DropBox- (free, Android & i-devices) Get 2 GB of storage for free to upload photos, videos, documents, presentations, and audio. You can make these private or public (provides you a link to share for others to download). Save photos and videos taken with your phone’s camera, share and send files via email, or copy and paste links to share with another app. Export files to other apps and favorite them for offline viewing. ** Try storing your presentation slides or handouts and easily provide a link to your participants to download. Have your students use this to create folders of their group projects and input the data. Check out my Diigo bookmarks for lesson ideas. Remind101- (free, Android & i-devices) safely text students and keep in touch with parents. Evernote- (free, Android & i-devices) Create text, photo and audio notes with your mobile device that Auto-synchronize your notes to your Mac or PC. Makes text within snapshots searchable. Add, sync, access, and share files (PDF, Word, Excel, PPT, and more) among the different versions of Evernote. ** Try keeping notes of the presentations and workshops you attend or try brainstorming and planning your next presentation on this app! Great for students to do research, turn in class assignments, or do research. Check out my Diigo bookmarks for lesson ideas. Drawing Torch- (free, iPad) drawing and story experience where the student becomes a Night Zookeeper and participates in creative drawing missions to look after thousands of magical animals and defeat the monsters that attack the zoo. Features: 9 tools such as fill, color mixing and multiple brush sizes, email share, 2 story chapters, 22 unique missions. Nearpod-(free, iPad) teachers will love making interactive, multimedia lessons that students can access and answer all within this app. ShowMe-(free, iPad) interactive whiteboard that allows students and teachers to create videos of work or lessons. Draw, add images and record audio to narrate. Edmodo-(free, Android & i-devices) teachers create an online private/public community for their students to interact and learn online. There are various apps embedded and features that help students to answer poll questions, post replies to discussions, create online profiles, post assignments, receive grades, access a calendar, and so much more! Flipboard-(free, Android & i-devices) interactive digital magazines based on your social media feeds (news websites, Twitter, Google Reader, blogs, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram) Flying Books App-(free, i-devices)Multimedia books offered in English, French, Spanish and German. Kids listen to an expert narrator or read on their own. Record a story or create personalized books with artwork and photos. Scoop.IT-(free, Android & i-devices) aggregate, curate and bookmark favorite resources from your Twitter, Facebook, or on the web to create a multimedia e-zine. You get 5 free so you can have students create different ones for different research topics or themes. TeacherCast Pro-(free, i-devices) great App Reviews, Podcasts, Blogs, and Screencasts as well as links to the Teacher Cast Twitter, Facebook, and Daily Newspaper. WoW Armory-(free, Android & i-devices) supports World of Warcraft play. Create and maintain characters, access the Auction House, plan adventures, and keep up with guild activities. Haiku Deck-(free, iPad) create dynamic presentations on your iPad. Many different backgrounds, themes, creative common pictures, and fonts. Helps students learn visual design as each slide is meant for a few words. Try this for your next presentation. Apps Gone Free-(free, i-devices) find free great apps and reviews about them. Aurasma-(free, Android & i-devices) augmented reality platform that lets the user discover, create and share virtual content, integrated into the real world. Babbel-(free, Android & i-devices) learn a language with vocabulary that has images and is pronounced, learn phrases, and practice your pronunciation by speaking into the app. Brain Pop-(free, i-devices) watch animated movies that tie into various subjects then take an interactive quiz. Ties into the famous website for students. EBSCO Host Mobile-(free, Android & i-devices) access your library’s database and bookmark resources, save pdfs of articles and email research. Educreations-(free, iPad) interactive whiteboard that allows students and teachers to create videos of work or lessons. Draw, add images and record audio to narrate. Free Video Downloader-(free, Android) download videos from many websites to your mobile device for later viewing. Frotz for iOS-(free, i-devices) play various interactive fiction adventure games. These are text based so you read literature in a fun, interactive way. Google+ Mobile-(free, Android & i-devices) access many of your favorite Google apps to create, produce, or organize your work or your students’ work. Knapp Elementary Family Engagement App-(free, Android) great example of a school designed app that engages parents and students Lino-(free, Android & i-devices) Online sticky note board. Include links, images, video, and audio as well as change the size and color of your fonts. Has various background options and other attractive options. It’s embeddable as well. Math v Zombiez-(free, i-devices) kids save themselves from a Zombie attack by doing the math. Mindsnacks-(free, i-devices) educational games to learn various languages. PBS Kids-(free, Android & i-devices) various apps including the ability to favorite shows and watch video clips and play games on the device. Remember the Milk!-(free, Android & i-devices) free task and productivity manager. Rover-(free, iPad) free educational browser. Shazam-(free, Android & i-devices) this device listens to music samples played anywhere allowed in restaurants, movies, stores, etc then tells you the title, album, and singer. It also links to lyrics, allows you to save to a Spotify playlist, and watch the Youtube video. Skitch-(free, Android & i-devices) annotate images and websites with capturing and doodle and text tools. Sock Puppets- (free, i-devices) If you enjoy playing with sock puppets, you’ll love this app that allows students to create a sock puppet show. Choose the sock puppet characters, personalize the characters by adding your voice, select the scene and props, and record a video. Send this by email or upload to Youtube. Watch this great example. Socrative-(free, Android & i-devices) Engage students by turning information into multiple choice, true/false, short answer, quizzes, cool games and more that students can respond to on their mobile devices and/or the web. TripIt-(free, Android & i-devices) personal online trip and travel manager that allows you to connect with others, provides you flight and hotel itineraries and more. Voicethread- (free, iPad )upload an image, text, or video. Invite others to comment through doodling, text, video, or audio. Ties into the web platform. Check out my Diigo bookmarks for lesson ideas. Whirly Word-(free, i-devices) word puzzle and games with background music. WordPress-(free, Android & i-devices) blogging app, edit and create new posts, manage comments. Wunderlist-(free, Android & i-devices) productivity app that allows you to sync and create tasks and schedule alarms and reminders.
Written by Jayne Clare
Jayne Clare is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital landscape. She has been working directly with students and startups and recognizing what works and what doesn’t, along with the why behind both. Jayne co-founded Teachers With Apps in 2011.