Teacher Tools

**Prices listed were the prices at the time the app was added to my list.  Note that prices may change at any time.

NEW!  Pic Stitch+ (Favorite) 
Price: FREE

Seller: Big Blue Clip, LLC
Information: This app can help you keep a record of a particular students work by doing a collage of their strategies or you can put up two different strategies for the same problem side-by-side and have the students compare and contrast them.

Common Core Look-Fors+  (A Favorite for doing classroom observations)
Price: $2.99
Seller: Richard de los Santos
Information: This app was designed to keep track of the Mathematical Practices while observing teachers.  It allows you to make note every time you see them happening and at the end of the lesson it will chart your observations.  You can also video (or take a picture) to capture specific examples within the classroom of each of the practices.

Common Core Standards+
Price: FREE
Seller: MasteryConnect
Information: This app just has the standards in a format so that you don’t always have to scroll through the document to find what you are looking for.  You can click on “math” (or LA) and then your grade level to get right to your standards.

Common Core Standards and Strategies Math K-12 (iPad) 
Price: $19.99
Seller: Mentoring Minds LP
Information: This app gives you access to all the CCSS-M for K-12.  Mentoring Minds has suggested activities for each standard (however you need to do more than just the few they list for  each).  You can add your own lesson plans in for each standard as well which you can choose to share with other users of the app.

Educreations (iPad)  (Favorite, Favorite, Favorite!!!)
Price: FREE
Seller: Educreations, Inc
Information: This app can be used like a virtual whiteboard, but really can be so much more.  You can create a lesson, record it, and then have your students watch it.  Or, if a student came up with an amazing strategy, you can have them model it in Educreations and record their explanation.  I like using this as a way to keep a digital record of students' thinking throughout the year.

Kindertown Preschool and Kindergarten Educational Games+   (Favorite)
Price: FREE
Seller: KinderTown, Inc.
Information: KinderTown compiles all the best educational apps.  It has great search filters so that you can narrow down to exactly what you are looking for.  You can search by “age,” “content area,” and even paid versus free.  They actually review the app and not just repost the description from iTunes.  Note: They focus on apps for ages 3-8.

Price: $9.99
Seller: Apple, Inc
Information: Keynote is Apple’s version of PowerPoint.  I create all of my presentations on Keynote.

Price: $9.99
Seller: Apple, Inc.
Information: Pages is Apple’s version of Word.  If you need to create a text document on your iPad you will want to use this app.

Penultimate  (iPad)
Price: $0.99
Seller: Cocoa Box Design, LLC
Information: This app is a virtual notebook.  You can create a notebook for each student to save particular samples of their thinking and then show at parent conferences.  You can also just use it as a virtual whiteboard when you connect your iPad to a projector.

Pins  (iPad)
Price: $0.99
Seller: Pecora GmbH
Information: Pins allows you to create any artwork using colorful pins.  One way I use this to have students show all the combinations for a particular number.  For the number 8, show me all the ways they can show 8 pins using two colors (0+8, 1+7, 2+6, etc).

Rover (iPad) 
Price: FREE
Seller: iSWiFTER Learn Inc.
Information: Rover is an educational browser.  It has some selected educational content that is featured within the browser.  But the best feature of the browser is that it lets you access Flash content.  One word of note: Rover can only be used when you are using wireless internet, cannot be used with 3G connection.  Update: I was very excited about this app but it has not lived up to the excitement I had.  At first it was VERY slow...so slow that I stopped using it.  With the new update I can finally get it to work.  However, my concern is that when you close out Rover whatever page you were on is gone.  So if a child was in there working on Starfall or Dreambox and they accidently hit the home button all their work is not saved.

Skitch  (Favorite)
Price: FREE
Seller: Evernote
Information: Skitch allows you to mark up any photo or create things in a whiteboard space that you can send to your photos.  The representations of student strategies in this handbook were created in Skitch.

TableTots (iPad)  (Favorite)
Price: $1.99
Seller: Spinlight Studio
Information: TableTots™ creates a virtual table for teachers.  You can use base ten blocks, dominoes, coins, and much more.  It even has features to help you with literacy.

Price: $3.99
Seller: Jean-Eudes Lepelletier
Information: This app allows you to create your own picture book or even audio flashcards.  I created a book of “doubles” to show kids real-life pictures of all the doubles addition facts; 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, etc.


  1. One great teacher app I use that isn't on here is three ring. It's a virtual portfolio and I love it.

    Joell Wilkins
    Totally Terrific Teaching

    1. Thanks, Joell. I checked it out and I will be adding it to my list soon.

  2. Hi Christina, please check out Futaba too.

    Futaba CG is TCEA recommended, won the Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice award and has been featured on Wired and MSNBC.

    It also supports a range of learning activities across k­5, including Common Core curriculum, STEM and allow up to 4 players at once to play.

    A unique feature is that It also allows teachers to build their own content and instantly share games to multiple devices in a classroom using a simple class code system (Similar to Edmodo).

    Here's the link to know more about it. : http://www.inkidseducation.com/futaba/

    Regards :)