Digital Apps for the Classroom

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I shared this with my group yesterday.  It is a list of apps good for education published by NEA.

 

 

Suggested Mobile Apps for the Secondary Classroom

(click here to make a QR code) In-Service

Larger list of 75

 

 

Teacher Only

Name Description
EduTecher A collection of technology-related resources for teachers in all subject area. Most of the resources are web applications but there are sections for mobile device apps. The site also includes some text and video tutorials. Teachers can browse by subject area or search by keyword.
Mobile Mouse An app for iPad or Android-based tablet (will not work on phones) that allows the user to control a computer that is on the same wireless network. Part of the screen becomes a touch pad with mouse buttons and part displays a keyboard.
Splash Top Splashtop allows you to access and use your Mac or Windows PC from your iPad. You can control all your programs and files with 100% compatibility, including PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

 

 

Teacher & Students

Name Description
Audioboo Allows you to quickly record your voice and share your recording with others. Create your account via their website, apps are available for both droid and the iPad. For the free app, users can only record for a max of 3 minutes.
Cagle Cartoons Political cartoons from a vast array of artists from all over the world are available. The collection is searchable.
Countries Handbook 200+ countries’ information, multi-lingual. Touch this handbook to surf population, area, literacy rate, life expectancy, GDP, HDI, flag image, location in the world map, calling code, driving side and more other information fast and easy.
Dropbox Free service that lets you store files online and share them easily.
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard Allows your iPad to become a recordable whiteboard. User can create video tutorials by writing or drawing (with your finger or a stylus) information, recording your voice, and adding images from a personal image library or the web. Recordings can be shared via email or via a generated hyperlink.
Google Earth Lets one see all the applications of Google Earth on a smartphone or tablet
Google Googles This allows the user to translate QR codes and small amounts of foreign languages.
Google Translate Google Translate: Allows for written and oral translations into multiple languages

 

iAmerica* A free reference book app for iPhone, iPod Touch or Android-based phones (works on tablets but didn’t format well in 2x mode on an iPad) with information about each US President and the history of the White House.
iMovie Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Create spectacular trailers and thrilling home movies in minutes. And share your finished projects with the world — right from iMovie.
iTunes U The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
Lino Allows user to post stickies (notes), videos, and images to an online canvas. It looks like a cork board with “post it” notes and pictures. Users can invite others to add items to the canvas. Users can move and organize stickies and other items freely on the canvas.
LiveBinders A web service that allows users to collect and organize web pages and locally-created materials (pdf or Word format) into topical groups. Each item becomes a tab in a digital binder. Creating a binder requires a free account but the results can be shared with anyone. Binders can be made private so that they can be seen only by someone with the URL and a unique pass code.
My Congress* MyCongress is a portal to detailed information about your elected U.S. Congressional officials. Track their news, video and Twitter feeds. Look up their official Open Congress profile or contact them directly.
Newseum – Today’s Front Pages* Get hundreds of newspaper front pages daily on your smart phone and iPad. Browse newspaper websites and create a list of “favorites” for easy access. Locate a newspaper by name or location using the map view.
Pass the Past* A free iPad game designed to help students prepare for the SOL exams for World, United States and Virginia history, civics, and geography. The game essentially takes the form of multiple choice questions. In any block of 25 questions, students can have a certain number of hints, which can be changed in the settings.
Pearltrees A place to collect, organize and share everything you like (websites, images, videos, etc.) on the web. User can install a plugin called a “pearler” within their browser to quickly add websites/links to to their pearltrees in their account. Pearltrees can be shared with others via e-mail, a hyperlink, and Facebook or Twitter.
Photo Editor by Aviary A free app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android-based phone (will work in 2x mode on the iPad) that applies a variety of edits, effects and enhancements to photos taken with the camera and imported from the photo library.
Remind101 Allows you to text (without having access to the cell #) students homework reminders at a time and date you decide.
StudyBlue Allows students to create flashcards on the web or mobile devices and use both to study them.
US Constitution* The Constitution should always be at hand.
WeVideo Allows students to collaboratively create videos online.
World Wiki* Get quick access to detailed demographic information of almost 250 countries around the world, right on your iPhone or iPod touch.

*More useful for social studies

 

EduTecher

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Description: A collection of technology-related resources for teachers in all subject area maintained by Adam Bellow, a former English teacher and current education consultant. Most of the resources are web applications but there are sections for mobile device apps. The site also includes some text and video tutorials. Teachers can browse by subject area or search by keyword.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: The site includes video tutorials but none for the site itself.
Helps to Replace: It gives teachers a quick look at web resources to use in the classroom
Lesson Ideas: Incredible number of resources for the teachers. Spend some time on a regular basis to add to your teaching tools.

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Mouse

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Description: An app for iPad or Android-based tablet (will not work on phones) that allows the user to control a computer that is on the same wireless network. Part of the screen becomes a touch pad with mouse buttons and part displays a keyboard. Can also be password protected. Includes a number of special features to make controlling the remote computer easier.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here; implementation help for ipad and smartphones
How to Video: Click here
Helps to Replace: This replaces an air mouse or the Airliner slate that schools have been buying and it is entirely free.
Lesson Ideas: This allows the teacher to move freely around the classroom while continuing to teach content that is projected on the front board.

 

 

 

 

Splash Top

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Description: Splashtop allows you to access and use your Mac or Windows PC from your iPad. You can control all your programs and files with 100% compatibility, including PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Click here
Helps to Replace: The need to remain near your computer while conducting a lesson that utilizes an LCD projector.
Lesson Ideas: This app will allow you to move throughout the room and control your computer using an iPad, tablet, or other device. You can hand your tablet to a student to complete something, have groups present information, or simply control a presentation while better monitoring students through proximity control and having the freedom to move throughout the room.

 

 

 

 

 

Audioboo

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Description: Allows you to quickly record your voice and share your recording with others. Create your account via their website, apps are available for both droid and the iPad. *For the free app, users can only record for a max of 3 minutes.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Website Tutorial and App Tutorial
Helps to Replace: If you have a mobile device, this is a quick way to record something and share it.
Lesson Ideas:
  • Allow students to record and share a reflection on a given topic or article.
  • Teacher could record and share his/her response to a student’s work.
  • Student could record and share his/her response to a peer’s work.
  • Students could go out (during lunch time, after school, between classes) and record opinion’s from peers about a current event or topic. Then they could share opinions during class.

 

 

 

Cagle Cartoons

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Description: Political cartoons from a vast array of artists from all over the world are available. The collection is searchable.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Works just like iPhoto – there’s nothing new to learn.
Helps to Replace: A huge variety of political cartoons in one place. Cartoons are searchable by subject or by artist. Artists from all over the world are included.
Lesson Ideas: Students could search for subjects that are of interest to them which can build their confidence in moving to less familiar subject areas. Students can compare how different countries of the world depict similar subjects.

 

 

 

 

Countries Handbook

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Description: 200+ countries’ information, multi-lingual. Touch this handbook to surf population, area, literacy rate, life expectancy, GDP, HDI, flag image, location in the world map, calling code, driving side and more other information fast and easy.
Apple Link: None
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: None
How to Video: none – intuitive interface
Helps to Replace: almanac – CIA factbook type data

very easy and quick to navigate

Lesson Ideas: any time that ready access to current almanac type information could be used.

 

 

 

 

Dropbox

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Description: Free service that lets you store files online and share them easily.
Apple Link: or click here.
Android Link: or click here.
Website Link: Click here.
How to Video: Click here.
Helps to Replace: Blackboard dropbox
Lesson Ideas: Students can create any type of file at home and send it to the teacher’s or their own dropbox to access the file at school. An in-depth guide with uses for Dropbox in education can be found here.

 

 

 

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

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Description: Allows your iPad to become a recordable whiteboard. User can create video tutorials by writing or drawing (with your finger or a stylus) information, recording your voice, and adding images from a personal image library or the web. Recordings can be shared via email or via a generated hyperlink.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Click here – Gives an overview of the website and the iPad App.
Helps to Replace: Quick and easy way to record a lesson or tutorial and share with others. Would allow students to demonstrate and share a concept or tutorial.
Lesson Ideas: Explain a concept, draw on or explain various aspects of a map, add commentary to an image (i.e. historical images or political cartoon, or have a student (or group) create a tutorial or explanation to share with the class. On the ipad, users can explore educreation projects done by others (see featured lessons)…can search by subject, Social Studies examples are available.

 

 

 

 

 

Google Earth

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Description: Program that lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Click here.
Helps to Replace: Any map activity.
Lesson Ideas: Students can use Google Earth to explore topics like the progress of human civilization, the growth of cities, the impact of civilization on the natural environment, and the impact of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. Teachers can use Google Earth demos to get their students excited about geography beyond the static map, or use different Google Earth layers to study transportation, demographics, economics, and in specific local or exotic contexts.

 

 

 

 

 

Google Googles                                                 Back to List

 

Description: Translate Many Languages From One to Another
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here for the blog and here for a web page that shows the different uses.
How to Video: Click here
Helps to Replace: This allows you to take QR codes, has a translator (hold over the foreign language which is so so).
Lesson Ideas: Here and here are some uses for the classroom. One could have it for a warm-up, homework assignment (as it goes straight into the calendar on the smartphone), etc. You can also use it to find out more about a picture, place, etc.

 

 

 

 

Google Translate

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Description: Translate Many Languages From One to Another
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Click here (Go to :55 through 3:00 in the video)
Helps to Replace: This could be used to give ESOL parents a simple oral message if they do not have e-mail and you can’t use the web page translator. You could set up the message call them and then have the phone play for them.
Lesson Ideas: Both the web page and the phone can be used by your ESOL students to write an assignment in their native language and put it in English

 

 

 

 

iAmerica

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Description: A free reference book app for iPhone, iPod Touch or Android-based phones (works on tablets but didn’t format well in 2x mode on an iPad) with information about each US President and the history of the White House.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: No Android version. Similar app called US Presidents is available.
Website Link: Click here.
How to Video: None
Helps to Replace: Using reference books to look up basic information.
Lesson Ideas: Can be used anytime you want students to access information on their phone or tablet.

 

 

 

 

iMovie

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Description: Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Create spectacular trailers and thrilling home movies in minutes.* And share your finished projects with the world — right from iMovie.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: None
How to Video: Click here
Helps to Replace: video editing software previously only available on a laptop or desktop.
Lesson Ideas: Students can create all sorts of videos. An example would be a political commercial. Students and teachers who use it to make videos for flipped classroom videos.

 

 

 

 

iTunes U

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Description: The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools — plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content — right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Whether you’re majoring in molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just interested in European history, you now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: None
How to Video: Click here
Helps to Replace: Doesn’t replace, but rather augments your personal learning
Lesson Ideas: Adds to a teacher’s personal knowledge

 

 

 

 

Lino

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Description: Allows user to post stickies (notes), videos, and images to an online canvas. It looks like a cork board with “post it” notes and pictures. Users can invite others to add items to the canvas.Users can move and organize stickies and other items freely on the canvas.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Website Tutorial , Teacher Led Tutorial , App Tutorial
Helps to Replace:  
Lesson Ideas:
  • Teacher could pose a question (to encourage discussion or debate) and ask students to post stickies with their opinion
  • Teacher could post a variety of images of people from a specific time period or event and have students post stickies outlining the different perspectives of each individual.

 

 

 

 

LiveBinders

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Description: A web service that allows users to collect and organize web pages and locally-created materials (pdf or Word format) into topical groups. Each item becomes a tab in a digital binder. Creating a binder requires a free account but the results can be shared with anyone. Binders can be made private so that they can be seen only by someone with the URL and a unique pass code.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Livebinders Video
Helps to Replace: Helps to replace paper and makes it easier to college digital items.
Lesson Ideas:
  • Social Studies Livebinder Examples
  • Teachers could organize all resources (notes, images, discussion questions, maps, etc.) for a lesson or unit using livebinders and then share with students. Students could use the livebinder for an introduction to the lesson, exploration during a lesson, or a review/study guide
  • Students could use livebinders as a note-taking tool or as a location to store resources that connect to their classes

 

 

 

 

My Congress

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Description: MyCongress is a portal to detailed information about your elected U.S. Congressional officials. Track their news, video and Twitter feeds. Look up their official Open Congress profile or contact them directly. MyCongress helps you get in touch with your government.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: None
How to Video: Click here
Helps to Replace: It brings a number of sources into one location.
Lesson Ideas: Researching who the members of a congressional committee are, their background, region, etc.

 

 

 

 

Newseum – Today’s Front Pages

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Description: Get hundreds of newspaper front pages daily on your smart phone and iPad. Browse newspaper websites and create a list of “favorites” for easy access. Locate a newspaper by name or location using the map view.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: None
Helps to Replace: web searches and new aggregators that may have biases
Lesson Ideas: Compare how different newspapers handle different stories while looking for biases in reporting.

 

 

 

 

Pass the Past

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Description: “Pass The Past” is an educational game to help students prepare for Virginia’s Standard’s of Learning (SOL) exams with a focus on World, United States and Virginia history, civics, and geography.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: None
How to Video: None
Helps to Replace: It augments SOL practice items resources.
Lesson Ideas: Students can use the app to review for the SOL

 

 

 

 

Pearltrees

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Description: A place to collect, organize and share everything you like (websites, images, videos, etc.)   on the web. User can install a plugin called a “pearler” within their browser to quickly add websites/links to to their pearltrees in their account. Pearltrees can be shared with others via email, a hyperlink, and facebook or twitter.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Website Tutorial and App Tutorial
Helps to Replace: Possibly an alternative to a powerpoint presentation
Lesson Ideas:
  • Teachers could organize images, videos, websites, notes, into a pearltree to present a topic. Pearltree could be shared with students before the lesson so that they could familiarize themselves with the topic.
  • Student groups could create a pearltree about a certain aspect of a specific period in history. For example, if the period was the 1920s…one group could do a pearltree on the social/entertainment aspect, another group on the start of the depression, another group a pearltree on prohibition, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Editor by Aviary

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Description: A free app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android-based phone (will work in 2x mode on the iPad) that applies a variety of edits, effects and enhancements to photos taken with the camera and imported from the photo library. All but the basic effects require an in-app purchase. The edited image is saved back in the photo library.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Webpage editor and for the smartphone
Helps to Replace: It allows you to edit photos taken on a smartphone.
Lesson Ideas: This makes it easier to integrate pictures taken “in the field” into videos, PowerPoints, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remind101

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Description: Allows one to send texts to students/parents who sign up for the service. Teachers cannot see the student/parent cell phone numbers. It allows a teacher to set a time and day to send the homework reminders.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: Remind101
How to Video: Go here
Helps to Replace: Planners and augments Blackboard
Lesson Ideas: Students live on their mobile devices and this reminds the students about their homework at a time (evening) when they are sitting down to do their work.

 

 

 

 

 

Study Blue

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Description: These are flash cards that include audio, images that can be used in a variety of ways, such as studying the easy ones (that you had not missed before), hard ones, shuffled, etc.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Click here for a short one and here for a longer web page how to. It is a cloud based product so if it is created on the web. Go here for the how to for a mobile device (start at 1:30)
Helps to Replace: As this video explains in the introduction, there has been a 50% increase of the site from mobile devices alone. While students can study using the website, many are now choosing to do it on their phone on the bus, on the way to practice, etc.
Lesson Ideas: This can be used to create flash cards but you can also add pictures, video and your own audio.   Here is an example. The advantage of this is that you can study on the bus, before practice, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Constitution

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Description: The Constitution always as the ready.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: None
How to Video: none needed
Helps to Replace: paper copy or web search for Constitution text
Lesson Ideas: Any time students need to reference the Constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WeVideo

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Description: This is a cloud based video maker that is a dynamic alternative to Movie Maker or iMovie.   It allows students to collaborate from multiple computers and has such items as image & video upload, voice over, video editor, color changes and much more.
Apple Link: None
Android Link: or click here
Website Link: Click here
How to Video: Click here
Helps to Replace: Movie Maker which limits students to only working at school on a project.
Lesson Ideas: You would use this for the same projects that you use Movie Maker or iMovie (for those who do not have a Mac computer).   Also using the smartphone or tablet easily allows one to capture video or audio.

 

 

 

 

 

World Wiki

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Description: Get quick access to detailed demographic information of almost 250 countries around the world, right on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Apple Link: or click here
Android Link: None
Website Link: None
How to Video: None
Helps to Replace: World almanac type source
Lesson Ideas: Reference source for data on countries around the world

 

 

 

 

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