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Best 1-to-1 iPad Apps for Elementary School

It can be tough to figure out which iPad apps to load onto tablets when your classroom is 1-to-1. The last thing you want is to commit to an app and use it for a week or, even worse, a day. This hand-picked collection of elementary school-level iPad apps is a good place to start. Each is highly rated and tuned well to the needs of 1-to-1 elementary school teachers and students. There's a mixture of apps with tons of content that'll keep students engaged and learning, tools for teachers to assess and manage classes, and opportunities for students to think, create, and share.

Classroom Management and Teaching Apps

Seesaw: The Learning Journal Publisher: Seesaw, Inc.
Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Nearpod Publisher: Nearpod, LLC
Interactive slide show tool engages students and promotes collaboration
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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Time Timer Publisher: Time Timer LLC
Easily conceptualize, manage, and visualize time
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price $2.99-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Showbie Publisher: Showbie Inc.
Flexible desktop, mobile assignment tool works best with pro features
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
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Stop, Breathe & Think Publisher: Tools for Peace
Appealing app guides meditation, promotes compassion
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Teachers say Not Yet Rated

Arts and Creativity Apps

Write About This Publisher: RSA Group, LLC
Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price $2.99-3.99
Platforms Android, iPad
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Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Toontastic 3D Publisher: Google Inc
Flexible tool hands kids the reins for creative animated storytelling
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Teachers say Not Yet Rated
DIY - Skills For Kids Publisher: DIY
From cardboarding to cooking, this app helps kids find the fun in DIY
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Wizard School Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Book Creator Publisher: Red Jumper Studio
Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.49-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
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Paper by FiftyThree Publisher: FiftyThree
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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GarageBand Publisher: Apple
Amazingly powerful audio workstation unleashes creativity
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac Apps
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iMovie Publisher: Apple
Pro-quality HD movie maker is easy enough for beginners
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies Apps

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week Publisher: BrainPOP
High-quality animated videos engage young kids in a variety of topics
Grades K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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Reading Rainbow Publisher: RRKidz, Inc.
Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library
Grades K-4
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Scribble Press - Creative Book Maker for Kids Publisher: Fingerprint
Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers
Grades K-5
Type App
Price $2.99-4.99
Platforms Android, iPad
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Epic! - Books for Kids Publisher: Epic! Creations
Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books
Grades K-6
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
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myBlee Math Publisher: MyBlee
Comprehensive virtual tutor offers great feedback
Grades K-6
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Teachers say Not Yet Rated
Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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FluencyFinder Publisher: Lantz, Glass and Gaskins, LLC
Tool lets teachers save time, track data while testing reading fluency
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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News-O-Matic for School, 2016-17 Nonfiction Reading Publisher: Press4Kids
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Crack the Books Publisher: MES Publishing LLC
Interactive biomes textbooks impress; subscribe for premium features
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
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Grammaropolis Publisher: Grammaropolis
Animated parts-of-speech app enlivens grammar lessons
Grades 2-10
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
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The Free Dictionary by Farlex Publisher: Farlex, Inc.
Vast word reference features tons of content and word games
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Pages Publisher: Apple
Impressive word processor and publisher with great sharing features
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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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
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CueThink Visit Website: http://www.cuethink.com/
Social approach to problem-solving promotes deep math learning
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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