10 great apps for the classroom

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A Compilation and review of 10 iPad apps that are great for use in the classroom, from grades K-12 and beyond.

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  • 1. 10 Great Apps forthe Classroom

2. 1) Khan Academy 3. Khan Academy The description boasts that Khan Academy allows you tolearn almost anything for free. They have a library of over4,200 videos and articles. Progress is trackable with a useraccount. Khan has an overwhelmingly good review. Grade Level and Content Area Khan Academy ipad appcan be used in any grade, k-12th and beyond. Specific Uses in the Classroom Downloadable videosdetailing the subject matter. Can be used for an assignmentfor students to watch certain videos or for students to get abit of extra help with a subject. Student Feedback Since the format is mainly videoinstruction, there is not any format for student feedback. 4. Khan Academy Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills The app encourages memorization, understanding,application, and evaluation. Ease of Use Reviews show it to be easy to use. Privacy Offerings Since its mostly video instruction,there doesnt seem to be any issue with privacy. Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes Reinforced skills are connected to classroom curriculum. Quality of Instructions According to video review, theapp seems to have easy-to-follow instructions. 5. 2) Shakespeare in Bits 6. Shakespeare in Bits Grade Level and Content Area 7-12 grades. Englishliterature, drama, Shakespeare Specific Uses in the Classroom Helps students to betterunderstand the works of Shakespeare. Provides synonymsand definitions of key words and phrases. Also shows ananimated version of the play while the app reads the playaloud to the reader. Student Feedback It does not appear to provide studentfeedback. Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills- Itencourages memorization, understanding, application, andanalyzation. 7. Shakespeare in Bits Ease of Use It is very user friendly and intuitive. Privacy Offerings Privacy does not appear to be an issuewith this app. Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes The skills reinforced are connected to the curriculumstandards and student outcomes. Quality of Instructions The app does provide easy tofollow and comprehensive instructions. 8. 3) Grammar Up 9. Grammar Up Grade Level and Content Area All grade levels. Englishgrammar. Designed to allow recipients to play games andtake tests as part of the learning process with real-timeerror feedback. Most of the questions on the tests seem to begeared toward the corporate business world. Specific Uses in the Classroom Provides quizzes andexplanations for correct grammar. Teachers receive instantfeedback from the app regarding students graded tests andexercises. Student Feedback Provides real-time error feedback. Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills Encourages memorization, understanding, and application. 10. Grammar Up Ease of Use App appears to be user friendly and easy touse. Privacy Offerings Students and teachers must have alogin to use the app, thus maintaining security. Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes The skill reinforced are connected to any English grammarcurriculum. Quality of Instructions The app provides easy-to-followinstructions for use. 11. 4) Quizlet 12. Quizlet Allows students to test their knowledge, repeat quizzes use andflash cards in order to improve and build upon their knowledge. Italso allows teachers to create specific sets of content area quizzesand flash cards. Grade Level and Content Area Any grade level and multiplecontent areas. Specific Uses in the Classroom Quizlet, offers quizzes andflashcards for memorization and learning. Teachers can havestudents take quizzes in the app or online. As long as they have anaccount, Quizlet will track progress and search history. (It hadcookies saved from a search Id done in January for sight words formy son, even though I didnt have an account with them yet.) It alsoallows teachers to create sets such as quizzes and flashcards andlets the teachers see who has used the sets, how often they usedthem, and how well they did on the quizzes. 13. Quizlet Student Feedback Provides real-time quality feedback tostudents. Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills Itencourages memorization, understanding, evaluation, andanalyzation. Ease of Use Very user friendly and easy to use. Due to cookies,it is quite intuitive. Privacy Offerings Username and password. Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes Theskills reinforced are connected to the curriculumstandards/student outcomes. Quality of Instructions The app is incredibly user friendlydespite not having a specific list of instructions. 14. 5) Google Drive 15. Google Drive Not specifically for school, but it allows collaboration for groupprojects in shared documents. It allows everyone 15GB of storageand supports multiple types of documents and files. Grade Level and Content Area Any age, any content area. Specific Uses in the Classroom A great cloud for classes toshare information or work on group projects. Student Feedback The comments section will allow forstudent feedback. Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills Does notspecifically encourage higher learning thinking skills. 16. Google Drive Ease of Use Very user friendly as long as the user issomewhat computer/tech literate. Privacy Offerings File-by-file security; The user whohosts the file can set security to where only those withwhom they share the file can see or edit documents. Usercan revoke or regrant security. If enrolled, user has a two-stepauthentication. Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes No specific skills reinforced. Quality of Instructions The help section has easy-to-followinstructions. 17. 6) WritePad 18. WritePad Grade Level and Content Area WritePad can be used forhandwriting practice in the lower grades, but its most effective useis as a note-taking and document creation app for middle-school tosecondary classrooms, which can be utilized across multiplecontent areas. Specific Uses in the Classroom Through WritePad, studentsare able to take handwritten notes directly onto their devices, andthose notes are then directly converted into text format, whichassists in organization and legibility for more effective note-taking.It also allows for a new way for students to create textdocuments for assignments. Thus, instead of having to write downnotes and then copy them into a computer, the text created can bemanipulated to create typed responses directly on the device,without having to deal with the hassle of sometimes hard to usekeyboards on standard devices. 19. WritePad Student Feedback WritePad provides immediate feedbackregarding student handwritten input, and the student is able toobserve whether their notes are being taken effectively or whethertheir handwriting needs adjustment. Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills WritePadhelps to facilitate application and creation, as students are able toutilize this writing platform to explore ideas and create thoughtfulresponses to classroom content in an innovative way. Ease of Use WritePad is relatively easy to use. Some havereported initial difficulty regarding the apps ability to recognizetheir handwriting, but over time, the app trains itself to moreeffectively recognize idiosyncrasies in an individuals writing styleto more effectively capture the intended text. Also, WritePadcomes with handy shortcut gestures that allow for fast contentcreation and editing. And users can create custom shorthandformulas to more efficiently take notes and create documents. 20. WritePad Privacy Offerings Content is saved directly onto the usersdevice. Created content can be synced with other platforms orshared with other users but only with the approval of the user. Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes As anote-taking/document creation tool, WritePad can absolutelyassist students in learning and retaining curriculum content. But italso offers an innovative platform through which teachers canwork on writing standards. Writing often presents a challenge ofengagement and interest (especially in secondary classrooms);however, through the use of this interesting technology, studentsmay be more inclined to work on assignments that address specificwriting standards. Quality of Instructions WritePads developers offer tutorialvideos to walk users through the features of the app as well as thevarious built-in shorthand and shortcut editing gestures that canbe utilized in the app. These offer clear modeling of the appscapabilities and how users can best utilize the apps functions. 21. 7) iTunes U 22. iTunes U Grade Level and Content Area iTunes U contains a variety ofmultimedia courses and lessons on almost any subject fromKindergarten-12th grade and includes many post-secondarystudies. Specific Uses in the Classroom Students can use iTunes U tolook up specific lessons or topics that they find challenging andreceive supplemental instruction from reliable sources in anengaging, multimedia format. Teachers have the option ofcreating courses or lessons within iTunes U for student use. Student Feedback Teachers can include discussion featureswhen creating courses to allow for student responses to lesson-specificquestions and feedback both from the teacher and frompeers. Teachers can also incorporate specific assignments thatintegrate different applications in their designed courses forengaging, lesson-specific assessment. 23. iTunes U Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills iTunes U encourages analysis, evaluation, andapplication. Students are provided detailed instruction onspecific topics that allows them to analyze ideas they arelearning in the classroom, evaluate the merits andconsequences of such ideas, and apply their knowledge tobroader situations or concepts. Ease of Use iTunes U is highly intuitive. Students canbrowse courses according to subject matter and content. Andmost of the m