by Gavin Donnelly
With the ever growing presence of smartphones and tablets in classrooms there are all kinds of apps out there for educators to help them plan, organize and teach. Here is a list of just a few useful ones that we put together for you.
1. Keynote – Keynote is an app that lets teachers spice up their presentations with the addition of visual aids such as charts, tables, videos, pictures and animations. Teachers can choose from 12 premade themes to create a presentation.
2. Evernote – Evernote allows you to take all kinds of notes from your mobile, tablet or desktop and stores them all in one place. You can type up quick lists or outlines, take pictures, save webpages and more. Then you can share notes and collaborate with colleagues.
3. Free Books – As the name promises, the Free Books app provides access to 23,469 classic books including novels, autobiographies and plenty of other historical writings. Great for History or Literature teachers.
4. Splashtop Whiteboard – This iPad app turns your iPad into a mobile whiteboard. By syncing with a desktop computer over Wifi you can access computer applications such as Powerpoint or Keynote and then be able to control and draw over the presentations right on the iPad.
5. Dropbox – Use Dropbox to store all your documents and files in the cloud so you can access them from any device. A great way to organize files stored on multiple computers and devices, it also makes them easily shareable.
6. TeacherKit – A nice free app for keeping track of attendance, grades and behavior all in one place. You can even backup all data stored in TeacherKit to Dropbox.
7. Outliner – Outliner is another useful organizational app for outlining anything from daily tasks such as lesson plans to long term projects that last throughout a whole semester or year. You can also share your outlines and collaborate with other users.
8. GradeBook Pro – Another very useful app for keeping track of grades and attendance. GradeBook Pro has all kinds of powerful features including the ability to email reports to students and parents, create PDF reports of class or student grades and ability to import and export data using Dropbox.
Whether you’re an educator yourself, know someone who is or are just interested in education technology we hope you found this list interesting and useful! What apps do you use to stay organized and plan? Let us know by connecting on Twitter @zapdapp and Facebook.com/zapdapp.
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