideosPBS KIDS VideoNo - iPad onlyWatch clips of PBS kids programs
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*Word StudyGlow DoodleYesUse your fingertips to write spelling words while doing "Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check"
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*Word StudyGrammar AppBoth iPad and iPhone/iPod TouchTeaches and tests students about parts of speech, verb tenses, sentence structure, and more.
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*Word StudyMy Spelling TestYesEnter your spelling words, and the app quizzes you
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*Word StudyShake and SpellNo - iPhone/iPod Touch onlyLike the board game Boggle - shake to mix up letters, then try to find words
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Word StudySight Words ListYesMake customizable lists for practicing reading sight words out loud
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Word StudySparkle FishYesLike Mad-Libs
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