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Seven new iPad apps to know about

Here are our first seven ‘apps of the week.’

Last month, we launched a brand-new feature called “App of the Week,” in which our editors highlight a new educational app every week. Here are the first seven apps we’ve featured.

All of these apps are for Apple’s iPad, but in the future we’ll mix in coverage of Android apps as well.

Do you have any suggestions for educational apps of your own that you’d like to share with readers? Tell us about them in the comments section below.


Name: Voice Dream Reader – Text to Speech

What is it? An iOS text-to-speech application that is giving students a more effective way to access text. Apple’s iOS text-to-speech features don’t provide a seamless listening experience. Students using iPads can’t make their devices read out loud an entire novel with the tap of a finger; pause, rewind or fast forward when using voice over to take a test; or easily jump to different sections of the text. Voice Dream Reader allows for these functions and offers a number of other text-to-speech customizations.

Best for: All students

Price: $4.99 (this 50 percent off price is for a limited time only)

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Rated: 4+

Features: 60 voices in 20 languages from Acapela and NeoSpeech available through in-app purchase. Multiple languages. Text extraction from PDF files; eBooks in DRM-free ePub format; plain text, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Apple Pages, RTF and HTML files; Dropbox integration; Bookshare and Gutenberg integration; pocket and Instapaper integration; built-in web browser to extract text from web pages; copy-paste via clipboard; play-pause with remote control enabled; remembers where you stopped in each book or article; fast vertical scrolling; synchronized word and line highlighting; table of content for ePub and DAISY books, and much more.


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  1. rfisher47

    February 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Another great iphone/ipad app is “Math Expert”, a free fun and effective way for kids to learn number facts.

  2. tktchr

    February 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Free until February 8th? Thanks.

    • hscott06

      March 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      I just checked today (March 27) and it is still free!

  3. ccjameswilding

    February 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Recommended Android Apps for Chromebooks
    Whether Chromebrowser or Android slate, you would be using all the work of Google and his little elves, such a GAFE, Drive, Maps, YouTube, and so forth

    1. Pocket – ideal for capturing and saving websites for reading later
    2. Turn of the Lights – allows you to highlight the YouTube pane whilst keeping the rest of the page in view
    3. – great 3D drawing tool
    4.Scratchpad – syncs your notes with your Drive
    5. – Burke and Hare of the 21st Century!

  4. moglmouse

    February 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Students using iPads can’t make their devices read out loud an entire novel? Did you mean can?

  5. miriammal

    February 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Great selection!! very useful to students. My kids use some of those which they have downloaded from, which only specialises in educational apps from early years, to teachers, obviously students, parents and adults. It is a great store!

  6. nelsons

    February 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Apps for Android please :) Especially the Kindle.

  7. csumanik

    February 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    We’ve created a guide of the best apps for kids with special needs and learning differences. Hope this helps.

  8. twatterson

    February 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Another recommendation for a healthy lifestyle app for kids is the AFIT app for the iPhone/iPad/iPod. It is a motivational app designed for increasing healthy choices in nutrition and physical activity and links directly to the teacher for accountability. More information can be found at

  9. jlgreenberg

    March 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

    common core app

  10. fshein

    March 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    iWordQ is an easy-to-use writing and reading application to assist struggling writers and readers. In Writing mode, a simple text editor is used for writing with the support of word prediction, abbreviation-expansion and high-quality speech feedback features. In Reading mode, text is shown in a more visually pleasing manner to improve readability. This is used for proofreading, reading to learn, silent reading, reading aloud, and casual reading/listening. A novel text chunking method (patent-pending) can be selected to enhance comprehension and readability of text to allow you to focus on one text chunk at a time.

  11. jennat

    March 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    The CSI Literacy Library iPad app comes with 25 engaging, levelled texts specifically designed to build comprehension, vocabulary, and world knowledge across a variety of subjects. The app features fun interactive tools for developing comprehension skills and deepening knowledge: annotation, highlighting and drawing, zooming, note-taking, pop-up video, glossary, and index.

    Also available is the FREE CSI Literacy Starter app which comes with an exciting chapter-length text on natural history topics and a virtual CSI Literacy bookshelf. Start with this free text. Then fill your virtual bookshelf as you please with the remaining 24 CSI Literacy Library texts.

    There is also a free downloadable PDF of a Teachers’ Guide available.

    Overall, CSI Literacy is about empowering students to read actively, and metacognitively – crucial skills and dispositions for living in the 21st century!

  12. mike smith

    March 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    It’s a good list with some nice ideas. One I’ve recently come across is ‘ClassCharts’.

    It allows you to import a spreadsheet of your pupils and then assign them to a seating plan. From here, it lets you give students positive and negative behaviour points as well as take attendance and produce reports which I like to use for parents evenings!

    It’s really been a time-saver for me at work and would highly recommend it for any teacher that finds dealing with attendance and behaviour issues take too much time.

    I found it at the following address:

  13. allaudin

    March 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    These are repeats of previous posts. one is even out of date. see Feb 4

  14. justinweather

    March 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Great collection. I was hoping to add my app… Well one I made with my first grade son. Kid Weather is a real weather app with a focus on STEM education. Avatars of kids and animals get dressed according to the current weather and forecast, but there are over 400 items of informative trivia and introduction to graphing of daily weather.

    Please consider review us. We have already been featured in the iTunes Store as
    What’s Hot in December and January. We would be honored to have you mention us too.

  15. dansteinhauser

    April 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Lots of teachers have trouble sharing assignments and instructional content using their iPads. KnowItAll EDU is a great new app that makes it easy to create great learning content on directly on you tablet and automatically share it with all your students. It’s made by HMS Teach: