As a former 6th grade teacher, I always found myself doing so many things at once and trying to do them successfully. A struggle that I always had was trying to record things that I wanted to communicate to parents, make notes for students work, track student progress, and document things for students who were absent from class.
I have found several different apps that can help you with different management needs in your classroom, both for teacher use and students. I hope you find some of them useful.
Classroom Management Tools
- TeacherPal (Free)
TeacherPal is a personal organizer for the teacher. It enables the teacher to organize classes, and students. Its simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of students.
- Teacher’s Assistant Lite (Free, Pro Version is $5.99)
Enter a student’s name, then add infractions/accolades either at the end of the day, or as they occur. You can customize the app to add just about anything you want. The layout was designed to be easy and efficient. Teacher’s Assistant Pro collects the data you enter, and when you’re ready to contact the parent or have a conference, you have all the data you need right in your hands. The app can store the name of the infraction/accolade, the date and time, where it occurred, which class period, a detailed description, what teacher action was issued (and if it was served), and whether the parent had been notified. Actions can be sent via email- whether it’s just one or all the actions a particular student has earned.
- Show Me (Free)
Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard! ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s a radically intuitive app that anyone will find extremely easy to use, regardless of age or background. This is also a great tool that students can use to explain concepts back to the teacher or to other students.
- Remote Mouse ($1.99)
Turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless touchpad and keyboard now!
You can take control of your presentations from anywhere in the room.
- Splashtop Whiteboard ($9.99)
Splashtop Whiteboard allows teachers and students to turn their iPad into an interactive white board. Once connected to their computer over Wifi, they can watch Flash media with fully synchronized video and audio, control PC and Mac applications then annotate lesson content all from an iPad. Now interact with students at their desk or present from all four corners of the class!
- Explain Everything ($2.99)
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display.
- eClicker Host (Teacher App – $9.99) eClicker (Student App – Free)
eClicker is a personal response system that allows teachers to poll their class during a lesson. It provides teachers with the real-time feedback they need to be sure their messages are being received. Developed for smartphones and laptops, eClicker leverages the hardware already in the hands of many students providing a low cost polling solution for the classroom. All you need to get started is the eClicker Host app running on an iOS device, a Wi-Fi network, and students with internet-enabled devices to participate.
General App Links
Here is the Apple in Education link to seach the recommended Education Apps for the iPad and iPod touch and iPhone. This link gives some suggestions, but it does not give all the apps that are in the education category. It is at least a place to start.
- APPitic – This is a great site with over 1,300 reviews done by Apple Distinguised Educations. These apps have been tested in different grade levels with many different instructional strategies.
- Mind Leap – This is an excellent site that rates its apps on a five star scale. Also, gives reviews on educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.
- IEAR – This is a great site to visit. This site provides reviewed apps by teachers and you can look at many different categories and subject areas.
- Ipad Curriculum – This is a great blog that reviews iPad apps and gives ideas on how to implement them into your classroom. This has a nice search bar.
- Lucy’s Ipad Resources – This link is to a Google Doc that has a variety of topics from classroom apps to articles about apps.
- 40 Amazing Educational Apps for Kids – This site provides different apps sorted by subject area.
- Dozier Elementary, A Sea of iPad Resources – Search for K-5 iPad apps selected by Dozier Elementary in Louisiana.
- Middle School Ipad Apps – This page will house suggested iPad apps for Middle Schools. (Primary Contact: John Shoemaker firstname.lastname@example.org)
- App Annie – This link has a lot of different apps sorted by paid, free, and grossing.