The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students

kickstart school yearReady for school? Let’s examine some of the featured apps that you should be using this year. From time-saving tools to reading helpers, there are apps that do just about anything. Rather than have you sort through the endless parade of app icons, we’ve done the hard part for you. If you’re looking for some useful tools for the classroom, these apps are for you.

Most are available for both iOS and Android operating systems, so don’t sweat that part. Each app is useful in its own right, but definitely think about which app would work best for you in particular. For example, the productivity app ‘Clear’ lets you keep a list of things that you need to do. If that’s not your classroom’s style (perhaps you have a flipped classroom where the students run the day a bit more?) then you may not need Clear.

However, most of these  apps are free so they’re at least worth downloading and trying. Consider this the ‘best of’ list where we present some of the best apps being used in classrooms around the world. In any case, on with the apps!

A Visual Cheat Sheet To All The Apps

best apps for teachers and students

A compilation of apps in the iTunes Store. Prices may vary depending on sales, etc. Click image to view full list in iTunes!

Some of the Best Apps We’re Using

Productivity Apps

Start Reading

Writers’ Corner

Math Madness

Make Science Fun

History & Geography

Art & Creativity

These are just a few of the selected apps that we like in each category. We’ve either been using them ourselves or have seen them used in classrooms lately. There are many more in the list above of course so be sure to navigate here to browse the full list on iTunes.



  1. howards

    September 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    HyperOffice is an online collaborative environment you might want to look at. They have some big name education customers.

  2. AliceBouis

    September 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks Jeff for this amazing list! as a teacher I have been using some of them like Dropbox, Flipboard and BrainPOP, I really think apps are a great way to enrich the curriculum and my students’ daily routine!
    I have been using an app that isn’t in your list, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, it’s called News-O-Matic. It’s pretty much a daily newspaper for kids, I use it as a source of nonfiction content and my students really like it! They publish 5 articles every week day, and it’s written for kids.
    I hope you get a chance to try it, it’s a really interesting concept!
    Thanks again for all these recommendations, I’m going to download a few of these apps to try!
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Jeff

    September 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Can you cover Best Apps For Teachers And Students on Chrome Books/Chrome web store?

  4. Caroline fogiel

    September 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Very interesting list Jeff, are there Apps that support, enhance language learning? ESL and other languages?

    • Eugene

      October 23, 2013 at 4:19 am

      If you need apps to learn the language by yourself, Duolingo and Busuu are good choices. For supporting/organizing language learning I would recommend Wordfolio, Buscuit, iVocabulary. I prefer using Duolingo to learn French by myself and Wordfolio to manage my vocabulary.

  5. Bruce Levitan

    September 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Nice to see this listing, but it’s already out of date, e.g. Barefoot Atlas is no longer free!

  6. Sue Frei

    October 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

    What about aps for Health and PE?

  7. Junaid Ahmed

    November 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    student apps , hope they help me.