20 Of The Best Apps For Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a matter of identifying needs and opportunities (using an app like flipboard), gathering potential resources (using an app like pinterest), collecting notes and artifacts (with an app like Collect), concept-mapping potential scale or angles for the project (using an app like Microsoft OneNote), assigning roles (with an app like Trello), scheduling deadlines (with apps like Google Calendar), and sharing it all (with apps like OneDrive or Google Drive).

With that in mind, below are more than 20 of the best apps for getting this kind of work done in the classroom, with an emphasis on group project-based learning apps for both Android and iPad (and even a few for plain old browsers).

20+ Of The Best Apps For Project-Based Learning

1. GradeCraft

Developer Description: Welcome to GradeCraft. The learning management system that helps instructors build gameful courses & encourages students to focus on the craft of learning. Gameful learning is a pedagogical approach that takes inspiration from how good games function, and applies that to the design of learning environments. Gameful design operates in a self-deterministic framework–we want to apply what self-determination theory says about how intrinsic motivation works to build motivating classroom experiences.

2. Zigazoo

Developer Description: Zigazoo is the most trusted social streaming app for kids. Zigazooers do video challenges by the world’s largest kids’ brands and share them with friends.

3. Dreamdo schools

Developer Description: Dreamdo Schools is used in over 25 countries. Our easy-to-use platform enables meaningful and motivational student-led projects in classrooms around the world. You can use Dreamdo Schools with elementary, middle, and high school students.

4. Reddit

Developer Description: Reddit is a source for what’s new and popular on the Internet. Users like you provide all of the content and decide, through voting, what’s good and what’s junk. Reddit is made up of many individual communities, also known as subreddits. Each community has its own page, subject matter, users and moderators. Users post stories, links, and media to these communities, and other users vote and comment on the posts. Through voting, users determine what posts rise to the top of community pages and, by extension, the public home page of the site.

5. Microsoft Teams

Developer Description: Microsoft Teams is the hub for teamwork in Microsoft 365. The Teams service enables instant messaging, audio and video calling, rich online meetings, mobile experiences, and extensive web conferencing capabilities.

6. Dosomething.org

Description: While not an app, dosomething.org is a useful resource for project needs and ideas.

7. Vimeo

Wikipedia Description: Vimeo is an American video hosting, sharing, and services platform headquartered in New York City. Vimeo focuses on the delivery of high-definition video across a range of devices. 

8. Collect by WeTransfer

Developer Description: Whether it’s a playlist on your phone, a link on your laptop, or a cool video you watched on your iPad—you can save, organize and share it for free.‍ Designed for creative pros, Collect lets you bring all your inspiration in one place and never lose track of it again.

9. Trello

Developer Description: Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. Imagine a whiteboard, filled with lists of sticky notes, with each note as a task for you and your team.

10. Project Pals

Developer Description: Instill 21st-century skills more effectively than teaching to a test. As an interactive platform for student-centered inquiry and project-based learning, Project Pals helps you streamline and organize independent assignments and group projects. The updated-in-real-time collaboration workspace enables students to visualize information, create meaning, and methodically solve problems across disciplines while centralizing your assessments, feedback, and project management.

11. Loom

Developer Description: Loom is a video messaging tool that helps you get your message across through instantly shareable videos. With Loom, you can record your camera, microphone, and desktop simultaneously. Your video is then instantly available to share through Loom’s patented technology.

12. Paste by WeTransfer

Developer Description: Meet Paste. It’s here to change how you make decks. From aligning everyone on your team to aligning the content on your slides, Paste multitasks so you can focus on what’s important—your ideas.

13. Mindmeister

Developer Description: MindMeister is a completely web-based mind mapping software that runs in any standard web browser. The mind maps you create are saved automatically in the cloud, online, and can be accessed from anywhere, as long as you are connected to the internet.

14. Microsoft PowerPoint

Developer Description: PowerPoint is Microsoft’s presentation software that enables users to create engaging presentations that consist of individual pages, or slides, which may contain text, graphics, sound, movies, hyperlinks, and other objects. PowerPoint enables users to add animation and effects to slideshow elements.

15. Seesaw

Developer Description: Seesaw is at the heart of the learning process for millions of students. Our platform encourages creativity and feedback that makes students excited to learn. Now more than ever, remote learning solutions are essential. Seesaw enables meaningful learning from anywhere, for every student.

16. Agenda Note Taking

Developer Description: Agenda is a date-focused note-taking app for both planning and documenting your projects. From business professionals and technical users to students and artists, Agenda is for anyone wanting well-organized and easily navigable notes that help drive your projects forward.

17. Google Drive

Developer Description: Google Drive integrates seamlessly with Docs, Sheets, and Slides, cloud-native apps that enable your team to collaborate effectively in real-time. Create and share content with your team on Day 1, with no need to migrate from existing tools.

18. Explain Everything

Developer Description: Invite anyone and collaborate. Add drawings, images, videos, PDFs, and documents. Annotate and record everything. Share your ideas as an interactive Explain Everything project or as a video. Connect people with Explain Everything’s online whiteboard for teams and see ideas click into place.

19. Microsoft OneNote

Developer Description: Classroom organization has never been easier. With a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities, OneNote for Education empowers students to create their best work.

20. Project Foundry

Developer Description: Foundry is your Project-based Learning Partner as you implement PBL in classrooms, schools, or entire districts. And with over 70,000 teachers and students collaborating on more than 700,000 learning experiences, we’ve certainly learned how!

21. Zoom

Developer Description: No matter where education takes place, Zoom can help engage students, faculty, and staff for learning, collaboration, and administration.

22: Seek by iNaturalist

Note: This isn’t a strictly ‘group PBL app’ but by emphasizing nature, presents an infinite number of project-based learning opportunities.

Developer Description: Take your nature knowledge up a notch with Seek. Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi and participate in monthly observation challenges.

20+ Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning