Are you teaching students good study skills?
Do you want to introduce mobile apps that can be used on your students’ personal devices?
You’re bound to find something on this list that can help you and your students this school year!
- Synopsis (flashcards)
- Shmoop (test prep guides)
- VocabularySpellingCity (games)
- EasyAnnotate (PDF viewer)
- NoteLedge (notetaking)
- Brainly (social network)
- Academic Help (writing guides)
- Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards)
- Outread (speed reading)
- MathsRulz (formula guide)
- LifeNoted (organization)
- gFlash+ (flashcards)
Here are two other lists you may want to check out:
14 Free Apps for Higher Order Thinking
21 iPad Apps Available on Android Tablets
ClassDojo is a fantastic management tool that can truly transform student behavior in your classroom. Their mission is to help teachers improve behavior quickly and easily. Teachers can use ClassDojo’s website or one of their mobile apps to capture and generate data on behavior that can be shared with par
ents and administrators.
Each student will have their own monster avatar and teachers can award feedback points for behavior in class in real-time. Using a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer one click is all it takes to record behavior data. Kids can receive instant notifications and teachers can share reports with families. ClassDojo Messaging is another cool feature you’ll want to check out. It lets teachers communicate with parents quickly and easily – straight from a mobile device.
I’m so excited to announce the launch of a brand new video that shows ClassDojo in action! Listen to these stories and see the benefits of this customizable classroom tool:
Visit ClassDojo’s website to learn more and check out their teacher community for more stories!
This past year I’ve shared Tocomail a platform designed to make email safe for students. They have recently launched Tocomail for Gmail, an app designed specifically for teenagers. It provides instant messaging, a drawing board, avatar customization and optional parental controls, in addition to standard email features.
Tocomail for Gmail lets older kids take their regular Gmail account and transform it into a colorful, personalized tool for sending messages to friends and family. Parents also have the option to keep track of their children’s email activity through parental controls. Tocomail for Gmail is easy to use and gives teens the opportunity to transform their email account into an instant messenger tool.
Tocomail is completely free with extra options available through an in-app purchase. Visit their website or watch this video to learn more!
If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter, it’s a terrific website that gives individuals and small businesses the opportunity to raise funding to put their ideas into action. Storyverse is a unique 3D styled popup book platform that contains character driven stories. They’re working to create an engaging product that gives kids a chance to read, play and learn on their tablet.
Storyverse will bring the power of storytelling straight to iOS and Android tablets. It provides an opportunity to bring parents, teachers, and children together to read and figure out puzzles side-by-side. Users will be able to customize characters, record their own voice, and more. You can be one of the first ones to check out this app by supporting their Kickstarter project.
Visit the website to watch a video and learn more!
Sharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers. News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets). It provides engaging nonfiction text for young readers to help them learn about the world around them. With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.
Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools. It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading. News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.
Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website or watching this video!
As you’re headed back to school this year you may want to check out ZipGrade. It’s a great product for teachers who are tired of grading multiple choice tests by hand or waiting their turn to feed each student’s answer sheet through a Scantron machine. This provides answer sheet templates (20, 50, or 100 questions) that you can print out and distribute to students with their next exam. After they finish their test you’ll input the correct answers into the app and scan each sheet using the camera on your iPhone or iPad – You don’t need an Internet connection to scan the tests. Not only will you see how each individual student performed but you’ll have the ability to view an item analysis report with class data.
ZipGrade lets teachers export CSV and PDF versions of each report to their email, Dropbox, and Google Drive. It’s completely free to try, with a 100 scan limit to their demo. After that ZipGrade is $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 a year. Download the app or visit the website to learn more.
The Android version of ZipGrade is coming soon!