Top 100 Apps of the Year
1/6/2014 5:00:00 PM
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The app explosion continued through 2013, with digital storytelling and math being some of the most
popular topics covered. Go to techlearning.com/jan14 to click through and learn more about each product.
Buncee: Use this tool to create presentations or
Geddit: This app is used to assess student
learning on any mobile device.
EDpuzzle: Educators use this app to edit and crop
a video and then add questions.
Educators App: This app turns teachers’ Web
pages into mobile apps for iOS or Android.
eduClipper: This site creates a digital pin-board
for curating and sharing educational content.
Book Writer: This digital storytelling app allows
students to add text, images, video, and even
record their own audio.
AR Flashcards: One of the most popular sites for
Augmented Reality that allows educators to
print out flashcards on a wide variety of subjects.
Mystery Math Museum: Ideal for game-based
learning, this app for students aged 6-12 teaches
basic math while they rescue dragonflies.
Level It Books: This app lets users scan a book and
get a reading/Lexile level.
Quadblogging: This blogging tool lets four schools
signup and blog in a “quad.”
UtellStory: This digital storytelling site allows
users to upload audio, video, and photos.
Quandary: This game focuses on students’ ethical
and critical thinking skills while engaging them
in a sci-fi/fantasy-themed setting.
30hands: This simple digital storytelling app
allows students to add a picture and then record
an audio narration to tell a story.
Blendspace: This site lets teachers collect digital
resources and share them with students.
StoryLines for Schools: This iOS app helps
students with sentence-building skills.
iPracticeMath: This site inclues online activities in
a wide range of math topics.
SlideIdea: This iPad app lets users create
engaging presentations and slideshows.
Brainstormer: Teachers generate writing prompts
in three different categories: theme, setting, and
eduCanon: This site allows educators to edit a
video and add quizzes.
Alchemy SmartBinder: Use this
site to create digital lessons.
Super Teacher Worksheets:
A fantastic resource for
educators looking to create
puzzles, and more.
Animoby: This app turns an iPad into an
Wikispaces Classroom: This site offers a place
where students can create digital content in a
safe, controlled space.
Story Creator: This digital storytelling app allows
students to add audio narration to a story.
Jack and the Beanstalk, a Mathematical Adventure:
This game app teaches math with a unique take
on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale.
RoomRecess: One of my favorite new sites for
educational online games.
LaunchpadEDU: An excellent portal to support the
use of Launchpad iOS app.
Daisy the Dinosaur: A wonderful iPad app that
teaches kids the basics of programming.
Science Heroes 1: This game focuses on all five
phases of digestion through 15 levels of play.
Toonia Storymaker: This iPad app lets students
create stories with 20 characters and 7 themes.
Hopscotch: This iPad app lets students assemble
code and then watch as characters perform their
Story Wheel: Another digital storytelling app that
lets students spin a wheel and then record a story.
Write About This: This
digital storytelling iPad
app provides writing
prompts aligned to
Common Core standards.
Google Connected Classroom: This site from
Google offers virtual field trips.
Math Heroes 1: Basic Operations: Students travel
through over 100 math levels while practicing.
Google Play for Education: This new online site
for education lets users download educational
Android apps onto Google devices.
Rewordify: This site allows students to enter text
and then “rewordify” their sentences.
eLearning Infographics: This is probably the best
site around for finding educational infographics
on any number of subjects.
Brickflow: A site for creating presentations by
turning hashtags into digital stories.
Tabtor: Students watch video tutorials on a given
subject and then write their answers on an iPad.
SchoolsWorld: One of my favorite new sites for
finding safe educational videos.
Tangram Chess: This app allows students to
recreate shapes by rotating them to the other
side of the chess board.
ClassXP: A new site that uses game-based
learning to help motivate students.
Easy Studio: This iPad app lets users create
The Time Tribe: Students are immersed in
adventures that explore different cultures.
StoryToolz: A wonderful site for finding and
generating word prompts and other writing tools.
Free Tiiu Pix: A great place for finding safe
educational videos and slideshows.
ChemDraw: A nice iPad app for HS/college
students studying chemistry.
YouTube Time Machine: This fun site allows users
to use YouTube to travel through time.
Graphite: A new site for finding sites and apps
reviewed by educators.
Gummii: Students create an avatar and solve math
equations in a Minecraft-style 3D world.
Cloudart: Create word clouds with this iPad app.
The Lost Function: This in-depth math game lets
students interact with characters to solve math
TypeKids: A great site to teach keyboarding.
Experience Life: This iPad app introduces the
different internal systems of the body.
NuSkool: This site uses pop culture-based lessons
for students in grades 6-12 in math, science,
English, and more.
Flowboard: Create stunning presentations with
this iPad app.
Brainscape: Use this app to create multimedia
flashcards that can be shared to mobile devices.
Shadow Puppet: This digital storytelling app
allows students to add audio narration to a
Submerge: Students learn about gamification
(game-based learning) in the classroom on this
site, which includes detailed game reviews.
Voki Classroom: This new Voki site allows users to
create a talking avatar.
Science4Us: A wonderful science curriculum for
LivePrezo: This site lets users make their
Balefire Labs: One of the best new sites around to
find detailed educational app reviews.
The Human Body by Tinybop: A great site for
teaching students about the human body.
Quest: An innovative site/Windows app for
creating interactive text-based adventure games.
SimCity EDU: A new site based on SimCity that is
perfect for game-based learning.
Power My Learning: A wonderful site for students
to find educational games, activities, printables,
BrainRush: A site for creating flashcard-style games.
Tellagami: Use this iOS app to create a talking
avatar that can then be placed in a story.
Fotor: A very powerful and user-friendly site for
Weavly EDU: A great site designed for classrooms
to have students create video and music mashups
Phrasalstein: Students learn vocabulary in a
Basher’s Presidents: This app teaches about the
Lucidpress: Use this site to create multimedia
Mathalicious: This site provides lots of math
resources and lesson plans aligned to Common
Taught It: This free site allows educators to share
all sorts of media.
Code Monster: A site for students to learn how
Playback: Use this iPad app to create screencasts
that can then be shared via Dropbox or exported
into an mp4 file.
Explania: A fantastic site for finding educational
animated videos on a wide variety of subjects
that can then be embedded into a site or blog.
Metta: A great site for creating video lessons.
QuestBase: Educators can use this site to create
quizzes, tests, puzzles, etc., and then publish
them online for students.
Math Live: An innovative site for teaching
different areas of math through animated
Educade: A great place for educators to find a
wide variety of resources.
Sight Words Hangman: This is a fun way to teach
students how to read and recognize words.
Teachers can review all word lists and even
EasyDefine: Use this site to upload words and get
a definition, synonym, flashcard, and more.
Screenhero: This site/app allows users to not
only share their screen with others, but remotely
control another person’s computer problems.
appoLearning: Another great site for finding
detailed reviews (on a 100% scale) of
NicerTube: A fun way to share YouTube videos
and remove all comments/links.
Copyright Kids: An excellent resource for
students, parents, and teachers looking to find
out about all issues pertaining to copyright.
TeachQuest: A new social network for educators
to share resources and collaborate with parents.
QR Code Maker: A simple iOS app for creating QR
ScootPad: Use this site/app to collaborate online
and track and analyze student data.
Teacher Gaming Network: This new social network
is dedicated to gamification in the classroom.
Smart Kit: This site lists safe educational games
and puzzles in a wide range of subjects.
Jukeboxlessons: A new site for educators
wanting to teach or tutor online through Google
Hangouts or Skype.
GazziliMath: A fun iOS app for preschoolers
learning about math.
Lessonwell: An interesting new site that allows
educators to create digital lessons based on
different types of media (photo, videos, audio).
Memofon: A wonderfully simple site for brainstorming and creating mind maps.
Chem Pro: This iOS/Android app teaches
chemistry with over 80 video lessons, an
interactive periodic table, and flashcards.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant; read
his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.