iPad Apps for Math and ELA


Session Description

Using iPads in the elementary classroom can and should support core instruction in literacy and math. This session will give you a wide variety of apps to try in your own classroom. You will have time to explore and play with the apps as well as brainstorm best practices for how you can effectively use the apps to improve literacy and math skills.

Learner Outcomes
By the end of the sessions participants will know / be able to: 
  1. Explain the big ideas in math
  2. List helpful strategies to build comprehension in reading
  3. Determine creation apps to use in the classroom to improve literacy and math 

Warm Up (10 minutes):

At your table, your group members are going to focus on specific content (either math or reading) to enhance your skill set. For our activities today and the app exploration, you'll need to come back to the strategies/big ideas presented in the articles. In order to cover the material, your group will jigsaw the articles and share the information with your group! 

  • (Math) Marilyn Burns 10 Big Math Ideas - How can we tie apps to enhance the top 10 ways you can increase your students' math learning, test scores, and skills? Through the activities today, you'll need to tie the product to a top 10 big math idea.
  • (Reading) Reading Rockets 7 Strategies to Build Comprehension - How can we tie apps to build comprehension by using strategies to help students become purposeful and active readers? Through the activities today, you'll need to tie the product to a top 10 big math idea.

After discussing the article with your group, post a Tweet Tweet for math here (Google Draw) and reading here (FlipGrid).

Activity 1: SeeSaw Classroom (10 minutes) 

  1. What is SeeSaw
  2. Spend a few minutes exploring how you could use SeeSaw in your classroom! 
  3. Finally join our class (scan this QR code) and post something you're excited about trying out from SeeSaw! 

Activity 2: App Exploration and Creation Time (30 minutes)

Either with a partner or independently, spin the spinner for an app to explore and roll a standard (QR Code Die) to create a product that your kids could either create or use in the classroom (teacher created).

* Once you’ve finished your product, post it to SeeSaw! Then explore other participants' creations and  comment which Big Idea (math) or Strategy (reading) that it aligns! If you finish early, you can create another product with another app! 



Reading and/or Math Example

PicCollage for Kids

This app combine photos, funky fonts, stickers and cute cutouts to create the coolest collages!

Math Example

Reading Example

Science Example

Popplet Lite

Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.

Math Example

Reading Example

Other Reading Ideas


Make images interactive! Add tags (links to videos, websites, voice, etc) to annotate maps, charts, images, and more! Students can generate to show their learning or teachers can create to help guide their students’ learning!

Reading Example (Student Created)

Math Example (Student Created)

Teacher Created Reading Example


PlayPosit is an easy-to-use tool that lets teachers add interactivity to streaming video content from popular sites like YouTube, LearnZillion, TeacherTube, and Vimeo, among a number of others. Teachers can crop the length of the video, build questions or finish the "bulb" (the term eduCanon uses for a finished interactive video). Throughout any video lesson, students can rewind to hear any part of the video again. They can't however, fast-forward, skipping ahead of what they've already watched.

** Can also provide students with a QR code to access video quickly **

Math Example (Teacher Created)

Reading Example (Teacher Created)


Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that's simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.

Reading Example

(app smash with sand draw)

Math Example

(app smash with Number Pieces)

Tiny Tap

With Tiny Tap, students can create products by adding images, text, stickers, etc. The images can be saved to your camera roll and added to SeeSaw.

Reading Example

Math Example

Sock Puppets

With Sock Puppets, students can add puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.

Reading/Science Example


Chatterpix allows students to take a picture or use an image saved to the camera. With a swipe of their finger, students can draw a mouth on any image. There is one button to press to record, and the mouth then animates with the recording.

Reading Example

Math Example


Tellagami is a fun, new way to share animated messages. Customize your character. Record your voice or add dialogue. Then share with others!

Math Example

Shadow Puppet Edu

Easily create videos in the classroom! Students can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. (Much like Educreations, but I think easier for younger children!)

**Also students can share directly with Seesaw**

Math Example

(app smash with Feltboard App)

Science & Math Example

(app smash with Pic Collage)

Little Story Creator

Little Story Creator lets you instantly create collages, arrange photos or get creative with videos, text, borders, stickers, videos, audio, drawings, and more

***With the free version, students can’t share their books. They can only screenshot individual pages that they create. They could then appsmash and upload these images to PicCollage, Shadow Puppet Edu, or other apps.

Reading Example

(app smash with PicCollage)

Yakit Kids

Yakit Kids allows students to take a picture or use an image saved to the camera. With a swipe of their finger, students can draw a mouth on any image. There is one button to press to record, and the mouth then animates with the recording. (15 second limit)

Social Studies Example


Math Example

Math Example


Padlet is a digital canvas to create beautiful projects that are easy to share and collaborate on. Students can add pictures, voice, video, and/or text.

Math & Reading Example



Wixie combines artwork with text and voice recording to make the perfect canvas for today’s digital learners.

Math Example

Reading Example

Math Example- Teacher Created

F2B Book Creator


Create your own book in the F2B app. Children can add text, pictures, characters, and backgrounds. The books are saved on the Book Creator Shelf or they can be emailed to teachers and/or parents.

Reading Example

Additional Resources

iPad Apps for Math and ELA Resources to Share on Website ‎(Drag in files, presentations, images, etc.)‎