These apps and resources are designed to help teachers bring technology into instruction and streamline their classroom administration across all their devices, from mobile phones to laptops and desktop computers to tablets.
You may use this critical evaluation rubric to evaluate the content of the apps and keep a copy of each evaluation you in your records. This rubric can be used repeatedly.
- Smart Voice Recorder (Free, Android)
Smart Voice Recorder is designed for high quality long-time sound recording . It has a simple and nice user interface.
- McTube Pro (Free, IOS)
This YouTube app allows y0u to download YouTube videos to your own folders and watch them offline later. No Wifi or Internet are needed once the videos are downloaded. You can switch video quality and receive closed captioning support.
Great for classrooms that have no connectivity.
The”everything” app for reading fluency assessments – including one-step reading comprehension and data-sharing email features.
Review of Fluency Finder on iPad Curriculum: http://www.ipadcurriculum.com/2013/03/fluency-finder/
Educreations is a recordable interactive whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce amazing video lessons that you can share online. Students and colleagues can replay your lessons in any web browser, or from within our app on their iPads.
Teachers can also create lessons using our online whiteboard, which works in any browser that supports flash. Just log in to your account on our website and click on the “Create a New Lesson” link to launch our online whiteboard.
Students can use this whiteboard to practice writing or word identification strategies, or record their voices while they are reading or sounding out a word.
Video demo and review: https://edshelf.com/tool/educreations
- Prezi (Free, IOS, Android on Chrome, Web-based)
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software. You can present from your browser, desktop, iPad, or iPhone and always have the latest version of your work at your fingertips. Create or edit on the go, then auto-sync across all your devices.
- 3 Presentation Tools Teachers Are Now Using – Review from Edudemic (Free, web-based and app)
Edudemic has put together a short list of some of their favorite presentation tools. All are free and offer a multi-media interactive approach that encourages students to participate and use the tool as well.
Edmodo, also known as the “Facebook” for schools, supports collaboration in classrooms, schools, and across regions.
This app/software manages digital assets, and tracks usage patterns and student progress. Teachers can safely connect online classrooms, communicate with students, collaborate on assignments, and discover new resources from other teachers.
Edmodo Video tutorials: https://support.edmodo.com/home#entries/25546009-video-tutorials
- Learnist (Free, IOS, Android, Web)
Geared for educators, Learnist makes sharing what you know and learning from others fast and easy by remixing anything on the web like videos, ebooks, maps, blogs, podcasts, surveys and more into a simple and elegant learning resource on any topic that you can share with anyone. Learnist is like a collaborative, multimedia and interactive ebook.
Instructions for creating a Learnist Board: https://learni.st/users/Learnist.Help/boards/159-how-to-use-learnist-on-the-web
Example of a Learnist board: Favorite Apps for Education: https://learni.st/users/crystal.schmelzer/boards/900-favorite-apps-for-ed
- Remind 101 (Free, IOS, Android)
An easy-to-use communications app for safe texting. Teachers can send schedule reminders, messages, documents, and photos to their students’ phones (and to families). Unlike Facebook, this communication is one-way and safe, since phone numbers are kept strictly private.
Android App on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Remind101
Remind 101 YouTube demo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gME_zwLeRV8
- Super Note by Clear Sky Apps, ($2.99, IOS)
The perfect app for lectures, meetings, conferences, interviews, debriefings, brainstorming, note taking, planning, and more. Suited for work, school, and daily life.
Type while recording/playing, also add in photographs to capture everything. A quick and effective notes app. You can record lectures that are up to an hour long.
- Evernote for Schools (Free, IOS, Android, Web, with audio component)
Evernote is a great tool for teachers to capture notes, organize lesson plans, collaborate on projects, snap photos of whiteboards, and more. Everything you add to your account is automatically synced and made available on all the computers, phones and tablets you use, at home or at school.
Evernote offers a variety of apps that all work great together. You can download them all for free.
General URL: https://evernote.com/
Evernote for Schools URL: http://evernote.com/schools/
Video demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijiNWPukF2s
- Credly (Free, IOS, web)
Create achievement badges for your students! Credly is a universal way for your adult learners to earn and showcase their achievements and badges. Badges or achievements you create on your BadgeOS site can automatically be created on your Credly account and shared with your students.
- Coursera by Coursera (Free, IOS, Android, Web)
Coursera connects students, professionals, and lifelong learners everywhere with over 600 free online courses from over 100 top-tier global universities and institutions. Browse courses and watch lectures from the world’s best instructors anytime, anywhere – on your commute or on the treadmill, whether you’re interested in cooking, mathematics, music, medicine, or computer science.
Coursera YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/coursera
- LINCS Online Learning Portal (Web based only, not an app, but truly useful)
LINCS has a number of self-paced online courses for adult education practitioners. These courses are available for use anytime, anywhere on the LINCS Learning Portal.
- Creating app lessons, PDF doc compiled by VALRC. Source: Lisa Johnson.
- iPad Lessons: This is a great resource for teachers. View 11 app lessons with an iPad created by a teacher for teachers. Comes with links and images. (Note: “Before” and “After” activities are not included. Please refer to the “Creating app lessons” link (first bullet in this category) for ideas on how to best set up teaching the app and evaluating its success.
- Connecting Project-Based with Blended Learning, Bob Lenz, Edutopia
- Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher, Andrew Miller, Edutopia
- K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom’s Taxonomy:
An elementary library media specialist reviews iPad apps as they map to an updated version of Bloom’s Taxonomy in this six-part series, Diane Darrow, Edutopia. (Note: these articles, while they are about K-5 apps, also relate to adult learning.)
Part One: K-5 iPad Apps for Remembering
Part Two: K-5 iPad Apps for Understanding
Part Three: K-5 iPad Apps for Applying
Part Four: K-5 iPad Apps for Analyzing
Part Five: K-5 iPad Apps for Evaluating
Part Six: K-5 iPad Apps for Creating
- What Is Successful Technology Integration? An online guide for teachers, Edutopia
Technology integration is the use of technology resources — computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. — in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school.