10 Favorite Apps for Education and Enterprise

Planning a little back-to-school app shopping? Or are you a business owner looking to get the most out of the iPad? Here are some of my favorite apps to get you started.


For Educators & Students:

  • Paper by 53 (Free, $6.99 for all the tools) – A great sketchbook app for creatives, sketch your latest project and easily share it with others. Favorite feature: beautiful interface and tools that are a pleasure to use with a stylus.
  • Notability ($4.99) – This note-taking app has it all. Organize information by subject and topic, hand-write or type, even add web clips and photos. Favorite feature: organize pdf’s, images, notes, and links by subject rather than by file type.
  • Idea Sketch (Free) – Organize complex information visually in a chart. Easily communicate how topics relate to eachother with different colors and icons. Favorite feature: convert graphic organizer to outline in one tap.
  • EduCreations (Free) – Powerful smart board app. Easily write on your iPad annotating pictures and text. Project your iPad screen to share your ‘board’ with the class. Favorite feature: easily record your voice and your writing to share for flip teaching.
  • Video Physics ($2.99)- Complex video analysis of moving objects for the physics classroom. Ever wonder how fast you can throw a baseball? Performing efficency tests on parachutes? Video Physics is the best tool for the job at a fraction of the cost of more complex systems. Favorite feature: this app is built by Vernier so you can export the data for full analysis

For Enterprise:

  • Pages ($9.99)- Edit Microsoft Word documents on the go at a fraction of the cost of the full Office suite on PC. Favorite feature: save as Pages document, PDF or Word document.
  • Reminders (Included with iOS 5) – Full featured task management and reminder app. Group todo’s by topic and search topics. Favorite feature: set reminder alarms for tasks that just have to get done.
  • NearPod (Free)- Tired of boring PowerPoint presentations. Create stunning presentations that push out to user iPads. Favorite feature: pause the presentation to get audience feedback.
  • Evernote (Free)- On the go? Combine meeting notes, photos and other content in an easy to use package. Favorite feature: All content automatically syncs across your devices and the web so if you forget your laptop in the hotel room your presentation notes is available from your phone.
  • Mint – Personal finance app. Track your bank accounts and credit card spending from one easy to use app. Favorite feature: set up goals to reach each month.

What apps are you planning on using in your classroom or business this year? Sound off in the comments.

Hans Mundahl

Hans Mundahl

Director of Technology Integration at New Hampton School

I've been an educator since 1995 when I first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then I've been an Outward Bound instructor, a teacher, tutor, admission officer, house head, evening administrator on duty and I ran the experiential learning program at New Hampton School for almost ten years. Today I focus on technology integration centered on values-driven technology integration and 1:1 iPad initiatives. Recently I had the chance to help New Hampton School become an Apple Distinguished School and I co-authored the iBook Teaching with the iPad (available on the iBookstore). Now I'm the founder of a scrappy little company (one employee!) called Hans Mundahl and Associates, inc a digital strategy consultancy for schools and non-profits. My free time is usually spent with my family but I'm also passionate about the outdoors and protecting the environment. I'm on the Board of Trustees at the Newfound Lake Region Association and when I have the chance I'm an active hiker, climber, and paddler. My writing appears on EdSocialMedia.com and I speak frequently at technology and education conferences.