15 Apps You Should Try with Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In today’s post I sharing with you a list of some of the best apps you should definitely try with your students. This list contains only apps I have not included in similar previous lists. Also, because of the increasing number of requests I get from you concerning Android apps , I decided to include links to the Android versions of those apps that are available in Google Play.

1- Socrative

Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level. Engage the entire classroom with educational exercises and games while capturing student results in real-time. Interact with the data to further student understanding in the moment, and review the reports to prepare for future classes. Socrative will even aggregate and grade your pre-made activities! Saving you time, so you can engage more with your students on an individual level. Create a library of activities and share them with your colleagues and learning community.

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2- Classdojo

ClassDojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.

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4- TodaysMeet

TodaysMeet is a great web tool for creating backchannels with your students. It is very easy and simple to use. You can use it in your class to engage students in sideline discussions and chats around a given topic. The process to set up a backchannel via TodaysMeet is very easy: first, create a room and given it a name and a duration then share the URL of that room with your students and start the chat.

5- Edmodo

Edmodo makes a teacher’s daily life easier by providing a safe and easy way for teachers and students to engage and collaborate for free, anytime, anywhere.

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6- Schoology

Get the award-winning app that extends Schoology’s powerful learning management solution to your iOS device. Manage your classroom, create and submit assignments, participate in interactive discussions, perform assessments, collaborate with your peers, and much more!

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7- Three Ring

The easiest way to capture qualitative evidence of student learning. Three Ring allows teachers and students to document *anything*, organize it in seconds, and have it seamlessly available at school and at home, both in the app AND on the website: http://www.threering.com.

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8- Remind101

Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. It is 100% free and is used by over 700,000 teachers, students and parents to send millions of messages every month.

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9- Skitch

See something that sparks an idea? Use Skitch to snap it, mark it up with simple tools, and send it on in an instant. Your bold ideas stand out even brighter with Skitch.

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10- Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is the simple new way to create and share inspiring presentations – whether you’re pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. Featured on the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” lists!

11- Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

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12- Book Creator

The simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad. Read them in iBooks, send them to your friends, or submit them to the iBooks Store. Ideal for children’s picture books, photo books, art books, cook books, manuals, textbooks, and the list goes on.

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ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s an amazingly simple app that anyone can use, no matter how young or old!

14- Educreations

Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula… Create an animated lesson… Add commentary to your photos… Diagram a sports play…

15- Telegami

Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami.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. The possibilities are endless!

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The Definition Of Combination Learning

Combination Learning is a new teaching and learning strategy for the 21st century. The definition of Combination Learning is learning through the flexible combination of two or more learning components.

This is a new learning strategy developed by TeachThought that responds to the endless possibilities in modern learning environments. It is purposefully flexible, and adaptable to a variety of content areas, grade levels, and available local technology.

The Big Idea

The big idea of combination learning is shifting the focus from content to the process of learning.

Combination Learning allows teachers and students to work together to “mash” bits and pieces of learning to design entirely unique and personalized learning scenarios. The result is a flexible, self-directed learning environment where the teacher acts as facilitator and mentor, and the student is at the center of–and entirely accountable for–their own progress and performance.

It can be as simple or complex as the circumstances call for. It can be standards-based or open-ended; technology-based or based on in-person human interaction; project-based, game-based, rigorous, supportive, etc. In that way it is more of a shell or template for teachers and students to fill as necessary.

Student Directions

Pick and choose one or more of the following “pieces” to use and/or combine to create a learning experience that’s meaningful to you, and results in something interesting, playful, and uniquely “you.”

Try to start with yourself: Who are you, what are you a part of, and what does that membership suggest that you understand and do?

Remember, these are just examples. There are dozens for every category!

combination-learning7 Examples Of Combination Learning

1. Combination: Model-Based Learning + iTunes App Store + Craigslist + The Problem of Aging Technology

Paraphrased: Use model-based learning to study the iTunes App Store basic design, combine it with what makes Craigslist popular, and use it to solve the problem of the trading or disposal of aging technology in local communities

2. Combination: Inquiry-Based Learning + Use of classic music in modern hip-hop + Analyse + Essay or 5 minute YouTube documentary

Paraphrased: Use inquiry-based learning to explore and analyze the concept of hip-hop artists sampling classic music, then package your ideas in an essay or short documentary

3. Combination: The Sandbox + Peer Instruction + The Water Cycle

Paraphrased: Use the learning simulation “The Sandbox” to explain the Water Cycle to a peer in some way that’s “new” to their understanding

4. Combination: Separate Causes & Effects + Immigration + Presentation + Self-created Rubric

Paraphrased: Separate the causes and effects of immigration through research, then create a presentation to your local student body or other more relevant audience. Self-assess presentation through self-created rubric

5. Combination: Twitter + Spotify + Design

Paraphrased: Design an app that combines the function of twitter and Spotify to create something new

6. Combination: Right triangles + Bridge Constructor (an app) + Structural Analysis + Vlog

Paraphrased: Study and use right triangles to design bridges using the app “Bridge Constructor,” then complete a structural analysis of the results in brief video log

7. Combination: Project-Based Learning + Local Challenges + Local Entrepreneurs

Design a 6 week project that addresses some self-selected local challenge through collaboration with local entrepreneurs

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