Apps for iPads

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App Description

Some Ideas and Activities

Organizing, collaborating, work-sharing

dropbox Dropbox Store files, folders, photos and videos online and share them with collaborators on the Internet. Download for offline viewing, capture and synchronize. (Uses cloud storage.)
  • Create a teacher account to share work with students of twinned school. Make a student folder and share it with your twinned teacher. He/she will have access to your students’ work.
evernote Evernote Take notes and archive them using Evernote. Save and synchronize formatted text, handwritten ink, photos, audio notes, and WebPages to your personal computer. (Store on Evernote server.)
  • Create a teacher account. While students are working, visiting a twinned school or on an outing, open Evernote and have them take notes, take photos and add audio recordings to their notes. Back in class, have twinned students do a writing activity using the notes that were taken. Notes can be organized in notebooks that you create for each student or for groups of students.
iBook Store electronic books on your iPad using iBook.
idea_sketch Idea Sketch Create flow charts, mind maps, concept maps, or flow charts that can be converted to a text outline. Excellent for brainstorming, illustrating concepts, making outlines, planning presentations and more. Share by email or to Can also be copied directly into other apps.
(Back to top) Lino Post stickies, pictures and URLs using online canvases. Attach files to your stickies and invite friends to post on your canvases. Can be stored on your iPad or online.
  • Create a teacher account. In Lino, create a group and invite a teacher of a twinned school to post on your canvas. Students can post using their teacher’s account. Ask students to help plan a meeting day: post ideas for activities, outings, snacks, etc.
  • On another canvas, one class can post questions regarding pastimes, hobbies, likes, dislikes, favourites, etc. and the other class can post answers.

Explaining, presenting, screencasting

Educreations Another noteworthy interactive whiteboard app that also records voice. Offers ten colours and multiple pages to enhance your presentations. Take a picture to use as a background or insert one from your Photos or from Dropbox. Upload productions to for personal or public use. Educreations generates a Web link that can be embedded or shared by email, and to Facebook and Twitter.(Online community)
  • Correct each others’ writing (provide a picture of the text and record the corrections).
  • Explain the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by adding pictures to illustrate the Charter.
  • Present members of one’s family and explain their origins with pictures and maps.
Explain Everything Explain Everything is a screencasting app that lets you create slides and add new or existing PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS files, photos and videos from many sources including Dropbox, Evernote and GoogleDrive. You can draw, insert shapes, add text and use a laser pointer. An account is not necessary to use this app and to share creations. It has many sharing options.
  • Create a board game: build it and write the rules. Then, take pictures or film the game, explain the rules and show how to play it.
  • Capture a response to literature: book reviews, plot, theme, characterization, authors, etc.
Keynote Keynote Prepare presentations with animated charts and transitions. Opens Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files. Save on your iPad, to iTunes, iCloud and WebDAV server. Share by email or to
  • Make a presentation of the school or the community.
  • Prepare charts representing information collected with class surveys ex: Chart depicting sports played by students, musical instruments played by students, etc.
Screen Chomp Like Educreations, this interactive whiteboard app allows voice recording and the creation of multiple pages. Offers 12 colours with the added feature of 3 pen widths. Send all productions to and generate a Web link that can be embedded or shared via e-mail and on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Describe the different parts of a cell and their function.
  • Tell what happens in a story through your drawings.
  • Give a lesson on how to prepare a traditional ethnic meal.
(Back to top) Show Me Interactive Whiteboard Produce mini lessons or helpful tutorials with an interactive whiteboard that enables voice recording. This app comes with seven colours to enhance your presentations. Take a picture to use as background or insert one from your Photos. Upload productions to for personal or public use. Share via e-mail or on Facebook.
  • Prepare a grammar lessons (e.g. how to conjugate verbs, how to use prepositions).
  • Explain how to write an introduction or a conclusion.
  • Explain a historical event. Add pictures and Web links.
  • Explain math or science concepts (e.g. long division, the water cycle, the phases of the moon).

Written communication

pages Pages A word processor app that includes templates to create letters, reports, flyers, invitations and more. Save on your iPad, to iTunes. Store on, iCloud or a WebDAV server. Share via e-mail or on
Bill Atkinson’s PhotoCard Create postcards using provided photos or your own. Type a message on the back of your card and add an audio one. Stickers are also available. Share via e-mail or snail mail.
  • Take your own photos and write a paragraph as an introductory activity
  • Groups of students take photos of the school, their class and or other important areas of the school such as the library and the gym, write notes and add recordings explaining why it’s an important part of the school.
Book Creator Create your own beautiful books that you can then publish on the iBookstore. (ePub standards) Adjust everything with your fingers and add speech and music. Share via e-mail or on Dropbox, iTunes or a WebDrav server.
  • Groups of students create books together: write a story, take photos, select music, add sound effects and record comments or questions on every page of the story. Before starting the creation process, select a target audience. The book can be for younger students, for students new to the school, for future students at a specific grade level, for parents, etc.
Comic Life Create customized photocomics. Choose a template, select the desired layout, insert photos and slide in word bubbles. Select a title style and write your text. Share via e-mail, on Facebook or on Twitter. (Integrated e-reader)
  • Partners (groups of 2 or 3 students) create a page together that can be assembled in a joint yearbook.
  • Create superhero photocomics. Each partner in a group is responsible for one page.
  • Create photocomics featuring different careers. A career page can include tasks and responsibilities, work hours, working conditions, work environment, etc.
Free French English Dictionary + Translate words into English or French. Gives an audio pronunciation of all words. Also provides over 1 400 conjugated verbs in English, a comprehensive phrasebook and a vocabulary quiz tool. Share via e-mail.
Mystorybook-maker My Story Book Maker for Kids Affordable book-making app with simple interface—perfect for younger students. Add pictures to wood panel backgrounds or draw using pen, paint, brush or Wacky tool. Twenty colours to chose from. Easily start and stop voice recording or restart it for every page of the book. Publish storybooks to iBooks and share them via email.
  • Paired students help each other to write about their families and their culture. Stories could be shared in class using an interactive digital board.
  • Paired students select and read about a personal hero. Then, together they make a book about their hero.
story_lines(Back to top) StoryLines for Schools A game of ‘telephone’ but with pictures app. Begin a StoryLine by writing your own sentence or select one from the ones that are suggested. Pass it on to a friend to illustrate. The initial line being hidden, pass it on to another friend to give the drawing a title. And so on. The StoryLine could then be watched and shared by email. Allows for up to 9 students per StoryLine.
  • Groups of nine students from the twinned classes do a StoryLine using vocabulary from a story being read in class.
  • Each team does a StoryLine starting with a sentence about a character from a story.
  • Groups of students do a StoryLine starting with a famous quote.

Oral communication

Skype  Communicate with Skype’s video calling. Share screen, collaborate on projects and send files. Must have an account.
  • Use Skype with the whole class to communicate with twinned class.
  • Groups of students can use Skype to work on a project.
  • Individual students can use Skype to interview each other
voice_thread VoiceThread Record a conversation around a picture, video or document. You can talk, type and draw on the screen. Anyone can join the conversation for free. However, you could make only five VoiceThreads for free. A paid subscription is needed to create additional VoiceThreads. Share via e-mail.
  • Use VoiceThread to present yourself or your school
  • Upload images of historical figures or events and present the individuals or explain the events.
  • Document and comment on class outings.
  • Use a series of pictures as a basic storyline. Take on the voice of a character and tell the story.
puppetpals2-allaccess Puppets Pals 2: All Access Create animated cartoons using built-in characters or switch them up by scrolling through heads and bodies separately and combining them in creative ways. You can also add your own photos to the characters. In addition to more characters and more settings, this version of the app gives the user’s puppets the ability to ride things.Share via e-mail and to Facebook.
  • Twinned students create a video acting out an historical event.
  • Create a video promoting a book and upload your creation to a classroom blog. Invite students from twinned classes to post comments.
Story Wheel Create stories cooperatively. Select the number of storytellers and spin the story wheel. The wheel stops on a picture and the story begins. Each player records a portion of the story. Maximum recording time is 30 seconds per page and there are 12 pages per story. Share your story online via e-mail as an iBook attachment or as an URL.
  • Create stories for your twinned partner.
  • Create stories together for younger students.
talking_tom2 Talking TomCat 2 Practise oral communication. Tom Cat records and repeats everything you say in a funny voice. Record videos of your Tom Cat, message and share via e-mail, on Facebook or on YouTube.
  • Record daily horoscopes or weather forecasts and send them to your twinned partner by e-mail.
iF Poems Search through 270 classic poems by age group, type, title, author and first line or by any word. Record yourself reading a poem and share it via e-mail. Dictionary definition available for all words.
  • Students record themselves reading a poem. Twinned students illustrate the poem or add music to it.
  • Receiving students change certain verses and send back the newly created poem.
audio_memos Audio Memos Record your voice. Hear your message and share it via e-mail.
  • Record reviews of books, films or video games. Reviews can be shared via e-mail or collected on a class blog or class Web site (audio message).
quickvoice(Back to top) Quick Voice Record your voice, pause and resume. Once you are finished, hear your message, give it a title and share via e-mail. Voice recording up to 5MB.
  • Record weather forecasts, make up weekly horoscopes, predict sport games results, etc. and send to a twinned partner. In turn, the receiving partner can send feedback regarding the accuracy of the prediction.

Working with pictures

skitch Skitch Annotate and mark up new or existing pictures, screenshots, maps and Web pages or draw something new. A blank canvas is also available. Save to your Photos or to Evernote, and share via e-mail or on Twitter.
  • Use a map of your community and annotate it to show important places.
photo_collage_creator Photo Collage Creator Create photo collages from photos in your photo album. Save to your Photos and share via e-mail and on Facebook.
  • Create a class photo collage summarizing your experience with the PELIQ-AN project.
  • Create a common souvenir photo album with twinned school. Print copies for students.
piccollage Pic Collage Easily create a photo collage. Choose a layout, select a background, take photos or add some from your photo library or from photo sharing networks and add text. Stickers are also available. Share by e-mail or to Pic Collage, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Path. You can also send a physical postcard.
  • Create a class photo collage summarizing your experience with the PELIQ-AN project.
  • Create a common souvenir photo album with twinned school. Print copies for students.
FX Photo Studio HD Edit your photos: crop, resize, rotate and adjust colours. Over 190 photo effects and filters are available. Save to your photo album, documents or clipboard. Share via e-mail, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.
  • Edit photos to create different moods and use in a story or iBook.
  • Edit photos and create invitations for specials events.
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Working with film, animation

imovie iMovie Film your subject and produce a movie. Edit clips and add effects, transitions and music to your productions. Save to Camera Roll and share on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and CNN iReport.
  • Make a movie of a class performance in dance class, music class or a school musical.
  • Make a commemorative movie of the yearlong partnership between the schools.
tooncamera ToonCamera Record video, snap photos or convert existing ones from your album using automatic rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is a technique where live action video or photography is traced over to give your creation a cartoon-like look. Choose from multiple cartoon, pencil, stipple, and ink effects. Share by e-mail or to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, and YouTube.
  • Paired students create a silent cartoon video and send it to their twinned partners. They in turn write a story based on the video.
  • Take pictures during a class field trip with a twinned class and make a narrated photo collage.
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Working with music

garageband Garage Band This music app offers many features. It lets you play dozens of musical instruments including ‘Smart’ instrument that make you sound like a pro. Record your voice, apply sound effects and play or record live over wi-fi or Bluetooth with up to three people. Share directly to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud via email or on iTunes.
  • Groups of students from twinned classes compose a song and write lyrics to promote chosen themes (i.e. anti-bulling, school rules, safety rules).
  • Paired students make a podcast commenting a current event or expressing an opinion.
songwriterhd Song Writer HD Write lyrics and record audio for each section of your song. See your chords above your lyrics and find rhymes and synonyms in the integrated dictionary. You can ‘Passcode Lock’ to protect your work. Link with Dropbox and share via email with options to send PDF’s, Songwriter files, or MySongbook files(minimal music background required).
  • Write lyrics for a special school event (i.e. a holiday assembly, a graduation, etc.).
videostar(Back to top) Video Star A music video-making app that allows you to select a song from your iTunes, adjust start point, end point, speed and pitch of the song. You can choose from over twenty built-in effects to add to your video or purchase over one hundred more bundled in Power Packs. Press record and lip sync your song. Share to iTunes, to YouTube and via email.
  • Groups of students from twinned classes make a video to go with a song that they composed using Garage Band.
  • Groups of students study the lyrics of a popular song. Take pictures to illustrate the lyrics and make a video with the pictures as background.


Circle Design WordPress WordPress is a pretty famous blog platform offered for free. As long as you have a blog or a self-hosted site, you’re good to go. You can draft blogs, take a photo and add it to your blog, respond to comments, and look at your site stats. It’s easy to create and edit pages and posts from your iPad, at any time you want.


Drawing Desk: Draw, Paint Art - Apps on Google Play Drawing Desk

 Drawing Desk offers a batch of powerful artistic tools and brushes for a realistic drawing experience. Express your creativity and bring your striking ideas to life with beautiful sketches, drawings, paintings and doodles. Loved by both kids and adults alike, Drawing Desk is a family app that enables creativity in everyone!

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