For engaging students
Simple graphic design platform Canva is great for both teachers and their students as a means of expressing themselves quickly but creatively. The Australian-born and based app allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and just about any other type of visual content you can think of. You can opt or Canva’s thousands of free templates or create your own, sans the InDesign skills that were once required. Canva gives educators a means to plan their lessons in a more creative, visual way or can be used to give school tasks and projects a more interesting edge for students. It’s free with the option to upgrade to a paid-for pro version, which shouldn’t be necessary in this context.
Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows, and customised web-based presentations. Students can create and share beautiful videos right from their iPads. To create interest in a topic the students are learning about, teachers can incorporate video-creation into the lesson plan.
Teachers can use the GetKahoot website to turn their lesson plans into a game show. Students can then join in by download the Kahoot app to use as a buzzer. A fun one to raise spirits in the new era of socially-distanced classrooms.
A cloud-based platform, Schoology is like a social network but safe, secure and school-appropriate. Classes are able to create a class page and post assignments, videos, completed works, links and more. A great way to keep students motivated.
For communicating with parents
Student portfolio app Seesaw allows students, parents and teachers to connect by keeping track of the pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and areas to improve. Students can also use the app to post their own examples of work well done.
Beyond being a useful app for easy communication between students and teachers through the likes of group chat and file sharing features, Remind is fantastic for communicating with parents of varying backgrounds. Messages, which can contain files, images and links, can be translated into more than 90 languages.
A handy companion to the above Remind app, Classtree allows parents or guardians to e-sign consent forms for upcoming excursions in addition to two-way communication about the details of the event. It’s time-saving and paperless.
For saving teachers time (and stress)
This app saves teachers time and stress, acting as both a digital grade book and classroom management app. You can record attendance and grades, plan your timetable and more, all from your mobile.
Pocket makes life easier by giving teachers a way to quickly save articles, videos and web content needed for lessons. Content can be accessed offline and easily shared with students.
This comprehensive (k-9) school is also an architectural feat. Students romp and play around the school in their ‘inside shoes’ among the many visually-enticing staircases, plateaux, balconies and bridges. Children are encouraged to sit, jump around, stand, move around. Again, the idea is that innovative architecture will result in more creative learning outcomes.
We all know that the info we find on the Internet isn’t always reliable. WolframAlpha allows educators to check facts, do calculations and research new angles and information on just about any topic.
This interactive whiteboard app is extremely versatile. Download it to see what we mean!