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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

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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Explain Everything Classic Publisher: Explain Everything, Inc.
Classic version of dynamic presentation tool still excites
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Paid
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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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
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Educreations Publisher: Educreations, Inc
Enliven lessons and presentations with easy-to-use whiteboard tool
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
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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
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Price $9.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac Apps
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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
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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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Green Screen by Do Ink Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
Versatile, easy-to-use moviemaker yields great results
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Paper by FiftyThree Publisher: FiftyThree
Beautifully designed digital sketchbook for any age
Grades 3-12
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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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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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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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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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Animoto Video Slideshow Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video slide-show tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades 7-12
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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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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
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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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BrainPOP Featured Movie Publisher: BrainPOP
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
Grades 2-8
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Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
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Crack the Books Publisher: MES Publishing LLC
Interactive biomes textbooks impress; subscribe for premium features
Grades 2-8
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Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
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Pages Publisher: Apple
Impressive word processor and publisher with great sharing features
Grades 3-12
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Price Free, Paid
Platforms 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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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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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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