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With more than 500,000 apps available for use on iOS devices like the iPad and iPod touch, how can you make a good decision about which ones are best for education? TCEA helps by testing and recommending great apps for the classroom. We regularly try out new apps and list those that make the grade in the shared document available here for iPad and here for iPod touch/iPhone. Apps are categorized into 46 different subject areas and 14 different personal use areas. 

Looking for free books for students in grades K-12 to read on the iPad and iPod touch? TCEA offers a list of recommended iBooks as well. Find the book title, author, a brief description, recommended grade level, and notes about any special features in the book.

In addition, TCEA offers a three-hour, free-to-members introductory workshop called "The iPad in Education." During the session, participants may bring their own iPad or use one of ours as they examine the features of the iPad, learn its strengths and weaknesses, and discuss the role of the iPad in the classroom. Non-members may attend the workshop by paying $45.00, which provides a one-year membership in TCEA. 

iTeach, iLearn: iPad in Education

May 01, 2014 - 9:00 a.m.
May 01, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.

Leading with the iPad

Follow TCEA on Twitter (@TCEA) to learn when apps go on sale or free. We find the best bargains for you each day!

Other great resources are available in the iPad in the Classroom group in the Community for TCEA members.

  • Daily email with a listing of free and sale iOS educational apps for that day; save hundreds of dollars over the course of a year!
  • Resources on implementing iPads in the classroom from those doing it
  • Discussions on best practices and solutions
  • Recommendations on apps, best cases, styluses, and peripherals to use with iPads
  • Announcements about upcoming events related to the iPad

To become a member, click here

To join the iPad in the Classroom group:

  1. Log in to the Community and select Groups – All Groups in the blue menu bar across the top.
  2. Search for “iPad.” Click on the “iPad in the Classroom” group title that appears.
  3. Click the green plus sign to join the group.
  4. Once you are a member of the group, you will be shown a pop-up screen where you can set your notifications for this group. Select “Instantly” for “Receive Notification from Group.” Make sure that “Receive Group Updates… When an Announcement Is Made” is set to “On.”
  5. Close the pop-up window. (It will automatically save your changes.)
  6. You will begin receiving an email of free and sale iOS apps the next day.


App Recommendations

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Free Must-Have Apps for Health and PE
Free Must-Have Apps for Leveled Readers
Free Must-Have Apps for Phonics
Free Must-Have Apps for Photography
Free Must-Have Apps for Primary
Free Must-Have Apps for Reference
Free Must-Have Apps for Science
Free Must-Have Apps for Secondary Math
Free Must-Have Apps for Social Studies
Free Must-Have Apps for Special Education
Free Must-Have Apps for Spelling
Free Must-Have Apps for Teachers
Free Must-Have Interactive Book Apps

Lessons Using the iPad



Questions regarding PD:
Bruce Ellis
Senior Director of Professional Development
512 450 5396

Chris Kelly
Administrative Assistant
512 450 5450

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