iPads in the Classroom

Does anyone use an iPad in your classroom?

I have a loverly iPad 2 that I hold near and dear to my heart, but I need to start taking the leap into some of the cool teacher-features it offers.
I love you iPad & pretty purple case <3
I have tried out some freebies here and there, but it seems like the truly useful apps are not free (figures), so I am needing to take the financial plunge and purchase some good apps for class.

I have a Pinterest board specifically dedicated to iPads & Technology, and I have included some of my favorite pins below:

1. The Teacher's iPad Spectrum- I love how this organizes and describes apps by degree of difficulty. Some of the apps are very common and free, but the ideas provided for use in the classroom makes this chart extra-helpful

2. 1,000 Education Apps Organized by Subject & Price- What's not to love about this list? It's run by the Texas Computer Education Association and comes as a HUGE Google Doc, so there's something for everyone. Plus, they regularly update and list a vast amount of free apps :)

3. 103 Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom- this Google slideshow takes you through a variety of apps, from well-known to new, from free to expensive, and gives a tiny summary of how you could incorporate it into your day as a teacher. Very handy and a good reference for the wide range of needs we have as teachers throughout the day!

Ok, so clearly I have a long list of apps from which to choose.

Any recommendations? What iPad app(s) do you use and love for your classroom?

Thanks for your advice :)


  1. I want an iPad.

    I'm still rocking my 3GS iPhone! haha!

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  2. I have 2 iPads (for my personal use), but I got my iPad 2 with the intention of using it in the classroom. However, I haven't figured out how to use it effectively in my classroom when I only have the one iPad. How do you use only 1 iPad in your room??
    Love your Pinterest page! I just started following you! Thank you!

    Thrills in Third Grade

  3. Before the holidays, I asked my class to explain how they got their math solutions using white boards and dry erase markers. I was looking for as many ways as possible to solve the problem. I took pictures of the white board solutions using my iPad. Next, I called each student to the ipad to explain their thinking aloud using the ShowMe app (it's free-plus I was shining my doc cam on the ipad so the class could watch). The entire video came out great with open number lines, base ten representations, traditional regrouping, tally marks, and expanded notation. I ended the video with a picture of checking our addition with subtraction. Now, I can use the video as a review and reteaching source!