When we were kids, and by kids I mean a decade ago, what we learned in school was considered the final word, or the gospel truth you can say. And knowledge was very limited. That was because of the need of the hour. It wasn’t necessary to know a lot of things. Even information like the news was subject to relevance and regional importance. The development and advancement of technology were at a steady pace. No new invention or life altering event happened in the course of many years. And people were absolutely fine with the way things were going. The world revolved slowly without a hassle.
Fast forward to 2012. Most people thought the world would end this year debtors would have been happy and loan sharks sad. But this year slowly bought in the revolution of technology and suddenly things were not the way they were before. Everything had an application on a smart device.
With the entry of a smartphone the way we live has been altered. And so has an education. The smartphone is now in the hands of every child and information is available to them at every step. And as teachers, it is the need of the hour to be up to date with current trends and scenarios. Or the situation in school can get slightly out of hand with students trying to outsmart teachers . And also the need to be up to date with information has come because there are new developments by the hour that could alter the future of everything.
So, here are 10mapplications recommended by teachers that could make a difference in what you do in the classroom.
Projects are shared with students through shared notebooks, and all assignments are posted on the Assignment shared notebook that is available for parents too.
Remind: Remind (formerly Remind101) is a communication app. It's designed for communication purposes. Teachers can schedule reminders that go out to every student and parent. This can help you remind students and parents to get those field trip permission slips signed, get assignments turned in, and other activities and events.
Tapucate: Tapucate is one of the more powerful teacher apps. It's a classroom management app with a lot of features. It comes with a guidebook, support for multiple classes, an attendance tracker, and more.
Kahoot: Teachers love to turn a boring lesson into a game to motivate their students, but not everyone has the skills to make a game from scratch. All you have to do is enter your prepared questions and answers into the site to create an instantly playable game with a web browser.
Not only can you distribute and grade assignments through the app, as well as organize all class materials on Google Drive, teachers can also reach students more easily — either to make announcements or to engage them in discussions.
Professors and college students are increasingly turning to the messaging tool to stay in touch beyond school hours. Teachers can organize sessions and activities for the students. And they can also push important reminders through the app to their students, just in case.
Animoto Video Maker: Creating videos has been made quite simple and effortless thanks to the Animoto Video Maker app. The app enables you to not only educational videos and clips but also to share them with your students through mail, Twitter and Facebook. You can use the images stored in your device’s gallery in your video clips and even add songs and captions to them.
It enables you to create and share your augmented reality experiences by combining interactive digital content including video, animations, and 3D. A simple step-by-step creation wizard guides you in the process of creating such experiences.
Socrative is a clicker-response system similar to those used with interactive whiteboards. One app is downloaded on students’ tablets and another on the teacher’s. Students respond to interactive questions; results are displayed as bar graphs and can be exported as reports.