Those are the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning reviewed by ALA:


Complete Fairytale Play Theatre 


In an inviting and intuitive interface, students select scenes, characters, musical soundtracks, props and narrate/act out their own versions of classic tales using the artwork from Nosy Crow’s popular fairytale apps series. Users can choose from among 60 characters and tell the classics or rethink/enhance the tales. Stories include: Goldilocks and Little Bear, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Cinderella. Perfect for storytelling at home or at school.

Platform: iOS    Grades: Preschool – Elementary



GooseChase combines scavenger hunts with mobile technology to create exciting learning activities. In minutes, GooseChase lets you create and facilitate a customized scavenger hunt. Create a game on the GooseChase website and add missions from the mission list or make your own missions. Students use the app to join your game and submit clues.

Platform: iOS, Android   Grades: Elementary+


Hopscotch: Make Games 

“Coding” may sound a bit dry and daunting to some newcomers, but those are the last things that come to mind while using Hopscotch. The app lets you have as much fun making games as playing them, and with its colorful, friendly interface and stacks of help and tutorials, kids (and grown-ups!) can build all kinds of apps—while learning the fundamentals of programming.

Platform: iOS    Grades:Upper Elementary – Middle School



Express your musicality! Incredibox is used in schools to introduce rhythm to students. Learners can play with Hip-hop, Electro, Pop or Brazilian sounds and create, record and share their creations. Incredibox is a musical app where you use drag-and-drop icons on the characters to start creating your composition.

Platform: iOS, Android   Grades: All



Imagine your students creating their very own digital stories, nonfiction pages, comics or podcasts with little instruction. Pixie is an authoring tool students can use to share ideas, imagination, and understanding through a combination of text, original artwork, voice narration, and images. Students can use Pixie’s paint tools, text options, clip art, and voice recording to develop storybooks, curriculum projects, videos, and so much more.

Platform: iOS , Android    Grades: All



PuppetMaster is an intuitive animation app for kids, where learners can bring to life any image, just by acting things out in front of the camera. Voice is also recorded resulting in an animated video. PuppetMaster encourages the creation of visual art in any medium as well as active storytelling and sharing.

Platform: iOS   Grades: Preschool – Middle School




Recap is a free student video response and reflection app that gives teachers and parents insight into students’ learning and progress. Recap provides evidence of student thinking, improves formative assessment, and supports personalized learning.

Platform: iOS, Android   Grades: All


Open-ended play gives young children opportunities to practice problem-solving and experience visual-spatial reasoning. Geared towards early childhood, RelationShapes allows young users to move and resize shapes on one side of an axis, then create a matching image on the other side. After each level, new shapes and stickers are unlocked to create fun pictures.

Platform: iOS, Android   Grades: Preschool – Elementary School


Science Journal 

Turn your phone into a light, sound, and motion sensor. Measure these experimental variables with greater accuracy and create detailed data displays. Use photos and text to record observations within the app. Teachers can connect external sensors and search Science Journal’s website for possible experiments.

Platform: iOS, Android   Grades: 5th +