Welcome to the St. Thomas More iPad App page. Listed below are some of the most frequently used educational apps for students in grades K-8. Each grade level begins with a designated core set of age-appropriate apps designed to enhance the learning experience and encourage creativity, collaboration, communication and productivity. These apps will be loaded on each student’s’ device by the technology department at the beginning of the year. Throughout the year, teachers may request that additional apps be pushed to students. These educationally relevant apps related to the content will be tested and vetted by the technology department prior to installation. Every effort is made to evaluate the appropriateness and value of each app used by our students. Click here to find out more about how educational apps and resources are opening the world learning possibilities in classrooms around the world.
Primary Uses: Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. Students can annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as they explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.
Finished lessons are stored securely in a student’s online Educreations account, so they’re available whenever and wherever they are needed. Teachers can create classes that students can join right within the app. Lessons sync automatically between teacher and student iPads, so it’s easy for students to access teacher instruction and for teachers to monitor student work. Students without iPads can access classes and lessons on the Educreations website.
To learn more about Educreations, please visit their website.
Grade Levels: K-8
Frequency of Use: Project-Specific
Used Since: 2012
Primary Uses: First in Math is an engaging web service where student can practice their math skills by accessing a wide variety of games and activities. Grade-level appropriate concepts are presented and drilled based on curricular standards. Students can keep track of their progress by collecting points and advancing through a ranking system. Because it is accessed via a web browser or via Puffin Academy on the iPad, First in Math is available anywhere that a student has an internet connection. Parents may log in to view a their child’s progress, and may participate as well in parent-oriented math activities.
Grade Levels: 1-4
Frequency of Use: Weekly
Used Since: 2008
Primary Uses: Google Drive is a cloud-based storage service where students with a Google account can save documents, spreadsheets, presentations, pictures, and many other types of file. As a storage service, Drive is a convenient way to transport files from one device to another eliminating the need for removable storage devices such as disks or thumb drives. Cloud storage is reliable, secure, and provides convenient access to the most up-to-date version of each file. Via Drive, any files can be shared with other users by a simple email invitation, providing a convenient way to transfer work amongst students and teachers. Additionally, Drive works intrinsically with Google apps such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides to provide a cloud-based productivity suite.
Primary Uses: Google Sheets brings the ability to compute and manipulate data charts to the iPad. Similarly to Apple’s Numbers as well as Microsoft’s widely-used Excel, students can create data grids and run myriad different computations to analyze the information. The ability to format the grids, add graphics and other media, create charts and graphs, and export all to other apps for inclusion in written or projected presentations makes this a valuable app for students in many and varied ways. An additional benefit to Sheets is that students can work collaboratively on a single document from multiple locations.
Primary Uses: Google Slides brings the ability to create a digital slideshow to the iPad. Similar to Microsoft’s Powerpoint and Apple’s Keynote, students can create engaging visual slideshows to supplement their presentations. Using apps like Slides eliminates the physical demands of using a slide projector, but also allows students to incorporate dynamic elements such as sound files and videos alongside their text and static graphics. Images can be animated, text can be configure to appear sequentially rather than all at once, and interesting transitions can be used to enliven the slideshow. An additional benefit to Slides is that students can work collaboratively on a single document from multiple locations.
Primary Uses: Apple’s iBooks is a very convenient way to view written material of various formats and uses. The ability to carry multiple books–particularly textbooks–without worrying about running out of space in a student’s backpack means more information that is easily accessible to each student. Additionally, content created specifically for the iBooks format can be interactive with expanding page sections, flyouts, supplementary information, and media content such as sound and video files.
Grade Levels: 2-8
Frequency of Use: Project-Specific
Used Since: 2012
iTunes Page: https://www.apple.com/ibooks/
Primary Uses: Istation’s free iPad® app provides subscribing educators and registered students with portable access to Istation’s computer-adaptive instruction and educational resources, including Istation Reading, Istation en Español, Istation Math, Istation Home, “Writing Rules! with Calvin Cool,” Teacher Station, and more. Free with every Istation subscription, the app extends lessons to the iPad, allowing students to complete hundreds of hours of research-based interactive lessons and activities.
While students use this app, their usage and results are tracked and included on the Istation Report and Management Web site, so educators can seamlessly monitor progress and support intervention across platforms.
This app makes learning on the go fun and convenient by opening the door for more discovery, learning, and practice in reading, writing, and math. Students continue to learn from all of Istation’s colorful characters, songs, and animation that make learning exciting and motivate students to succeed.
Primary Uses: Keynote brings the ability to create a digital slideshow to the iPad. Similar to Microsoft’s Powerpoint, students can create engaging visual slideshows to supplement their presentations. Using apps like Keynote eliminates the physical demands of using a slide projector, but also allows students to incorporate dynamic elements such as sound files and videos alongside their text and static graphics. Images can be animated, text can be configure to appear sequentially rather than all at once, and interesting transitions can be used to enliven the slideshow.
Grade Levels: 3-8
Frequency of Use: Weekly
Used Since: 2012
Primary Uses: The Khan Academy website is a resource built on harnessing the power of the growth mindset. With a belief that the brain is like a muscle, the more you use it and challenge it, the more it grows, Khan Academy offers access to educational videos and activities to encourage differentiated, self-paced learning. Used primarily at STM to encourage students to review, maintain and challenge themselves in the field of math, students watch videos, and complete activities that are monitored by teachers. The data generated from their activities is used by teachers to inform the instruction in the classroom. Parents can use the videos as a refresher to be able to support their child’s learning at home.
The recently and significantly updated iOS app now brings access the web based content to the iPad. While providing a means to access the Flash-based web content, the app utilizes the iPad’s touch interface to create a dynamic and accessible learning experience for the students. Previously, students were able to only view videos via the app; now, they can access the excercises and activities as well.
To experience more about the You Can Learn Anything movement visit their website.
Primary Uses: MY Access! School Edition is the award-winning, cloud based writing development solution that utilizes artificial intelligence and linguistic technologies to bring wide-scale differentiated instruction to the writing process. Educators can make timely, data-driven decisions for successful differentiated instruction and motivate students to write more frequently by providing them with immediate feedback. To find out more about how students are using My Access Writing Program at STM click here.
To learn more visit the My Access Writing Program website.
Primary Uses: My Homework is a resource students can use to record homework and manage assigned tasks. It replaces a traditional student planner with an interactive organizational tool. Students can organize tasks, set priority levels, view assignments by subject or due date, and be alerted about assignments that are late. Parents can use this app to view the homework that the student has recorded or completed. While it is possible to delete assignments from the list, a student can retain a record of completed assignments by using the option to mark the assignments as complete.
For more information about this tool visit the My Homework website.
Primary Uses: Notability is a note taking app that helps your child bring their notes to life. Using traditional organizational techniques, teachers instruct students on how to organize in a 21st Century world. Creating subjects, folders, labeling and dating notes, students are able to easily find whatever they may need to study or submit to their teachers. In addition, a built in search feature helps students find what they need instantly. The ability to record a teacher’s lesson, add pictures, diagrams and share your notes electronically bring traditional notes to life. Please help your child stay organized by reminding them to label their notes and store them in appropriate folders.
For more information about using Notability as an organizational tool, watch this tutorial.
Here are some additional features available to students when using Notability:
- Combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs.
- Supported by iCloud, a student’s notes are always available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Anytime. Anywhere.
- Audio recordings help you capture every detail during lectures. Audio recordings automatically link to your notes.
- Review your notes in context as you listen to the audio recordings. Simply tap a word, drawing, or a picture to hear exactly what was said when you added it.
- Snap a photo of a whiteboard in the classroom or while researching in the field to add to your note.
- Import and annotate lecture slides, meeting agendas and PDFs.
- Use all of Notability’s tools to mark up pictures of worksites or projects.
- Share your notes. Create collections of notes to share between study groups and teams with Dropbox or Google Drive.
- Upload notes to Schoology to hand in assignments to teachers.
- Turn iCloud on, and your notes will automatically be available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Create and edit notes on iPhone, iPad, or Mac at anytime.
Primary Uses: Numbers brings the ability to compute and manipulate data charts to the iPad. Similarly to Microsoft’s widely-used Excel, students can create data grids and run over 250 different computations to analyze the information. The ability to format the grids, add graphics and other media, create charts and graphs, and export all to other apps for inclusion in written or projected presentations makes this a valuable app for students in many and varied ways.
Primary Uses: The Option C Learning Management System is a valuable resource that provides parents with an opportunity to view academic information about their child/children. This year homework assignments will be visible to parents in one location alleviating the need to visit separate web pages for each of your child’s teachers. As was the case last year, academic progress and attendance records will also be accessible through the system. In addition, we have added access to the STM School calendar through the OptionC portal.
During the month of September, parents will have access to update their information with respect to how you want to be contacted in the case of a school closing or emergency. Parents have the option to be communicated with via, phone, text or email for these emergency notifications. Once logged into OptionC, visit the Communications menu and Manage Alerts to update this important information. If you need to change this information after September please contact Cindy Zona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to check the system frequently to monitor your child’s progress throughout the year. If you are a new parent, you will receive your Username and Password for the system the first day of school. If you are an existing parent and have never logged into OptionC, please contact the Main Office for assistance. Students in grades 6-8 will also receive a username and password to access the system and monitor their own progress.
Listed below is some general information that you will need to know about the system:
- Teachers in grades 3-8 will make every effort to post assignments at least one week prior to the assessment being given. At times, it may be necessary to revise a date.
- Teachers in grades K-8 will post grades for assignments within two weeks after a graded assignment has been administered.
- Missing assignments and late assignments are counted as a 0 and affect the student’s average. Teachers will modify a student’s grade once the classwork has been completed.
- All teachers will use the system to post final quarter grades.
- OptionC will REPLACE progress reports. You will be sent an email alerting you to check your child’s progress half way through the quarter. If you have any questions or concerns at the point when you check your child’s progress please contact his/her teacher.
For more detailed information about navigating the site and the new features available please visit the link for our Parent Tutorial.
Primary Uses: Pages is Apple’s main word processing app and is very similar in many ways to the ubiquitous Microsoft Word. With this powerful app, students and teachers can create text documents as well as incorporate visual elements such as images while viewing the page layout in real time–what is shown on the screen is what will appear on the printed paper. For decades, word processing has been used to prepare printed documents. Recently, the documents are saved in electronic formats for delivery via email or file transfer, expanding the palette of accent elements to include electronic-capable media such as animations, sounds, and videos as well as hyperlinks and other interactive elements. Due to the breadth of the content that can be created with Pages as well as its value in preparing students become literate and successful with 21st Century productivity tools, Pages remains one of the core apps used at St. Thomas More.
Primary Uses: Pearson’s Dash app gives educators using selected Pearson programs mobile access to point-of-use teaching strategies, content information, training resources, engaging videos, lesson plans, discussion topics, test questions and answers, and personalized student information — all integrated through a user-friendly touch screen interface. With swipe, tap, and go access, teachers can move around the classroom, differentiate instruction, and track progress in real time with unprecedented ease.
For more information on Pearson Dash, please visit their website.
Primary Uses: QR Code Reader is an app that scans traditional bar codes as well as QR Codes. Bar codes are designed for identification purposes; each line or space creates a visual Morse-like code indicating a string of numbers and letters. QR codes are 2-dimensional codes capable of containing long strings of information, which makes them excellent for storing website addresses. Most often, QR codes acts as a “real-world hyperlink,” directing the scanning device to a website containing pertinent information. With the ability to link to shared documents (for instance, a paper stored in Google Drive), published or private websites, videos, presentations, or countless other ways to present information, the QR code is a novel way to distribute and access many online resources easily in the physical world.
Primary Uses: Schoology is a course management tool available for use by teachers in grades 5-8. Comparable to a digital “Trapper Keeper,” this app offers teachers the ability to organize courses for their students. When students enroll in Schoology, they have access to all of these classes in one place. With the availability of both an app and a web-based service, students can access class notes, study guides, and instructional materials associated with a teacher’s class. They can submit work via Schoology directly to their teacher, and they can participate in assessments and online discussions during which the teacher is able to monitor their progress. This resource breaks down the walls of the classroom, giving students access in real time to class materials even if they are home sick or away from school.Please visit this link for a Schoology tutorial.
Primary Uses: Scribble Press provides students with the ability to create documents and books from scratch using an engaging and intuitive creation platform utilizing over 500 drawing tools, a collection of unique stickers, and the ability to import photos. The user-friendly app design makes it easy for students to engage their creative process and realize their ideas as well as edit previously saved documents. The app includes multiple ways to share these creations directly with teachers and other students in a variety of formats.
Grade Levels: K-2
Frequency of Use: Project-Specific
Used Since: 2012
iTunes Page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scribble-press/id487300076?mt=8
Primary Uses: VocabularySpellingCityis a fun and engaging online vocabulary and spelling instruction service. One of the benefits to using apps like VocabularySpellingCity is that what were routine exercises found in vocabulary and spelling books are now fun and engaging games that allow for interactivity and feedback during the activity. Teachers assign word lists and activities for each unit, and they can track their students’ progress as each activity is completed. Parents that want to stay on top of their children’s work may also track their progress. Primarily delivered via a web-based interface, the VocabularySpellingCity service is available through the iOS app as well. Using their iPads, students have the ability to access content from anywhere that they have an internet connection, and they have the option to use the app or to access the web content via Puffin Academy.