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Apps and Mobile Sites designed to help educators differentiate instruction

Best Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning

The American Association for School Librarians' (AASL) annual listing of Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning is a wonderful source for current relevant apps for education.

Check out the graphic of "Awesome Apps for Educators" on our CRC Pinterest board.

Apps on CRC iPads


Bee-Bot The app makes use of Bee-Bot's keypad functionality and enables children to improve their skills in directional language and programming through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns.


Bloxels is a hands-on platform to build, play and share your own video games.


Cam Scanner scans docs into clear & sharp images/PDFs, to email, fax, print or save to cloud.

CodeSpark Academy with The Foos is the #1 learn to code program for kids 4-9.


CoSpaces Edu  is an easy VR tool that lets anyone create virtual reality experiences. Build on a computer or tablet and dive into your VR with the mobile app.



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


Explain Everything Create videos and classroom projects with this leading unique interactive screencasting whiteboard.

Glogster makes it easy to capture, combine and share photos, text, videos and more on one interactive page.

Green Screen by Do Ink makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and images right on your iPad or iPhone. The app lets you combine photos and videos from the camera roll with live images from your iPad or iPhone's camera.

Hopscotch is an iOS app that lets you design, code, and share your own art and games.


iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, start class discussions or talk with students one-on-one to answer questions and provide feedback.

Kodable is the only complete K-5 curriculum taking students from learning to think like a programmer in Kindergarten to writing real JavaScript by 5th grade. No computer science knowledge required of teachers.


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The Nearpod platform enables teachers, schools and districts, to use their iPads to manage content on students' iPads, iPhones, iPods or Macs. It seamlessly combines interactive presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.

Padlet is different from other blogging tools and inspiration boards because it’s flexible. Create a grocery list, a Venn diagram, a discussion board, a group greeting card, a portfolio, or a business plan, all in one app.


Quizlet features simple tools for learning anything. Search millions of study sets or create your own. Improve your grades by studying with flashcards, games and more.


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Remind is a free text messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate quickly and efficiently.

With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.


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Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world.


Sphero Edu is your hub to create, contribute, and learn with Sphero robots - it replaces and builds on SPRK Lightning Lab. Go beyond code by incorporating unique STEAM activities to complete with your bot.


Stickyboard 2 will enable you to record your notes into digital sticky notes using any color coding system you like. You can easily move around your notes, group them together and arrange them into boards. You can  share your whole boards with your friends via email as PDF files.


Super Note helps you create notes rapidly, make voice recordings and add photos. The notes are color coded so you can find them instantly and you can change the note color/category on the fly.


Swift Playground requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps.


Veescope Live is the most popular green screen app for education, business and professional video. Take green screen photos at up to 12 megapixel and video at UHD 4K resolution.


Word Wizard is the talking movable alphabet that allows kids to experiment with phonics and word building thanks to the advanced text to speech engine.


Zing StikBot Studio Make a stop motion film starring StikBot with this easy animation app.