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Explain Everything

An easy-to-use design, screen-casting, and interactive whiteboard tool that let's you annotate, animate, narrate, and import/export almost anything from almost anywhere.

  • Flipped Lessons

  • Student demonstrations

  • Slide show presentations


A note-taking app so powerful that it can change the way students: take notes, complete PDF handouts, sketch ideas, review audio conversations, and annotate documents.

Click for Tutorial: Using Notability

  • Note-taking

  • Fill in PDF handouts

  • Record lessons

  • Annotate documents

Book Creator

The easy way to create your own simple, beautiful, personalized iBooks, right on the iPad.

Click for Tutorial: Book Creator in Action

  • Student writing/publishing

  • Lab journals

  • Study guides

  • Instruction/lesson development

SMART Notebook

This is the light version of the SMART Notebook software.  Use this to create light multimedia and full SMART Notebook presentations.

  • Interactive lesson delivery

  • Interactive SMART Board in students' hands

  • Student-created Notebook lessons



This versatile sound recording app can be used for a wide variety of educational purposes that require the recording of sound or the creation of music.

Click for Tutorials: GarageBand

  • Student recorded oral response

  • Audio "podcast" shows to demo learning

  • Lesson and instruction delivery

  • Reader fluency recording


A powerful digital video editing studio, iMovie allows users to tell their story through the use of video, sound, images, and text.

  • Presentations

  • Flipped lessons

  • Student reflection


Keynote is a presentation app built for iPad. It makes creating presentations — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping.

Start with themes and add text, images, charts, tables, and shapes with just a few taps.Present right on your iPad or use video mirroring to present while previewing your slides and notes on your device using the Presenter Display.

  • Develop presentations using slides

  • Create non-linear presentations that replicate "software"


Pages is a word processor on a mobile device. It helps create reports, resumes, and documents in minutes. Pages has been designed for iPad.

Use one of over 60 templates. Or use a blank document and easily add text, images, shapes, and more with a few taps. Then format using preset styles and fonts. And use advanced features like change tracking, comments, and highlights to easily review changes in a document.

  • Use as a platform for written papers and documents

  • Explore layout and design principles

  • Add images and video to documents


Numbers is a spreadsheet app designed for iPad.

Start with one of over 30 templates for your home budget, checklist, invoice, mortgage calculator, and more. Choose from over 250 powerful functions. Tap to add tables, charts, text, and images anywhere on the free-form canvas. Animate your data with interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts.

  • Use for data collection and graphing

  • Combine graphs, data, and text to create an explanation of data

  • Use templates to focus on skills and knowledge, not format

  • Learn to use functions for data analysis


iBooks is used to read books on the iPad. Browse your library on a bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

Use iBooks with the amazing accessibility features in iPad,such as speaking the words on a given page

Also, PDFs open in iBooks for convenient reading.

Books are available from the iBooks Store. Free content exists and is worthy of exploring, however an Apple ID is required to download content from the store. Additionally, books/units/handouts creating in iBooks Author (for Mac) will function wonderfully in iBooks.

  • Create custom content for students using iBooks Author, read in iBooks on student iPads

  • Find free content in iBook Store and place links in Blackboard for student exploration

  • Teach annotation of text with built-in notation tools

  • Use built-in accessibility to allow all students to hear written text spoken

  • Vocabulary building with Glossary terms

iTunes U

The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools, including K-12 institutions.  This is  the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Click for Tutorial: Tour of iTunes U

  • Extend student self-exploration and inquiry

  • Access resources that introduce content in new ways

  • Flipped lessons that can be linked in Blackboard

Google Drive

Google Drive is online storage for student's work and projects. Drive provides an additional space for students to backup work safely.

Google Docs

Google Docs is a word processing program that allows students to create, edit and collaborate with others on documents.  

Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a spreadsheet program that allows students to create, edit and collaborate with others on spreadsheet to organize data.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a presentation program that allows students to create, edit and collaborate with others on presentations.


Chrome is a web browser by Google that allows students to search and sync content across devices.


Classroom  helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organize their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.