Chances are you’re already familiar with Dropbox. The service and accompanying application are terrific when it comes time to upload and store presentation photos, assignments, videos, and anything else you might need to access while at home or in the classroom. The dedicated app also lets you create and edit Microsoft Office files on your mobile device and share file links with your students so you don’t have to clutter their inboxes with an abundance of enormous files. You can now control how people can access content with link settings like audience, password, and expiration as well as disable downloads. More refined parameters around camera uploads let you choose when automatic camera uploads begin and whether to upload your entire camera roll or only new images, as well as edited photos.
Education takes place in and out of the classroom and Pocket gives you a way to quickly save articles, videos, and other web content pertinent to your current or future class lectures. The app also lets you view anything you save offline, while presenting your articles with an easy-to-view layout that enhances the reading experience, regardless of your device. Sharing that enlightening article on the Roanoke colonists with your students couldn’t be easier. Recent versions introduce offline listening, so even without a network connection, Pocket automatically uses your device’s text-to-speech voices.
ClassDojo isn’t your typical classroom-management platform. Whereas many concern themselves with gold stars and charts, this app lets teachers emphasize positive feedback, allowing you to elaborate on the behavior of your students with comments such as “working hard” or “participating.” You can even send parents public and private messages regarding their child’s progress, and if they desire, they can view their child’s feedback in real-time. No school newsletter required.
Edmodo allows the discussion to continue even after that school bell rings. Teachers and students can share content and use the app as a conduit for new information or notifications, submitting assignments and receiving grades in the process. The ability for teachers to post assignments, messages, polls and quizzes, while providing access to relevant resources and calendars, is simply invaluable. Check out the new Discover, an after-school activity space that features low-stress activities and games.
Organization is key in the classroom, but it’s not always easy. Teacher’s Assistant Pro allows you to keep a set of behavior records for each student in your class, offering a quick method for looking up and noting bad behavior, and letting you email specific incidents from directly within the app’s main interface. The app collects your entered data, stores the infraction or accolade, the date, time, and location, images, class period, details, teacher action taken, and any parental involvement.
Anyone in the knowledge profession will find WolframAlpha helpful in checking facts, doing calculations, discovering new information, and researching new angles on practically any subject to boost teaching and learning. The WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine covers a huge array of topics, offering information on disparate subjects like mathematics, physics, astronomy, earth sciences, life sciences, weather, geography, history, music, linguistics, sports, finance, socioeconomics — you name it. It is a superlative resource for both teachers and students in any field of study.
Are you still grading the old fashioned way? Groovy Grader lets you update your technique for calculating that all-important bottom line for students, parents, and you. Optimized for iOS 12, Groovy Grader replaces your paper grading calculator to provide more flexibility in figuring out the most accurate and fair grade you can bestow. You can configure it for hundreds of questions and have it display grades as whole numbers or with an added decimal place. The app lets you view grades for number correct, number wrong, and half points with convenient color coding. You can view more than 50 grades on the screen at once.
Educreations is an interactive whiteboard app that allows you to create easy-to-follow tutorials for students. You can record audio to narrate your actions, allowing you to create diagrams, commentary, simple animations, or instructions with coupled audio covering any topic. Plus, you can share video via email, Facebook, or Twitter. The latest versions debut lesson draft syncing where you can use your account to access your saved drafts on all devices, support for Apple Classroom, managed accounts, iCloud Keychain, and more.
Flashcards are a time-tested method of study, but they can be easy to lose track of given their size and flimsiness. With Studyblue, teachers can create digital sets of flashcards, study guides, and quizzes, each complete with optional audio and video. Moreover, students can create and share their own sets of flashcards and study tools, giving them a convenient place to start studying outside of simple lectures and textbooks. All students get unlimited access to over 500 million StudyBlue materials, study guides, and the ability to copy and modify any flashcard deck — for free.
You can’t go wrong with TED. The organization’s official app houses hundreds of inspiring and intriguing TED Talks, featuring fascinating lectures from industry and subject experts spanning a wide swath of topics such as neuroscience, traditional folk music, human evolution, and many more. Some are perfectly suited for sparking classroom discussions and online debates, while others can serve as inspiration for educators creating new lesson plans or lectures.
Group projects can be difficult when everyone is operating on a different schedule and page. Fortunately, Trello lets students stay organized, providing handy tools designed to keep them on task. The app allows them to create checklists, upload images, and assign tasks to other users among other actions, while conveniently syncing content across devices via the cloud. Content is displayed within a card-peppered interface, with options to easily delete tasks once completed. You can add outside elements like photos or links, directly to Trello, for immediate viewing. The app honors your last card, so that when returning to the app, you’ll get right back to the last board or card you were viewing.