Apps Teachers Love
Below you will find an evolving list of for-fun and classroom related apps that I find useful.
This is one of the MOST useful things teachers can use- honestly! Dropbox is a place to store, save and share your documents, photos and other classroom information. It is easily downloaded and accessed from anywhere. (I even downloaded the Dropbox App to my smartphone so I could save cell-phone photos and access them from a computer!) Most schools have made the switch to using Dropbox as a way to share school-wide or department specific documents, so if you haven't tried it and need help- please ask me! :-)
This app is becoming a favorite for teacher and student presentations because it is SO EASY to use. Haiku Deck is similar to what our beloved PowerPoint can do, but faster and more intuitive. Once you begin to type information in, pictures can be suggested for you based on the words you type and presentations are very fast to put together for student presentations. There are many programs that do similar things, but Haiku Deck is great for when you need an outline to speak from but not pages and pages of text. This is a more image-based presentation tool. *Great for speeches, outlines and group projects.
Explain Everything is an app that allows you to narrate presentations and save the recordings. You can import previously created PowerPoint presentations and edit them with this tool so it isn't as overwhelming for teachers who already have great information in another format. It can also be saved in Dropbox so other teacher can use the final product, making this a great tool for collaboration! This YouTube video explains how it works.
Garage Band is an app that has been around for a while, but is one that allows you to have the ability to create audio recordings of everything from people speaking to musical instruments and beyond. I recently learned that you can also add images or video to your recordings to make it a more complete presentation, but the option remains to simply record sound to be used in other presentations (like iMovie.)
The Doceri app is one of the coolest new apps because it functions like an interactive whiteboard that can be projected for students to view if you download the mirroring capability. This has the ability to record sound, add pictures, make drawing and create projects or presentations with a variety of backgrounds. The way I see this being most useful in the classroom is in note-taking, short presentations or a step by step guide for students. It is very easy to use and edits are straightforward. You can create and save or use it live in class or even upload saved presentations from class to Canvas sites for students to review later! See the ProLearning Website for for information on Doceri.