People are always asking us for a list of our top ten apps. That’s a tough call… However, we can assure you that any app we have featured on our site, is worthy of a download. That said, we have compiled a list of app developers who continuously bring outstanding apps to the market.

        Outstanding Developers of 2011 

10 developers who have made their mark!



Dan Russell Pinson – You may know Dan from his popular apps, Stack the States, Rocket Math, Stack the Countries, & Presidents vs. Aliens. Dan’s first app, Stack the States, was one of the first apps TWA ever reviewed and it still consistently ranks in the top 10 in the App Store. Just recently a group of students was clustered around a desk totally engaged, playing cooperatively, learning pertinent information and having FUN while playing Stack the States! All of Dan’s apps are top of the line in function and educational value. They’re edutainment at it’s best.


Jungle Education, founded by Andrew Short, is committed to providing engaging, easy to use, educational apps for mobile devices. These award winning apps include Jungle Time, Jungle Fractions and Jungle Coins. As his apps confirm, Andrew is passionate about education and creating educational apps that make learning a fun, interactive experience.  His choice of topics couldn’t be better and his apps are a stable go-to whenever any of these concepts arise, which is often. Kids adore the selection of animals and each unique voice. There are lots of options for learners of varied abilities and all can be programmed in the easy to use settings.


Kyle Tomson is the founder of the Mobile Education Store and is one developer you can trust to deliver.  His first apps were developed with the intent to help elementary age children build their language skills. He has recently included the teen audience as well.  Kyle’s apps are used by parents, educators, Speech Language Pathologists, teachers in ESL and yes, even in the general education classroom.  All the apps engage the visual, audio and tactile senses, helping students learn faster and retain what they’ve learned. Kyle has told us that he has some incredible things coming in 2012. We can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve!


Tribal Nova developed the iLearn With series. Pierre LeLann, our contact in Quebec has had quite the experience partnering with some big names like, award winning PBS KIDS PLAY! and CBC WONDERWORLD online learning programs. The iLearn series tackles the important life science subjects of seasons and weather and jungle animals. These important subjects are taught to all young children. The iLearn With apps will prepare your child for school. Plus, they will love learning with Poko and friends.


Nosy Crow is a brilliant publishing company. This is the team behind the magnificent rendition of The Three Little Pigs, which was named one of “The Best Children’s Books on the iPad” by The New York Times. Cinderella, another classic they developed, was illustrated and animated by the same Ed Bryan, who did the Three Little Pigs. Nosy Crow also has Bizzy Bear on the Farm and another two in the works, both are slated to hit the App Store in January. Nosy Crow says, “We want to be sure that (our books) meet the needs of a reader (or emerging reader), and meets that need as well as it possibly can. That means great illustration, great design, great audio, great video, great animation and really great writing. We go out of our way to find these things from new and established talents.” It’s evident that all that hard work is paying off – greatly.


Spinlight Studios is a design and advertising agency that specializes in all forms of branding: print, web, copywriting, packaging, and interior.  Recently they made their way into the app world. Spinlight first released their Education Series, which includes TallyTots, AlphaTots, and TableTots. These apps provide opportunities for kids to discover and learn. They cry out to be touched, tapped and turned. As the kids giggle and sigh they’re getting a strong head start. Their latest release, Operation Math, is for the older students. While on a top secret mission, the kids are painlessly practicing their math facts and loving every minute of it!


e Skills Learning develops and publishes instructional materials and they have 30 years of experience in traditional educational publishing behind them. Now they are developing apps to help students achieve success in reading. Their apps in the MiniMod Series incorporate: Reading for Detail, Reading for Inferences, Word Structure, Homophones, Nouns and Verbs. These apps may not have all the bells and whistles we are accustomed to – but they do put struggling students on the road to reading very effectively. Students love the short, high-interest, nonfiction reading passages and the built in game play.


iDevBooks, by Esa Helttula – Esa first started as a researcher of algorithm visualization at the University of Tampere where he designed educational applications that made complex algorithms more accessible to computer science students. When Esa went looking for a column addition app for his daughter he was surprised to find that there weren’t any.  Nor, were there any that taught column subtraction, long division and long multiplication in an easy way. Fast forward, Esa now has a collection of 16 math apps in the app store! He uses his knowledge to make great teaching and learning apps for children and anybody else who wants to learn math. Here is a couple our classroom go- to’s: Lattice Multiplication, Partial Products Multiplication, Partial Quotients Division, Fraction Math.


Loud Crow Interactive turns traditional books into digital masterpieces and introduces the reader to another level of innovation and immersion. Get ready for an unforgettable experience that will entertain, educate, and inspire. Their titles include many books by Sandra Boynton, and new takes on classics like PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit, PopOut! The Tale Squirrel Nutkin and most recently, A Charlie Brown Christmas, almost all of which we have featured on our Just Books page. When you open their book apps, you will experience a whole new way of reading. From the first page flip to the last, you’ll quickly realize that this isn’t your average e-book.


Motion Math developed the first learning games to fully leverage the tilt controls of Apple iDevices and won an Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design from Children’s Technology Review. Stanford University School of Education graduates, Gabriel Adauto and Jacob Klein, developed Motion Math to teach fractions. Subsequent games created for mobile learning let kids play with numbers. Their engaging game suite helps children master math’s foundations – they turn screen time into learning time! Read our review of Motion Math HD to get a feel for what these developers bring to the table. In addition, their latest app, Motion Math: Hungry Fish will soon be featured on our home page.

Stay tuned… Our next post will feature a short list of Tried and True Classroom Apps

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  8. There really are some great educational app developers out there! I’d also like to point out Auryn’s interactive book apps. Their digital adaptation of Van Gogh and the Sunflowers is an incredible app for early art appreciation.

  9. Suzanne says:

    As a teacher, mother and app developer I am so happy that educators are beginning to use apps in the classroom. The uses are limitless and students themselves will discover more and more app needs as we go along. We train teachers and are considering purchasing a bank of iPads so that we can use apps and build new apps as part of our professional learning.

  10. Anna says:

    I would add “Tantrum Solutions”. Their educational apps are excellent! Check them out if you haven’t already.

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  12. Adam Coccari says:

    What a great list of developers. All of them deserve recognition. Many of them inspired me to become a developer and create educational games of my own, especially Dan Russell-Pinson and Gabriel of Motion Math. Great work guys, keep it up! Hopefully InterAction Education will be up here next year =D.

  13. Lori says:

    Splash Math and SpaceBoards….how difficult it must have been to pick just 10!

  14. Lori says:

    Some other great developers not mentioned were Toca Boca and Lil Bit Studios! Check them out if you haven’t already!