There’s no denying the prominence of technology in education today. The digital age has affected each step, from the teaching job you found online with EduStaff to the app you use to distribute staff meeting notes.
Whether you like it or not, education technology plays a remarkably significant role in all elements of school life, and it’s only accelerating. With over 20,000 apps for educators available, it can be daunting to find the ones that will genuinely benefit you and your pupils. The following apps should help you create an interactive learning environment, organise your time effectively and truly engage your pupils.
Explain Everything is an excellent app with a whiteboard-style screen that allows users to record video and audio, write and move objects whilst recording in real time. It is a cost-effective replacement for IWBs as it can be mirrored to a projector via AirPlay. One of its key benefits is its flexibility; it can be used by pupils of all ages and integrates with pretty much every free cloud service, allowing you to import docs and other content that is relevant to your lesson plan. The ways in which it can be used are plentiful, from group projects to student feedback and encouraging flipped learning. It is understandably one of the most downloaded apps by educators across the world.
Teacher’s Assistant Pro: Classroom Management Notes
This successful app allows teachers to track behaviour, communicate with parents and identify certain trends. By documenting concerns, praises, attendance and many more options, teachers can easily build up a reliable and detailed report of each individual student under their charge.
Remind is a free and safe way for teachers to communicate with students and parents. Whether you are reminding a class about their upcoming homework hand-in, or just want to wish them luck for a big exam, Remind offers a simple and quick way to get in touch. The messages are safe and the app is a teacher’s favourite because all phone numbers are kept in private.
Socrative is a fun app for both teachers and pupils. It enables educators to create quizzes, polls and more formal assessments and see the results in real time. All students need to do is download the Socrative Student app, and teachers can straight away begin gathering information about the level of understanding in class. It’s available on all platforms, meaning there are no limitations as to who can use it. Socrative is great for teachers because it provides visualisations of responses and results in seconds, which offers the opportunity to go back to any areas in the lesson that could benefit from further explanation.
This wonderful app is effectively an e-reader built specifically for the classroom. Pupils and teachers can communicate ideas on almost any document or digital book, as well as webpages saved to the app. Teachers also have the option to embed quizzes and further materials in certain parts of the text, allowing for a deeper understanding and further engagement. It enables teachers to keep track of reading assignments and attach points for discussion in preparation for a lesson.