Sonoma County Office of Education



iPadA growing number of schools are embracing iPads and other iOS devices as powerful and versatile tools for learning. This page offers information and resources to support the application of these devices in school learning environments.

Five Terrific Apps to Support Number Sense, Grades K-4 | Link
Number sense is key to the development of mathematical skills in the early grades. To complement the counting and sorting activities that traditionally support early number sense learning, teachers can employ technology to guide and enhance skill development. This blog post highlights five terrific apps that promote number sense among students in grades K-4.

Amazing Augmented Reality Apps | Link
Augmented reality is being applied in a number of different educational tablet applications. What is augmented reality? It is the direct or indirect view of the physical world with elements that are supplemented by computer-generated sensory input through sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. This blog post shares information on five augmented reality apps that K-12 schools can use with either iOS or Android tablets.

Finding Excellent iPad Apps | Link
iPads can be powerful learning tools when they are paired with excellent apps. Tech-savvy teachers actively search out apps to support student learning. With over 300,000 apps to choose from, a common question is, “How do you find excellent apps for the classroom?” This recent SCOE blog post offers suggestions for finding and evaluating iPad apps.

Incredible Music Technology for Schools: GarageBand | Link
There are moments when you look at technology and say, “Cool!” or “Awesome!” There are other times (less frequent, but more memorable) when you say, “WOW, THIS IS INCREDIBLE!” I had one of those moments learning about GarageBand.

Exploriments’ Simple Circuits | Link
Learning about electricity can be interesting and fun with an iPad app from Exploriments called Simple Circuits. Based on constructivist learning theory, Simple Circuits encourages inquiry and experimentation. Users make their own electrical circuits by choosing elements from a component palette. Elements can be connected in varied arrangements, then “turned on” to show design results.

Resource Collections
iPad Education Apps
iPad Productivity Apps
LiveBinder: iPads in Schools
The iPad Learning Studio
Rae Fearing’s Pinterest Board featuring iPads in Education

Skill Checklists
Personal Skill Areas for Educators (pdf)
Classroom Skill Areas for Educators (pdf)

App Evaluation Resources
English-Language Arts Framework (pdf)
Mathematics Framework (pdf)
Evaluation Rubric (pdf)
Education App Evaluation Checklist (pdf)

Apple Guides and Purchasing Resources
IT Resources
Apple Volume Purchase Program


SCOE has a set of 15 iPads in the try-before-you-buy program. Sonoma County educators interested in seeing how iPads work in their classrooms can arrange to spend a week with devices. To learn more, contact:

  • Rick Phelan, Director, Technology for Learners


Questions may be directed to:

  • Rick Phelan, Director, Technology for Learners
Leilan, Student
"I like Amarosa because there's a much smaller student count and so teachers can be one-on-one with you. They can actually help you and be one-on-one with you while the class is doing something else. I feel like that's a huge game-changer." - Leilan, Student