Useful Apps

Wanting to use an iPad but not sure how? In this section, you will find a list of apps organised by learning activities.

How can I create and view presentations?
How can I record and edit videos?
How can I record audio?
How can I annotate images?
How can I take and share notes?
How can I record screencasts?
How can I create quizzes and polls?
How can I mark assignments and annotate PDFs?
How can I create, edit and view Microsoft Word Docs?
How can I create mind maps?
How can I create and organise my references?
How can I access open educational resources?

How can I create and view presentations

Download SlideRocket Player

Keynote is a very powerful and easy to use  presentation app.  By simply touching and tapping you can apply different themes, add text and images and create charts. Full-screen view allows you to present right from your iPad. Keynote exports to PDF  and PowerPoint, so students can edit their presentation after the activity in class. Cost: £6.99

Download SlideRocket Player

The SlideRocket Player app enables you to access and share your presentations on the go from any location.  Both PowerPoint and Google presentations are compatible with the app and it also can play YouTube videos embedded on the slides. The report functionality allows you view analytics and viewing patterns so you keep track of who and where people have accessed a presentation from. Cost: FREE

Prezi is a great alternative to traditional PowerPoint slideshows; it is a dynamic presentation platform that is described as ‘The Zooming Presentation Editor’. The Prezi Viewer allows you to view and revise Prezi presentations. It allows you to retouch your Prezis, correct typos and adjust your presentations on the iPad. If you connect the iPad up to a screen, you can use it to present and navigate through your Prezis without the use of a laptop or computer. Cost: FREE

How can I record and edit videos

Viddy describes itself as ‘A simple way for anyone to capture, beautify and share videos with the world.’ It is an easy and effective way of editing videos; you can also record directly through the Viddy app. You can apply different effects, sound and filters to make your videos stand out. Viddy accounts are free and you can sign up for it using an email address or a Twitter account. Cost: FREE

How can I record audio

Audioboo is an audio recording and sharing app. The free version allows you to create audio recordings up to three minutes in length. You can add titles, tags, location information and a photo to the recording. You can record your audio on the app and then email a link to the recording to yourself or a peer. It can be useful for making recordings of lectures or peer feedback. However, it is important to note that the recordings are public and can be listened to by anyone who has the link. Cost: FREE

SoundCloud is a social sound platform and with the app you can record the recordings to upload onto the platform. You can pause and resume your sound recordings, so you don’t need to record everything in one go. The app allows you to trim and edit the recordings. The advantage of this app is that you can make your recordings private and then just email them to your peers. Cost: FREE

How can I annotate images

Skitch is a brilliant easy to use image annotation app. It give you options of taking a photo, open an image, draw on a map and screenshots or just starting with a blank page. You can use shapes, arrows, sketches and text annotation within the image. Skitch is part of the Evernote family of apps so you will need an Evernote account to login. Cost: FREE

How can I take and share notes

Notability is one of the best note-taking apps. It has a simple interface making it very intuitive to use. Notability allows you to do handwriting, typing and audio recording. It also has the ability to annotate imported or new pictures and PDFs; great for giving feedback. Cost: £0.69

Evernote is a free note-taking app with an audio recording and picture embedding feature. It has its own cloud-based storage system for your notes; you get a 60MB allowance free. The text editing is similar to Microsoft Word. Notes can be emailed, shared  or printed directly from the iPad. Cost: FREE

CloudOn describes itself as bringing Microsoft Office®  to the iPad. It allows you to create, review and edit documents from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can also track changes while reviewing Word documents and edit transitions in PowerPoint slides. You can also use CloudOn as a file viewer as it supports many file formats such as PDF, JPEG and PNG. To share files, you can use the app’s own email feature. Note that this app requires either a Dropbox, Google Drive or Box account. Cost: FREE

How can I create screencasts

ScreenChomp is a simple “white board” app incooporating the use of images and markers.  You can record, sketch and share with ScreenChomp.  It’s great for explaining consepts and ideas.  Cost: FREE

Explain Everything ™   is a screencasting and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export a variety of files to and from almost anywhere. You can create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage. Cost: £1.99

How can I create quizzes and polls

With eClicker Presenter you can create and deliver real-time quizzes and polls to a classroom of students. Students can participate in the poll with  internet-enabled iOS devices they already own, through the free app called eClicker Audience. Cost: £10.49

eClicker clienteClicker Audience can only be used in conjunction with the  eClicker Presenter app. It is a response system that allows students to respond (including anonymous responses) to quizzes and polls created by tutors in eClicker Presenter. To get started with your quizzes you will need  a Wi-Fi network, and students with internet-enabled devices to participate. Cost: FREE

eClicker client

Teacher Clicker – Socrative is ideal for interaction within classrooms. It allows you to ask questions in real time via Single Question Activity, or by creating quizzes beforehand and running it during class.  It’s a great tool to measure student understanding in real time. Socrative can run from Apple and Android devices, computers, tables and smartphones.  You can ask students bring their own devices (tables, smartphones and laptops) and join in the learning! Cost: FREE

Student Clicker – Socrative can only be used with conjunction with Teacher Clicker – Socrative. This  student response system allows student to engage with short answer questions, quick quizzes, multiple choice questions.  It allows students to provide feedback on the lessons and how well you understand the material. Cost: FREE

How can I mark assignments and annotate PDFs


 iAnnotate  is a great app for reading and annotating PDF files. It has a very intuitive interface and allows you to quickly navigate and multitask within your documents. It connects to Dropbox so you can assess and manage your files. It is an ideal app for both students and tutors for annotating articles/presentations, marking assignments and annotating academic papers. Cost: £6.99

How can I create, edit and view Microsoft Word Docs

eClicker client

Pages is word processor developed by Apple for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. It allows you to create, edit, and view documents on the go. Pages works with iCloud, so your documents automatically stay up to date if you have multiple Apple devices.  You can also open documents from your Dropbox in Pages. Cost: £6.99

Office² HD is a simple and  intuitive office document editor available on the iPad. Allows you to open, view, create and edit Word (DOC & DOCX), Excel (XLS & XLSX), and PowerPoint (PPT & PPTX) files right from your iPad. Cost: £5.49

Quickoffice Pro HD  allows you to create and edit ALL Microsoft® Office document, spreadsheet, and presentation formats, as well as view PDF file. The advantages of this app is that it  includes tracked changes and comments for documents. It has an advanced file manager, which lets you manage local files, access Dropbox or other cloud accounts. Cost: £13.99

How can I create mind maps

Popplet is a mind mapping app with a very simple interface.  It allows you to to visually organise your thoughts, ideas and information. You can add text, upload images, embed videos and draw. The advantages of Popplet is that it allows realtime collaboration between multiple devices  connected to the same Popplet. It supports PDF and JPEG exports.  Popplet lite is a free version but it is limited to just one popplet! You can view an example of popplets on our blog. Cost: £2.99

iThoughtsHDiThoughtsHD is a mindmapping app. The same as Popplet you can use iThoughtsHD for doing task lists, brainstorming, project planning, course and meeting notes. The advantages of this app is that it exports to wider variety of formats and and allows cloud synchronisation with Dropbox.  Cost: £6.99

If you have any questions about using these apps or have any suggestions of other useful apps, please contact Learning and Teaching Development at

How can I create and organise my references


ReferenceME app lets you scan ISBN book barcodes using a mobile device camera and converts it into a bibliography. You can also manually enter journal articles and the app will format the information for you into a bibliographical entry. The app supports the major of referencing styles used by universities so that you can convert your bibliography within seconds. Cost: £0.69

How can I access open educational resources


With iTunes U app you can get access to free lectures, books and videos developed by leading universities in the world. There is a large variety of subjects to choose from, ranging from History, Biology to learning a foreign language.  You can make notes and share course information with others  through Twitter, e-mail or messages. The app is available on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Cost: FREE


TED app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch presents talks from probably the biggest repository of talks by inspiring and fascinating people from across the glob.  Check out favorite TED talks of our TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) team at this App of the week post.  Cost: FREE


Khan Academy is more for school and college students. It allows you to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,500 videos. There are a lot of topics to explore  K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Cost: FREE

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