Best Apps for English Teachers

If you’re a teacher with an iPad, you’ve probably already discovered lots of fun apps, as well as a few that can boost your productivity. But did you know that several apps that can help you teach English language skills, reading and composition are also available? Here are some of the best apps for English teachers that we’ve found:

Stanza
This free app allows you to read digital books on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Choose from 50,000 free classic and contemporary works available from Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks and other sources or purchase popular new books from partner stores. Stanza features a reading interface that has been praised for its ease of use; it also provides an organizer that lets you store and organize hundreds of downloaded books. With Stanza, teachers and students can easily access an entire library of reading material, as well as reference materials and class notes.

Alphabytes
For younger students, this animated iPad app is a fun aid for learning the shapes and sounds of letters. In addition to watching animated sequences with voice-overs and sound effects for each letter, students can learn to write upper and lower case letters by tracing their shapes. Games for spelling and reading are also provided.

Bob Books Reading Magic HD
This phonic-based interactive game for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad uses consistency and repetition to help beginning readers sound out simple words and learn how to spell the words they read. Hand-drawn illustrations and animations bring simple stories to life, and four game levels will keep students challenged.

My Story
Elementary students can use this iPad app to create e-books complete with drawings, photos, writing and voice. Simple tools allow children to become authors and publishers; e-books can be shared within the app or via email; they can even be uploaded to iBooks. With My Story, students can develop literacy, creativity and imagination, as well as their storytelling skills.

Grammar Up
Selected by Apple for its “High School Survival Guide,” this iPhone and iPad app provides a quiz system with over 1,800 grammar questions in 20 difference categories. Older students can use the quizzes to help prepare for various tests and exams by going through categories of questions or they can simulate the test environment with random questions. The quiz format and real-time error feedback provide students with the opportunity to improve their strategies for grammar success.

Writing Prompts
This writing prompt generator app uses pictures, colors, words, genres and different types of writing to provide creative inspiration for writers and writing students. The app also includes a database of 600 creative writing prompts in the form of quotes, story openers and writing exercises that can be used to jump-start student writing projects.

Chicktionary
This popular Internet word game is now available on the iPad. Players unscramble a roost full of hens (each hen represents a letter) and create as many words as possible. The iPad app supports dragging and shaking gestures to move and shuffle hens. Ten game levels and a variety of silly hidden features will keep students engrossed as they exercise their vocabularies.

Pages
This word processor app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch allows teachers and students to create assignments, presentations, handouts, tests, and other types of document that includes text and graphics. Sixteen templates are provided for different types of documents, and pages can be uploaded to iCloud and accessed from other Apple devices.

Mobile Air Mouse
Any teacher who uses technology-based visual aids will appreciate this app that turns an iPhone or iPod Touch into a wireless universal remote that controls all media applications. With Mobile Air Mouse, teachers can control presentations, slide-shows or an interactive whiteboard from anywhere in the classroom using a minimal amount of equipment.