Finding apps to download is easy. Finding educational apps that are actually functional, fun and free in the sea of thousands of poorly designed or boring apps is a different story.
To make your search a little bit easier, we compiled a list of 10 new apps with creative/fun approaches to help with a variety of aspects of classroom life, that we think could be useful for students in preschool through high school:
1) Tinycards is the flashcards app and website that Duolingo launched last year, which reinvents flashcards from a notoriously boring study tool into a fun activity. Like Duolingo, Tinycards gamifies the learning experience by allowing users to unlock new levels, fill up strength bars, etc.
2) Write Ideas is a new Microsoft app that can help inspire creativity in student writing. It’s a pre-writing tool for book reports, short stories, essays and more that provides the structure and space for students to speak, type and draw their ideas. Students can then export their work to email, OneNote or Word and use their work as a foundation for their writing assignments.
3) Flip Grid is a tool with a number of video-related features that could be super useful for teachers looking to improve student engagement and increase the amount of formative assessment in their practice.
4) SeeSaw is a student-driven digital portfolio app that “empowers students of any age to create, reflect, collaborate and share.” It even facilitates parent engagement (see our recent post on why that aspect of digital portfolios holds so much potential).
5) Capti Voice is a literacy support and reading productivity tool that helps teachers personalize education for all students including those with diverse needs such as dyslexia, ADHD, and even low English proficiency. It synchronizes across platforms (iOS, MacOS, Windows, Chromebook) and utilizes the concept of playlists to distribute content to students.
6) Prezi is a tool that has revolutionized presentations with a combination of unique design simplification features and the ability to make presentations 3D. While not a stand-alone app (presentations must be made on a computer, and can then be shared via the app), it checks off just about every other box.
7) LitCharts, though made by the minds behind SparkNotes, is no mere way for students to cheat their way through English class. It provides tools to keep track of motifs, characters and themes–useful for when students are discouraged and wondering what the heck the green light is really supposed to represent to Gatsby.
8) OneNote can be a one-stop shop for notetaking that syncs across devices, and integrates with tools like Write Ideas (see above).
9) Tayasui Sketches. Is your class morale dragging on a hot afternoon? Students losing focus after an extended debate? This app has a cool interface with lots of features–try using it for a 3-5 minute “creativity break” where students can exercise their creative muscles and build momentum to learn.
10) Socrative Student. We’ve heard good things about this app, and we’re impressed by its potential for formative assessment. It’s fairly fresh on the market and apparently a bit buggy, but they’re continually making improvements (which goes to show that they really take formative assessment seriously).
We’re sure we missed quite a few apps–have any other new options you would add to this list? Leave them in the comments below!
And for more, see:
- 7 Top Educational Virtual Reality Apps
- 9 Awesome Math Practice Apps
- 10 Apps to Help Students Study Better and Learn Faster
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