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Best 1-to-1 iPad Apps for High School

In a 1-to-1 high school classroom, it's best to have top-quality content that'll pay off all year long. For high school students, iPads need to be loaded up with flexible apps featuring pro-level functionality that feels authentic. This list of the best iPad apps is curated specifically for these two purposes: long-lasting value and high-quality experiences. There are apps here that have great depth of content, useful support for teachers, and tools students can learn to use for the real-world, project-based, creative, and critical work essential to high school.

Bloomz Publisher: Bloomz Inc
Full-featured parent-teacher communication platform
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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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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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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Coach's Eye - Video Analysis Publisher: TechSmith Corporation
Robust video analysis for sports, science, fine arts performances
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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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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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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Tinycards -- Flashcards by Duolingo Publisher: Duolingo
Gamified flash cards feature great built-in content, spaced repetition
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Canva 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
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Google Maps Publisher: Google
Cool extras bolster top navigation app
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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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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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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Evernote Publisher: Evernote
Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Keynote Publisher: Apple
Simple, elegant tool for creating presentations on mobile devices
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Notability Publisher: Ginger Labs
Flexible note-taking tool empowers learners of all abilities
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac Apps
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Office Sway Publisher: Microsoft
Cool scroll effects, flexible features boost visual storytelling tool
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Apps for Windows
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WordFlex Touch Dictionary for iPad
Amazing interactive visual dictionary makes exploring words exciting
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
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Animoto Video Slideshow Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video slide-show tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
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Autodesk Sketchbook Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Adobe Spark Visit Website: https://spark.adobe.com
Super-flexible design tool for crafting fabulous images, videos, and sites
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Haiku Deck Publisher: Haiku Deck
Sparse word use and high-impact visuals help focus presentations
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, Chrome
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Instructables Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Slick DIY app with projects that have classroom potential
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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TouchCast Publisher: TouchCast
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad
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Cogent Education Publisher: IS3D, LLC
Think like a scientist: Solve biology case studies
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $29.99 Per Case, Per Class, Per Year
Platforms Android, iPad, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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Grafio 3 - Diagrams & ideas Publisher: Ten Touch Ltd.
Flexible app transforms sketches into pro-level designs and diagrams
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $7.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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NPR News Publisher: NPR
Top-notch digital content takes students beyond the airwaves
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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