Top educational apps you haven’t been using but should be
By Paula Lowrense
Every teacher has his/her favorite applications. And, though, you get used to your “everyday apps” there are more and more being developed. To keep up with an endless list of educational apps, we created a special one with top educational apps you haven’t been using but should.
Lightbot Coding Puzzles ($2.99) Do you want to be the first to introduce your students to coding? The Lightbot app is a fun and easy way to do it. Kids can navigate a little robot to walk, jump, and move colorful blocks using simple commands. The application is aimed to kids age 4-9. The commands become more difficult as the lessons move on.
Slideidea (Free) Turn your ordinary presentations into a fun and entertaining time. You can annotate slides, embed polls, and add audio over images or text on slides. The main idea behind Slideidea is to bring everything around you into your presentation. The only thing that can stop you at this point is your imagination. You can use it for your own presentations or encourage students to use the app.
pumpic.com (monthly subscription) This is a must-have application if you let your students browse the Internet. It allows parents to block inappropriate content, 18+ websites, and applications. You can also monitor social media to avoid cyberbullying, sexting, and contacts with online predators. In addition, you can track real-time GPS location of a student by setting geofences like “home” or “school”. Each time a student enters or leaves, it triggers a responsible adult receives a message.
Google Earth (Free) This is probably one of the most creative and inspirational apps you can use during your classes. It allows you to leave the classroom and fly around the world with just a swipe of your finger. Search for cities, countries, continents, or picturesque landmarks while reading the story about each place. Visit the Google Earth gallery to see the best images of the year or real time maps on a tsunami, earthquake, or simple city torus together with your students.
Popplet Lite (Free) Wish you could categorize and rearrange your ideas in a simple way? Popplet allows you to use collaborative mind mapping, create mood boards, plan projects, and reports, and record thoughts on the go. Encourage your students to jot down their ideas and further sort them individually.
Learn Chinese Mandarin (Free) If you want to futureproof your students careers, then this Learn Chinese Mandarin is a must-have on your list. The most spoken language in the world is also one of the most valuable nowadays for western people. The app provides learning vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and handwriting in an easy way.
Geo Trainer HD (Free) This is a fantastic way to cultivate interest towards other countries in the world and geography in general. Students can find a zoom-able map and answer questions about different countries. The game becomes more complicated as levels move on, but students still can configure sessions of the game depending on their knowledge.
SquiggleFish ($2.99) This truly magical app is aimed to younger children. Kids can draw as many fish as they want, then you scan them and send to the app where the real magic is about to happen. In about 15 seconds, you together with your students can see them swimming in the app. It is a great way to keep your younger students occupied if you are strong enough to resist the temptation to play the app yourself.