- Sending photos. Families love seeing their kids’ photos and artwork. With SimplyCircle’s app, teachers can share photos from field trips or classroom activities easily and securely – right from the photo gallery on their phone.
- Getting volunteers. Teachers can use the app to ask parents to volunteer or to bring supplies or food. When signing up to help is as easy as a click of a button, parents can quickly respond to your request to participate and contribute.
- Sending group updates or private messages. With SimplyCircle’s app, teachers can send an update or reminder to the entire class or message an individual parent.
The privacy controls built into HelloTalk include modified search options and the ability to lock search controls and connect students with their peers. Older students can participate in group chats, VoIP feee calls and search by city to practice their language learning. With this app students can participate in a language and culture exchange as they practice what they’ve learned with an authentic audience. HelloTalk supports a wide range of languages and is available for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
When students are part of an active learning environment they participate in class and collaborate with each other. Imakiku is a real-time student response web-based tool designed to increase active learning in your classroom. The only thing a teacher and their students need is a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. With no extra devices or apps, classrooms can start to use Imakiku right away.
Imakiku lets students quickly answer your questions and view the responses and comments of their classmates in real-time. Used by over 300,000 students, this tool can work with students in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classrooms, or learning environments where students have access to a variety of devices.
Imakiku is free for everyone until 12/31/2015 and ClassTechTips.com readers can use the promotion code 20150408_MQPDUAJFMQ to extend this offer until 3/31/2016.
Visit to Imakiku.com to learn more!
ClassDojo is popular classroom tool that can help motivate students and keep track of behavior. Parents can stay in the loop with ClassDojo Messaging which lets families see their child’s progress anytime and anywhere. Class Story is a new addition to ClassDojo that makes it even easier to share the story of your day. Teachers can now share stories from class using photos or text updates. The posts are shared with all connected parents and unlike class websites, Twitter, or Instagram, this means that only parents can see these important stories.
ClassDojo has created a private ecosystem to keep sharing safe for families, students, and teachers. Teachers will know when parents have seen their posts with read receipts and parents can even “like” each post. The Class Story works with any iOS/Android device and any computer for both teachers and parents. If you want to be one of the first to try ClassDojo Class Story sign up as a beta tester beginning August 5th.
Visit ClassDojo’s website to learn more about their brand new Class Story feature!
There are a handful of apps that help students brainstorm and collect their writing. You can find some of my favorites here. Creative Writing Prompts is another iOS app that can help students gather ideas and start writing. This app combines prompts with a space to write and even lets users set up reminders to write on a regular basis.
Creative Writing Prompts is a great choice for students who need extra support to stay focused. It’s also a useful option for English Language Arts classes that are looking to give students support as they gather ideas.
Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about this iOS app!
I’ve shared some of my favorite apps to teach coding skills and if you’re looking to add to your own list definitely take a look at Swifty. This iOS app includes quick tutorials to introduce users to the Swift programing language. From the basics to more complex tasks, this app can help students build a foundation for understanding Swift.
Swifty is free to download and lets users unlock all chapters for $3.99. It is packed with over 200 tutorials and is a great place for students to start learning how to code.
Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about Swifty!