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10 Great Apps for Middle School

Music, words, math, and more come alive with these 10 great apps for grades 6–8. Use them to pique students' interest or help them acquire new skills.

WeLearnedIt Publisher: eduClipper, Inc.
Digital portfolio and management tool for project-based classrooms
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
LightSail Publisher: LightSail Inc.
Robust, responsive reading tool measures meaningful literacy outcomes
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price By subscription
Platforms Android, iPad, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Pixel Press Floors Publisher: Pixel Press Technology
Ingenious game-creation tool translates kids' paper-and-pencil designs
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Canva - Graphic Design & Photo Editing Publisher: Canva Pty Ltd.
Create snazzy designs in seconds with flexible, cloud-based tool
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
GarageBand Publisher: Apple
Amazingly powerful music workstation unleashes the musician in us all
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Project Noah Publisher: Networked Organisms
Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
DragonBox Algebra 12+ Publisher: WeWantToKnow AS
Super fun, cutting-edge approach to learning and practicing algebra
Grades 6-10
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Mars Gen One: Argubot Academy Publisher: GlassLab
Hone powerful persuasive skills on a red-planet adventure
Grades 6-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Notability Publisher: Ginger Labs
Flexible note-taking tool empowers learners of all abilities
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4