10 Great iPad Apps to Help Students with Their Homework

January 18, 2017
iPad provides students with amazing learning opportunities. There are tons of educational apps that students can use to learn almost anything they want and in their own pace.  From learning a new language to organizing virtual field trips, you name it and you will find an app for it. In today's post, we are sharing with you a collection of some of the best educational apps students can use to help them with their homework.  Check them out and  share with us your feedback.

10 Great iPad Apps to Help Students with Their Homework

1- Photomath

‘Simply point your camera toward a math problem and Photomath will magically show the result with detailed step-by-step instructions.’

2- myHomework Student Planner

‘This homework helper contains additional features that make it easy to use for high school students with a block class schedule. Keeping track of assignments has never been better! The myHomework student agenda is today's students favorite way to focus and reduce anxiety. With this school tracker, the information normally hidden in the academic planner is now available everywhere.’

3- iStudiez

‘iStudiez will change the way you lead your daily student life. Spend half an hour ONCE to input all your schedule and teachers info, and then enjoy notifications, saving your grades and tracking your progress during the whole semester.’

4- Study Cal

‘Study Cal helps you manage your classes, organize your assignments, and track your grades. With Study Cal, your entire academic life is simplified, and you’ll always feel ahead.’

5- Exampl

‘The best on-demand personal tutoring app! Connect with experts from the world's top universities on demand. Snap a photo of your homework, and quickly get help with algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, math, science and more!’

6- PBS Students

‘PBS Students is the app for learning, exploring and homework help, designed specifically for K-12 students. Access thousands of resources covering all subjects from math and science to English and social studies available at your fingertips including favorites like Ken Burns, Jim Henson Company, NOVA, National Archives, NASA, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhoods, Curious George, Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train and more.’

7- Snaptutor

‘Need help with homework? Just use Snaptutor you will get a personal tutor in no-time! Really, it's that fast! You will be matched with the best tutors from all over the U.S. ready to help you understand difficult concepts, study for an exam and go over hard homework problems together.’

8- inClass

‘No matter how complex your school schedule is, inClass will help you keep track of all your courses. Not only that, but it will help you keep track of your tasks by reminding you that one is due soon, that way you have no excuse to not do your homework.’

9- StudyBlue

‘StudyBlue provides the digital tools and study material needed to help every student realize their potential! Don’t miss out on what 10 million students use to get better grades, save time, and stress less. Master your next chemistry, Spanish, AP, or econ exam – browse over 350+ million flashcards, notes, and study guides from tens of thousands of colleges and high schools’

10- Kahn Academy

‘Learn using videos, interactive exercises, and in-depth articles in math (arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, linear algebra), science (biology, chemistry, physics), economics, and even the humanities with playlists on art history, civics, finance, and more.’

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20 Educational iPad Apps Perfect for Every Classroom

January 18, 2017
Here is a list of some useful iPad apps we have been working on over the last few days. We tried to come up with what think are 20 educational apps perfect for every classroom. We were actually inspired by iTunes app list under the same title but the apps included there were definitely not what we expected to see. So we went ahead and dived into our archive and picked out the titles below. We know there are several other wonderful apps to be added here but for practical reasons we only limited our collection to 20 apps. If you are a teacher using or planning to use iPad in your instruction, the list below is definitely a great place to start with. Enjoy

You can download the visual below in PDF format from this link.

20 Educational iPad Apps Perfect for Every Classroom

1- iBooks Author

‘Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more.’

2- Skitch

‘See something that sparks an idea? Use Skitch to snap it, mark it up with simple tools, and send it on in an instant. Your bold ideas stand out even brighter with Skitch.’

3- Explain Everything

‘Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Using Explain Everything, you will be able to create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage.Add existing photos, objects, import PDF documents from local storage, Google Drive, Dropbox or insert a fully functioning web browser window.’

4- Book Creator 

‘Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad.
With over 25 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.’

5- Google Keep

‘Google Keep is an excellent tool to use for creating digital sticky notes. You can use both text and images to capture and share your notes.  You can also use it   to create to-do lists and bookmark content from the web.It has an intuitive and user friendly interface that makes it way simpler to navigate and control than is the case with several other note-taking apps out there.’

6- Keynote

‘Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and cinematic transitions — as simple as touching and tapping.’

7- Classroom

‘Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.’

8- iTunes U

‘iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, start class discussions or talk with students one-on-one to answer questions and provide feedback.’

9- Shadow Puppet Edu

‘Easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!’

10- Hopscotch

‘Learn to code by making things you enjoy playing. Our award-winning block-based language was built from the ground up to be used on your touchscreen iOS device. With Hopscotch, you get a blank canvas for your imagination, a community filled with inspiration, and an audience to begin using your products the moment you publish them.’

11- Trello

‘Whether it's managing a team, writing an epic screenplay, or just making a grocery list, Trello is your sidekick for getting things done and staying organized.’

12- Adobe Spark Video

‘Spark Video helps anyone create compelling animated videos in minutes. Easily add and trim video clips to make your videos stand out on social. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images or add your own photos to highlight what you have to say. Select the soundtrack that works best. Then Spark automatically adds striking cinematic motion to your story — no design experience needed. ’

13- Google Drive

‘Get started with Google Drive for free and have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.’

14- Khan Academy

‘Learn using videos, interactive exercises, and in-depth articles in math (arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, linear algebra), science (biology, chemistry, physics), economics, and even the humanities with playlists on art history, civics, finance, and more.’

15- Notability

‘Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work.’

16- WolframAlpha

‘Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation. Across thousands of domains--with more continually added--Wolfram|Alpha uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you. ’

17- Yousician

‘YOUSICIAN - the fast, fun way to learn, play and master the piano, guitar, bass or ukulele. Enjoy thousands of songs on your REAL INSTRUMENT! ’

18- Seesaw

‘Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world.’

19- Tellagami

‘Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami. A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos. The possibilities are endless!’

20- Aurasma

‘HP Aurasma is changing the way we interact with the world. Discover augmented reality experiences, create your own Auras, and share with friends. Bring photos, posters, birthday cards, and more to life. We can’t wait to see what you create!’

Here Is A Great Tool from Google to Use with Students for Virtual Field Trips and Digital Story Telling

January 18, 2017
Google Earth Tour Builder is an excellent tool to use with students in class to create virtual tours and explore places from all around the world. You can design a tour of any location you want, you can also enrich your tour with multimedia data such as photographs, video clips and text.  Tour Builder can be used in a variety of classroom projects. For instance, students can use it to create and narrate a story showcasing particular events and where they took place, places visited and many more. It can also be used for virtual field trips or for teaching history as is shown in Bobby lake’s video below. Visit Google Tour Gallery for more inspirational ideas on how to use Tour Builder with your students.

Tour Builder is very simple and easy to use. Here is a step by step guide on  how to create your first tour:

1- Google to Tour Builder homepage and Click on ‘ Create a tour’ after you sign in with your Google Account


2- Provide a name for your tour and click on ‘Create Tour’



3- Provide a context to your tour by writing a short description in the ‘ Tell The Story’ box



4- Choose a type of story for your tour. It is set to ’Story 3D’ by default but you can choose from the options there



5- Pick a colour to mark your path



6- Access advanced options to customize your map style



7- Click on ‘ Add location’ and type in the locations you want to create a tour for. For each location you select, you can add photos and videos, specify a start and end date and provide a short descriptive summary.



8- Once you are done editing your tour, click on ’Share’ button to share it with others through a generated link or you can keep it private.



Watch the video below to see how Bobby lake uses Tour Builder in his class.


An Interesting Infographic Featuring Top Apps for Learning Music

January 17, 2017
Here is a collection of some of the best iPad apps for learning music. The apps cover different topics related to music learning from practical tips to help  you master musical tools such as piano and guitar to learning how to compose, read and make music sheets. Whether you are a music teacher, a parent keen on teaching their kids music, or simply a music fan, the apps below will definitely enhance your music learning experience. They are all featured in iTunes list of 'Apps for Learning Music' where you can access tons of other music apps to use with your students in class. Also the categorization of these apps is also adopted from iTunes list. We selected our favourites apps from the list and incorporated them into the infographic below. Feel free to use the visual the way you want provided you cite us as the source and keep it free of charge.

You can download this infographic in PDF format from this link. The links to the apps are provided in the bottom of the infographic.

An Interesting Infographic Featuring Top Apps for Learning Music

I- Instruments
1- Piano Maestro

‘From playing a single note to complete pieces, Piano Maestro helps your child master sight-reading, rhythm, technique and playing with both hands to make sheet music come to life. Fun piano learning for the entire family with positive screen time!’

2- Drum Guru


‘Drum Guru is an educational app for drummers of all ability levels - beginner to pro - which delivers the highest quality educational content from some of the world’s best known drummers. You will broaden your skills by learning new grooves, fills, and other concepts, taught in easily digestible, short lessons.’

3- Drum School

‘Whether you're a beginner or a pro, Drum School is the perfect tool for advancing and expanding your skills.  With a large selection of grooves, exercises and practice ideas, Drum School will continue to take you to the next level.’

4- Learn Guitar

‘Through a series of 27 video lessons including easy-to-understand diagrams, Jen -- a guitar instructor who's been playing since she was 13 -- will show you all the basic guitar essentials to get you on your way to becoming a guitar hero.’

5- Learn Piano HD

‘Mahalo's Learn Piano app makes playing look like a daunting feat made easy. You'll never need a private lesson to rock at piano again!’

6- Lick of the Day

‘Each Lick Pack features 12 to 25 lick video lessons—about 60-90 minutes of video—from a skilled instructor, along with matching interactive tab/notation, text narrative and backing tracks. Many Lick Packs are presented in sets of two volumes per genre, where the second volume builds on the concepts and techniques that were presented in the first.’

II- Read and Compose
1- Tabs abd Chords HD

‘Play your favorite songs on guitar or ukulele right from your iPad. Choose from 1,100,000+ tabs and chords with lyrics, learn how to play riffs and solos with interactive Tab Pro tabs.’

2- forScore

‘Shelve those 3-ring binders. Get organized. Download and play something new in seconds. With forScore, your sheet music has never been better—it’s everything you can do with paper and so much more.’

3- GarageBand

‘GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. And now Live Loops makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ, by triggering loops and audio effects in real time.’

4- Tonara Interactive Piano Sheet Music

‘With Tonara’s patented interactive scores you can now experience playing with sheet music in a completely effective and engaging way! Tonara scores will listen to you play, mark your position in the score, and turn the pages automatically for you exactly at the right time.’

5- Notion

‘An incredible composition app for any music lover, Notion gives you the ability to compose, edit, and playback scores using real audio samples performed by The London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios.’

6- Symphony Pro

‘Symphony Pro 4 (SP4) is a complete and easy-to-use app for creating music notation on iPad. It allows you to compose music for just about any size ensemble, from piano, symphonies, band, lead sheets, chord charts, guitar tabs, and more.’

III- Theory
1- EarWizard

‘The ultimate portable sheet music library, allowing you mobile, all-in-one place access to your Musicnotes.com library of sheet music.’

2- Tenuto

‘Tenuto is a collection of fifteen customizable exercises designed to enhance your musicality. From recognizing chords on a keyboard to identifying intervals by ear, it has an exercise for you.’

3- Quinterval

‘Quinterval is a circle of fifths that also shows all tones of the selected scale. A scale in the circle can be selected by tapping on the tonic or by turning the controller in the middle.’

4- Ear Trainer

‘Ear Trainer is an educational tool designed for musicians, music students and anyone interested in improving ones musical ear. It has over 260 individual exercises that are conveniently placed into nine different areas of study.’

5- Theory Lessons

‘Theory Lessons features 39 music theory lessons from musictheory.net, presented in their original animated versions.’

6- Cleartune

‘Cleartune is a chromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe that allows you to quickly and accurately tune your instrument using the built-in mic in your iPhone or using an external mic on your 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Touch.’

VI- Tools
1- Tempo - Metronome with Setlists



‘Tempo features an innovative interface that morphs between modes that each presents a different combination of functionalities optimized for the task at hand. Five modes are available on the iPhone: Basic, Preset, Setlist, Practice and Gig. On the iPad, Preset, Gig and Complete modes are available, the last providing access to all controls.’

2- Jamn Multi-tool: Visualize music theory



‘Jamn Multi-tool is the ultimate, interactive reference tool for musicians with basic music theory knowledge.’

3- GuitarTuna – Tuner for Guitar, Bass and Ukulele



‘GuitarTuna is the easiest, fastest and most accurate tuner app in the world!
The ultimate tuner for guitar, bass, ukulele and all popular string instruments. GuitarTuna has been downloaded over 20 million times and is used by beginners and experts!’

4- Tunable: Tuner, Metronome, and Recorder



‘Join 700,000+ other musicians using Tunable and turn your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch into the best chromatic tuner, tone & chord generator, metronome, and recorder — so you can learn to play steadily, in tune, and on beat anywhere you go.’

5- Metronome

‘MetroTimer is the most accurate metronome app on the App Store. It provides highly accurate audio and visual feedback, and easy to use timer to track your practice sessions.’

6- Chordion : Musical Instrument, Arpeggiator, Drum Machine, and MIDI Controller


‘Chordion makes it easy to play common chord changes in any key. In "auto" mode, Chordion's keyboard follows the chords you play, letting you strum up and down or effortlessly pluck out melodies. The built-in drum machine & arpeggiator help you keep the beat.’