November 24, 2015
A few days ago, we shared a list of some very good apps to use in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Shortly after the posting of that list we received a few requests concerning apps to use in 1:1 Android classroom. Below are some of our recommended titles but before that let us share with you this short introduction from the previous post as it embeds links to some useful resources to help you learn more about the 1:1 teaching.
While 1:1 (iPad/ Android) classrooms come with numerous advantages, there are also certain caveats to be heeded especially in terms of classroom management. Students can be easily distracted by their devices and lose focus and attention. They might try to use social media apps while in class, multitask in a negative way and many more. To learn more about the challenges facing 1:1 teachers together with the best practices on how to manage them, we highly recommend these reads: 5 Best Practices for Managing a 1:1 iPad Classroom (by Hans Mundahl); Teaching in a 1:1 Environment (by iPad Bootcamp for Teachers); and 5 Epiphanies on Learning in a 1:1 iPad Classroom (by:Alyssa Tormala, Edutopia).
‘WeVideo is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, cloud-based video editor. Capture your favorite moments in photos and video clips and edit them on the go. The WeVideo Editor is easy to use for kids but designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. Enjoy an intuitive interface and animated interactions where you can see your images and video clips on a visual storyboard. Start a video on your mobile device and pick up a where you left off on our full-featured desktop editor.’
2- Book Creator
“Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad. With over 10 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picture books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.”
“Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video. A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos.”
“Use PicCollage to combine photos, Youtube videos, funky fonts, sassy stickers and cute cutouts to create the prettiest collages you’ll ever see on a mobile device…Share with your friends and followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and iMessage. You can also PRINT your collages into greeting cards or postcards to send to your loved ones anywhere in the world!”
5- Easy Voice Recorder
“Easy Voice Recorder is a fun, simple and easy to use audio & voice recorder. Use it to reliably record your meetings, personal notes, classes, and more, with no time limits!”
6- Socrative Teacher
‘Engage, assess and personalize your class with Socrative! Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction.’
7- Teacher’s Gradebook- Additio
‘Additio is a revolutionary, easy-to-use gradebook for teachers that allows you to conveniently manage the day-to-day of your classes, with all the benefits of a tablet and without the need of an Internet connection. It allows you to create multiple grade books, easily calculate average marks, manage student attendance and plan each class on a daily or weekly basis.’
MindMeister for Android lets you create, edit and share your mind maps on your Android handset or tablet and synchronize them with the award-winning free online MindMeister service, either alone or collaboratively with others.
9- Google Keep
‘Quickly capture what’s on your mind and get a reminder later at the right place or time. Speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed. Grab a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily organize or find it later in search. Google Keep makes it easy to capture a thought or list for yourself, and share it with friends and family.’
Skitch allows you to easily capture your screen and share it with others. You can also use it to annotate images and PDFs by adding shapes, arrows, stamps, text and many more.As a teacher, you can use Skitch for a variety of purposes. You can, for instance, use it to mark up a PDF document and highlight important parts you want your students to focus on. You can also use it to create annotated visuals to include in your instructional tutorials. Skitch is also a great tool to use to give feedback and share ideas with students.
CamScanner is an excellent document scanning and sharing app. It allows you to instantly scan any type of text or graphic and save or share them with others. Using your phone or tablet camera, you can take a photo and CamScanner will automatically enhance the scanned results so you can easily email, print, fax or share them in PDF or PNG format.
‘Teachers use ClassDojo to give their students instant, positive encouragement during class. Teachers choose and customize behaviors that matter most, and then award a student in class Dojo points when a skill is demonstrated. Best of all, teachers can engage parents with ClassDojo progress reports and instant messaging so they can stay involved in their child’s success at school.’