By Teachers, For Teachers
When it comes to apps, things tend to move real fast in the world of technology in the classroom. Just when you thought you had a handle on a new app, another one comes out that they can do even more than the one you just mastered. Here are some of the most popular technology in the classroom apps that are still continuing to dominate schools.
Tinytap is an amazingly popular app that produces educational games that were created by teachers as well as publishers. Teachers love this app because their students can gain access to educational activities in any subject. Students love this app because they can play games or follow a learning path where they must pass courses. Overall, this app makes it easy to track a child’s progress, because all you have to do is look at the TinyTap insights. If you can’t find an educational game that suits your students’ needs within the app, then you have the ability to create one yourself. For only $6.99 a month or $59.99 for a yearly subscription, you have the ability to create not only games, but lessons, interactive presentations, eBooks, quizzes, videos, and more.
Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio app. This app is designed to save you and your students a lot of time and effort because it’s easily accessible from anywhere. Teachers can give parents a QR code that allows them to gain access to their child’s information on an app.
For teachers, Seesaw saves time on communication, because it’s easy to offer feedback and to send and receive messages from students and their parents. It also saves time on organization. For students, the dashboard is easy for little hands to navigate, so students can showcase their work in pictures, videos, or text. Overall, it’s a great way to manage student work while being able to communicate easily to students and their parents.
The Remind app was created in 2011, but is still going strong and is at the top of the list for still trending in educational apps with a 4.7 stars out of 5 in the Apple Store. The Remind app is an app that reinforces the communication that you have with your students and parents. It allows teachers to send text messages reminding about homework, due dates, event dates, quizzes, field trips, or anything else that needs a reminder. Their newest innovation is the ability to pay with your credit card for school activities. The activities section of the app allows teachers to collect money for field trips, sporting events, or anything else that may needs collecting. They are making waves by eliminating the traditional envelope payment, and making it easy and convenient for parents to pay. The app is free to use and can also be downloaded on an iPad.
Google Classroom is a free app for anyone that has a Google account. It’s designed to help teachers create as well as grade assignments without using paper. This “Green” way of teaching has gained quite a popularity in schools across the country. Each time a student logs onto their account, her work is automatically saved and she can access it from anywhere and at any time. Students can keep track of what’s due on the assignments page, and teachers can see who hasn’t turned in their homework as well as give their students real-time feedback with just a click of a button. This app is also on the top of the list for most-used, and still trending with a 4.6 star rating in the App Store.
This free classroom communication app allows users to engage with their classes in a safe manner. Some of the popular features are staying current on class assignments, using teacher-created assessments, allowing Edmodo to grade work for you, as well as using the apps and badges to help increase students’ engagement. Teachers have total control and take anything down at any point, as well as reset passwords, if necessary. Some of the new features that users are loving are the direct messaging ability, as well as the daily planner that shows all of the upcoming assignments and events. Overall, this app is still trending because of its easy-to-use navigation and improved features.
There will always be a new app in the education world. It is up to you to stay up to date on the latest ones. The more that you know, the more that your students will know. Download these apps today and let us know what your favorites are.
Do you use any of the technology in the classroom apps that were mentioned? If so, what are your favorites? Please share with us in the comment section below, we’d love to hear what you think.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.