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: 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.