Mobile Apps

Lawrence School recommends the following Mobile Apps for educators, parents and students with learning differences.

Apps are programs designed for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. Some apps are free and some are paid.

    • iOS apps for Apple devices such as the iPad, iPod and iPhone can be purchased at the Apple App Store.
    • Android apps for Android phone and tablets can be purchased on Google Play.
    • Kindle Fire apps can be purchased at the Amazon App Store.
    • Google Chrome and FireFox browser extensions and apps can be found at the Google Chrome Web Store and FireFox Web Store, respectively.
    • Not all apps are available in all app stores and prices may vary and/or change.

** - Denotes apps that are highly recommended

Recommended Mobile Apps

Executive Function Apps

**Google Drive, including Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets (Free)
Task: Writing, Executive Function
Description: Online storage, where you can create docs, presentation, sheets. Can work offline and will sync when you go back online.
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who uses Google Drive or needs to create documents without having to save while working; especially good for students who need executive function supports

**Google Keep (Free)
Task: To-Do Lists
Description: Online tool to make lists with audio and images; syncs to any mobile device with Google Keep app
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs to make a list

iHomework ($1.99)
Task: Homework Organizer
Description: Calendar for tracking and completing homework
Type of User: Older Students
Who Should Use?: ADHD and other students who need help in staying organized and taking notes on the go

MyHomework (Free)
Task: Homework Organizer
Description: Online agenda book for multiple platforms
Type of User: Older Students
Who Should Use?: ADHD and other students who need help in staying organized and taking notes on the go

Nudge ($0.99)
Task: To-Do Lists
Description: Reminder tool to help students to do certain things at a certain time/date
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Any student with time management and memory issues who need help/reminders to complete tasks

Readability (Free)
Task: Eliminate Distractions
Description: Allows you to view/read a web page without distracting ads, or other unnecessary information on the page
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: ADHD students and students who are easily distracted

Remind 101 (Free)
Task: To-Do Lists
Description: Safe way for teachers to text message student and stay in touch with parents
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Teachers who want to keep in touch with parents/students via text without sharing private phone number

StayFocused (Free)
Task: Eliminate Distractions
Description: Blocks websites from your browser while you are studying/working; great for students to use during studying time
Type of User: Older Students, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who needs help staying on task

**Wunderlist (Free)
Task: To-Do Lists
Description: Typed or audio dictated to‐do lists; free version and Pro version; can share lists with others and make various lists for different things
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students with Executive Function issues who need to make checklists and keep track of to‐do and completed tasks and set reminders

Math Apps

Algebra Touch ($2.99)
Description: Algebra practice for mobile devices with built‐in help tutorials
Type of User: Older Students
Who Should Use?: Algebra students

Bedtime Math (Free)
Description: Reading is part of the bedtime routine – now make math part of that routine as well
Type of User: Younger Students
Who Should Use?: Ideal for pre-K to Grade 6th children struggling or needing confidence in math

Clock Master (Free)
Description: Time telling app, make connections between hours/minute, analog/digital time
Type of User: Younger Students
Who Should Use?: Ideal for pre-K to Grade 6th children struggling or needing confidence in telling time

Desmos (Free)
Description: Online graphing calculator
Type of User: Older Students
Who Should Use?: Students in pre-algebra or higher

GeoGebra (Free)
Description: Mathematics app & website that brings together algebra, geometry, spreadsheets, statistics in one place; online graphing calculator
Type of User: Older Students
Who Should Use?: Students in pre-algebra or higher

Microsoft Excel (Free)
Description: App that allows you to view and create Excel spreadsheets on mobile devices
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone wanting to use Excel

ModMath (Free)
Description: The first math app made specifically for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia. It uses a touchscreen and keypad to set up programs to solve. From there students can print or email their teachers their work. You can change the settings to best fit your child’s needs.
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students
Who Should Use?: Students with dyscalculia, dyslexia and/or dysgraphia who may struggle with writing math equations legibly

PhotoMath (Free)
Description: Camera phone calculator covering concepts from basic math operations to quadratic equations, inequalities and absolute value equations
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: A way to check your math work, especially for parents who may not know if their child's math homework is correct

Splash Math (Free)
Description: Interactive math games for math curriculum – it even keeps track of your child's progress
Type of User: Younger Students
Who Should Use?: Children in Grades 1-6

Ti-Nspire
Description: Texas Instruments Ti‐Nspire Calculator Emulator for iOS and Android
Type of User: Older Students
Who Should Use?: Students in pre-algebra or higher

Notetaking Apps

Awesome Note HD ($4.99)
Description: Allows ink and typed notes
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: ADHD and other students who need help staying organized and taking notes on the go

Evernote (Free)
Description: Allows typed notes, with additional plugins like Skitch can add inked notes and images
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: ADHD and other students who need help staying organized and taking notes on the go

Mental Note for iPad ($4.99)
Description: Allows ink and typed notes
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: ADHD and other students who need help staying organized and taking notes on the go

**Microsoft OneNote for Mac (Free)
Description: Allows inked and typed notes. Syncs to Microsoft account to sync OneNote folder across devices
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Any student who prefers to handwrite on the iPad. Great for ADHD students since it saves automatically.

**Notability ($1.99)
Description: Allows ink and typed notes on PDF or text documents
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: ADHD and other students who need help staying organized and taking notes on the go

Penultimate (Free)
Description: Digital handwriting app for the iPad
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Any student who prefers to handwrite on the iPad

Skitch (Free)
Description: Take a picture, then write on it. You can sync it with Evernote
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Any student who would need to annotate on a picture

Reading Apps

30 Hands (Free)
Description: Add images, take photos, record audio for each slide then publish to your camera roll (or Dropbox, Google Drive…)
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Teachers
Who Should Use?: Great for anyone who wants to do a presentation, sync slides to audio lectures, spoken flashcards or photo enhanced audio interviews

Blio (Free)
Description: Highlights words as you read/listen, visually friendly
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who struggle with reading

Claro ScanPen ($6.99)
Description: Allows you to take a picture of a document and select text to hear it spoken straight back at you
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who struggle with reading

Endless Reader (Free)
Description: Sets the stage for early reading readiness in a fun, interactive way. Practices letter sounds, sight words
Type of User: Younger Students
Who Should Use?: Children in Pre-K through 3rd Grade

Fotobabble (Free)
Description: Quickly and easily add your voice to photos and share with others
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Teachers
Who Should Use?: Students/families needing easy home-to-school communications

Overdrive (Free)
Description: Connects you to local library to check out digital copies of books including audiobooks; no text to speech for eBooks
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who need audiobooks

Photo Touch Sight Words (Free)
Description: Game based way to review and learn sight words
Type of User: Younger Students
Who Should Use?: Students struggling to learn sight words

Prizmo ($9.99)
Description: Allows you to take a picture of a document and OCR to make it readable with iOS text‐to‐speech services
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who struggle with reading

Speak & Read to Me ($0.99)
Description: Allows you to listen to any text you can select on device
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who struggle with reading

Speak It! (Free)
Description: Reads selected text out loud using text to speech
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who struggle with reading

**Voice Dream Reader ($9.99)
Description: Listen to texts on the comfort of your iPad. Great customization tools, syncs with Google Drive, Bookshare and more!
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Great for any reader who listens to their texts

Audible (monthly subscription)
Description: Allows you to purchase audio books and listen on mobile device
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who need audiobooks

Voicethread (Free)
Description: Take pictures and narrate your work and makes a video. Great for summaries, presentations, feedback
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: There are multiple ways to use this tool

MeeGenius ($3.99)
Description: Online collection of books with human read audio; subscription for book collections additional cost $5/month for 700 books with activities for students to build reading comprehension skills
Type of User: Younger Students
Who Should Use?: Students struggling with reading comprehension issues

Reading Comprehension Booster ($3.99)
Description: Interactive tools to increase reading engagement and comprehension
Type of User: Younger Students
Who Should Use?: For K‐8th grade students who struggle with reading comprehension

iReadWrite ($19.99)
Description: Text‐to‐speech, word prediction, phonetic spell checker, dictionary, picture dictionary, and confusable words tools built into app
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who need text‐to‐speech or writing tools with assistive technology built‐in

Studying Apps

**Quizlet (Free)
Description: Allows you to create own flashcards study online or on app; converts flashcards into other activities for studying; allows you to self‐quiz and keeps track of time you spend studying; premium version available for teachers and individuals with additional features
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who need to study who may need built‐in text‐to‐speech tool

**Study Blue (Free)
Description: Allows you to create flashcards to study online or on app; has a few ways to study flashcards once created; can share cards with others; premium version available for teachers and individuals with additional features
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students to need to study; better for ADHD students ‐ less distractions on the page

Study Stack (Free)
Description: Allows you to create flashcards online with over 10 different ways to study. Also a great tool if you want to print your flashcards, lots of options.
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who need to study who need lots of different ways to study information; more games than other studying tools

Teacher Apps

AirServer ($7.99-$19.99)
Description: Allows you to wirelessly display your mobile device on your computer screen; allows you to show an app to entire class or audience
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Great tool for presentation or for anyone who wants to project apps to audiences

Educreations (Free)
Description: Interactive whiteboard that can record your work and share with others
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Teachers
Who Should Use?: Any age - lots of ways to use this app

Haiku Deck (Free)
Description: Create beautiful online slideshows. Very similar to PowerPoint but with amazing images
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Teachers
Who Should Use?: Great for anyone who is wanting to spruce up a presentation

Nearpod (Free)
Description: Create presentations and live assessments and lets a teacher's iPad manage content on students’ iOS devices.
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Great tool for programs that use iOS devices

Reflector 2 by Air Squirrels ($6.99-$14.99)
Description: Allows you to wirelessly display your mobile device on your computer screen; allows you to show an app to entire class or audience
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Great tool for presentation or for anyone who wants to project apps to audiences

Socrative (Teacher and Student Editions) (Free)
Description: Great tool for collecting live data! Create assessments and questions that you can share with students. Results are emailed to you in a spreadsheet
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Great tool for teachers who want measurable feedback, have large classes and want to receive everyone’s input

**SplashTop 2 ($4.99)
Description: Enables your mobile device to serve as a wireless remote for your computer. Great for presenting and not having to be glued to your desk
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Teachers for using a tablet or mobile device as a remote controller for a computer

Three Ring (Free)
Description: Great for digital portfolios. Allows you take pictures of student work and keep track of them online. Capture images, video and audio.
Type of User: Teachers
Who Should Use?: Great for classroom teachers with a lot of students

Writing Apps

Brevity ($0.99)
Task: Writing
Description: This app is similar to word prediction and is quick. It also learns how you write.
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who need text-to-speech or writing tools with assistive technology built in

Dragon Dictate (Free)
Task: Writing
Description: Mobile version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking that converts voice speech to text
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone in need of mapping concepts, outlining and diagramming

EasyBib (Free)
Task: Writing
Description: This app auto generates your bibliography for you
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Note: Will automatically format in correct APA, MLA or other styles

**Google Drive, including Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets apps (Free)
Task: Writing, Executive Function
Description: Online storage, where you can create docs, presentation, sheets. Can work offline and will sync when you go back online.
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who uses Google Drive or needs to create documents without having to save while working; especially good for students who need executive function supports

**Inspiration ($9.99)
Task: Writing, Concept Mapping
Description: Create concept maps or use one of their many templates
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone in need of mapping concepts, outlining and diagramming

iReadWrite ($19.99)
Task: Reading, Writing
Description: Text‐to‐speech, word prediction, phonetic spell checker, dictionary, picture dictionary, and confusable words tools built into app
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Students who need text-to-speech or writing tools with assistive technology built in

Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad (Free)
Task: Writing
Description: Allows for creation and editing of Microsoft PowerPoint slide shows
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who uses Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Word for iPad (Free)
Task: Writing
Description: Word software in an app on your iPad. Can open, edit and save items to your Dropbox account.
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone who uses Microsoft Word

RefMe (Free)
Task: Writing
Description: This app auto generates your bibliography for you
Type of User: Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Note: Will automatically format in correct APA, MLA or other styles

Total Recall Map (Free)
Task: Writing, Concept Mapping
Description: Mind mapping tool to organize ideas and information; free version only gets you three maps; for more you must upgrade to Premium version
Type of User: Younger Students, Older Students, Parents, Teachers, Personal Use
Who Should Use?: Anyone in need of mapping concepts, outlining and diagramming

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