Teaching children about empathy and giving them the inspiration and know-how to support their peers is a life-skill lesson that plays an important part in the classroom. Students should understand the power of collaboration and what it means to come together for a common mission. The umbrella of helping others can include working with a friend, making a difference in the world, and taking time to show people that you care.
When thinking about the best way to teach students how to help others, iPads probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. There are mobile apps that empower students to create and share with one another, learn about the needs of others around the world, and post or send their knowledge and favorite tips for anyone to see. Explore the following list of iPad apps to gather ideas about using tablets as a medium for teaching students how to help others.
Drawing Together! is very cool app that lets users of any age wirelessly connect their iPad screens. Students can…
If you are looking to create multi-media notebooks with your students you’ll definitely want to check out bindrs. This completely free tool supports group projects and is as simple to use as a paper notebook. It utilizes social media channels like Facebook and Twitter to help bring students together to create, update and share projects. All of their work and chats are private and safely storied in one place.
Teachers can follow the whole group’s project and give feedback throughout the process. It’s accessible on all devices including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones. Instead of sending lots of emails to one another students and teachers can work together all in one place.
ProjectWriter is a new web tool that lets teachers design projects step-by-step. Users start off by naming their project and adding assignments for students to complete, such as answering a question by submitting a piece of writing. As soon as they complete the task you can view their work and offer feedback. Students can then review the work of their peers anonymously.
It’s a great tool for conducting group nonfiction writing projects for History/Social Studies, Science, Technical Subjects, or English Language Arts. ProjectWriter gives teachers the opportunity to break down units of study into smaller sections. This lets students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and terms being taught. ProjectWriter also offers built-in vocabulary tools and teacher-created student accounts.
ProjectWriter is free for teachers and easy to use, learn more by visiting their website!
I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents. It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day. Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before. Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.
Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback. With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.
Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!
This app is also available on Android devices.