Top Apps for ELLs By Mary Cavazos


Tools for Students

Great templates for Cause and Effect, Character Analysis, Compare and Contrast. *$0.99: Apple devices only

  • Many graphic organizers
  • Saves graphic maps into app
  • No account needed
  • Export easily


*FREE: Apple devices only

  • Collaborate and share with other iPads
  • Customize sticky notes, text, drawing tools by color and size
  • Use as a white board
  • Export to other apps (screenshot)
  • Save to library
  • Variety of graphic maps



An app that allows students to independently document their learning, and gives families a personalized window into the child’s school day. *FREE: Apple, Android, Web

  • Digital classroom for student portfolios and allows parents to stay connected
  • Photos, videos, drawings, links, text notes
  • Work organized by student folders
  • Teachers can view student work by class or individually
  • Parent app allow immediate feedback
  • Many safety features


Teacher created library of interactive activities. *FREE: Apple, Android, and Online

  • Interactive presentations
  • Interactive quizzes, games, and flashcards-can assign
  • Create puzzles
  • Touch sound boards
  • Images, text, videos
  • Many pre-created presentations


Differentiated question stems based on Bloom’s and ESL linguistic levels. *2.99-Android/Apple-3.99

  • Sticks can be mark as used
  • “Peek” into can to call on a student
  • Collect formative assessment by marking (correct, incorrect, or opinion)


Improves the way you read, annotate, and research. *FREE-Apple

  • Annotate: highlight text, images, comments
  • Add notes or comments to pdf
  • Export with annotations



Easiest way to engage your students with videos and track their understanding. *FREE-Apple, Android, Online

  • Interactive video lessons
  • Multiple choice, true/false, open-ended questions
  • Quizzes automatically graded
  • Share quizzes
  • organize/assign videos by classes-get reports


Create, Engage and Assess. Bring the classroom to life with interactive mobile presentations that teachers create and customize themselves. *FREE-Apple, Android Devices, and Online

  • Interactive presentations with real time assessment tools
  • Create slides (import PDF, powerpoint, HaikuDeck, or Google slides)
  • Slideshows, videos, websites, polls
  • True/False, Multiple Choice Quizzes
  • Drawing tools, memory, fill in the blank
  • Open response discussion, VR
  • Reports, live results


*FREE-Web based-can be used easily on devices

  • Interactive assessments with live results
  • Multiple Choice, True/False, short open response questions
  • Drawing tools
  • Images, text, videos
  • Live results/Reports


Writing an Opinion


  • Guided steps to writing for persuasive or expository
  • Plan paragraphs
  • On-screen prompts
  • Summary of writing plan
  • Word bank and checklist

Stories on Stix

* $1.99-Apple

  • Create creative stories with prompts
  • Generate ideas
  • Complete details (who, what, when, where, and details)
  • Save stories to library
  • Export

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