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Core Apps

Faculty are encouraged to adopt the following Core productivity apps for students to have a common experience as they go from course to course; doing so will prevent them from needing to learn or purchase multiple apps for activities such as note-taking, PDF-viewing and annotating. These apps can be used in and out of the classroom, are free or available at a low cost and mostly accessible. 

This list was compiled after testing by CSUN staff from Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES), National Center on Deafness (NCOD), Universal Design Center (UDC) and the Faculty Technology Center (FTC).

iOS 6 icon - Pages App PagesiOS 6 icon - Keynote app Keynote
 iOS 6 icon - Numbers app NumbersiOS 6 icon - Socrative app Socrative
 iOS 6 icon - Adobe Reader Adobe ReaderiOS 6 icon - Explain Everything app Explain Everything
 iOS 6 icon - Documents 2 Free Documents 2 FreeiOS 6 icon - Blackboard collaborate Blackboard Collaborate
 Evernote app EvernoteFlipboard App Flipboard
 iOS 6 icon - Calculator Pro Free Calculator Pro FreeDragon Dictation app Dragon Dictation 
 iOS 6 icon - Box app BoxCitrix Receiver app Citrix Receiver*   

Additional Resources

The Apple App Store houses over 300,000 iPad-specific apps. Some apps come pre-loaded on an iPad. Sign in to the Apple App Store with your AppleID to download apps – many are free or low cost.   

The University of Minnesota has compiled a listing of applications, in a number of different categories. Most apps listed are fully VoiceOver accessible with exceptions noted.  

MERLOT is a program of the California State University that houses a collection of peer reviewed higher education, online resources (e.g., Open Journal Articles, Open Courses, Open Textbooks). MERLOT provides a free iOS app (MERLOT OER Search) that can be downloaded  through the Apple App Store and used on an iPad or iPhone. The app provides access to the MERLOT database of 35,000+ higher education Open Education Resources.

Note: The Citrix Receiver app allows students to access available myCSUNsoftware on an iPad. After downloading the app, follow the instructions for setting up the iPad in the myCSUNsoftware user's guide.