It’s that time of year again for my favorite and most robust list of the top 100 sites and apps of the year. As with the
previous year’s list, more mobile apps are making the list. The following sites and apps are all new. Any product that was
included on a previous year’s list will not be on this one.
1. Been for Education: An
innovative site for social
learning that allows educators
to surf and collaborate on the
Web with their students in a safe
environment where educators
can create and manage student
2. *Otus: A fantastic and easy-to-use 1:1 learning solution for
mobile classrooms (i.e., iPads
and Chromebooks). Educators
can manage and create student accounts, take attendance, grade, and assess
students in real time, and much more.
3. *Pixel Press Floors: An amazing iOS app for game-based learning that allows
students to create their own game by drawing.
4. Answerables: A super fun and innovative site that brings game-based
learning together with a learning management system to provide a safe
environment for students
to learn any subject in a
3D virtual world.
5. *Stick Around: A great
iPad app that can be
used for project-based
learning or flipping a
lesson by creating puzzles
and diagrams and having
students label them.
6. *Rosetta Stone for Kids: A wonderful, free iPad app for kids ages 3-7 who
are learning how to read.
7. WordWriter: A new learning tool from the award-winning collaborative
writing site, BoomWriter. Using BoomWriter’s innovative collaborative
process, students can learn and develop their reading, writing, and vocabulary
8. geddit: A fantastic, easy-to-use learning tool that lets students use their
mobile device to answer questions with a tap of a button in real time.
9. Glean: An excellent site for finding educational videos and lessons on math
10. *TowerStorm: An innovative, free iOS game that takes place in a 3D virtual
world designed for grades 2-10 for math and literacy.
11. Tackk: A great site with an educational portal that allows educators to create
student accounts where they can create static pages filled with dynamic media.
12. ThingLink: A wonderful site and app for students to tag images with
multimedia content such as text, audio, or video files.
13. GoNoodle: My favorite site around for giving students “brain breaks” during
class through educational and fun activities and videos.
14. Gooru: A great place for students to find study guides on a wide range
of subjects that are aligned to Common Core standards. It’s also ideal for
15. Booktrack Classroom: An excellent site and app for adding a soundtrack to
students’ writing. Also, it’s a nice place to find Common Core-aligned lesson
16. Pear Deck: A cool educational tool that interacts with Google
Chrome and Google Drive to create interactive quizzes, slideshows, and
17. News-O-Matic: A terrific, free mobile app
designed to bring five Common Core-aligned
articles to students.
18. Prodigy: A fantastic, free, online math
game aligned to Common Core standards for
students in grades 1-6. Best of all, this game
differentiates instruction and educators can
track students’ progress as well as generate
19. Citelighter: An online, K-12 writing platform
that helps students organize and research for
papers and homework. Also, educators can
monitor, add assignments, and grade students.
20. *Plickers: A unique, free, mobile app
that acts as a student response system,
by using QR codes and mobile devices to
answer and respond to questions.
21. *Math with Amigos and Healthy Heroes 1: Two of my favorite educational iOS
games that are ideal for game-based learning in basic math and health.
22. *Chronicle: A unbelievable iPad app for helping teachers with their best
teaching strategies by “chronicling” each student through notes, videos,
assessments, and much more.
23. *Voice Dream: The best text-to-speech app I have ever seen, with an
abundance of features such as highlighting, definitions, bookmarking, and more.
24. *AR Flashcards Shapes & Colors: Space: Excellent iOS app that uses
augmented reality to bring
interactive 3D objects to life
to teach about shapes, colors,
and outer space.
25. *Teachley: Mt. Multiplis:
Players build bridges
in this computational
math game to help students
build their multiplication
26. *Book Writer One: A free
and easy-to-use iOS app for
creating digital books. This is a great way to introduce digital storytelling to the
27. 30hands Learning Community: An ideal, easy-to-use, cloud-based LMS that
lets educators assess, collaborate, and grade students in real time.
28. *WeLearnedIt: An excellent, free iPad for the mobile classroom, ePortfolios,
and project-based learning.
29. NameCoach: An interesting free site for teachers wanting to learn student
names and the proper way to pronounce them.
30. *Word Clouds by ABCYa: A terrific, free iPad app for creating word clouds.
31. *Drawp for School: A wonderful, free iPad app with an educational portal and
cloud storage for creating beautiful-looking projects.
32. *Grid Lines: Ordered Pair Game: One of my favorite iOS apps for game-based
learning that uses a familiar Battleship-style game to practice plotting points
on a graph.
33. RoomRecess: A excellent site for finding free educational games for El Ed
34. *Ask3: One of my favorite free iPad apps for adding narration to an image to
visually explain any topic. This is ideal for creating a flipped classroom.
35. *GuidedVideo: A wonderful iPad app for guided learning where educators
can create questions with images based on the answers that students provide.
36. Kahoot: A fantastic free tool that combines game-based learning and a
student response system to bring a fun, easy-to-use, real-time assessment tool
to the classroom.
37. Edventure Builder: An
innovative new site that
is perfect for sparking students’
creativity by providing an online
platform to create scavenger hunts,
interactive stories, or choose-your-own-adventures stories.
38. *Write on Video: A great iPad app for
digital storytelling that allows users
to upload a video and then annotate,
draw, or add images.
39. Photos for Class: The easiest way to find safe Creative Commons-licensed
photos for the classroom that are cited appropriately.
40. Flashcard Monkey: A fun way to learn vocabulary with cartoon-based
41. *Magical Mental Math: A super fun iOS game designed for grades 2-6 that
helps students to work on their basic math skills.
42. *TeleStory: An amazing new iOS app for digital storytelling that lets kids star
in their own TV show.
43. *Write to Read: A iPad app designed for students 3-10 years old to help
develop their reading and writing skills by creating a digital book. This app is
also aligned with Common Core standards and is ideal for introducing digital
44. Modern Chalkboard: A wonderful, free site for finding free interactive
SMARTboard lessons for
your digital whiteboard.
45. *Exam Elf: A
fantastic, free iOS
app that helps students
develop basic math skills
while developing test-taking
46. *Tell About This: A
great iPad app for digital
storytelling that lets students
record their voices to visual
47. *Xnote: An innovative iOS app for geocaching that takes going on a
scavenger hunt to a whole new level.
48. *Tocomail: A excellent site and app that provides a safe “filtered” email
environment for kids.
49. *PICME: A nice, free iPad app where kids “star” in their very own digital story
by placing their faces on the main characters.
50. *Quiz Dungeon: A wonderful iOS game that helps students learn basic math
through an RPG-style adventure.
51. *Hideout: Early
Reading: A great iOS app
for young readers looking
to develop their reading skills in
such areas as word recognition,
sounding out words, finding the
letters, and more.
52. *Zeus vs. Monsters / Math
vs. Dinosaurs: Two excellent
Android apps for learning basic
math skills by fighting off mythical creatures and dinosaurs.
53. *Tynker: A free iPad app that teaches students how to program and code by
assembling blocks together (i.e., Scratch).
54. *Letter Battle: A super fun iOS app for learning how to spell in an RPG setting.
55. *Bluster: A free iPad app
that helps students develop
their vocabulary by playing
a multiplayer game.
56. *Chromville: A
fantastic mobile app
that uses augmented
reality to have students
complete a fun-filled, 3D
57. EverySlide: A great way to take a presentation and make it interactive by
sharing a unique access code.
58. *Kid Screen Time: An excellent schedule and timer for an iOS device that
alerts parents when their child’s time is up.
59. Ginkgotree: An innovative way for students to take any kind of print media
(e.g., textbook) and digitize it to make it their own.
60. Penzu Classroom: A wonderful, safe site where educators and students can
create an online journal, track and grade assignments, and more.
61. *ZooKazam: This Web site brings 3D animals to life in this beautiful,
interactive augmented reality iOS app.
62. Hooda Math: A great site with over 50 math games for grades K-12.
63. FlipSnack Edu: A new Web 2.0 site with an educational portal that allows
educators and students to create and deliver online content in a safe way.
64. Matific: A nice, all-in-one, match site for finding a wide variety of
worksheets, videos, activities, and more.
65. FlashDecks: A cool and easy-to-use site for finding and creating digital
66. *Imagistory: A free iPad app where students record and narrate their own
“wordless” picture book.
67. *Book Builder: A free
iOS app that acts as a
where students select how the
story is going to progress.
68. PortfolioGen Classroom:
An excellent site with an
educational portal that
allows students to create
digital portfolios in a safe
69. *Toonia Storymaker: One of my favorite
iPad apps for digital storytelling, where the
more students play, the more features they
70. *Math Monsters Bingo: A fun, free iOS
game for learning basic math in a Bingo-style
71. *Teachable: A nice productivity iPad app that
helps teachers plan, track, and organize their
72. ClassWallet: An interesting new site that
allows educators to electronically manage and
organize classroom funds.
73. *littleBIG History: One my favorite timeline
apps for the iPad that covers areas from the Big
Bang Theory to Current Events.
74. *Little Story Creator: A wonderful new iOS app for scrapbooking or digital
75. Wizenworld: Uses game-based learning to teach Common Core math skills
in an RPG action adventure setting.
76. *Angle Asteroids: A fun iOS app that helps students learn how to measure
angles in the old “Asteroid”-style arcade game.
77. *Brainfeed: An excellent iPad app for finding safe and educational videos for
78. Classcraft: This program brings the mega-popular PC game World of
Warcraft to the classroom to promote game-based learning.
79. *Flipgrid: An “adult” version of Voicethread where educators can ask a
question via a video and students can respond.
80. Fishtree: A new, innovative,
digital learning platform that
allows educators to curate
and create lessons for their
81. *Speaking Times Table: A fun
iPad app for students
wanting to learn and
practice their multiplication
82. *Math Hunter: A wonderful
iOS game for basic math skills
with replay value in this adventure-filled, bow-and-arrow game.
83. Bouncy Balls: A great way to monitor classroom noise through balls bouncing
on a screen.
84. *Common Core Quest: An excellent, free Android app aligned to Common
Core standards for practicing math and language arts tests and problems.
85. *Reading Raving: A great iPad app for beginning readers where they progress
from letters to phonics to
reading full sentences.
86. *Speech Wizard: A terrific
iPad app for ESL, parents,
or teachers looking to
help students with their
87. *Classkick: An interesting
new iPad app that allows
educators to gather, assess,
and provide real-time
feedback to students.
88. *Door 24: A wonderful, free iPad app for basic math skills aligned to
Common Core standards for grades 4-8.
89. ProcessOn: A great site for brainstorming or mind-mapping in real time.
90. ClassFlow: A cloud-based learning platform that teachers can use to create
digital lessons that can be viewed on browser-based devices.
91. *Sticker Story: A fun iPad app for digital storytelling through the use of
92. *Verso: A great way to flip your class by creating lessons students can view
and respond to from home.
93. *Slidebean: A nice site and app for creating beautiful presentations with lots
of templates to choose from.
94. *Elevated Math: An excellent, free iOS app for finding animated math lessons
on a wide variety of topics.
95. Poindle: A nice free tool for educators to schedule appointments.
96. *MarcoPolo Ocean: A wonderful iPad app for young learners wanting to
interact and learn about the ocean.
97. Comment Bubble: A neat little site where a user uploads a video and then
selects what type of feedback others can give (i.e., text, audio, or video).
98. *Puzzlin Pieces USA: A fantastic iPad app designed for students 6-8 years old
for learning the geography of the United States.
99. *Piiig Labs: An iPad app that teaches young kids about science by performing
different scientific experiments.
100. TwistedWave: A nice, online audio editor that integrates with Google Drive