Truly Free iPad Apps for the Classroom

It’s great to have an iPad in the classroom and it’s always excited to find those free iPad apps.  However, we are finding that many of the apps advertised as free, are not really free.  It’s frustrating and time consuming to sort through all of the freebies to find the ones that are truly FREE!

Our goal is to create a good, complete list of free iPad apps for teachers here.  We have tested these although we sometimes discover after a certain amount of time, an app is no longer free.  If you find any problems with any of these, please let us know so we can remove them from our list.  Some of these do have purchases you can make to remove adds or open more levels.  We are including apps that we feel like have educational value without spending money.  Also, if you find other freebies you would like to share, please share them in the comment section below.


Apps for Reading & Literacy Skills
                                                                                         ABC Phonics              SparkleFish                    Futaba                     MadLibs               Chicktionary Coop

                                                                              Chicktionary       Reading Monster 1        PhraseGame            Scribble My Story           BrainPOP Jr.
                                                                        Toontastic              Sentence Maker             Booksy                     1,000 Sight Words          Spelling

                                                                                                                                                                                 SpellingCity            WordBall



                                                                                         123 Numbers   Sushi Monster   Counting Bills & Coins Counting Money         Doodle Numbers
                                                                                                              Tell Time               3D Math Racing         Rounding Numbers        Math Facts

Teacher Management
                                                                                ClassDojo                 Edmodo                  TeacherKit                    EverNote                ShowMe


Other Great Apps for Teachers
TapToTalk           Dragon Dictation        Art My Kid Made        Animoto

Check out our iPad anchor chart here:


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


Leave a Comment

  • Jennifer Glahn Reck January 27, 2013, 10:29 pm

    Thank you! We just got iPads at our school and this list should help us get started!! I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

  • Faith January 28, 2013, 6:27 am

    What a great list! This is extremely helpful. I’m pinning it to my iPad folder right now. I found you through the Manic Monday link up.

  • Leah January 28, 2013, 8:35 am

    Awesome! I love this idea- finding all of the truly free without sorting through all of those that really want your cash!

    Learn With Leah

  • Julie January 28, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Speed! makes skip-counting loads of fun, and mastery of skip-counting makes multiplication easy. On the iPad the Lite version is free and contains the Two Speed deck of cards at all levels while the Full version costs only 99 cents and contains card decks Two Speed through Nine Speed.!-by-highhill-es/id589336564?mt=8

  • John Clear January 29, 2013, 6:28 am

    Add Socrative to your list. Fab app for quizes, feedback.

  • Kara Carpenter April 7, 2014, 8:47 pm

    We also have a free app for teaching K-2 addition. Ours is free because we developed it with funding from the US Dept of Ed. Plus you can create a classroom account so a student can use any iPad and pick up where she left off playing.

    Check out Teachley’s Addimal Adventure: