10 Great Apps for the Classroom
Post on 16-Jun-2015
DESCRIPTIONA Compilation and review of 10 iPad apps that are great for use in the classroom, from grades K-12 and beyond.
- 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 materials within the various courses are free andeasy to download. Within seconds, a student can beginlearning a new concept or area of interest. 24. iTunes U Privacy Offerings Most pre-designed courses involve studentsaccessing video, audio, and or PDF materials with little to noinformation needed (establishing little concern for issues ofprivacy). When a teacher designs a course, he/she can restrictaccess so that only students in the class can view the contentand/or individuals enrolled in the course. Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes Asthe content is mostly designed by educators, students areprovided with content-specific lessons that directly correspond tocurriculum standards and student outcomes. There are evenlessons specifically labelled Common Core the cover a variety ofsubjects and ensure that students are receiving standards-basedsupplemental instruction. 25. iTunes U Quality of Instructions The reviews of iTunes U aremostly positive, with individuals noting ease of use andaccessibility. All users need to do is click on course that theywould like to access and then subscribe to the content. Allthe free materials needed are then downloaded to the usersdevice for review. And for teachers looking to design acourse, there are very specific, helpful guides for creating acourse that is fun and engaging for students. 26. 8) Subtext 27. Subtext Grade Level and Content Area Subtext can be utilized topromote effective reading strategies and literacy across multiplegrade levels. It is especially appropriate for upper-elementary tosecondary classrooms. Specific Uses in the Classroom Students can access book andarticles chosen by the teacher and read them in an engaging,interactive format that encourages comprehension andcollaboration. While reading a text, students can highlight andeasily look up words they do not understand; they can also postdiscussion comments or questions about specific portions of thetext for the rest of the class to see. Furthermore, teachers cancreate reading assignments, leave explanatory comments oncertain sections of a reading, and/or import articles or otherworks that serve as supplemental materials to reinforce keyconcepts or themes. 28. Subtext Student Feedback Through the interactive portion of Subtext,students can receive feedback from the teacher as well as otherpeers in the classroom regarding areas of difficulty in thetext. They can also test their comprehension and knowledge ofunfamiliar ideas or words by highlighting portions of the text andinstantly searching for relevant information via Google. Moreover,teachers can insert questions into the text that poll studentresponses and gauge comprehension. Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills Subtextencourages understanding, analysis, and evaluation. Through theapp, students are able to closely read a text and carefully review itsinherent ideas through collaboration and instant access tosupplemental explanatory materials. This all-encompassingapproach to text interaction encourages all three of the listedaspects of higher learning thinking skills. 29. Subtext Ease of Use Subtext is very easy to use, and there are multiplevideos available of children using the app to explore classroomtexts. And students seem to have fun with app and enjoy using itsvarious features to explore the intricacies of a text. Privacy Offerings Teachers can design a reading assignmentso that only students in the class can view content and discussion(i.e. class reviews of a text are closed off to outsideusers). Furthermore, teachers can create private discussiongroups within a classroom text review so that only specificstudents can view specific questions, thus creating an ability todifferentiate lessons on the text. Finally, teachers can restrictInternet access so that students are unable to access unrelated orinappropriate content during lessons. 30. Subtext Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes Subtext directly addresses literacy standards by encouragingclose reading and critical thinking when presented with atext. Teachers can also introduce a variety of literary genresthrough the app to allow students to explore and compare ideas,themes, or literary devices that are used to establish and conveymeaning within the various texts. Quality of Instructions Subtext provides helpful design tipsand instructions for teachers to effectively create classroomgroups and embed content into readings. There is also acomprehensive user guide available on the designers website forstep-by-step instructions on how to get started and utilize theapps various features. 31. 9) Learnist 32. Learnist Grade Level and Content Area Learnist is most appropriatefor middle to high school students, and it provides informationand resources that span multiple content areas. Specific Uses in the Classroom Often referred to as theeducational version of the popular app Pinterest, Learnist allowsstudents to access educational boards on specific topics ofinterest and receive ample, multimedia content that is expertly-craftedand relevant to their topic. Teachers can also use the appto create individualized boards for their classroom, to put avariety of engaging supplemental materials at their studentsfingertips. Finally, students can create boards of their own toorganize and store any quality supplemental materials or studyguides that they may find independently. 33. Learnist Student Feedback Teachers can incorporate activities andsupplemental lessons to classroom boards that includeassessments for student feedback. Students can also reviewexpert boards to test their knowledge on a particular subject. Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills At thevery least, Learnist encourages application and analysis. Studentsare introduced to a variety of content beyond their textbook inorder to see real-life applications of the ideas and concepts theyare studying in the classroom, and students are able to delvedeeper into a topic and analyze the building blocks of a particularconcept across multiple media formats. 34. Learnist Ease of Use With an interface similar to Pinterest,Learnist has a very familiar functionality for many students,and it is easy to navigate between various boards andcontent. And with the incorporation of multimediaresources, students have a fun, engaging way to masterstandards-based content. Privacy Offerings Through Learnist, students have theability to view, save, and share content-relatedmaterials. However, one of the drawbacks to the app is thatstudents are not restricted as to the type of educationalcontent they can access. Thus, some supervision will berequired when utilizing this app in the classroom. 35. Learnist Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes Working as a wellspring of educational content, Learnist canconnect to multiple forms of curriculum content. Yet, literacystandards are perhaps most appropriate when discussingLearnist, as the app encourage students to synthesize ideas frommultiple sources of information and multiple media formats inorder to draw conclusions about an idea or topic. Also, studentsare able to think critically about the merits of a particularresource when creating their own boards for individual review. Quality of Instructions The developers of Learnist havedetailed instructional videos available that cover the apps variousfeatures in order to teach both students and teachers how to bestutilize the app. 36. 10) Inspiration Maps 37. Inspiration Maps Grade Level and Content Area Inspiration Maps is aninnovative and engaging graphic organizer creation platformthat can be utilized across multiple content areas and gradelevels. However, it is perhaps most effective as a tool formiddle to high school students. Specific Uses in the Classroom Teachers can utilizeInspiration Maps to construct graphic organizers that assiststudents in visualizing relations between various ideas andcomponents within a particular lesson or course ofstudy. Students can also utilize the app to create helpful,engaging visual representations of class notes or studymaterials to increase comprehension and retention. 38. Inspiration Maps Student Feedback As primarily a creation platform ratherthan a resource for information, Inspiration Maps does notprovide specific student feedback. However, the app can beutilized by the teacher to have students create graphic organizersto outline key concepts from class readings or lectures to assessstudent comprehension. Opportunities for Higher Learning Thinking Skills Inspiration Maps encourages analysis, evaluation, andcreation. While creating graphic organizers, it encourage studentsto closely analyze a particular idea or concept and evaluate howthe various components of the idea or concept worktogether. Then, it asks students to create visual representationsof the idea or concept that effectively outline its variouscomponents and underlying processes. 39. Inspiration Maps Ease of Use Inspiration Maps is fairly easy to use. Itcomes pre-installed with various templates for users toemploy in order to get a head-start on creating their graphicorganizers. And the apps functionality is highlyintuitive. Even someone who has little familiarity withgraphic organizers can quickly begin to create andcustomize effective organizers with a few taps of a finger. Privacy Offerings All created graphic organizers arestored directly onto the users device. Any creations can beshared, but the user must approve the action before anysharing occurs. Thus, privacy appears to be of little concernwith Inspiration Maps. 40. Inspiration Maps Connecting to Curriculum Content/Student Outcomes Incorporating Inspiration Maps in classroom assignments isespecially helpful for literacy standards. By having studentsdevelop their own graphic organizers that outline keyconcept in a text or topic, they are forced to closely read atext and look for relationships between the variouscomponents of and ideas in the text. Furthermore, theyutilize their creative capacities and critical thinking skills todetermine the best ways of organizing those ideas intovisual structures that both accurately reflect the informationprovided and give common observers a clear understandingthe various components and processes at work. 41. Inspiration Maps Quality of Instructions The developers of InspirationMaps provide instructional videos on how to utilize theapps various features to create and customize a graphicorganizer. The app also include an extensive help sectionthat covers a multitude of topics and questions that usersmay have when creating their graphic organizers. 42. App Reference Links Google Drive - https://drive.google.com/start Grammar Up - http://www.grammar-express.com/ Inspiration Maps - http://www.inspiration.com/go/ipad iTunes U - https://www.apple.com/education/ipad/itunes-u/ Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/ Learnist - https://learni.st/ Quizlet - http://www.red8ventures.com/ Shakespeare in Bits -http://www.mindconnex.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=8&Itemid=17 Subtext - http://www.renaissance.com/products/subtext WritePad -http://www.phatware.com/index.php?q=page/writepad/ipad#