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Best 1-to-1 iPad Apps for Middle School

This curated list of middle school iPad apps represents not only the best of the best but also apps that are well suited to classrooms where every student has a tablet. There's a mixture of apps with tons of ELA, math, science, and social studies content. There's also apps that'll keep students engaged and learning as well as tools that help teachers assess, manage classes, and craft opportunities for student thinking, creating, and sharing. Most importantly, these apps are curated specifically for their long-term value; you won't find any one-and-done experiences but rather deep experiences that pay off all year long.

Classroom Management and Teaching Apps

Time Timer Publisher: Time Timer LLC
Easily conceptualize, manage, and visualize time
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price $1.99-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Doceri Interactive Whiteboard Publisher: SP Controls, Inc.
Teachers, students can spice up presentations with well-done tool
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard Publisher: Educreations, Inc
Enliven lessons and presentations with easy-to-use presentation tool
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
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

Arts and Creativity Apps

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
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
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
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
Green Screen by Do Ink Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
Versatile, easy-to-use movie maker yields great results
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Paper by FiftyThree Publisher: FiftyThree
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Animoto Video Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video-slideshow tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies Apps

Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
BrainPOP Featured Movie Publisher: BrainPOP
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
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
WordFlex Touch Dictionary
Amazing interactive visual dictionary makes exploring words exciting
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5