Mobile Apps for the Classroom

My five applications to use in the Classroom.

App #1: Edmodo

Edmodo looks a lot like Facebook, but with an educational focus. You can use this with a classroom to remind students of assignments, for students to hand in assignments, for students to take quizzes and polling questions. Better yet, there is even an iPhone app, so students and teachers a like can access it in their iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads.

Linked is a video explaining the App in action.

App #2: Google Drive

Google has stepped up their apps, with the most notable being Google Drive, which in my opinion can definitely overtake Microsoft Word for typing those long assignments. What makes Google Drive so great? It's free. Another big benefit is that it is saved via Cloud servers, so you no longer have to worry about emailing documents or carrying around a USB drive.

In the classroom, this is where it really shines: students would be able to assess and correct each others projects and assignments since Google Drive allows public sharing and comments.

Here is Google's quick minute selling of Google Drive.

App # 3: Wunderlist

Remember how in school, you would be given an agenda to write down everything? Or the panic that there was when you suddenly lost that agenda and would instantly lose the important dates of assignments? Why not eliminate that future waste of paper and just do it digitally.

Wunderlist is a mobile app that creates to do lists for practically anything, ranging from grocery shopping to running your own business. Focusing on school ,this is a great app for setting up those reminders for assignments, homework, or important days for exams. Better yet, this app is very accessible through a vast array of devices, such as Apple products, Android phones and computers. Students can even collaborate with each other using this application.

Here is a quick video of Wunderlist.

App #4: Quizlet

In school, I know there are quite a lot of people (myself included) who likes to use Flashcards. If they are like me, they probably dislike carrying a deck of cards everywhere they go.

Quizlet eliminates this. Quizlet is a free mobile app, again that is accessible through a variety of means from mobile devices to computers (Apple and Windows), that focuses on making flashcards. Flashcards are an awesome way for students to quiz themselves to assess if they understand content or not. However, Quizlet is even better: I can see teachers using Quizlet as a sort of study guide; giving students a list of terms or concepts that they will need to cover and either make the flashcards themselves, or the teacher gives it to the students.

Another great feature of Quizlet is that it is not only flashcards: there are also games that can be made as well.

Here is a quick promotional video of Quizlet.

App #5: Socrative

The main aspect of Socrative is to initiate activities and for the students to respond using their smartphones. Scorative can run on ANY device that has internet access: computer and phone a like. It is a lot like the iClicker, but much better to use because the variety of accessibility from all the different devices is superior.

A teacher can use this for Quizzes and Polling. It is a great way for student checking for understanding. Reports after the completion of quizzes are automatically emailed to the teacher to see the results of the quizzes, question per question. The assessment tool is amazing in that regard.

Here is a quick three minute video of Socrative.