by TeachThought Staff
What are the best teaching apps? That’s a good question this post looks to answer.
Every year, we put together a collection of what we believe are the best teaching and learning apps for that year. This year, we were asked by the good folks at Easelly (the infographic and visual data platform) to create a collection of resources that, while including their apps, would curate a lot of good stuff teachers would benefit from.
Here are the results, a subjective list of 14 of the best teaching and learning apps.
14 Of The Best Teaching Apps For The Classroom
Developer Description: Here’s what teachers can do with the Kahoot! app; search among millions of ready-to-play kahoots on any topic, create or edit your own kahoots in minutes, combine different question types to increase engagement, host kahoots live in class or virtually for distance learning, assign student-paced kahoots for content review, and assess learning outcomes with reports.
Price: Free, $9.99 per month
Developer Description: This application helps you create as many schedules as you need for anything you might be planning. School, college, gym – you can easily manage it all in one application: Smart Timetable. User-friendly application widgets display relevant information – whether it’s the current lesson, the next lesson, or tomorrow’s lesson. The widget automatically switches to the next school day when today’s classes are over. The current lesson time will show you how much time is left until it is completed.
Price: Free, $7.99
Developer Description: Replace your physical whiteboard with an infinite digital canvas you can use anywhere. Mix drawing and handwriting with imported documents and multimedia for better learner engagement. Invite students or teachers to the whiteboard during live presentations or to co-create videos. Bring static slides to life – record content! Never lose your teaching materials again. Save your time and save paper. Use the Explain Everything Whiteboard app to Digitize, create, store, and share your teaching materials, draw, write, sketchnote, visualize, explain, show live in the classroom or online, and record and edit whiteboard video lessons for effective blended learning.
Price: Free, $34.99 per year
Developer Description: Time is a teacher’s most valuable resource. Save time and use Canvas more efficiently from your mobile device with Canvas Teacher. Need to change a due date? Or publish an assignment? Or fix a misspelling? Canvas Teacher allows you to update your course content. Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers. Browse submissions and provide feedback to your students with a new and improved mobile SpeedGrader embedded in this app, send announcements and messages (including “Message Students Who…”), and participate in course discussions from the palm of your hand.
Developer Description: Use the Quizizz app to learn anything, anywhere. You can study on your own or engage in group quizzes, assignments, and presentations—in person and remotely. Our app is designed to help you participate in group activities and study on your own; join a game with your class, study on your own with millions of quizzes covering every subject, see questions and answer options on your own device, challenge your friends for instant study groups, find free quizzes on mathematics, English, science, history, geography, languages, and general knowledge topics.
Developer Description: Remind is a communication platform that helps every student succeed. Whether you’re in the classroom, at home, or anywhere in between, Remind makes it easy to stay connected to your school community, communicate in real-time—on any device, keep personal contact information private, translate messages into more than 90 languages, share files, photos, and content from your favorite sites.
This app is used in addition to Canvas Teacher and can be used to help students access classroom information from their devices.
Developer Description: Access your Canvas courses on the go and in the classroom with the Canvas Student mobile app! From any device, students can now view grades and course content, submit assignments, keep track of coursework with a to-do list and calendar, send and receive messages, post to discussions, watch videos, take quizzes, receive push notifications for new grades and course updates, and much more!
Developer Description: QuickGrader is a major upgrade from the old paper grading calculators, featuring a fully customizable interface and includes all the powerful features required for the modern classroom, including half-point values, adjustable grade scales, adjustable decimal values, and plus/minus grading. QuickGrader also includes a powerful feature called Point Based Grading. If a test or quiz is worth a certain number of “points”, simply enter the maximum point value in the settings menu, and QuickGrader will recalculate the scores, providing a direct calculation of the number of points earned for the full range of the grading scale.
Developer Description: Plan lessons on the go in an easy-to-use editor with curriculum standards and attachments. Planboard organizes your lessons, subjects, and semesters in a beautiful timetable that is with you everywhere. Planboard allows you to create, edit, and share lesson plans, organize your timetable, subjects, and semesters, manage curriculum standards, take photos, and add files to lesson plans while syncing with Planboard on the web.
Developer Description: With Seesaw, even our youngest learners can bring their ideas and imagination to life so that teachers, parents, and school leaders have a window into their minds – where phenomenal growth is taking place every day. Students have access to multimodal tools to increase engagement– video, audio, drawing, and more, such as class journals to share and celebrate achievements and a gradual increase of learning ownership and agency. Teachers have the ability to design and share lessons, as well as access to over 100k ready-to-teach learning activities, student grouping and simplified assigning, individual, group, class, and multi-class communication, progress monitoring and year-over-year portfolios.
Price: Free, Prices vary depending on the school
Developer Description: Popsicle Sticks: Teacher Picks replaces your mug of popsicle sticks. Use it to randomly select and group students, pick random numbers and simulate dice rolls, score responses during discussions, create classroom tournaments, and energize your daily roll call!
Price: Free, $3.99 one-time purchase
Developer Description: IXL is personalized learning! Trusted by over 1 million educators and parents, IXL is proven to accelerate student achievement. And with the award-winning IXL app, students can master skills anytime, anywhere! With IXL’s full curriculum of over 8,000 skills, students of all levels can learn the exact topics they need, whether they’re reviewing past concepts or exploring new territory. Immediate feedback and step-by-step answer explanations help students work through their mistakes and make lasting progress. Plus, question difficulty adapts to challenge students at just the right level and helps them grow.
Price: Free, $299 per year
Developer Description: ClassDojo helps teachers build a positive classroom culture by encouraging students and communicating with parents. Teachers can encourage students for any skill, like “Working hard” and “Teamwork,” bring parents into the classroom experience by sharing photos, videos, and announcements, as well as safely and instantly message any parent, and parents see their child’s updates at home, as well as a stream of photos and videos from school.
Price: Free, $7.99 per month, $59.99 per year