Apps for the Classroom

By: Cheyenne Crowe

Stack the States

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Pros: This app allows students to memorize the shapes of the states, the capitals of the states, as well as fun facts such as the flags of the states. It is a game, making it fun for students meaning they are more likely to engage.

Cons: When a question is answered incorrectly, the correct answer is given; therefore, students might not actually apply themselves and their thinking to the game.

Math Ninja

This game is very interactive and fun. Students play as the ninja and attack the enemies; when a certain level is reached, they must solve math problems to continue the game.

Pros: There are different levels that the teacher can assign (easy, medium, hard) as well as types of equations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). Different students, depending on their math abilities in the classroom, can play on different levels of the game making it user friendly for everyone.

Cons: It is very redundant in between math problems; students might lose interest quickly.

Doodle Buddy

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Doodle Buddy could be used to draw out word problems and equations in math...

As well as creating a visual for a story or making an outline.

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Pros: Can be used for many different assignments, very interactive and creative.

Cons: It would be very easy to get off task due to the amount of freedom this app provides.


This app is very entertaining and easily gets students excited and interacting.

Pros: It is fun and easy to use. Students are more likely participate due to the competitive aspect of this app.

Cons: Students may not pay attention to the questions as much due to the time limit. Some students may not like others to see what they got wrong and what score they got.

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Team Shake

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This app is the perfect solution to putting students into groups and getting students to participate!

Pros: The random generator ensures group selections are completely random and fair. It also solves the problem of a silent classroom because it can randomly generate one name for the teacher to call on and answer a question in class. It also allows the teacher to avoid problems between students in a group by regrouping students every time the device is shaken.

Cons: It is sensitive to movement, so even if the device is not intentionally shaken, the app could generate new groups, confusing the class and the teacher.