April 25, 2014
Over the last few days I have been sharing with you some useful iPad tips and apps from ” iPad as Teacher’s Pet” created by Tony Vincent. In today’s post, I am featuring 6 important apps that will help you employ your iPad for interactional purposes. These apps will allow you to conduct polls, communicate, and host game shows. While some of these tools don’t require students to have iPads, other do call for students to use a computer or device that access the web, email, or text messaging:
Create multiple choice and open-ended polls. Students respond by going to a URL on any device or computer or by sending a tex message. See the results in real-time on your iPad.
Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system. The teacher can create quizzes and surveys on getkahoot.com. Students join on any device or computer by entering the game-pin at kahoot.it
Poll your students without the need for them to have any devices. Simply print a card for each student to hold up. Pan your iPad across the room so Plickers can scan the cards using the camera.
Use the Remind101 app to send text messages and emails to groups of students or parents. Teachers never see students’ phone numbers, and students never see theirs.
Top to instantly play sound effects that are great when playing game shows in the classroom. There are even countdown timers, complete with dramatic music. Sound best with speakers.
Have up to 5 students gather around your iPad to host a little competition where students buzz in. You can clearly see who touched their number first. PickMeBuzzer can be set up to work with multiple Apple devices.