Teachers and parents are doing everything to ensure that distracting smartphones do not affect students’ education. In addition, these devices find their usefulness in the classroom where students can perform school activities with ease and concentration through a classroom application.
This article introduces you to 12 of the best classroom apps to convert smartphones into learning tools.
Evernote is first and foremost a note-taking app. These can be organized using searchable tags that you apply to them, but the best way to organize notes is with virtual notebooks.
Each notebook contains a collection of notes related to it. For example, a student might have one notebook for all their biology notes and another notebook for math.
When you create your first note in Evernote, it’s stored in a default notebook. Some time management experts say using this default notebook as a to-do list is a great way to make sure everything gets done on time.
Gather notes outside of Evernote.
It’s possible to “grab and send” content to Evernote, where you can treat it as a note on its own or integrate it with your other notes.
Prodigy is a fun, curriculum-friendly, game-based online learning platform. This app is a must-have in the classroom. It provides everyone with educational content aligned with the school curriculum, in order to arouse the interest of students.
With over 50,000 math questions spanning levels 1-8, players will watch their very own wizard grow stronger, learn new spells, and acquire new gear while taking on increasingly powerful opponents, all while answering math questions!
This application is used by teachers and home teachers. This account designation can be used to access the connected parts of the website and have access to all available features such as assignment creation, reports and support for multiple classes.
Similar to the teacher account, this one is however limited to certain management tools, the rest being available only to teachers. For example, parents can’t create assignments and don’t have classes. Ideal if you just want to follow the progress of the students when they play at school or at home!
To get started, teachers can manually enter students or integrate classes from Google Classroom. If younger students don’t have an email account, they can also log in using a QR code.
Whether teachers develop their own activities or draw from the vast library of self-created and assessed content, assigned tasks engage students in a variety of work in the form of videos, photos, text, images, files and drawings.
Teachers follow up, adding comments and, if necessary, making articles available to families through the Seesaw Parent and Family app (available online and via Android or iOS). For teachers, seeing the contributions of all students at once is an easy way to check the understanding of the whole class. Teachers can also enable peer-to-peer feedback or create a class blog to encourage a richer, more connected experience. For added security, blogs can be password protected and teachers moderate posts before making them public.
Designed with an intuitive interface, Seesaw logically guides teachers through processes such as creating assignments, recording instructions, sending feedback and individual or group messages to students, parents or families. A translation is available if the device language settings are different from the original message.
4. Class Dojo
Class Dojo is an online system that provides parents with information to track their child’s progress. The Class Dojo app is used as a means of communicating with parents and sharing classroom work, as well as rewarding children’s positive attitudes towards learning. Each child has a “monster avatar” that earns Dojo Points for positive learning behaviors and outstanding work.
From a parent account, parents can access lots of useful information about their child’s day at school, including “class stories” and Dojo positives.
Parents also benefit from the Dojo classroom messaging service. They can send a message to the teacher, during class hours. Professors will endeavor to respond quickly to the extent of their availability, given their workload.
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5. Epson iProjection
For example, you can use this app throughout math class when you want to highlight a student’s work without them having to rewrite it on the whiteboard. With Epson iProjection, the student can keep his work in paper form and share it with all his fellow students.
Kahoot ! is a platform offering quizzes, which can adapt to hybrid course and flipped classroom situations and which makes learning fun and engaging.
This cloud-based platform is ideal for students and teachers. It allows you to create quizzes from scratch and thus offer tailor-made learning options to students by giving free rein to your creativity.
Kahoot! offers over 40 million pre-made games that anyone can access, making it quick and easy to get started. This option is therefore ideal for distance learning, when time and resources are limited.
Like Kahoot! is free, just create an account to use the platform. Students can access Kahoot! on most devices, from anywhere with an internet connection.