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.
<ul><li> 1. 10 Great Apps forthe Classroom</li></ul><p> 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...</p>
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