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Awesome Edtech Apps to Use in the Classroom

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jan 28, 2016 9:35:26 AM
Topics: digital content, apps, ed tech

With digital being a more important part of education than ever before, developers have seen an opportunity to create some great apps for teachers and students to use it in the classroom.Edutopia has put together a list of the 12 of the best apps to utilize when teaching your students. Check out an excerpt of their list below!

12 of the best apps to utilize when teaching your students

4. Screencast-O-Matic

While I use ScreenFlow to record tutorials (mostly because it lets me capture my iPad or iPhone screen as well as my computer screen), for my students I have only one choice for quick screencasting: Screencast-O-Matic.

Tips:

  • Students can download short film and easily upload it to your LMS to document work.
  • Have students record audio to explain their work or share their thinking about a project.
  • Teachers can also screencast to add their voice while evaluating student work.

5. Google Classroom and Google Drive

Google Drive includes Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, and Forms. I want my students to quickly collaborate and share, and Google Classroom is a powerful new management tool that makes sharing and management of student work on Drive much easier.

Tips:

  • Alice Keeler, author of 50+ Things You Can Do With Google Classroomgave me this power tip: She doesn't have students turn in work before they're done (it will stop their editing on the document).
  • For a powerful, engaging way to teach, watch students and give comments as they work.
  • Teach students to copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) between tools.

6. PowerPoint With Office Mix

PowerPoint is a longstanding presentation tool. The free Office Mix toolturns this into a powerful tutorial and teaching tool. (Most of the PC-based videos on my YouTube channel were created with this tool.) Office Mix combines video, slides, animations, and your voice into a simple video.

Tips:

  • When you need to change one piece of information, just re-export the video with your quick correction. (This is the greatest aspect of the system.)
  • You can record quick screencasts inside Powerpoint by clicking the screencast button.
  • Use animations and draw on the screen. They become part of the video.

7. Google Chrome

The Google Chrome web browser has so many tools to help students with learning, research, and academic pursuits! I teach students to use the extensions for everything from grammar check (Grammarly) to research collection (Diigo) or finding the perfect color (Color Picker Eye Dropper).

Tips:

8. Voice Typing

Students should learn how to type onto the computer with their voice. Many who struggle with writing by hand or keyboard have incredible verbal expression skills. This one capability will empower and engage more students in writing than anything else we can teach. (I use this when I need to quickly draft a blog post.) Several tools unleash voice typing: Mac's built-in Dictation, Google Docs' Voice Typing tool that you can find inside the Chrome browser, or software like Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Tips:

  • Use headsets!
  • Make signs that students can put on their computer to keep others quiet when they're voice typing.
  • Teach students to say the punctuation they need.
  • Make sure that they learn to "draft" with their voice by speaking without stopping. If they make a mistake, they should leave it and come back after they're finished speaking into the computer.

About Joe Clarkin

Joe Clarkin is a former copywriter at MBS. When he’s not working or studying, you’re most likely to find him reading a book or watching a game.

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