Educator Tested Apps

Educator Tested Apps for iPads


All Grades:

  • iTranslation.
  • iRead Collection by Kathy Shirley: Only in iTunes U
  • Read 180 /Lexia Core 5 program
  • Read Naturally only has an app for iPads-App free with computer subscriptions
  • PCS Memory. Provides a fun, mobile way to practice vocabulary, articulation, language and rhyming and is great for general education students, students with Autism, Down Syndrome and Speech and Language delays.
  • Kidioms. Makes learning idioms fun for children, ELL students, or anyone wishing to improve their understanding of English. The app uses an interactive notebook to present an idiom, it’s meaning and an example showing the idiom used in context. Each page of the notebook also has a graphic to help illustrate the idiom’s meaning.
  • Grammar App HD. The Grammar App HD uses a new approach – that of an interactive book with an easy to learn format, and a simple step by step guide. The app also includes a quick check while taking a tutorial to test your understanding of what you just read.
  • Grammar Dragon. The grammar dragon has captured all of your friends from the castle. You must rescue a different person on each level by correctly identifying various parts of speech.
  • Grammar Up. Grammar Up is a multiple choice quiz system for English which provides over 1800 questions across 20 grammar categories.
  • IELTS Master Vocabulary Guide. This is the perfect app for students who want to take the Cambridge IELTS examination. It is the perfect complement to the book and helps students prepare for the test by providing plenty of vocabulary practice. It’s available for download on iTunes as well as its other versions for TOEIC, TOEFL, etc.
  • My English Coach. Berlitz is a famous name in English language learning. Berlitz has created the “My English Coach for iPad” app for all levels of students featuring various questions, answers, phrases, and history and geography lessons in order to strengthen English language skills.
  • Busuu. This language learning app features more than 3,000 words and expressions and covers a wide range of topics through comprehensive vocabulary sections and interactive tests. Levels include beginner to advanced and it is available for download on iPhone and Android (20 units are free and remaining content is available upon purchase).
  • SpeakingPal English Tutor. A very entertaining and highly interactive app, it features a series of mini-lessons of approximately 5 minutes, so students have no excuses when it comes to making the most of idle time. The student interacts with the app through speech recognition software that recreates a real video call. It’s available for download on iPhone or Android for free.
  • English Grammar in Use Tests. Developed by Cambridge University Press and based on the successful Grammar in Use series, this app allows students to practice English grammar as a series of “tests” that are more akin to games. It is not free, but it’s one of the best apps for students who want some grammar practice on the go. There is also a complete series of apps based on the Grammar in Use books available for iPhone.

Special Education/PreSchool Apps Recommended for  ESL/ELL:

  • Flash Cards for Kids – First Food Words. Includes gorgeous photographs that are carefully hand-picked and selected. Additional words are available through in-app purchase.
  • Learn to Speak – I Like Fall. Add your own voice to this interactive picture book
  • Model Me Going Places. A great visual teaching tool for helping students learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slide show of children modeling appropriate behavior. There is also a free Model Me Going Places 2.
  • Visual Cue Lite. This app offers five useful tools for students to learn to communicate through pictures
  • A Sunny Day. A Sunny Day is an app for kids with autism to understand simple behaviors in daily life.
  • Let’s Name Things Fun Deck. This colorful vocabulary app has 52 illustrated picture cards plus audio of each card’s text.
  • ChoiceBoard-Creator. It is the perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.
  • Word BINGO. A word game that allows learners to play with a word list. This game is an interesting way to learn new words. In this game, you have the option to play in three different modes, moving from lower to higher levels of difficulty as you go through the list of words.
  • Wordbook XL. Wordbook XL is an English dictionary and thesaurus for iPad. It is a fairly resourceful app that contains audio, synonyms, etymologies, bookmarking, anagrams and referencer-saving for the ease of students.
  • ESL Express. Usually, students are confused with words that have similar sounds but different meanings. This app is made for the ease of students who are frequently confused with such words. Through this app, students can learn many pairs of words that sound similar but have different meanings in English language.
  • Intro to Letters. This app is really helpful for ;young (elementary level) students. It uses the simplest and the most effective ways of learning the English language. It uses flashcards and puzzles by which students can browse through all the characters in the English language alphabet.
  • Preposition Builder. In this app students are shown an image for which they have to complete a sentence by dragging some prepositions. Whatever preposition the student selects for completing the sentence, the image represents the sentence they have created. The purposes of this app is to teach students how different prepositions can alter the overall meaning of a particular sentence.
  • Voxy. This is a tremendously popular app, particularly in the Spanish speaking market. It features news and stories on a variety of topics, and provides games for language practice, plus short quizzes to test comprehension. It can be downloaded for free on iPhone and Android.
  • MyWordBook. This app was developed by the British Council in conjunction with Cambridge University Press and offers a wonderful, engaging way to learn new words through sets of interactive flashcards. Additional vocabulary packs may be downloaded from Cambridge dictionaries. Available for free on iPhone or Android.
  • Conversation English. This app features 20 lessons, each with a video dialogue. The app gives learners the option to read the conversation and then answer questions and complete a variety of exercises. It’s a great app for those who wish to practice more conversational English. It’s available for download on iTues.



  • Sparklefish-record creative words in your own voice for playback inside surprising, ad-lib stories. If you enjoy Mad Libs, then you’ll really love SparkleFish. It’s fun for all ages, species, individuals, groups, etc.
  • Grammar Fun. Grammar Fun allows kids of all ages to learn correct  grammar by matching grammatical constructs to the corresponding words in a sentence. A child friendly interface makes this a fun filled activity.
  • Learn English The Fun Way. Learn English the fun way with Baby Carrot’s sentence, word and grammar matching lessons. You get to do simple exercises like matching an animal to its picture to more complicated exercises where you will need to choose the current picture from a short description. All our speakers are native English speakers so you learn to speak English the right way.
  • Grammaropolis. Grammaropolis is where grammar lives! Hailed as a Schoolhouse Rock for the 21st Century, Grammaropolis uses the parts of speech as speech as animated characters whose personalities are based on the roles they play in the sentence. From the shady pronoun always trying to take the nouns’ place to the motherly conjunction who just wants everyone to get along, Grammaropolis achieves the impossible:  we make learning grammar fun!
  • Exam Vocabulary Builder. Using AccelaStudy’s intuitive flashcard-like approach on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod, you can quickly expand your English vocabulary for graduate school exams, university entrance exams, professional advancement, or simply increased language proficiency.
  • Vocabology. Vocabology allows you to learn the word of the day from several dictionary sources on the Internet. The best way to learn a new word is to use it repeatedly. Vocabology encourages this learning behavior to help you build your vocabulary.
  • Sentence Builder. This is one of the most popular iPad apps available for English language learners. It is the best app for students of elementary school who want to tackle grammar and vocabulary challenges efficiently. This amazing app features connector works that allow students to build grammatically correct sentences based on pictures and videos.