Throughout this master’s program there have been many times where teachers and colleagues have used or recommended helpful tools to improve teaching and learning. Below are some of the those that stuck out:

Kahoot– Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn – any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!

NearpodNearpod is an interactive classroom tool for teachers to engage students with interactive lessons.

That Quiz– Simple, no frills quiz activities for students and teachers of all grade levels.

Common Sense Media– Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

Twitter– As a teacher, I tweet almost every day to share with parents and others what we are up to. As a learner, I am constantly able to find new teaching strategies and educational ideas from what others are tweeting. If you are not using Twitter as an educator or learner yet, sign up!

Mathletics– Widely used but still very helpful! Mathletics is the next generation in online math learning platform, helping students enjoy math and improve their
results.

Ted Ed– The TEDEd project — TED’s education initiative — makes short video lessons worth sharing, aimed at educators and students.

Google Expeditions -With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. Field trips to virtually anywhere.

Geo Guesser – Great way to practice geography and gets excited about where they are in the world. Game using StreetView images that drops the player in a random location and challenges them to work out where they are.

Google Cardboard– Experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way.

Zaption– Zaption provides free interactive video tools and ready-to-use video lessons to engage learners. Our video platform is perfect for K-12, higher ed & training.

Johan Wolf, a tech wizz and overall great person has suggested many websites including several above and all of these:

50 Fab Apps for Educators – More apps than you will know what to do with!

Below is a great initiative that Johan’s school undertook to organize and better articulate what apps and websites were being used.

App Icon App Name and link Description Classroom Application
Noodletools Companion Companion app to subscribers of Noodletools for research and bibliography. Allows students to access their Noodletools projects.
NWEA Map The MAP Testing app allows students easy access to the MAP tests. Easy access on the ipad, rather than having to access the tests through the browser.
Mathletics IXL  Interactive math practice tailored
to each learner.
School subscription.
Teachers can customize and
get detailed analytics.
Brainpop, Brainpop JR Interactive video lessons on
a variety of subject areas.
Great supplemental resources for the curriculum.
Supports Flipped Learning.
Khan Academy Learn almost anything for free with a library of over 4,200 videos and articles. Supplement Math curriculum and supports Flipped Learning Model.
Visual Fractions
by Esa Hettula
Shows how percentages and decimals are just special kinds of fractions with their own notation. Students can visually explore the connection between percentages, decimals and fractions to build a stronger conceptual understanding.
Explain Everything Create screencasts to share to Drive and Learning bLogs. A powerful app to support visible thinking and can be used in multiple contexts such as Math, literacy running records or visible thinking routines.

 

App Icon App Name and link Description Classroom Application
Dogo News, Stay on top of what is happening around the world with child friendly news apps. Supplement literacy and other curriculum with daily news stories written for children.
Popplet Child-friendly mind mapping tool. Enables students to visualize connections and a great tool to support visible thinking.
Socrative Student Share assessments through quizzes, polls, short-answer questions, exit tickets A great formative assessment tool that provides immediate feedback to teachers and students on tasks
Toontastic Students can create animated stories with voice, characters and backgrounds. Videos can be saved to the Camera Roll and shared with others. Students can creatively express their ideas around digital storytelling.
Garageband

You can download Garageband for free if you activated or purchased an iPad with iOS 9 or later on or after September 1, 2013. 

Explore creating your own music with virtual instruments. Encourages creativity and innovation skills by letting students create their own music. Easy integration with music classes and iMovie projects.
iMovie

You can download iMovie for free if you activated or purchased an iPad with iOS 9 or later on or after September 1, 2013. 

iMovie lets you create movies and Hollywood-style trailers that are simple to make and simply spectacular. Encourages creativity and innovation skills by letting students create their own digital stories. Easy integration with language classes and
Garageband projects.
Keynote

You can download Keynote for free if you activated or purchased an iPad with iOS 9 or later on or after September 1, 2013. 

Apple’s productivity suite similar to MS Office or Google Docs Use iCloud to promote collaboration
Pages

You can download Pages for free if you activated or purchased an iPad with iOS 9 or later on or after September 1, 2013

Apple’s productivity suite similar to MS Office or Google Docs Use iCloud to promote collaboration
Numbers

You can download Numbers for free if you activated or purchased an iPad with iOS 9 or later on or after September 1, 2013 

Apple’s productivity suite similar to MS Office or Google Docs Use iCloud to promote collaboration
Book Creator Create interactive books with text, images, audio and video and export as an ePub to Drive or iBooks. Integrates into any subject area with its ability to let students create their own interactive books. Supports Visible Thinking.
Qrafter Pro Scan and Create QR codes. Great for conveying instructions and quickly linking to content such as websites or videos.
Tellagami

OR

Tellagami EDU

Create and share videos with animated avatars and backgrounds. Students can explain a concept or share a reflection. A powerful tool to support Visible Thinking
Canva Create well designed presentations, posters and other content Helps students develop a good sense of design and layout
Math Pieces Helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students can use the number pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, count, regroup, add, and subtract. The drawing tools allow them to label representations and show their understanding.
Pic Collage for Kids

By Cardinal Blue

Create posters and collages by adding photos and text. Great alternative to traditional posters and easy way to visualize ideas and thinking.
Notability “Notability is the one place to create, share, and manage your notes. It combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs”. Take notes annotate, highlight,, math practice, record thoughts, organize ideas.
Nearpod This app allows teachers to share presentations with students and have them offer immediate feedback to the teacher/class. This app enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students’ iPads. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.
Raz Kids This app provides students with access to the school’s subscription to RAZ Kids where they can access hundreds of eBooks eBooks and quizzes to practice reading skills
Calculator for iPad Free Free calculator Students can use to support Math learning
123D Sculpt With this app you can sculpt and paint interesting and realistic 3D shapes. Can be used as part of Art lessons to create 3D images.
Sketchbook Express Drawing and painting app for creating art Can be used in art classes to enhance students’ ability to draw on a tablet.
Stop Motion Students can create their own animations Students can creatively express their learning by creating stop motion animations
Padlet A great to support student creation
and collaboration.
Padlet provides a collaborative space where participants can add multimedia. It can be used across multiple subject areas for different collaborative learning tasks.
DOINK Creativity Bundle (Animation and Green Screen)

 

These apps work well together with one focused on allowing students to create their own animations and the other letting them do their own
Green Screen videos.
Students can creatively express their learning by creating their own professional looking videos using animation and green screening.

 

App Icon App Name and link Description Classroom Application
Inkpad

 

Create vector graphics which can be printed using a 3D printer. This app will primarily be used as part of the STEAM class so that students can 3D print their designs.
Blockly control the robots “dash” and “dot” using scratch-type coding (we have 8 robots available). Used in STEAM classes and during co-curricular times so students can learn some coding skills.
Tickle Drag and drop programming which students can use to create their own games or control a number of devices. Used in STEAM classes and during co-curricular times so students can learn some coding skill.
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Programming LEGO’s official programming app that works with LEGO Mindstorm More advanced programming and integrates well with Math concepts

 

  

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