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Apps for Educators and School Leaders

Page history last edited by Roxann Nys 7 years, 6 months ago Saved with comment

These are apps mainly for YOU, not students, although many could certainly be used by them, as well. 


An extensive list of Apps for Education created by Apple.


Toby Price, father of 3 and assistant principal of 650 at Richland Upper Elementary - Ole Miss, has created a very nice LiveBinder with suggestions for apps for principals


Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center's iPad Resources for Administrators  Some repeats of those on Toby's list, but some new suggestions, too.


Top iPad Apps for School Administrators is a blog post by J.Robinson, a former teacher, principal, and now superintendent.


Samantha Miller's post on TeachHub.com (News, Recommendations and Resources By Teachers, For Teachers) shares "20 Amazing iPad Apps for Educators"


Roxann's list of apps for educators and admins:

  • FlipBoard (FREE) Great app for putting all your daily reading (Twitter, Google Reader, Facebook, and more) into one, easy to read, magazine-like source 
  • OnLive Desktop (free app; a basic account with 2gb of storage is free or you can pay for additional storage and priority access if you like) You'll need to sign up online for an account first, then download the app from the App Store.  
  • T-Charts (FREE) Very simple pros and cons/decision making chart
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop ($4.99 for iPad/.99 for iPod) Download free Splashtop software for your Mac and PC and connect from you iOS device to your personal computer. A little glitchy, and the user interface changes how you normally use your iPad so it takes some getting used to, but this is one way you can access flash-based material or something you forgot to load on your iOS device.
  • Evernote (Free) lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. Key features:
    - Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use
    - Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists
    - Save, sync and share files
    - Record voice and audio notes
    - Search for text inside images
    - Organize notes by notebooks and tags
    - Email notes and save tweets to your Evernote account
    - Connect Evernote to other apps and products you use
  • Stick Pick ($1.99) Stick Pick suggests question stems for learners at different levels and also records how well students respond during classroom discussions. Pick a student at random just by giving your device a shake or tapping the screen.
  • Teacher's Assistant Pro ($6.99/lite version available for limited trial) "Allows teachers to keep track of student actions, behavior, infractions, and achievements in the classroom. Communicate quickly and easily with parents and your administration by documenting student classroom habits and behaviors and sending reports via email or making a call right from an iPhone. Designed by a teacher. Includes PIN code security. Extremely customizable. I could even see this being customized for use in classroom walk-throughs.
  • Side by Side (Free-iPad Only) "A multiple-window reader/browser with offline reading and note taking capabilities. It turns the iPad into multiple resizable reading devices working in parallel. You can browse webpages, download files, read documents, or take notes on each split screen. Open a web-based game side by side and play together with your friend. You can also open two similar documents side by side to read and compare."
  • Notability (.99 iPad Only) "Supports all of your note-taking needs -- handwriting, PDF annotation, word processing, and more work together seamlessly allowing you to create comprehensive, beautiful notes, quickly and simply. Automatically links notes with audio recordings. Auto Sync ensures your notes are backed up." Dropbox compatible.
  • Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. For pre-planned activities a teacher can view reports online as a Google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file. 
  • Keynote ($9.99) "Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping." Use video mirroring to present it, and preview your slides and notes on your device using the presenter display.
  • Documents to Go ($9.99) VIEW/EDIT/CREATE Word & Excel files(Office 2007/2008/2010); VIEW PowerPoint, PDF, iWork, Text, .RTF; Send & receive attached supported documents using the built-in Mail app; free desktop application with your purchase--Compatible on Win & Mac allows you 2-way file sync with a wifi connection.
  • Math Formulas Reference Guide (.99) "Over 100 math formulas at high school level. The covered areas include algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, probability and statistics. Most of the formulas come with examples for better understanding. Search function helps you find what you are looking for and mark your favorites for easier access. A convenient tool for students and teachers and a handy reference for anyone interested in math."
  • Grammar Girl  ($1.99 -you can also download the FREE podcasts as an alternative) Grammar Girl is delivered to your iOS device each week without any ads
    or announcements – just great tips to help you write more intelligently and effectively. Could also help your students, too! Mignon Fogarty has entertaining and intelligent ways of explaining all the crazy rules we have in our language.
  • Common Core Standards (FREE)  View the Common Core State Standards in one app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math standards include both traditional and integrated pathways (as outlined in Appendix A of the common core) and synthesizes Language Arts standards with the Corresponding College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR's).
  • The Elements ($13.99) "a living periodic table where every element is shown with a smoothly rotating sample.  To read about tin, tap the tin soldier. To read about gold, tap the gold nugget.  Immediately you see the sample filling nearly the entire screen, photographed to razor sharpness and rotating around a complete circle in front of your eyes. Beside that is a column of facts and figures, each of which can be tapped to bring up rich detail and current information through the embedded Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.  Tap the Wolfram|Alpha button for gold and it tells you the up-to-the-minute market price, along with a hundred other facts about gold. When you go to each element's second page that the real magic starts. Carefully photographed objects representing the element fall down, rotating a fraction of a turn as they settle in to form a beautifully composed page.  Every one of these objects, well over 500 in total, is a freely rotatable object that you can examine from all sides."
  • Dictionary.com and Thesaurus (FREE or $1.99 for no ads) "delivers trusted reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. No Internet connection is needed to search words. The app includes nearly 2 million words, definitions, synonyms and antonyms. It also features audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search and Dictionary.com’s popular Word of the Day and Hot Word blog."
  • Vodio (FREE-iPad only) "With the wealth of video content available, knowing what to watch isn’t always as easy as it seems. Vodio lets you discover and enjoy the best videos, based on what’s being shared around you as well as your personal preferences and interests. Additionally, Vodio lets you share videos through your social networks."
  • Google Forms (link takes you to Google support/how to) -from the Google Apps for Education suite (FREE) Not an actual iPad/iPod app. Use Google forms to create your own classroom walk-throughs on your iPad and use the forms for evaluation purposes.  No need to lug your laptop along any more! Your entries on the form dump to a spreadsheet from which you can copy/paste results to share with teachers. You will need to create a Google account to create/use.


Top 50 iPhone Apps for Educators--For YOU, not students. (Created in 2008) Although you're not likely to see schools issuing an iPhone to every faculty and staff member, the fact is that the iPhone is a great tool for education. Whether you're a teacher, librarian, or other educator, there are a number of apps that can help you do your job better. Take a look at 50 of these apps and what they can do for you.



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