The school year is just around the corner for many districts across the nation. With mobile technology being infused in numerous classrooms, teachers might be looking for the best apps to use. Apps for iPads and smartphones are being used more often, and teachers need to stay ahead of the game with the most effective programs for students.
Here are 5 apps teachers should consider for their classroom:
EduBlogs is a free blogging platform available on iOS that teachers can use to spread group messages to the classroom about assignments, course changes and other last-minute information that students need. The app creates a blog, allows updates and comment control and can upload media for students to view, PC Magazine reported.
While DropBox is popular in the office setting, there's no reason why teachers can't take advantage of this cloud-based platform to share, store and receive documents. DropBox allows free subscriptions for 2 gigabytes and requires iOS. According to ABC affiliate KTVO, DropBox can give updated syllabi from any location and share content through iCloud or Google Drive. DropBox can also post grades and receive assignments securely.
3. eClicker Presenter
If teachers are looking for an app with a ton of interactivity, eClicker could be the perfect app, PC Magazine reported. The classroom interactivity app costs $14.99 and runs on iOS. It allows teachers to create interactive quizzes, and students can answer questions using their eClicker device in conjunction wit the eClicker audience app. Teachers receive the results in real-time.
4. Geography Drive USA
The interactive social studies and history app Geography Drive USA allows students to travel through the country and discover historical landmarks, locations of events and state history, Scholastic reported. The app runs on iOS, costs $4.99 and has game-like features that allow students to build up their "learning tanks" while using it.
5. Grade Book for Professors
Teachers can reduce paper clutter with the Grade Book for Professors app, which is free and available on Android, PC Magazine reported. Instructors can use the app to control and oversee students' grades that are easily entered on tablet or phone. The information is synched to Google Sheets, and the program can easily email grades to students. Additionally, the program has a Attendance app for teachers to track attendance. The Pro Version is also available for $4.99 and comes without any advertisements.