44 Education Apps For K-6 Open-Ended Learning On The iPad

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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

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.

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    Pages

    Pages

    Apple's word processor for the iPad. Part of the iWork suite of apps.

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    Evernote

    Evernote

    Invaluable tool for collecting and organizing digital information, taking notes, sharing content, and more

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    5 Voting...
    Book Creator

    Book Creator

    Simple editor for creating digital books

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    5 Voting...
    Explain Everything

    Explain Everything

    Full featured screencasting and tutorials

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    4 Voting...
    Dictionary

    Dictionary

    From Dictionary.com

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    4 Voting...
    BrainPOP

    BrainPOP

    Features an educational movie and activity every day

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    4 Voting...
    Calculator for iPad

    Calculator for iPad

    Free calculator

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    4 Voting...
    Math Bingo

    Math Bingo

    Math problems presented in a popular gaming format

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    3 Voting...
    Doodle Buddy

    Doodle Buddy

    Easy drawing app for younger students

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    3 Voting...
    Lifecards

    Lifecards

    Creates simple digital postcards with images and text

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    3 Voting...
    Pic Collage

    Pic Collage

    Great for creating photo posters, short image based stories, learning vocabulary by associating words with images and more.

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    6 Voting...
    iMovie

    iMovie

    Apple's movie editing app

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    2 Voting...
    GarageBand

    GarageBand

    Apple's music editing app. Can also be used to create and record voice podcasts.

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    2 Voting...
    Socrative Student Clicker

    Socrative Student Clicker

    Student app for responding to class polls and quizzes

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    2 Voting...
    ScreenChomp

    ScreenChomp

    Create screencasts and tutorials

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    2 Voting...
    Star Walk

    Star Walk

    Astronomy app that identifies and maps the constellations as you point the iPad at the sky

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    2 Voting...
    Notability

    Notability

    Take Notes & Annotate PDFs. Synchronize with Dropbox & Google Drive. Great for class note taking.

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    1 Voting...
    Popplet lite

    Popplet lite

    Idea mapping app

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    1 Voting...
    Sock Puppets

    Sock Puppets

    Simple puppet movies. Select puppets, direct and narrate

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    1 Voting...
    PhotoSync

    PhotoSync

    Great tool for transferring photo and video wirelessly between devices and laptops

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    Discovery Channel HD

    Discovery Channel HD

    Requires school subscription to Discovery Education website

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    1 Voting...
    Comic Life

    Comic Life

    Create digital comics. Include your own photos.

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    1 Voting...
    NOVA Elements

    NOVA Elements

    Variety of science demos and activities based on the program from PBS

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    1 Voting...
    Google Search

    Google Search

    Google Search and Apps

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    1 Voting...
    Scribble Press

    Scribble Press

    Story creation app for younger kids that has built in drawing tools

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