iPad Apps

iPad Apps for Middle School

There are many iPad apps you can use to enhance your instruction. Below are just a few. Please click on the additional links for more apps and ideas for how to integrate them into your instruction. To view more information about each app, please click hyperlinks.

Apps for Math

Click here  and here a full list of apps to enhance Math in Middle School. Below are a few highlighted apps for math and how to integrate them into your curriculum. 

Algebra Champ - This app is designed for grades 6 - 8, Algebra Champ provides practice solving straightforward, single variable linear equations in a game-like format. This app is free of charge and provides 
introductory level algebra skills practice. This game would be good for introduction and review of algebra skills. 

Algebra Pro – This is a free  app and is like a complete Algebra workbook with ShowMe Lessons in one. It is designed for middle and high school students. It includes over 100 practice questions with instant "ShowMe" lessons: if a student gets stuck on a problem, he or she can simply tap "ShowMe" and see a step-by-step animation of how to solve the problem, instantly. It includes a whiteboard space for students to write out their thoughts as well as they are solving problems. It would be a great addition to the Algebra classroom. This app could be used during a center, for additional practice, or for practice during a "flipped classroom" setting. 

CandyFactory- CandyFactory is a free app designed to teach the concept of fractions to middle school students based on splitting operations with partitioning and iterating. It also introduces students to non-unit fractions.  This game could be used for both introduction and reinforcement of fraction concepts in the classroom. In app tutorials are available at all levels. 

DataAnalysis – This app can be used for the plotting and fitting of all types of data that can be formulated as x,y pairs. It is useful for middle schoolers to adults! It would be a great addition in both the math and science classrooms or anywhere where Data Analysis is being done. This app provides a how-to guide, a help menu, and tutorials for using it to plot different types of data. Best of all, its FREE!

Apps for ELA

Click here for a complete list of grammar and vocabulary apps for the middle school classroom. See the descriptions below for other beneficial apps and how to integrate them into your classroom.

Write About This -is an iPad app containing visual, text,  and voice writing prompts for students. Students can respond to the writing prompts they see by writing directly in the app or anywhere else that you want them to write. Write About Thisallows students and teachers to create their own writing prompts as well. To create a writing prompt the teacher can choose a picture from your camera roll, type a prompt, then record your voice to go along with the prompt. Prompts and responses to prompts can be shared via email.  The free version of Write About This contains 50 prompts. The paid version ofWrite About This (currently priced at $3.99) has  about 500 prompts. This app is designed primarily for middle school aged students and up. It can be used in a writing center, or for classroom assignments in which the teacher assigns writing tasks. 

Professor Garfield Fact & Opinion-This app teaches students the process of analyzing information to determine if it is a fact or an opinion through comics. It is designed for students in grades 5-8. This app would be a great addition to the ELA classroom when discussing Fact and Opinion. This app could be used for homework, in centers, or in a flipped classroom setting. 

Literature Analysis Guide- This app is a great  reference tool for middle schoolers through adults when studying elements of literature, rhetoric, and writing. It has a clickable interface wheel where students can touch terms for their definitions, view examples from literature, and see examples of it used in essay writing. This app can be used in the ELA classroom when analyzing literature and introducing different types of writing. Students can refer to this app if they need review of concepts, or if they would like to see further explanation after it is introduced in class. It is currently listed for $2.99

LitCharts-  This app is completely free as well as ad free. It is designed by the creators of SparkNotes. This app has literature guides for over 300 books. It is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of common novels read in middle and high school. It provides quotes and their meanings, analyzes characters, and explains themes in the novels. This app is great for the student that may have difficulty grasping deeper literature concepts without explicit instruction. It also provides the teacher with great discussion questions to be sure students are understanding the novels being read. It would be beneficial to use in any middle or high school ELA classroom. 

iMovie- iMovie is a free app  for ages 10 and up designed by Apple that can easily be integrated into the ELA, Social Studies, or Science classroom. It is an easy to use app in which students create their own movies. Students can use this app to record skits, presentations, or other tutorials. This app would be great for students to use for a culminating project such as examples of poetry, writing their own plays, or explaining a science concept. 

Apps for Social Studies

Click here for a complete list of the best Social Studies apps for Middle School. See descriptions below for a few highlighted apps and how to integrate them into the classroom.

Atlas for iPad-This app is free and great for students of all ages. It provides accurate, easy to read maps of around the world. Students can access political and physical maps. The maps also include pictures of flags, languages spoken, populations of areas, and the government of the area. This app would be useful when teaching World History or current events. It would provide students with accurate information when doing research. It also can provide students with helpful information when comparing and contrasting countries. 

American History Interactive Timeline - The app divides American History  into 11 periods: the Colonial Era, the birth of America, early national era, civil war, reconstruction, the gilded age, world war 1 and 2, the cold war, the Space Age, computer age, and the recent war on terror. The first three periods are included in this free version. The other periods are available through in-app purchases. It offers videos, audio clips, famous speeches and other primary sources essential when studying American History. This app would enhance the Social Studies Classroom by bringing history alive with these resources. This app could be used when doing research, in classroom centers, or in a flipped classroom. It would be suitable for students in grades 5 and up. 

U.S. Westward Expansion -  Students explore the westward expansion of United States history in the 1800s as the join the journey on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Through games, they match territories acquired by the U.S. and learn about the causes and effects of the westward expansion. This game is suitable for grades 5 and up. It could be integrated into the U.S. History class when studying westward expansion.

Apps for Science

 here for a complete list of science apps for the middle school classroom. See the descriptions below for other beneficial apps and how to integrate them into your classroom.

Building Parallel Circuits (Lite) - Using 3D graphics and 2D electronic symbols,  students are able to build simple parallel circuits by using wires, batteries, switches, and light bulbs. By constructing their own closed circuit with two light bulbs,  students are able to develop a deeper understanding of series and parallel circuits and discover that electricity follows the path of least resistance. This app would be beneficial when teaching electricity in the upper elementary and middle school classroom. It could be used for review or to give pre-lab instructions. It could also be used as a simulated lab for electricity if there are not materials available to do a hands on lab with circuits. 

Star Walk - Star Walk is a great app for teaching about the night sky. Students can download the app, then point it at the sky to view the stars and planets (even during the day.) The cost is $2.99.  There is a time machine that allows students to see how the night sky will change tomorrow, a week from now, or to see it in the past. Students may also select objects to get the name of a planet or a star. This app is suitable for upper elementary students to adults. This app would enhance lessons in astronomy by allowing students to view actual planets, zoom in on them, and observe their rotations and orbits.

VideoScience- This is a free app  that includes a growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great to incorporate into the science classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages. Many of the experiments are suitable for middle and high schools. This app would be a good place for teachers to get ideas for labs as well as a way to set up stations for students to complete their own labs. The teacher can direct students to complete a certain lab, then the students can watch the demonstration and replicate the experiment.

General Sites for iPad Apps for Middle School

In addition to the above apps, you may wish to explore the following pages for more ideas for integrating iPads into the middle school classroom:

Top Picks for Middle School -A list of apps for ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and the Arts. The list rates each app, gives the age appropriate level, and lists the price (if applicable).

iPad Apps for Middle School Students - An annotated list of apps for the middle school classroom by subject area or general use.

21 iPad Apps for the Middle School teacher - A very detailed slideshow of 21 iPad apps for the middle school classroom and how they can be used in the classroom.

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning in Middle School 2015 - A comprehensive list developed by the American Association of School Librarians. The list includes a description of the app and tips for using it.