Sourcing good apps can be very time consuming but the SLA have produced a toolkit entitled Amazing Apps for Primary Schools which not only suggests some great apps but also how you can use them. Written by Bev Humphrey the toolkit is available in print at the cost of £14.50 (SLA members £9.00) a copy, or in PDF e-book version at £8.00 (SLA members £5.00) per copy

LIPSSEE members’ recommendations

Barefoot World Atlas – an interactive 3D globe that enables children to explore the many wonders of planet Earth

Book Creator – a simple way to create your own book which you can then read in iBook – makes brain storming easy. Create colourful mind maps that you can print and share

Common Sense Media –  (Kids’ media reviews by age by Common Sense Media). Like the website of the same name this offers a large searchable library of age -appropriate ratings and reviews for BOOKS but also movies, games, apps, and TV shows.

EasyBib – automatically formats, alphabetizes and prints bibliographies for free

Helper Bird – is a free app designed to make reading webpages easier for people with dyslexia. In an environment where computers are shared such as in a library or classroom, Helper Bird enables the OpenDyslexic font function to easily be turned on and off, meaning that separate equipment is not required. It is compatible with Google Chrome

IfPoems – an app for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch that is a collection of 270 classic poems with audio

Nosy Crow is an award-winning publisher of children’s books and apps. Their innovative, multimedia, highly interactive apps for tablets and smart phones aren’t just existing books squashed onto phones. They are specially created to take advantage of the devices, in order to tell stories and provide information to children in new and engaging ways. However in 2018 they closed their in-house app department to concentrate on their more lucrative print business but all the company’s previously released apps will continue to be available on the iOS App Store

Notability – is a note-taking app that supports web clipping and the ability to draw and type on top of images. But if you don’t need these features, a free app such as Sticky Notes will do the job just as well.

PicCollage – lets you easily create fun collages from your mobile photos, Facebook photos and from the web. Use simple intuitive touch gestures to rotate, resize, edit and delete photos. Add text and photo effects to your collages, and share them via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Popplet – is free and lets you create a visual mind map with ease, combining text, images, links and videos

QR Stuff – generate your own QR codes which are printable on just about anything from paper to Tshirts

RefME – fast, accurate automatic bibliographic citations with over 7,500 different reference styles to choose from including Harvard, MLA and APA to ensure your bibliography is always in the correct format

If your school is investing in iPads it may be useful to know that Hurst Prep used to be an Apple School and they used to recommend that out of the wide range of apps available only 5 are really essential to the successful use of the iPad in the academic setting. These are:

  • Pages (cf Word)
  • Numbers (cf Excel)
  • Keynote (cf PowerPoint)
  • iMovie (video creation)
  • Garageband (music creation)


(Last updated 16 May 2018)





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