English Apps for iPad

iCardsort – free version for limited decks, paid version too.

iCardSort is an excellent brainstorming tool that helps you to visually organize ideas quickly and easily. Whether working on a business project or trying to decide on this year’s vacation destination, you simply place each of your options on a card. iCardSort allows you to group, order, and explore your possibilities.

iBooks – free

iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics — day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

Blanks – free

‘Blanks’ is a simple application helping you to learn new English words. It shows you word definition and gives 4 choices as answer.
Select one of the choices by dragging it on the hole in the paper.

Grammar App HD – paid

The Grammar App uses a new approach, that of an Interactive Book with a easy to learn format and a simple step by step guide which also includes a quick check while taking a tutorial to test your understanding of what you just read.

Spel it Rite – free

This game has been designed to help you train your ability to recognize misspelled words. The user’s objective is to identify typos as fast as possible. For each error, a penalty of 5 seconds is added to the total time.

Wordbook XL – paid

WordBook is a comprehensive, quick and intuitive dictionary and thesaurus of the English language. It’s a great combination of comprehensive contents and fast intuitive interface.

Dragon Dictation – free

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

VocabSushi – free

VocabSushi, a revolutionary app that lets you learn the vocabulary from classic books like “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and “Frankenstein” using actual sentences! We think you’ll agree there’s no better way to learn vocabulary than through the writing of the best authors of our time.

Creative Apps for iPad

iMovie – paid

Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Designed for the Multi-Touch screen, iMovie puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips.

Comic Book! – paid

ComicBook! is your FULL featured comic book creation app! In just seconds turn yourself and your friends into comic heroes or villains. Be the star in your own comic book adventures!
Realistic comic styling with a wide selection of: image filters, comic fonts, customizable captions, a library of classic comic graphics and dozens of multi-panel page layouts.

Art Studio – paid

ArtStudio is a professional drawing / painting application. It uses advanced mathematics to attain the highest level of quality, at the same time offering incredible performance achieved through numerous code optimizations. It still remains a fantastic tool for beginners – it contains drawing lessons showing step-by-step instruction on drawing various types of images.

Animation Creator HD – paid

Animation Creator HD allows your creativity to come to life on your iPad and iPad 2! You are the director! With simple, yet powerful drawing tools, color palettes, color sliders, and easy to use frame management, you’re only limited by your imagination! Your animations will look smooth and life-like with the high frame rate playback of Animation Creator HD!

123D Sculpt – free

With Autodesk® 123D™ Sculpt you can sculpt and paint interesting and realistic 3D shapes.
It’s easy to get started. Choose a shape from the library of creatures, humans, vehicles, and more. Then push, pull and paint to make the sculpture your own. When you are done, take snapshots in the camera room or create animated QuickTime turntable movies to upload to YouTube or email to friends.

Storyboards – free, also paid version

Creativity can’t wait! Storyboards let’s you create your movie’s storyboard yourself. Without the need for any drawing ability.
Thanks to the hundreds of characters and props included in the app, you’ll be able to quickly compose the shots of your next movie, through an intuitive and feature-rich touch interface.

Cartoon Studio – free, also paid version

Create multi-celled cartoons straight from your iPhone, iPodTouch and iPad!

Clefit – paid

Clefit is an all-in-one creative application that leverages the capability and convenience of your iPad. Th? touch-based interface m?k?? f?r a simple design-b?-?our-fingers experience. It empowers you to seamlessly combine image, video, audio and text onto the same canvas to create and share interactive and immersive content.

Dragontape – free

Dragontape for iPad/iPhone lets you create mixtapes of your favourite YouTube and SoundCloud clips (and your iPod library). Create, cut, edit, rearrange or remix tapes and share them on Twitter or Facebook!

Voicethread – free

Create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos — basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen.

PhotoPuppet HD – paid

The easiest and fastest way to make cartoons on your iPad. Cut anything out of your photos and move it on the screen.

TurboCollage – free

Create stunning picture collages on your iPad. Setup a collage with a prominent center picture, arrange pictures in a regular grid, or create a random picture pile. Tie fond memories together into gorgeous picture mosaics. With an intuitive interface, TurboCollage gives you complete control over your collage design.

Essential Apps for iPad


An amazing word processor — flexible, slick and with the added bonus that it works seamlessly with so many other apps and templates.


Spreadsheets, tables, forms, charts — Numbers handles all of these with ease. Simple export options mean that your work will be compatible with whatever software you choose.


A really polished presentation editor. Gives you the ability to embed all kinds of media and offers a huge range of transitions to enhance any presentation.


For reading any of the thousands of ebooks out there, and for displaying those you’ve created, iBooks is a must have.


Goodreader will allow you to open a large variety of file types on the iPad.

A New Direction . ..

In the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to begin teaching with iPads. They are such a game-changer. In terms of collaboration, independence and engagement they have allowed my pupils a whole new range of possibilities to extend their working practices. As I start exploring the potential of iPads within the curriculum, so I notice that many of the web 2.0 apps that I’ve reviewed here have ensured that their content and functionality is available to iPad users. So that gives an extra level of possibilities — not only trawling the App Store for goodies, but also investigating online apps too! Marvelous.