Mobile Apps

Apps to use in a K-12 classroom

1. Socrative

What is it?

A classroom tool for fun and effective formative assessment. Engage and assess students on any device and operating system during class. See student responses in real time and get data reports afterwards.

How can it be used? I would use the quick question part of this app because it is valuable for note prep activities. Students respond in real time I can see where students are at. Discuss results or ask more quick questions. I could use this app after explaining a concept to see if the students understand.


(SocrativeVideos, 2014, July 8)

2.Write the Alphabet

What is it?

Learn to write the alphabet by learning how to draw letters. Kids learn how to draw letters, and will be able to practice copying the letters.

How can it be used?

This app can be used for students to practice their letters. Students learning, practicing or refreshing their skills can use this app. It would be used in the lower elementary.


(iTunes preview 2014, October 10)

3. Videolicious

What is it?

Videos made easy. Just talk and tap to make the perfect video. Add music tracks, video filters, and logos. One touch publishing. Use with phone or tablet.

How can it be used?

I could ask students to create a' how to' videos (show someone how to do something). This will educate other students when we all watch the videos together.


(Videolicious 2014)


What is it?

Is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms.

How can it be used?

Literary characters: I would have students imagine how a relevant literary character would use Instagram. What sort of photos would Sherlock Homles or a favourite character from a book would post. With every picture child would have to explain why they picked that picture/video to post.


(Instagram, Wikipedia)

(Lepi, 2014, September 10)

5. Journal Jar

What is it?

Students simply shake this app to get a writing prompt.

How can it be used?

If students can either think of their own idea or they may use the Journal Jar to get a writing prompt. Give students 5 to 10 minutes to come up with stories based on this prompt.

Journal Jar

(Home of Educational Apps, 2011, November 12)

6. Google Earth

What is it?

Mapping and geography tool that lets you explore and go anywhere, on any device for free.

How can it be used?

It can be used for students to help visualize and understand the world around them. In the geography or social studies unit students can explore landmarks, parks, museums, and important world cultural spots . I.e Amazon or Parliament.


(Google Maps)


Google Maps (n.d). Google Maps-Education. Retrieved from

Home of Educational Apps (2011, November 12). Free Journal Topics Jar App-How to Get Idea for Journal writing. Retrieved from

Instagram (n.d). In Wikipedia. Retrieved November 9, 2014 from

iTunes Preview ( 2014, October 10). Write the alphabet. Retrieved from

Lepi, K. (2014, September 10). 10 Ways to Use Instagram In Your Classroom. Retrieved from

SocrativeVideos. (2014, July 8). Socrative Overview Video [Video file]. Retrieved from

Videolicious (2014). Retrieved from