Sep 28 2012
From assignments to student behavior, educators have much to keep track of these days. With so many students in each class, keeping up with everything can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there’s an app for that! This list of the five most useful iPad apps for teachers takes into account price, average customer review, and user-friendliness.
Named the New York Times “Top 10 Must-Have App” winner, Evernote is a great organizational app for both educators and students. Its most common uses include taking notes, making to-do lists, and recording voice reminders. It allows the user to search for each note as well as sync notes to all computers and devices. This makes staying organized and productive so easy. It is completely free and, with 4.5 stars, worth a look.
With drag and drop editing features and search tags, Outliner is a very user-friendly app. Old outlines can be archived to hide them without having to delete them. By syncing outlines to Outliners Online or Dropbox, outlines can be edited on a desktop. Outliner also has pie charts that show the percentage of completion on projects. It is an excellent resource for writing up lesson notes and keeping track of grades. The app gets 4.5 stars, though some users might take issue with the $4.99 price tag.
For a cheaper alternative to Outliner, look into the iStudiez Pro. In 2009, it was awarded the “Best App Ever” award for education. Today, it continues to win awards for best “Young Adult” and “Parenting” apps. It is designed for making lesson planning a breeze while looking and acting like a real notebook. It keeps track of schedules, grades, and assignments. This app also makes backing up data quick and easy—just send it to your email with the tap of a button. The user also has the option of setting an alarm as class alerts as well as alerts for upcoming assignments. This app is sure to keep the busy educator on track. The cost is $0.99. A free Lite version is also available, but it sits at 3.5 stars while the full version is 4.5.
Great for a teacher who is away from the classroom, the award-winning Edmodo allows the user to send notes, submit assignments, and send and check messages. This is basically a social networking app that supports learning. It is convenient for both educators and students. Teachers can send students last-minute alerts and keep tabs on submissions and grades. Students can view and submit assignments. It is completely free, but it has mixed reviews leading to 3.5 stars.
Teacher’s Assistant Pro: Track Student Behavior
With a room full of students, keeping track of each one can be a daunting task. Teacher’s Assistant Pro makes is easier to keep track of behavior and grades for each individual student. Keeping tabs on even the slightest behavioral change for parents and administration is essential for identifying and correcting problems before they get out of control. It also allows the user to create contact lists and send emails straight from the app. A custom PIN keeps the information safe from prying eyes with no hassle and no worries. The app is $7.99 with a full five stars. A free Lite version is also available, but with only 3.5 stars.
Wayne Douglas is a school district administrator and guest author at BestEducationDegrees.com, a site with guides to getting an online master’s in education.