Education apps are helpful for teachers because they refract content through engaging, colorful, and gamified approaches to content interaction.
They are also mobile, can offer data, and can be played at school or home, making them useful in a K-12 blended learning or flipped classroom setting.
With this kind of flexible utility in mind, it’s no wonder they’re in such high demand–so here are 44 education apps for K-6 students doing the best kind of learning math teachers hate and English-Language Arts teachers love: open-ended learning.
Open-ended learning challenges learners to revisit old questions, reflect on their own thinking, and struggle not for the sake of “being correct,” to honor the learning process itself. The humanities, art, music, and other creative content areas are often home turn for open-ended learning, but this approach can be used in pursuit of any kind of knowledge, while encouraging students to continue thinking long after the question has been asked.
iPad App Recommendations for K-6
Suggested list of core iPad apps for K-6 use. Preference is given to apps that are open-ended and can be used for various creative needs.
Apple's word processor for the iPad. Part of the iWork suite of apps.
Invaluable tool for collecting and organizing digital information, taking notes, sharing content, and more
Simple editor for creating digital books
Full featured screencasting and tutorials
Features an educational movie and activity every day
Math problems presented in a popular gaming format
Easy drawing app for younger students
Creates simple digital postcards with images and text
Great for creating photo posters, short image based stories, learning vocabulary by associating words with images and more.
Apple's movie editing app
Apple's music editing app. Can also be used to create and record voice podcasts.
Student app for responding to class polls and quizzes
Create screencasts and tutorials
Astronomy app that identifies and maps the constellations as you point the iPad at the sky
Take Notes & Annotate PDFs. Synchronize with Dropbox & Google Drive. Great for class note taking.
Idea mapping app
Simple puppet movies. Select puppets, direct and narrate
Great tool for transferring photo and video wirelessly between devices and laptops
Requires school subscription to Discovery Education website
Create digital comics. Include your own photos.
Variety of science demos and activities based on the program from PBS
Google Search and Apps
Story creation app for younger kids that has built in drawing tools