2015 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning

The Best Apps for Teaching and Learning recognition honors apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
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Yea to communication without handing out your personal phone number! Remind is a free, safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents without ever sharing phone numbers.


This is an awesome physics simulator that is now free. Using simple drawing tools, students can design, construct, and explore the world of physics.

Ripped Apart

With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs your help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War. Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the National Museum of American History?


Seesaw – The Learning Journal - student driven digital portfolios - free teacher account for all students

Adobe Voice

Adobe voice is a stunning app that alllows you to make an animated video, using text, photos and your own voice. Very user friendly.


Glogster is not just a online "poster-maker," but these creations are meant to be multimedia, interactive products. Students are able to utilize various forms of visual or written expression to encapsulate a particular idea, concept or area of study.

WWT Together

The app offers information on tons of species, and kids can learn how far they live from their favorite animals, play with on-screen origami animals, or try out "tiger vision". Available on Apple and Android.

David Wiesner’s Spot

At a recent training I introduced the group of librarians to a just released app called Spot by the acclaimed picture book creator, David Wiesner. It is truly remarkable.

Amazing World Atlas

Guides app - Lonely Planet's newest app

Lonely Planet Kids Amazing World Atlas, 'let's play' Amazing World Atlas is created by Lonely Planet to explore and learn about world geography. It includes flag and capital information in interactive games, quizzes, and exploration tools.

Motion Math

Math teachers, this is for you! Want to teach number lines and estimation with games about hungry fish and pizza? Motion Math is offering a free iPad trial of seven of its games, covering topics from addition to negative numbers to pie charts.

Think Like Churchill

Discover if you can Think Like Churchill with this new app from Touchpress, Hodder and Stoughton and Boris Johnson. Make decisions that change history.