50 Apps for your Classroom
Post on 15-Jun-2015
DESCRIPTIONGianfranco D'Aversa: ICT Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher. He leads workshops to teachers and media professionals.
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2. eB-04 www.gianfrancodaversa.com | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org Apps for your classroomLong Arent smartphones just the best? Considering how easy they so often render daily life, even cash-strappedstudents and families might consider them a valuable investment this back-to-school season. Especially when onelooks at the number of applications available to better organize classes, events, activities, and basic needs as well assupplement classroom lessons.Androids, iPhones, and the like might be pricy, but they definitely pay off. Read on to check out our picks for the verybest smartphone apps that can help students this back-to-school season.A. Productivity & Organization01. DropboxNever miss an important document with the highly acclaimed Dropbox, an app that syncs between devices andmakes accessing files a painless procedure.02. Mint.comIf theres one thing college kids need to wring their hands over, its money. Personal finance juggernautMint.com presents a free app to help anyone - not just younguns - keep track of their expenditures and savingson the go.03. EvernoteMake and keep multimedia notes so you absolutely never forget anything important for classes, extracurricularactivities, and anything else.04. myHomeworkThis organizer for the iPhone and Android devices specifically targets students, allowing them to stay on top oftheir assignments, exams, homework, events, and more.05. GPA-mE!iPhone users wanting to know their exact GPAs take advantage of this special calculator to make it so.06. Remember the MilkRemember the Milk isnt just about grocery shopping! The incredibly popular app allows downloaders a quick,painless way to draw up to-do lists and keep track of their daily duties.07. LinkedInOur list may be about back to school, but its never too early to start networking for internships and/or jobsand scoring advice from industry professionals.08. HootSuiteManage Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and LinkedIn accounts all at once thanks to the stellar stylings of theHootsuite interface.09. CheggSave time and money by renting textbooks through Chegg, a service available to any student via the web, butonly available on the iPhone when it comes to a mobile presence.10. Flashcards and AnkiDroid FlashcardsCreate, download, and share digital flashcards perfect for quizzing yourself and others on nearly every academicsubject out there World Atlas HD. TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IN EDUCATION | Better teaching, more learning 1 3. eB-04 50 Apps for Lifelong LearningB. Reading & Writing11. InstapaperWhen a particularly relevant or interesting website or blog presents itself, Instapaper makes it possible to savefor offline reading and sharing.12. WriterAndroid fans desiring a simple, straightforward word processor use Writer to take down notes or save snippetsfor the Great American Novel theyll someday publish but probably not.13. PlayTalesParents hoping to nurture literacy in their children will love the Touchy Books that allow them to interact withmultimedia stories and learn to read at the same time.14. Audible.comListen to thousands of audiobooks for $14.95 a month - kind of a steep price, but worth looking into for audio-book enthusiasts and the hearing-impaired.15. KindleConvert that Android or iPhone into a home for ebooks with the Kindle app and catch up on established classicsand current bestsellers alike.16. iTranslatorForeign language students with access to an iPhone or iPhone Touch use iTranslate with Google Translate, FreeTranslation, and Babel Fish to help them through small challenges.17. Classic Text to Speak Engine and Speak it! Text to SpeechFor the hearing-impaired or students who prefer listening to their notes, these apps convert written words intoclear audio.18. BywordSync iPhones with Macs or use Dropbox alongside this iOS text writing and editing device, perfect for authoringpapers a little bit at a time when a few spare moments pop up.19. GoodreadsBibliophile students looking for their next literary fix will love networking with other bookish types over at Goo-dreads and learning what all sits on the shelves of the world.20. MiniMod Reading for Details LiteGreat for teaching newer readers how to grow their competency skills, with challenges all about keeping textsclose and details closer.C. Reference21. The World FactbookiPhone fans with a penchant for all things geographical can download this annually-updated app (backed by theCIA!) for a quick look at information regarding every nation in the world.22. WebMDTry not to slip into hypochondria mode, OK? Still, though, WebMD is a great app to keep on hand when trying tofigure out a health issue.23. Blacks Law DictionaryBe sure to download the latest edition and keep $54.99 on hand, because Blacks Law Dictionary stands as anessential download for anyone hoping to enter the legal field someday.24. FooducateScan the barcode of any food product and receive detailed information about its nutritional value, as well asalternative purchases with more nourishing qualities.25. wikiHowLearn how to do pretty much anything with more than 120,000 instructions uploaded by experts and non-experts from around the world.TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IN EDUCATION | Better teaching, more learning 2 4. eB-04 50 Apps for Lifelong Learning26. GoogleMaps, Docs, Earth, Search (with enhancements!), and other offerings make life just that much easier to maneu-ver on the day-to-day.27. Dictionary.com - Dictionary & Thesaurus - FreeWhen the words just wont come, thats where this top-notch app (which also happens to be joyfully free) co-mes in and shines.28. WikipediaThe ubiquitous open source encyclopedia is now available on the smartphone, thus ending arbitrary pop culturearguments much, much faster than before.29. Wolfram AlphaProbably the app to end all apps, Wolfram Alpha hosts pretty much everything students need for both classesand to satisfy their own curiosities.30. TEDWatch some of the worlds greatest lectures from some of the worlds greatest minds from the comfort of asmartphone screenD. Safety31. iHollabackThis crowdsourced safety app maps out instances of harassment and discriminatory behaviors, including verbaland physical assault, and allows students to visualize the most dangerous sections of their cities and campuses.32. StreetSafeIf the $19.99 per month subscription plan is feasible, StreetSafe provides two services protecting the lives ofusers. One involves a silent alarm that dials 911 in an emergency, while the other connects anyone scared oftheir surroundings with an individual trained to advise them calmly and alert the proper authorities in case ofanything compromising.33. Flashlight, Brightest Flashlight Free, and Flashlight FreeTurn that smartphone into peace of mind when walking in unfamiliar territory with these fabulous digital fla-shlights.34. Silent BodyguardAvailable for the iPhone and Blackberry, Silent Blackberry uses GPS tracking to discreetly send emergency mes-sages to trusted contacts in the event something ugly goes down.35. SaferBusStudents who must take public transportation take advantage of this iPhone app to learn which buses meet orfail the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations standards and report any violations they encounter.36. First Aid by American Red CrossThis free download for iPhone and Android users teaches basic first aid techniques anytime, anywhere and defi-nitely stands as a worthwhile bandwidth investment.37. Circle of 6Pick six trusted individuals and keep tabs on one anothers whereabouts and actions in order to lower the risk ofvictimization. iPhone only.38. Emergency Rescue AlarmFor use on the Android, the Emergency Rescue Alarm provides three very loud, very common signals to alert theproper authorities on a disaster or crimes whereabouts.39. Marine Martial Arts MCRP 3-02B and Marine Martial ArtsWhile you probably wont walk away from these apps ready to teach Predators a thing or two, they do offer upsome great self-defense training tips.40. ICE: In Case of EmergencyIn the event of a scenario where you go unresponsive, the ICE app makes first responders jobs faster and easierby providing them with medical information, emergency contacts, and other valuable, potentially life-saving bitsof data.TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IN EDUCATION | Better teaching, more learning 3 5. eB-04 50 Apps for Lifelong LearningE. Stem41. Free Graphing Calculator and Algeo Graphing CalculatorInstead of lugging around a giant TI machine, take advantage of smartphone technology and convert asmartphone into a fully functioning graphing calculator.42. Star Walk and Sky MapLine up these apps with the heavens and see which constellations currently dot the sky in addition to learningeven more about basic astronomy.43. iDevBooks - Educational Math AppsiDevBooks actually provides a suite of apps dedicated to teaching math principles to a few different age rangesand skill levels, so pick the most appropriate one and use it for review purposes!44. The ElementsThe Elements exists as one of the iDevices finest achievements, offering an interactive multimedia journeythrough the periodic table.45. PopSci.comRead Popular Science articles online and off and share them with other enthusiastic STEM buffs.46. Pop Math LiteThis award-winning, kid-approved app targets younger students and trains them in the basics of addition, sub-traction, multiplication, and division.47. Space PhysicsLearn core physics concepts through a super fun, super popular game with a simple premise - bounce a ballfrom one location to another.48. ApolloniusGeometry students with iPhones rejoice, as Apollonius provides a stellar method for constructing, exploring, andunderstanding shapely models.49. Math RefWith more than 1,400 formulas, theorems, and more represented, this iPhone app helps studying for math ho-mework and exams breeze by just a bit faster.50. Human AnatomyHuman Anatomy works magic for Android-toting medical and biology students requiring a quick glimpse at howeverything fits together.TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IN EDUCATION | Better teaching, more learning 4