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What apps are approved for Middle Schoolers to install on their school-issued iPad?

Middle School students are allowed to download any of the apps listed below. All apps on the list below have been requested for classroom use by an NRCA staff member and approved by NRCA Administration. Click or tap on the name of the app to see more information about the app from the Apple App Store.

50 US States

Do you know where is Vermont? What city is the capital of Wisconsin? In this app, you will find all 50 states of the United States of America! All 50 state capital cities! All state flags and outline maps! From New England and the Great Lakes to the California coast and the Alaska wilderness!

Adobe Lightroom Photo Editor

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a free, yet powerful photo editor and camera app. It empowers you to capture and edit stunning images.

Adobe Photoshop Express Photo Editor

Tap into your creativity on the go with Photoshop Express–the fast and easy photo editor–used by millions of creative individuals. Edit pictures like the pros with this easy-to-use digital studio full of photo editing features on your mobile device. Photoshop Express delivers a full spectrum of free photo effects and editing features at your fingertips.

Adobe Spark Video

Adobe Spark Video helps anyone create compelling video stories in minutes. Easily add and trim video clips to make your videos stand out on social. Pick from over 1 million beautiful iconic images or add your own photos to highlight what you have to say.

BeatMaker 3

BeatMaker brings unmatched efficiency and depth in an intuitive audio and MIDI workstation. Look no further, the power of traditional desktop software and real hardware is now united into one single production studio. (This is a paid app purchased by the school for Middle School students to use on their school device.)

Bible App - Read & Study Daily

Bible by Olive Tree equips you with easy-to-use Bible study tools so you can read and study the Bible for yourself.

Bible Gateway

Take the Bible with you wherever you go. The Bible Gateway App is the OFFICIAL and FREE mobile Bible reading and learning experience from BibleGateway.com. The Bible Gateway App makes it easy to read, hear, study, and understand the Bible. 

Book Creator

Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad. With over 100 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more. And when you're done, easily share your book, or even publish to the iBooks Store. (This is a paid app purchased by the school for 5th-grade students to use on their school device.)

Bookshelf

Use Bookshelf to download and access VitalSource textbooks on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Read your books online or offline and create notes and highlights to help you study.

Calculate84

We (the creators), once relied on graphing calculators, and after installing countless, similar apps, we couldn’t find anything useable. Hence, we made our own.

Calculator & Math Solver

Make math homework fun! Learn for SATs, ACTs, or other exams with ease. Simply snap to solve any math problem and get help with detailed step-by-step explanations.

Celtx Script

Lean, lightning-fast, and fully-featured. Celtx Script makes it easy to write properly formatted scripts on your iPhone or iPad.

CK-Auth

Provides Internet Filtering for iOS devices that are monitored by a ContentKeeper appliance. The ContentKeeper CK-AUTH App provides users with a protected Internet browsing experience in conjunctions with the ContentKeeper Secure Internet Gateway (CK-SIG) system. The App provides for highly granular users-identity based reporting along with single sign-on support. User access to Internet resources are controlled by a sophisticated policy-based filtering engine.

Dictionary.com for iPad

Download the most essential and comprehensive dictionary app for dependable definitions at your fingertips. Dictionary.com is the leading free English dictionary app for iPad– with over 2,000,000 trusted definitions and synonyms.

Duolingo - Language Lessons

Learn a new language with the world’s most-downloaded education app! Duolingo is the fun, free app for learning 40+ languages through quick, bite-sized lessons. Practice speaking, reading, listening, and writing to build your vocabulary and grammar skills.

EduCalc Classic

A powerful, flexible graphing calculator. Does far more than most calculators out there.

Educreations Whiteboard

Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that's simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.

Evernote - Notes Organizer

Capture ideas when inspiration strikes. Bring your notes, to-dos, and schedule together to tame life’s distractions and accomplish more—at work, at home, and everywhere in between. Evernote syncs to all your devices, so you can stay productive on the go.

Explain EDU

Explain Everything Basics is an iPad- and iPhone-only version of Explain Everything where creations are saved locally on the device. Explain Everything Basics was designed for schools with iOS-only deployments. It is also intended for those who may need to exclusively purchase it via Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP), those with internet access challenges, or both. (This is a paid app purchased by the school for 5th-grade students to use on their school device.)

GarageBand

GarageBand turns your iPad, and iPhone into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. And with Live Loops, it makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play keyboards, guitars, and create beats that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before.

Google Earth

Explore the whole world from above with satellite imagery, 3D terrain of the entire globe, and 3D buildings in hundreds of cities around the world. Zoom to your house or anywhere else then dive in for a 360° perspective with Street View. See the world from a new point of view with Voyager, a collection of guided tours from BBC Earth, NASA, National Geographic, and more. And now, visualize the immersive maps and stories you've created with Google Earth on web on your mobile device.

goREACT

With goREACT, you can become a virtual chemist. Whether you're a novice or expert, the free play and guided modes make it fun and fascinating.

Grow Grammar Lite

Sentopiary Lite is now called Grow Grammar Lite! The new name, which rhymes with "programmer," reflects our emphasis on helping children learn grammar. The new name also refers to the tree-shaped grammatical structure that grows, piece by piece, to make a sentence in the app.

Hudl

Hudl helps teams win with video. Our iOS app allows you to study the video you've uploaded, or capture new video using your device.

iBooks

Apple Books lets you lose yourself in the best books and audiobooks right on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch. You’ll find bestsellers, classics, up-and-coming authors, and more — all ready to instantly download and enjoy.

iMovie

With a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures, iMovie lets you create Hollywood-style trailers and beautiful movies like never before.

iNaturalist

iNaturalist is a social network for sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. The primary goal is to connect people to nature, and the secondary goal is to generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data from these personal encounters.

Incident IQ

Incident IQ users can now enjoy the power of Incident IQ on the go. Teachers can submit help tickets with ease. IT support staff can efficiently work tickets for quick resolution as well as check in and out assets by scanning devices using Incident IQ Mobile’s new asset management feature.

IXL - Math, English, & More

IXL is personalized learning! Trusted by over 390,000 schools and 300,000 parents, IXL is proven to accelerate student achievement. And with the award-winning IXL app, students can master skills anytime, anywhere! See how IXL meets the unique needs of over 11 million learners (and counting!).

JAMF Self Service

Jamf Self Service empowers you to be more productive, successful, and self-sufficient with your iOS or iPadOS device.

Using the intuitive interface, you can browse and install trusted apps and books from your organization, update configurations, and receive real-time notifications for available services without having to contact IT.

Kahoot!

Create your own quizzes in seconds, play anywhere, anytime, on your own or with friends, have fun and LEARN! Kahoot! unleashes the magic of learning for students, teachers, office superheroes, trivia fans and lifelong learners.

Keynote

Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Start with an Apple-designed theme and add text, images, charts, tables, and shapes with just a few taps. Draw and write with Apple Pencil on iPad, or use your finger. Bring it all to life with cinematic animations and transitions that look as though they were created by your own special effects team. Add live video to your slideshow and appear right on your slides. Confidently present to your audience from anywhere, in person or virtually, and take turns controlling a presentation in multi-presenter slideshows.

Khan Academy

You can learn anything. For free. Spend an afternoon brushing up on statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Get a head start on next semester's geometry. Prepare for upcoming exams. Or, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire-stick farming changes the landscape of Australia.

Kindle

On the bus, on your break, in your bed—never be without a book. Kindle books you have purchased on Amazon will automatically appear in your app. Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime members can select and download Kindle books directly in the app.

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Commander

Robot Commander is the official command app from LEGO® MINDSTORMS®. FREE to download on most smart devices; Robot Commander connects via Bluetooth to the EV3 Intelligent Brick. This easy to use app allows you to interact with your very own EV3 robots without even connecting to a computer! That means you can play instantly with your own robots!

LRC5

LRC5 is an Audio Unit, or AU, for iOS. This application is simply a container for the Audio Unit and serves only as the documentation. LRC5 must be used in some sort of Audio Unit host or DAW application.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Get America’s most useful and respected dictionary, optimized for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. This is the best iOS app for English language reference, education, and vocabulary building. And now we’ve added new word games! It’s never been more fun to learn new words and test your vocabulary for everyone from English learners to total word nerds.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel, the spreadsheet app, lets you create, view, edit, and share your files quickly and easily. Manage spreadsheets, tables and workbooks attached to email messages from your phone with this powerful productivity app. Work in data analysis, accounting, auditing, or other fields confidently with anyone, anywhere. Quickly graph the most complex formulas, charts and tables with amazing features.

Microsoft Lens: PDF Scanner

Microsoft Lens (formerly Office Lens) trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. You can use Microsoft Lens to convert images to PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files, digitize printed or handwritten text, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device. You can even import images that are already on your device using Gallery.

Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive keeps your photos, videos, and files backed up, protected, synced, and accessible on all your devices. The OneDrive app lets you view and share OneDrive files, photos, and videos with friends and family. You can use the app to automatically back up your phone's photos and videos.

Microsoft OneNote

With OneNote, you can plan that big event, seize that moment of inspiration to create something new, and track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Write memos, make a digital sketchbook and save notes right on your phone.

Microsoft Outlook

Outlook lets you bring all your email accounts and calendars in one convenient spot. Whether it's staying on top of your inbox or scheduling the next big thing, we make it easy to be your most productive, organized, and connected self.

Microsoft PowerPoint

The PowerPoint app gives you access to the familiar slideshow maker tool you already know. Create, edit, view, present, or share presentations quickly and easily from anywhere.

Microsoft Word

The trusted Word app lets you create, edit, view, and share your files with others quickly and easily. Send, view and edit Office docs attached to emails from your phone with this powerful word processing app from Microsoft.

MyLight – Flashlight & LED

The simplest way to light up your environment! With MyLight you get everything you need for lighting.

n-Track Studio | DAW

Produce Music & Beats with n-Track Studio. Includes our industry-leading Step Sequencer beat maker, loops & playable instruments. Record, edit & mix audio and MIDI tracks. n-Track Studio is a powerful Audio and MIDI multitrack recorder & music-making app that turns your iOS device into a complete Recording Studio & Beat Maker.

Nearpod

Bring student engagement into every classroom with Nearpod. Nearpod is a student engagement platform built to make teaching with technology easy. It’s designed to work with any classroom technology, from iPads and iPhones to Macs and Chromebooks. With Nearpod you can control what your students see and get feedback in real-time.

Notability

Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation. Apple Editors' Choice and top ranked app worldwide on App Store, regularly #1. Students, teachers, artists, and professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. Notes are just the beginning; find inspiration, capture ideas, and unleash your creativity with Notability. (This is a free app, but the school provides an annual subscription for unlimited note taking and premium content for 5th-grade students to use on their school device.)

Numbers

Numbers is the most innovative spreadsheet app ever designed for a mobile device. Get started with one of over 30 Apple-designed templates for your home budget, checklist, invoice, mortgage calculator, and more. Choose from over 250 powerful functions. Draw and write with Apple Pencil on supported devices, or use your finger. Tap to add tables, charts, text, and images anywhere on the free-form canvas. Animate your data with interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts. Easily filter through large tables. Find patterns and trends using pivot tables.

Pages

Pages is the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. Start with an Apple-designed template to instantly create gorgeous reports, digital books, resumes, posters, and more. Or use a blank document and create your own design. Easily add images, movies, audio, tables, charts, and shapes. You can even draw and annotate using Apple Pencil on supported devices or your finger. Pages has been designed exclusively for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Paper by WeTransfer

Paper’s perfectly-tuned tools make it easy to sketch, collage, paint, draw—wherever your thoughts take you. Wave goodbye to distracting menus and let natural gestures guide you, keeping you in your creative flow

Penultimate

The best digital handwriting on iPad. Penultimate combines distraction-free, natural handwriting and sketching with the power of Evernote’s sync and search. Take class or meeting notes, journal your thoughts, or outline your next big idea—in the office or on the go. From the first stroke, Penultimate makes the experience of pen and paper more productive.

Pocket Pitch - The Singer App

Pocket Pitch is a simple tool for singers who need to be able to quickly identify or play notes. This app combines a pitch pipe and piano so that you have two of the quintessential tools of a singer! The Pitch Pipe is its primary function. It uses professionally recorded sound so that the audio experience is just like carrying around a pitch pipe with you.

PowerSchool Mobile

Built for convenient access to real-time student information like grades, assignments, and attendance, the PowerSchool Mobile App provides enhanced functionality for parents, guardians, and students. Get easy access to the most important student data with an updated user interface, dashboard, and improved app structure

Procreate

Loved by creative pros and aspiring artists alike, Procreate is the leading creative application made for iPad. Offering 100s of handmade brushes, a suite of innovative artistic tools, advanced layer system, and the lightning fast Valkyrie graphics engine — Procreate has everything you need to create expressive sketches, rich paintings, gorgeous illustrations and beautiful animations.  (This is a paid app purchased by the school for Middle School Art students to use on their school device as determined and assigned by their teacher.)

Quizizz: Play to Learn

Use the Quizizz app to learn anything, anywhere. You can study on your own or engage in group quizzes, assignments, and presentations—in person and remotely. Quizizz is used by more than 70 million people per month in schools, homes, and offices around the world.

Quizlet: Learn with Flashcards

With new expert explanations, an AI Learning Assistant and our ever-effective flashcards, get a suite of science-backed study tools at your fingertips. Quizlet is the easiest way to study, practice and master whatever subject you’re learning. Download the app today and join over 60 million students owning their classes with Quizlet.

Schoology

Get the award-winning app that extends Schoology’s powerful learning management solution to your iOS device. Manage your classroom, create and submit assignments, participate in interactive discussions, perform assessments, collaborate with your peers, and much more! With Schoology’s iOS mobile app, you can have rich and engaging academic experiences anytime, anywhere.

ScratchJr

By snapping together graphical programming blocks, children can make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. In the process, children learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children don’t just learn to code, they code to learn.

Sight Reading Factory

Sight Reading Factory makes practicing the important skill of sight reading quick, easy, effective and fun! This app composes music instantly and on-demand, providing musicians with a virtually unlimited supply of sight reading material. There are multiple levels of difficulty and the exercises can even be customized exactly to the needs of the musician. Sight Reading Factory is very versatile and can be used by musicians of all ages and abilities including music educators, music students, casual musicians and even professional musicians. Sight reading exercises can be generated for piano, guitar, voice, woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion and even full ensembles.

Socrative Student

Students share their understanding by answering formative assessment questions in a variety of formats: quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races. Once students launch the Socrative Student App, they'll be prompted to join the teacher's room via the teacher's unique code. No student accounts necessary!

Star Rover HD - Night Sky Map

Do you love the starry night? Do you want to know everything in the sky? Star Rover HD is the fantastic planetarium for your iPad. Just hold up your iPad and Star Rover HD will tell you exactly what you are pointing at. (This is a paid app purchased by the school for Middle School students to use on their school device.)

Stick Around by Tony Vincent

Play, design, and share sorting and labeling puzzles! Stick Around comes with an assortment of puzzles, including ordering decimals and classifying rocks. It's the player's job to drag the stickers from the tray to their correct spots on the background before time runs out. Please note that this app is discontinued - the current availability means that the existing customers are still able to download it. Thank you for understanding!  (This is a paid app purchased by the school for Middle School students to use on their school device.)

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds makes it fun to learn to code and build real apps. You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Get Started with Code” and learn the basics of building apps in “Get Started with Apps.” You experiment with a wide range of challenges and samples that let you explore unique coding experiences.

The MT Pit

The MT Pit provides instrumental backing tracks for musicals. Gain access to an ever expanding library of titles, which contain the full orchestration (songs, overture, underscores). Use your device to play tracks for your auditions, rehearsal, but most importantly, your performance. All tracks are recorded live, with industry elite musicians, giving you the best substitute to a full orchestra.

Typic - Text on Photos

Add text to your photos, create amazing stories, design like a pro, and have fun! Hundreds of fonts, filters, designs, and more! (This is a paid app purchased by the school for Middle School students to use on their school device.)

U.S. State Capitals

U.S.A. States & Capitals! Can you name all 50 states and their capitals? Want to take a quiz and find out? Bet you don't know some of the state capitals!

Wider by Infected Mushroom 

Wider is a mono-to-stereo converter and stereo image widener plug-in (AUv3) by Infected Mushroom and Polyverse. It is mono compatible and does not color the sound.

ZOOM Cloud Meetings

Zoom is #1 in customer satisfaction and the best unified communication experience on mobile. It's super easy! Install the free Zoom app, click on "New Meeting," and invite up to 100 people to join you on video! Connect with anyone on iPad, iPhone, other mobile devices, Windows, Mac, Zoom Rooms, H.323/SIP room systems, and telephones.

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