15 Of The Best Apps For Group 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 15 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).

15 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning

1. Zoom

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Dosomething.org

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

6. 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. 

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Paste by WeTransfer

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. VoiceThread

14. 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.

15. Google Drive

15. Explain Everything

Bonus: Microsoft OneNote

15 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning