I'm often asked if there are any Bible "apps" I'd recommend for use in Sunday School or home. In short, the good ones are few and far between, and by the time you read this, they may be defunct. Some apps come and go rather quickly or are buggy. But... there are some good ones. Read on! We're talking about downloadable apps for cellphones and tablets and a few which are websites-based content creation tools (like Genially). If you want to recommend an app, please hit the "reply" button below.
Bible-based Apps for Sunday School Kids
There are two main categories of Bible "apps" for kids:
- Christian video apps that allow your kids to access and watch Christian videos. Sometimes the content is free. Sometimes the app is free but extra content is pay-as-you-go. Some like the Superbook app are completely free.
- Bible Story and Game Apps for your cellphone or tablet. Some of these have "in app purchases" to unlock features or extra content." Some of these are iphone/Apple store only, but most also have an Android/GooglePlay version as well. And some have multiple versions of the app for use on a wide array of platforms, including PCs and tablets.
*Many apps require an internet connection to download specific story or game content as you use the app
This is a courtesy listing. Some are better than others or may meet more of your needs. The theological point of view of many Bible apps is conservative, though less-conservative believers may find that POV muted or not objectionable. Like all resources, you have to preview.
SunScool --this app is awesome! And it comes in iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac and Window versions. Created by a UK non-profit international ministry, the app also comes in many different languages. With the exception of one or two story retellings, I found it reasonably ecumenical. Especially liked the story related puzzles, narration option, and "diamonds" awards to incentivize use. See my full review in a post below!
Bible App for Kids by life.church --this ministry continues to develop a very nice "app" product for young children. Also known as the "You Version Bible App for Kids" --the stories are animated.
Superbook Kids Bible App --a free app that lets you watch the popular Superbook Bible story videos.
RightNow Media --they have a large catalog of Bible videos for kids and adults which you can access over the app (or online) for a fee.
Jesus Bible Trivia Challenge
Bible Coloring Book (Bible Coloring Pages)
Guardians of Ancora from Scripture Union is designed for iPad, Looks very interesting.
The Bible Word Match Game
Bible Songs for Kids (Offline)
Windows-Based Bible Software recently released or in production
As of 2022, I have found just two PC-only Bible games in development. There may be more. Neither has been released. If I find more worth mentioning I'll create a new post about them.
- BIBLE X coming in 2023/24, a game about a dystopian future.
Not sure of the theological POV.
- Exodus Vigil --a game exploring the Exodus and Egypt. The graphics look great.
- Please note: A few of the "apps" also come in a Windows version.
Supporting Members of Rotation.org have free access to Sunday Software's library of 18 Bible story and game programs for Windows.
Secular Apps That Might Be Useful in a Sunday School Setting
Here's a list of secular apps suggested by other teachers that have been used in Sunday School (or someone thought about using them). The list is about two years old, so a few of these apps may already be defunct or superseded by the next great app. (This message posted 2020.)
A list of secular “learning and creativity” apps, mostly of the Apple iPad variety. A few are free or have free account options. MOST of these would be for older children and teens.
Having used a number of "creativity programs" over the years in my computer labs, the issue is always the amount of time it takes for the kids to learn and use the tool -vs- the amount of classroom time they take to focus the tool on the CONTENT you want them to learn. You can waste a lot of time "being creative" and not teaching a darn thing. The answer is to know your tool, and keep the kids on track.
- For creating podcasts: Anchor
- For creating videos: Animoto, Clips, Flipgrid, Kapwing, Loom, Magisto, Typito, WeVideo
- For creating animated videos: PuppetMaster App
This looks really cool, though might take some time to play, create, and master.
See the YouTube video demonstration of Puppetmaster. It's not free, but might be worth the $2.99 if you are really into your tech Sunday School! See my "closer look" below.
- For making a video into a lesson: Edpuzzle
- For creating publications: Book Creator
- For giving photos a voice by taking a picture: Chatterpix Kids
- For creating scavenger hunts: GooseChase
- For drawing and animating: Green Screen by Do Ink
- For creating online binders: LiveBinders
- For engaging discussions: NowComment
- For creating boards, documents, and webpages: Padlet
- For creating digital stories: Pixie
- For creating digital stories using photos: PhotoPeach
- For creating digital flashcards and interactive games: Quizlet
- For creating immersive 360 tours: Tour Creator
- For creating playlists and newsletter: Wakelet
- See the post below about Genially -- a fun creative content creation program. It's not an app, rather, you log onto a website to use it and share presentations with each other.
- Some of the apps originally on the above list were nowhere to be found when I updated the list. If you can't find it in your app store, then it's probably defunct. Let me know.
What would you add to the list? Which apps have you used in the classroom (or recommended for home use)? Post your recommendations below.
This topic was started by Rev Neil MacQueen, founder of Sunday Software and a Sunday School computer lab teacher with over two decades of teaching with tech experience. 18 of Neil's interactive PC software titles have been made available as free downloads to the supporting members of Rotation.org.
Many of the same principles Neil pioneered with computer software in the classroom apply to the use of tablets and apps, most importantly the "guide by the side" position of the teacher with tech and students, and the understanding that the tech tools we use should serve the goals of the lesson plan, not crowd it out.
See the recording of a Webinar about Teaching with Sofware and Bible Apps led by Neil at https://www.rotation.org/topic...oftware-Apps-Seminar. In it he talks about many of the apps listed in this topic, as well as how to teach with software and apps in Sunday School and at-home.