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1:1 iPad program in middle school-Starter Kit

My school is introducing a 1:1 iPad program for grades 6-8.  As teachers and administrators, we are compiling a list of apps which we want the students to install.  From my research via Google, there are so many apps that my list is reaching 50 or more!  Does anyone have any specific apps that they use in the classroom and how are they used?


Any guidance is welcome.


Very beginning of my list:




Dragon dictation/Go

Doodle Buddy




Google Earth

Google Search



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Comment by Lincoln Whitaker on August 29, 2011 at 6:28pm


Thanks for posting this question.  Your responses have given me some great ideas.  One app that my kids love is stack the states.  It is a paid app but it is well worth the money.

Comment by Brian Meehan on August 29, 2011 at 5:14am

So DropBox ended up not working out for us partially because of the fees associated with DropDav, but mostly because I couldn't create a "write-only" folder that teachers could share for student submissions.


The way we got around this is Box.net. They offer 5GB. Each student gets a personal account. Teachers also sign up for an account, and they create an "incoming" folder. They turn on email submission for the folder. Then they give me the address. I create an alias in our email system for that cryptic email address, something like: incoming.teachername@school.org. All of the apps on the iPad support submission by email. And the Box.net client can be opened up like a normal set of folders for the teacher on their laptop to easy grading.



Comment by Mark McDonough on August 28, 2011 at 3:15pm

here is a link to the searchable database for my school's ipad apps:


Comment by Melinda Schultz on August 28, 2011 at 2:58pm
DoInk Animation & Drawing app, is something that is being used by many schools. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doink-animation-drawing/id364762290?... It allows kids to draw and animate. Kids who can't draw well can just use props from the web community of artists (like backgrounds and characters) It is being used for many subjects from digital storytelling to  math projects. (I will tell you that I am part of the company) I would be happy to send you a promotional code to try it out and I can send you examples of projects as well.
- melinda@doink.com.
Comment by Chris Russell on August 21, 2011 at 11:41am

I'd certainly be looking for apps for your art and music students as well.


Probably a drawing app like ArtRage

Some photo editing app

A PDF Music Reader like forScore or UnrealBook

A tuner of some kind, like Cleartune



Perhaps PuppetPals HD for creative work in many classes

Pages & Keynote (students making their own work and presentations)

GoodReader (read and edit PDFs in general)


And my favorite little education app is PaperHelper, which shows a web browser on one side of the screen, and has a basic word processor on the other side...great for writing papers.



Comment by Leonie McIlvenny on July 31, 2011 at 1:00am

Michael, can I suggest that you start with the curriculum first..there is a real danger in being driven by the apps themselves. What kind of functionality do you want?  Perhaps look at generic tools that can  be used across subjects first then identify subject specific ones.  You might also look at 'input' vs 'output', data storage, word processing, presentation, data management, voice and video capture, collaborations and sharing etc.  Think about the kind of pedadogy you want happening in the classroom.  Once you have made your list then see what is available for each functionality and choose one or two (no more) that suit your needs.  The generic multiple use apps are probably the ones that you might pay more for because of their ability to be used extensively.  Also having lots of free apps can overwhelm students and teachers.  Perhaps have a suite that is standards for everyone (so that when you need to be everyone in the class is on the same page) and then allow some free choice.  This is where your policies and procedures need to be clearly defined.

I hope this helps.  Leonie

Comment by Lisa Johnson on July 29, 2011 at 6:34am

I have been working on MS Appy Hours for teachers divided my content (Math, Science, History, ELAR). I have them each posted in the Appy Hour section of my techchef4u.com site. Each Appy Hour comes with a teacher menu of apps and a Jog the Web tour that reviews each app, tells how it can be used in the classroom, and suggests others like it. Here is the one for ELAR and the Jog the Web tour as well. I hope this provides you with a good start. I also have a HOT APPS for HOTS section (has teacher handouts and suggested lessons for mind-mapping and project-based learning) and an iPad Lesson section with 5-6 of my iPad lessons that I wrote last year. I try to specialize in free apps as the VPP can be a bit convaluded for districts.

It is a work in progress and I would love to get teacher feedback on the resources/lessons as well as continue to share apps for MS. I am a wee bit of an appaholic... if you couldn't tell.

TCEA's Google Doc also has a great starter list for all ages.

Comment by Brian Meehan on July 29, 2011 at 5:54am

We're researching our own webserver at hosting company for WebDAV storage. We want students to be able to share and store outside the limits of their device's capacity. Right now I'm working with 1&1 hosting. I've also got a mock-up working with DropBox + DropDAV -> Pages and another workflow working with QuickOffice Pro HD -> Google Docs for Education and Drop Box -> Microsoft Word -> Pages. Only problems so far is that Pages won't save in docx format, so I loose precision saving out of Pages.


BTW, our MS deployment is 75 users.

Comment by Mark Doughty on July 28, 2011 at 8:13am

Here is a link put together by our tech director and our 5th grade science teacher on apps they like to use. I hope you find it useful.




Comment by Jason Sleep on July 25, 2011 at 3:23pm

We are starting a 1:1 iPad initiative as well and we have a short list as well.  Below is what we have so far.  It is limited since our teachers haven't contributed yet. 


  • Splash top - control your desktop computer from your iPad remotely
  • eClicker - an app that makes your ipad and other ipads remote clickers for formative assessment, surveys, meeting input...
  • Dropbox - cloud storage
  • Evernote - cloud storage
  • Docs to Go - like Microsoft suite it can open about any document
  • Read It Later - app that will save web pages to be read offline later
  • Idea Flight -app that allows up to 16 ipads to view you content on your ipad


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