The way teachers go about their professional lives is constantly changing. From virtual teaching to new theories on how to develop lesson plans, teachers have to keep up with technological advancements in order to help their students achieve the best grades possible.
From creating diagrams and flashcards to recording lectures and tracking student progress, these 5 useful apps for IOS, Android and desktops are sure to help you teach smarter and better.
1. Google Classroom – Distribution of work
Google Classroom is a free-to-use application that aims to simplify the process of creating, distributing and grading work. Google’s software was originally released back in 2014 and has gradually developed a user base of 150 million worldwide. Integrating other Google applications such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Forms, it helps teachers transition from paper-based documents to an online system as well as keeping classroom management at a high level – a must-have in 2022.
Using Google Classroom, you can easily create and manage assignments, give feedback, and track student progress. Plus, everything is automatically saved in your Drive, so you can access it from anywhere.
This teacher-specific app is available to download on IOS and Android, as well as being a standalone option on Google’s desktop ‘grid’ section.
Whether you’re a seasoned teacher or a first-time user, Google Classroom is an incredibly powerful tool that can make your life easier. So why not give it a try? You might be surprised at how much it can help you streamline your teaching.
2. Kahoot! – Interactive knowledge tests
A recent revelation amongst teachers and students alike is Kahoot!. Kahoot! was developed in 2012 and its primary purpose is to provide schools and other educational institutes with learning games to enhance engagement and knowledge.
Kahoot is a great tool for helping students learn. It allows teachers to create and share quizzes, games and surveys with their students. It also allows students to compete against each other in real-time. This makes learning fun and interactive. Kahoot is also very easy to use. Teachers can create their own quizzes or use ones that have been created by others. Kahoot is a great way to help students learn and engage in the classroom.
Each ‘Kahoot’ contains multiple choice quizzes where students log in with an individual code using their mobile device and interactively answer the questions and the top performer is then recognised amongst the whole class.
This app is available on IOS, Android and desktop.
3. Remind – Communication system
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult for teachers to keep up with the latest communication tools. However, one tool that is well worth exploring is Remind. Already very popular in the US, Remind is a free service that allows teachers to send text messages or email alerts to students and parents. This can be a great way to remind students of upcoming assignments or tests, or to share important announcements. Best of all, Remind integrates with many popular education apps, making it easy to use.
Remind is a safe, classroom-friendly communication website and education app where teachers and lecturers can send messages, en masse or targeted, to individual students or groups without disclosure of anyone’s personal contact information. Gone are the days of students making excuses as to why they didn’t complete homework, as this app streamlines communication between teachers, students and parents.
This app is available on IOS, Android and desktop.
4. Canva – Create engaging content for the classroom
Coming up with teaching material is difficult, but presenting it in a way that engages your class can be even tougher.
Canva is a user-friendly graphic design tool that is increasingly being used by teachers to create engaging and visually appealing education resources. Canva can be used to create everything from educational posters and flyers to worksheets and infographics. What makes Canva so popular with educators is its wide range of built-in templates and easy-to-use tools, which make the design process quick and straightforward. In addition, Canva’s extensive library of free images, illustrations, and icons means that it is easy to find high-quality visuals to include in your designs. With a little creativity, you can use Canva to create truly unique and eye-catching education resources that will capture your students’ attention and help them to engage with the material.
Canva is a free-to-use app on IOS, Android and desktop, and its primary aim is to allow anyone to create engaging material – teachers included! If you’re struggling to create dynamic powerpoints, Canva can help, pupil handouts, you guessed it, Canva can help. This app is a must-have for all teaching professionals – say no more to Comic Sans and Clip Art!
5. Calm – Keeping on top of your Mental health
In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the importance of mental health. This is especially true for teachers, who often deal with high levels of stress and pressure. The good news is that there are a number of apps and tools that can help to improve mental wellbeing. One such app is Calm.
Calm offers a range of features designed to help users relax and de-stress. These include guided meditation, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. In addition, the app also provides a range of helpful articles and resources. As a result, it is an invaluable tool for teachers looking after their mental health. Calm is an app on IOS and Android and is designed to help reduce stress and anxiety through methods such as meditation and quality of sleep.
After a long day at school, Calm offers audio-based content that helps you focus on things outside the classroom – a must-have app in the mental health crisis the globe is currently facing.
See our guide for 5 other apps that can help teachers improve their mental well-being.
So there you have it, our top 5 apps for teachers. With careful planning and execution, using apps and other IT services in the classroom can help streamline teachers’ workflows and improve student learning outcomes. Have you had success incorporating technology into your teaching practice? Let us know in the comments below!
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