Authored by Karina D. Barley – M.Ed
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The iPad is quickly becoming the most
innovative & exciting technology based teaching
tool to come along in years.
You’re a teacher and your school has handed
you an iPad. You’re expected to do something
with it and you’re freaking out. Where to start?
What to do? What apps should I start with?
When I first started on the iPad journey, I
downloaded so many apps, it was impossible to
learn how to use them all effectively. Further
along my journey, I realized there were many
apps I hadn’t even opened yet and were going
to waste on my iPad desktop.
This device and specific apps can transform YOUR
classroom like never before: the technology brings
your classroom into the 21st Century; increases
student engagement and motivation; students
become collaborative partners in the learning
process; your lessons can easily be matched to the
Common Core Standards; and individualized
learning has never been easier to achieve.
I now advise teachers to only download a few apps at
a time; learn them; use them in lessons; work out
how you can incorporate them so that they align with
the CCS; and finally learn how to engage and
motivate your students to „learn‟ using 21st Century
This is the second list I have created in the
series, featuring my favorite iPad apps for
Books and Reading. Enjoy!
Please note the prices are subject to change
If you click on each app icon it will take you to
the app‟s page on the iTunes App Store
A lot of the apps are available for Android
through the Google Play Store. Please visit
https://play.google.com/store/apps to find out
Animalia $ 3.99 – (Elementary)
Excellent children‟s picture book by Graeme Base with a
“hide and find” component.
Avatar Books – (Some free versions & $1.99) – (Elementary)
A brilliant reading app, that combines classic stories with
the ability to include the student's faces into the character.
The kids love this.
Comics - Free – (All Ages)
Comics are between 0.99c - $1.99 each. For those students who do not
like to read regular books.
Green Eggs & Ham $4.99 (Elementary/Early Years)
It is a personal favorite so makes the list.
iBooks - Free – (All Ages)
Can add any pdf file or iBook for reading.
There is a site called http://www.readinga-z.com/
that you can become a member for about $80
which has a huge resource for readers from the
lowest reading level to over level 20.
You can download these books as PDF files
and read in iBooks.
Itsy Bitsy Spider $1.99 – (Elementary)
Excellent app by developers Duck Duck Moose. It is extremely
interactive and the graphics are bright, colorful and engaging.
Kindle eReader – Free - (All Ages)
This is the classic kindle as an app. This is my choice of eReader.
Marvel Comic Book - (Free download, with in house purchases)
(Older students, who prefer comic reading)
This is one of the comic book apps available. You can purchase
comics within the app.
Mee Genius – Free Download
Books approx $1.19 each.
Brilliant books and they add
extra books from time to time.
MeMeTales – Free Download –
Free 20 books and a free book
Can also purchase books for
approx .99c each.
The books are really lovely
and can be used as readers.
Moving Picture Books (MPB)
Approx $1 per book.
Interactive, moving books with
good graphics. They introduce new
books all the time.
National Geographic App –
Free download, but you have
to pay for individual magazines
or a yearly subscription
for $19.99 (All Ages)
Ranked amongst the best
magazine apps and the pages look beautiful on the iPad.
National Geographic - Ultimate Dinopedia $5.49 –
This is an incredibly
comprehensive app that
is full of dinosaur facts
(They have other books as well in nonfiction titles).
Nook Kids – Free Download (All Ages)
An eReader app similar to iBooks and Kindle, and it is an individual
choice as to which one you choose.
Play Tales - Free Download (Early Years/Elementary)
Books range from 99c - $1.99 each.
This is one of my favorite book apps for kids. The books are
beautiful, interactive and the graphics are fabulous. Great value. They
also have a PlayTales Gold where you can pay a monthly fee and
have access to all the books.
Read Me Stories – Free - $1.19 (Early Years/Elementary)
Brilliant book app, it has 30 audio books, fabulous graphics and
really fun stories. This app is only $1.19 for all 30 books, or you
can download the app for free and you get a free book a day.
Sesame Street eBooks – Free Download
All Sesame Street Books, some audio, and has a fabulous range
of books. Has a monthly subscription of $3.99 and you can
download as many books as you want.
The Water Hole - $3.99 (Elementary)
Another great book by Graeam Base. It has so
many components to the app, so makes the story
an entire experience.
Toy Story 1.2.3 - $16.98
Toy Story stories for enjoyment, but also has
There are more of my favorite apps lists to come!
I have over 400 apps on my iPad and Android tablets
and will continue to share my reviews with you.
These apps can be used in the classroom or just at
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