Westside iPad Apps

When deciding on a default set of applications for students and teachers to use, the technology team, along with curriculum leaders and a focus group of classroom teachers had to balance many factors. We wanted to give teachers as many of the best apps that we could, but also wanted to keep as much space free as possible to allow for the creation of iMovies, GarageBand songs, and multimedia documents. In addition to these base apps, teacher have the ability to request apps be installed on their student’s machines.

With an ever-growing list of apps being deployed for the district, it can be difficult to determine what to choose. The following list serves as a searchable database in which you can search for an app by name, or grade level, as well as learn more about each app via the descriptions.

App NameApp DescriptionGrade LevelSelf-Service
Grammar For KidsA perfect app for kids to practice the 8 parts of speech: Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Verb, Preposition, Conjunction and Interjection.K-6Literacy
Tell Time Little Match UpsA fun matching game to tell timeK-1General
Number Line by MLCNumber Line helps students visualize number sequences and model strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.K-1Math
Animal Math GamesJoin math-explorer Emma through more than 100 fun math games on a quest to help her animal friends find a way home!K-1Math
Lolas Math TrainJoin Lola on her journey as she makes her way through a fun filled environment of bright colors, interactive characters and creative problem solving to get all of her friends to a party!K-3Math
iWrite WordsiWriteWords teaches your child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game.K-1Literacy
Starfall ABC'sThe "ABCs" section of Starfall.com's well-loved website is now available as a universal application for your iPadK-3Reading
Duolingo-Language LessonsLearn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun.K-3ELL
Endless ReaderCollection of sight words to learn and to playK-1Literacy
Adobe ExpressQuickly and easily make graphics, logos, posters, collages, flyers from thousands of beautiful templates3-6Creation
Spark VideoStudents can create compelling video stories in minutes.3-6Creation
Spark PageStudents can easily turn words and images into beautiful gliding web pages3-6Creation
Rocket MathStudents will work on math facts fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.K-3Math
Staff WarsStaffWars is a game designed to help beginning and intermediate musicians learn, practice and woodshed the note names of the treble, alto and bass clefsK-3Music
Word MagicWord Magic is designed for preschool age kids and helps with visual recognition and spelling ability.K-1Literacy
Number Pieces by MLCNumber Pieces helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. K-3Math
Explain BasicsInfinite Digital whiteboard, draw, add images, shapes, text, record video and use a laser pointer. Screencast recordingK-6Creation
Puppet PalsStudents can pick out actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Their movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.K-6Creation
FlipVideo discussion where curious minds connect, share short videos, respond to questions.3-6Feedback/Assessment
PagesA powerful word processor allows students to create gorgeous reports, resumes, and documents: Students can add video, images, charts, and tables. Work can be easily shared3-6Productivity
KeynoteStudents can design presentations using a variety of slide layouts, animations, fonts, and style options. Students can also create a variety of charts.3-6Productivity
NumbersSpreadsheet app with over 30 design templates, students can insert photos, video, tables, charts, formulas and text.3-6Productivity
iMovieiMovie for iOS lets you browse through your clips, turn them into your favorite films or trailers, and then watch them anywhere with iMovie Theater4-6Creation
Garage BandMusic creation app that allows students to record, play, and mix their own songs.4-6Music
Socrative StudentTeachers can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide graphs of results.K-6Feedback/Assessment
NearpodNearpod provides the ability to upload/share existing presentations as well as create new ones from scratch. Adding interactive features such as question/answer polling, surveys, and drawings. The entire pacing of the presentation is controlled from the teacher’s iPad.K-6Feedback/Assessment
Google SlidesYou can create, view, and edit presentations created in Google Slides, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint® filesK-6Productivity
Google DocsCreate, edit, and collaborate with others on documentsK-6Productivity
Google SheetsCreate, edit, and collaborate with others on spreadsheets3-6Productivity
iBooksiBooks allows you to download and read booksK-6Literacy
Google EarthExplore the whole world from above with satellite imagery.K-6Social Studies
NewselaNewsela builds reading comprehension by delivering relevant, daily articles from trusted news sources at the reading level that’s just right for you. It is effective, engaging, and easy to use.K-6Social Studies
ChatterkidStudents can use this app to make anything talk. Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice.K-3Literacy
BlusterStudents build their vocabulary while they battle the elements. This has different beginning levels, which makes it great for easy differentiation.K-3Literacy
Sushi MonsterStrengthen reasoning strategies for whole number addition and multiplication by helping monsters make a target sum or product.K-3Math
GeoBoardThe Geoboard is a tool for exploring a variety of mathematical topics introduced in the elementary and middle gradeK-1Math
Spelling CityStudents can practice their spelling skills using their own list or use one that is computer generated.K-6Literacy
HMH ReadersThis mobile reading program features leveled nonfiction and fiction texts to reinforce reading skills, promote academic vocabulary acquisition, and improve reading fluency & comprehensionK-3Literacy
NotabilityNotability is a powerful note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, and take notes. It combines, typing, handwriting, audio recording, and photos so students can create notes.4-6Productivity
Paper 53Paper is the best way to capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches.4-6Creation
Breathe2Relaxinstructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathingK-6Brain Breaks
Class DojoClassDojo is a beautiful, safe, and simple communication app for teachers, parents, and students. K-6Classroom Management
ScratchJrWith ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn important new skills as they program their own interactive stories and games.K-3Coding
TynkerPlay fun puzzles to learn the basics and then create your own amazing games using over 100 step-by-step coding tutorials4-6Coding
ClassroomClassroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on trackK-6Classroom Management
Socrative TeacherEngage, assess and personalize your class with Socrative! Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher appK-6Feedback/Assessment
Imagine LearningImagine Learning® harnesses the power of technology to teach language and literacy to students around the world through engaging, interactive instruction. K-6ELL
BrainpopBring 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 – free4-6ELL
BrainPopJrIdeal 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.K-3ELL
Book CreatorBook Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPadK-3Literacy
DictionaryTop-rated app with trusted reference content from Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com.K-6Literacy
EpicEpic! is the leading all-you-can-read eBook library for kids 12 and under offering unlimited access to over 10,000 high-quality children’s books, now including thousands of read-to-me and Audio books. K-6Literacy
Grammar for KidsA perfect app for kids to practice the 8 parts of speech: Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Verb, Preposition, Conjunction and Interjection.K-4Literacy
iBrainstormCapturing and sharing your inner most creative genius has never been easier. Introducing the first multi-device collaboration toolK-6Literacy
Kids A-ZThe Kids A-Z mobile app delivers interactive learning content for Raz-Kids, Headsprout, and Science A-Z anytime, anywhere.K-4Literacy
PadletPadlet is a digital canvas to create beautiful projects that are easy to share and collaborate on.
SeesawSeesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world. K-2Literacy
Starfall ABC'sChildren delight as they see, hear, and interact with letters and sounds in words, sentences, and games.K-1Literacy
Starfall ReadingStarfall I’m Reading develops comprehension and reading fluency in beginning and advancing readers. K-1Literacy
Endless NumbersKids will have a blast learning number recognition, sequences, quantity, numerical patterns, and simple addition K-3Math
Gracie & FriendsThe math-focused curriculum supplement of Early MathK-1Math
IXL MathWith over 4,500 skills in math and English language arts, students can find comprehensive, standards-aligned content for all grade levels.K-6Math
Math SlideMath Slide: hundreds, tens & ones is a multiplayer game helping children understand hundreds, tens and ones; numbers up to a thousand.4-6Math
Pattern ShapesStudents use Pattern Shapes to explore geometry and fractions, creating their own designs, or filling in outlines.K-1Math
Subitize TreeSu-bi-tize (verb) – To perceive (know), at a glance, the number of items quickly presented.K-1Math
SumDogSumdog offers fun games to learn math skillsK-6Math
TuneTrainTuneTrain is a music creation app, where kids can quickly create and edit melodies through a fun line-drawing K-6Music
Shadow PuppetEasily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning.K-6Creation
QuizletMaster your classes with the leading education app! Create your own flashcards or choose from millions created by other Quizlet users on thousands of subjectsK-6Feedback/Assessment
Green Screen-Do InkGreen Screen by Do Ink makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and photos.K-6Creation
Google TranslateTranslate between 103 languages by typingK-6ELL
NASACome explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA App for iOS.K-6Science
NSF Science ZoneThe National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 app for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions.K-6Science
WWFWWF Together brings you closer to amazing and endangered species than you ever could have imagined, letting you discover their lives and the work WWF does for themK-6Science
PoppletPopplet is the simplest tool to capture and organize your ideas. With Popplet you can quick jot down your ideas and sort them visually. K-6Creation
Stop MotionGet Stop Motion Studio, the world’s easiest app to get you into stop motion moviemaking today!K-6Creation
Todo MathTodo Math’s early elementary curriculum is ideal for learning foundational math skills at home and in the classroom.K-2Math
CalcbotCalcbot is an intelligent calculator and unit converter for the rest of us. Featuring an easy-to-read history tape, expression view, intuitive conversion, and much more!K-6Math
Post-it PlusThe Post-it® Plus App takes the momentum from your collaboration sessions and keeps it rolling. Simply capture your notes, organize and share with everyone.K-6Productivity
Fry WordsThe Fry 1000 Instant Words are a list of the most common words used for teaching reading, writing, and spelling.
EDpuzzleEDpuzzle video comes to life with audio-notes and questions. An interactive an unique experience for your students.K-6Feedback/Assessment
Phonics GeniusLearn how to speak, read, and recognize words is through phonic awarenessK-6Literacy
Know your Math FactsKnow Your Math Facts is an educational app to help children memorize addition and subtraction math facts with sums/differences to 20.K-3Math
Coin CrashA fast paced game-helps students with counting money.K-3Math
AgingBoothWhat will you look like when you’re old? And what about your friends? Find out with AgingBooth, an easy to use and amazing face aging machine on your iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad.K-6Creation
Comic Life 3Easily go from taking photos to creating full comics all on one device with full page templates and panel layouts. Create original stories with the integrated Script Editor then drag and drop your words to the comic page when you're done.3-6Creation
Osmo MonsterBring your drawings to life! Each item you draw for Mo will be magically pulled into his world. Create animated adventures to share with family and friends.K-4Coding
PixelmatorPixelmator is a powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike.4-6Creation
Toontastic 3D3… 2… 1… ACTION! With Toontastic 3D you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons. It’s as easy as play. Just move your characters around on screen, tell your story, and Toontastic records your voice and animations and stores it on your device as a 3D video.K-3Creation
Math Speed DrillHelps students (and parents) learn basic math tables while playing a fun and challenging game with over 100 levels4-6Math
5 Minute RelaxationA combination of vocal guidance, soothing music and relaxing sounds to create a calm journey into peace and tranquility. K-6Brain Break
ClipsStudents can make videos using filters, music, text, stickers, emojis and more.3-6Creation
Zen SandZen Sand is a relaxing game of logic that is easy to play but hard to master. The objective is simple: Place bamboo stalks to guide the flowing sand into the vases.
K-6Brain Break
KahootCreate or Play engaging quiz based games to check for understanding or exit tickets.3-6Feedback/Assessment
Swift PlaygroundsStudents explore unique coding experiences by solving interactive puzzles and learn the basics of building apps.4-6Coding