Saturday, December 13, 2014

10 Best Apps 4 Teachers - 2011

10 Best Apps 4 Teachers - 2011

Most of what we do is for the students. The focus of this and many other
blogs and websites is about learning, and rightly so, but there are
also apps that will make our jobs easier too. I am talking about that
catergory of apps that are designed specifically for the classroom
teacher. Those apps that will assist us in the everyday little jobs that
need to be done, often on the run and often while 10 other things are
also happening in the room. There are plenty and I am sure as more and
more teachers gain the confidence to design their own apps, there will
be more suitable one to come. Here is a list of apps that you can use to
make your job easier. This is just my list, but I would be happy for
other to contribute the apps that help them - help others by leaving
your selection in the comments.

Keynote: $9.99

Keynote for iPad is almost as powerful as the desktop application. This
is a powerful presentation tool that has animations, slide transition
and all the features to make professional slides. It allows you to open
templates with graphics already inserted. This is purposely built to
work seemlessly on the iPad and to allow the user to incorporate other
aspects of the iWork suite. Perfect addition to any homepage.

Educate: Free

Since one of the first jobs you have to do each morning is to take the
role Attendance is a great solution for the iPad. This app has some
great features which make it attractive to teachers; photos for each
student, recording lateness or emailing absent students. It asks if you
would like to import your address book or you can import student info
from external files. It also syncs between different devices. For the
price this is a very functional app.

Teacher Tool: Free

TeacherTool saves grades and makes suggestions for grades. TeacherTool
saves your remarks about students and presents them to you in the
upcoming lesson. It remembers the date of any grade and lets you store
comments along with it. TeacherTool keeps track of your students‘
absences. It is much safer than your traditional mark-book, as with
every synchronization on your Mac, you save an up-to-date backup copy of
all your data.

iAnnotate: $12.99

iAnnotate is a PDF reader and annotation tool for the iPad. It opens
documents from emails, fills out forms, you can sign and send out
contracts, enter notes for edits, sketch diagrams, copy text, and add
highlights or underline with the drag of a finger. iAnnotate fully
integrates its annotations directly into the PDF. This is a great tool
for teachers to mark student's work.

GradePad: $2.99

The GradePad application allows you to grade your students’ performance
directly from your mobile device. The documentation from the
application’s website explains that with this app you can Manage Groups,
Create GradePads, Do Assessments, Track Performance, and Share Data.
Manage Groups, Create GradePads, Do Assessments, Track Performance,
Share Data

Dropbox: Free

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and
videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file
you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers,
your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app,
you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

Attendance: $5.99

Attendance is a universal iOS touchscreen application. It allows you to
take and keep attendance records. Its main intended use is for teachers
to keep track of records for their classes, but it can also be used for
meetings and group gatherings. Features include; unlimited courses, move
students from one class to another , photo recognition, customisable
attendance statuses.

Teacher Pal: 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 their students. Features include; simple tap attendance, grade books,
enter grade with an intuitive touchpad, import, export data files from
and to CSV files.

Flipboard: Free

This is a great app for the iPad. Flipboard allows you to set your
twitter feeds straight back to your iPad. Flipboard then re-presents it
in a magazine format. The tweets are laid out with images in the same
format as an online mag. This is great for making online textbooks for
specific classes or even further reading lists. Only the classes that
you have given the specific twitter address have access. I think this
makes tweets much more user friendly, especially to younger students who
may not be as familiar with twitter.

Khondoker Hafizur Rahman

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