10 Useful Classroom Apps That Make Your Job Easier
June 6th, 2017
It’s time we stop saying that technology in the classroom is a new thing.
I remember being in Kindergarden and being taught how to use these new-fangled things called “computers”. Back then, people were worried that if kids got used to using computers, they would never appreciate books or writing. Then they realized, well, what’s the point in writing if you have a computer?
Technology in the classroom is not a new idea. The technology may be new, but the idea is not.
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If you’re the kind of educator that understands how useful technology can be in your profession, then you’ll want to look at all of the apps for teachers we’ve listed in this article. You’re no longer on your own. Technology is not just there to give us new skills, it’s there to make your job easier.
Bullying has become a major issue for schools today. The STOPit app and software suite give students the ability to anonymously report an incident and even include photos or videos. The administrator can then conduct a real-time two-way chat with the person to get more information. Software suite includes other tools to document, track, and manage incidents.
Getting students to study is one of the biggest challenges facing teachers. There are numerous flashcard-style apps available, but Cram is at the top of the list for a few reasons. First, it’s simple, but fully featured. Second, as a teacher, you can create a deck that your students can then download on their phone. They can’t make any changes to it, only use it to study. It should make studying a bit simpler and you can even help them by controlling what they’re studying.
ClassDojo is a very well-known app for teachers. You may already be using it. If not, you should definitely check it out. ClassDojo is all about communication and building a sense of community. Teachers can make the parents a part of the education process by sending an instant message in the app and sharing photos and videos about their child. There is also a public board that everyone can see, kind of like a social network. It’s an excellent tool for keeping the lines of communication open and building a classroom community.
4. Google Drive
There are any number of cloud-based tools you can use in the classroom. We’ve chosen Google Drive because of its popularity and because of our personal experience with it. It’s extremely easy to use, available just about anywhere and on any device or platform, and free. You can use it to share documents with students, receive papers from them, give feedback, and so much more. The sharing and privacy controls make this an extremely versatile tool for educators.
5. Remind/Remind 101
Remind and the aforementioned ClassDojo are very similar in that they’re both created to make open communication between teachers, students, and parents easier. However, they’re slightly different in style and options. ClassDojo is full of silly icons and a colorful award system, thus making it possibly more intended for younger students. Remind has a minimal design, more and communication options. You can even have your messages translated into over 70 different languages.
If you haven’t watched a TED Talk, you’ll definitely want to get in on the trend. There are TED Talks on just about any topic given by truly passionate and knowledgeable speakers. This can be useful when planning class discussions, driving home a lesson that your students are struggling with, or on those days when you sense your students need to hear a new voice.
7. Explain Everything
There are several interactive whiteboard apps. Explain Everything is a top option because of how easy it is to create a lesson that will capture your students’ attention. You can easily add visuals and text along with effects and drawings to bring your lesson to life. The service is not completely free, but you can get a 30-day trial version to see how awesome it is.
8. Teach Learn Lead
Teach Learn Lead is basically a social network just for teachers. You can find and connect with teachers just like you, start community conversations, and build a network of peers. It’s a great way for teachers to connect and solve problems together, share knowledge, and get inspiration.
Most free video editing programs and apps are somewhat limited or difficult to use. iMovie is extremely easy to figure out and full of features that can help you make a video feature in minutes, not to mention a ton of YouTube tutorials on using advanced tools to make Hollywood-style videos. Use it to put together a quick slideshow or field trip video, or integrate it into classroom projects to keep students engaged.
There are plenty of tools and apps for teachers that you can use to help your students in the classroom and to make the learning process fun and interesting. Try out these apps for yourself to see how they can help you. If you’re already using these apps, or similar ones, how much of a difference have they made in your classroom?