Core iPad Apps

Using iPads in your classroom provides a unique learning opportunity for students to demonstrate their thinking and their learning digitally while curating that content in easily shareable ways. Rather than focus on passive technological consumption, many of the iPad apps that we recommend and pre-install here in SD61 place an emphasis on student-centered creation. Below is a list of apps included as our Core Set and some other options that have been vetted by teachers in their classrooms. For information on requesting an app installation to a district iPad, please click here.

 

Kindergarten Focus:

These apps are especially useful as iPad entry points for younger students who are just getting started with iPads. We've also included a link to the Elementary School Library website, which appears on every iPad and hosts a wealth of links and resources that are geared towards students in Greater Victoria.

Elementary Library
ChatterPix Kids
Pic EDU
Draw and Tell
Number Frames


Recommended apps for iPads in Elementary (K-5)

Book Creator*

Price: $3.49
Comic Life*
Comic Life

Price: $3.49

Explain Everything Whiteboard
Adobe Spark


Epic
Puppet EDU
Pic EDU
ChatterPix Kids
Popplet
Scratch Jr
Lightbot: Code Hour


Stop Motion

Paper 53
Haiku Deck

QR Reader
FreshGrade Student
Google Earth
Skitch
Google Drive
YouTube for Kids
Google Classroom
Voice Recorder Pro
Number Frames
Google Slides
Google Docs
Google Sheets
Elementary Library


Recommended apps for iPads in Grade 6-12

Comic Life*
Comic Life
Adobe Spark
Explain Everything Whiteboard
Google Earth
Google Drive
Haiku Deck

Book Creator
QR Reader
Voice Recorder Pro
Stop Motion
Pic EDU
TouchCast Studio
Popplet
Skitch
Paper 53
Desmos
Google Classroom
Google Docs

Tellagami
Youtube
Google Slides
Google Sheets


Beyond the core set (K-3)

The Math Learning Center Apps:Fractions by The Math Learning Centre
Number Line
Number Rack
Geoboard
Additional Free Math Apps:Manipulative of the Week
Fractions by Brainingcamp
Paid Math Apps:Hundred Board
Cuisenaire® Rods
Clock Manipulative
Pattern Shapes
Toontastic
Number Pieces Basic

A note about iMovie

iMovie, Apple’s own entry-level video editing suite, was originally included as a part of our Core iPad app set as it was free to install and served as a powerful way for teachers and students to quickly film, edit and assemble a video. Due to the limited space available on our district iPads, we have decided to remove iMovie from the core group of pre-installed apps on the iPads. The app is still available for installation by request, but in order to reduce the impact of its nearly 3GB memory footprint, it no longer appears on iPads by default.