25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers

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What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.

For teaching students how to present, create and code

TED-Ed
More than 250,000 teachers use TED education tools to spark student curiosity and explore presentation literacy skills. “TED-Ed is an outstanding resource in my classroom,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Jennifer Hesseltine. “I use the online platform to add engaging content to topics that we are studying. I have also given students the opportunities to help in the process of creating TED-Ed Lessons by choosing videos and creating questions to include.”

Haikudeck
Students can create beautiful presentations with this app. “It’s great for pairing short poems and images,” says TED-Ed community member Jessica Dawn Kaiser.

Duolingo
If the benefits of a bilingual brain motivate your students, try this app. “Duolingo revolutionized the way people learn languages,” says TED-Ed community member Dhruv G. Menon.

Draw and Tell
This app can increase creative confidence in kids of all ages. Just draw something, tell a story about it and share your creation. For TED-Ed community member Ginnie Harvin Pitler, this app is a classroom favorite. “I’m an elementary teacher and believe in creation apps over consumption apps,” she says.

Animoto
Students can easily create and share their own beautiful videos with Animoto. “I’m a huge fan of this simple yet powerful digital storytelling tool for iPad and the web,” writes TED-Ed Innovative Educator Jennifer L. Scheffer in an this ed tech roundup. “The app allows students to select a theme, music, images or videos, add captions and/or two lines of text, and within minutes a slick video is created. The finished product can be shared via social media, uploaded to YouTube, or embedded in a student’s e-portfolio. For a great introduction to Animoto, with a built-in lesson in digital citizenship, have students create an ‘About Me’ or ‘Year in Review’ Animoto.”

iMovie
This popular app is another teacher-recommended choice for student video creation. “My students enjoy using iMovie for group projects,” says TED-Ed community member Chris Gilley Callaway. Check out the Apple apps for educators, too.

Instructables
From science experiments to merit badges, this app offers instructions for more than 100,000 DIY projects. Looking for a classroom maker project? You’ll find it here. Did your students create something awesome? Encourage them to upload their instructions and share their ideas.

Hopscotch
Students can learn computer science fundamentals — via game design — using this app. For more ways to teach core coding concepts, check out Scratch.

Tinkercad
After students get inspired by the open-source wonderland at Thingaverse, turn them loose to start designing their own 3D objects with this app.

For everyday classroom needs

Evernote
Teachers love this notetaking app — for good reason. “Evernote has allowed me to get rid of handouts. I just don’t make them anymore,” writes TED-Ed Innovative Educator Nicholas Provenzano in this blog post. “All of my projects are shared with my students through our shared notebooks, and all assignments are posted on the Assignment shared notebook that is available for parents on my website. Traditionally, these handouts would be viewed by students then trashed. Now they can view them on Evernote and trees can be saved.” To learn more from Nick about how to use Evernote in the classroom, read The Epic Evernote Experiment.

Explain Everything
Basically, it’s an interactive whiteboard. “It’s one of the most versatile apps you can have in your toolbox,” says TED-Ed community member Caroline Taylor-Levey.

Educreations
This app makes it easy to create new videos for learning. For example, “it’s a great tool for explaining math strategies with voice, pen and screen recorder,” says TED-Ed community member Melissa Julian. ”It also lets students make learning resources for other children to use.”

Oxford Dictionaries
Every classroom needs a good dictionary or two. For TED-Ed community member Nuria Carballal, Oxford Dictionary works well. Meanwhile, TED-Ed community member Chie Sipin Bjarenas recommends Dictionary.com. “It’s a quick way to answer ‘what does [insert unfamiliar word] mean?’” she says.

For collaborating on school projects

Slack
Whether you’re collaborating with other teachers or assigning group project work to students, this app can make communication easier for teams in a variety of settings. “I’ve experimented quite a lot lately with Slack,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Dylan Ferniany. “It has the benefits of a Facebook group, plus wonderful integration with Google Docs and Google Hangouts.”

Google Apps for Education
If you see the acronym GAFE on any education blog, it probably refers to this suite of Google apps. Among teachers, Hangouts gets a thumbs up for video-based conversations. Here’s one example of how that can work well in the classroom, from TED-Ed Innovative Educator Jimmy Juliano: “In an AP Environment class at my high school, students used Google Hangouts on Air to have climate change conversations with friends and family members. Harnessing the power of two-way video has really opened up new pathways to learning opportunities.”

Schoology
This cloud-based platform is “similar to Facebook, only it includes the needed security features for school use,” says TED-Ed community member Jessica Dawn Kaiser. “I use Schoology for a class page, so my students and I can post assignments, videos, completed work and links.”

Mindmeister
This app makes it easy to map out the relationships between ideas. For complex group projects, it can also provide a way to quickly visualize and create a project outline, together.

Wikispaces
Sometimes what you really want is a wiki. For those moments, teachers recommend this app.

For communicating with students (and their families)

Remind
This digital communication tool is in a league of its own, according to TED-Ed Innovative Educator Jennifer L. Scheffer. “The privacy (no personal phone numbers are required) and message scheduling features are top-notch. For a high school teacher, Remind is an essential digital tool, since most teens have cell phones with texting capabilities.” Read Jenn’s full review here.

Edublogs
A WordPress blogging platform designed with teachers in mind. “I love my Edublog app for a.m. documentation and communication,” says TED-Ed community member Louise Sciulli MacKinnon. “It’s user friendly and makes uploading and sharing images simple.”

ClassDojo
This option provides multiple ways to engage students and their families. “I love it as a classroom management tool and motivator,” says TED-Ed community member Heidi Cooley, who built a reward system for her students based on points earned in class.

For giving (and receiving) student feedback

Edmodo
For providing clear feedback, many teachers like this learning management system. “The app makes it possible to give students constructive feedback in a 1:1 manner,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Jennifer Hesseltine. It’s also easy for students to respond.

Socrative
This learning assessment tool simplifies grading and reports. One recommendation: try out the quiz feature to enhance student understanding of classroom content, says TED-Ed community member Noor Alhoda.

Moodle
This open-source learning management platform “has a questionnaire option that I really like,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Mitzi Stover. “I have students complete this anonymously to give me feedback on my online class.”

Google Forms
Many teachers recommend this app for gathering feedback from students. “It’s a great way to receive feedback from the whole class at the end of a semester,” says TED-Ed Innovative Educator Sharon Hadar.

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36 Comments

  1. Laila

    Great apps thank you…
    I’m interested in many of them.

  2. Tina Moncada

    Thank you for posting!

  3. makes the flipped classroom a dream

  4. Jonathan

    Great list! I’ve found ClassDojo the most effective way to communicate with parents of students, would definitely recommend that. I tried implementing edublogs in my class but most kids don’t keep up with blogging. Not sure if that’s an issue to do with edublogs’ usability, or just my students’ dedication to blogging!

    May I suggest Spiral? spiral.ac/r/tw It’s a relatively new collaborative learning app I’ve been trying out and it’s helped my quiet students participate in class.

  5. nice recommendations!
    I’d also recommend Quizlet for flashcards to support learning any subject.
    For language learning also try the PhraseBot online/mobile game for words/phrases/sentences, which can import Quizlet data: http://www.phrasebotapp.com

  6. Zainab ahmed

    Think you very much

  7. Ed Kowieski

    For a wonderful collection of over 14,000 special education lessons under one app (Apple/Android) – created by and used with children in the autism spectrum, check out VizZle. Their website is http://www.Monarchtt.com and they provide a free 30 day trial account for parents or educators to try it out. School subscriptions are available as well as parent’s.

  8. Dena

    For concepts of algebra through online games: http://www.dragonboxapp.com/

    • Søren Baklid

      Very few of these tools actually teach anything. My daughter actually learned how to solve equations and she didn’t want to stop playing. A bit short though, but plenty for an eight year old. The geometry one is very cool too, although it is harder to relate to her school work.

  9. Paul

    iDoceo for gradebooks, scheduling, dairy, and so much more!

  10. Great set of apps, thanks for this little ‘poll’. I’m truly glad when reading about teachers employing more and more new tools in teaching. Not only they help teachers but also (I bet) students are happy with them. When it comes to LMS platforms it looks like they’re being implemented and leveraged in schools commonly what makes me happy since the face of education is changing and adjusting to modern times finally.

  11. RB

    Foldr for accessing your school network from iPads both at school and from home.

  12. Damaris Cordero

    Tks for sharing. It is a very useful information for us.

  13. PenPal Schools is another great app for teachers…connects students with pen pals all over the world to learn together through curriculum-guided online exchanges: https://penpalschools.com/ (works on the web and there’s an iPhone and Android app,too).

  14. Mobile apps has been developed significantly thanks to Android which has gotten tremendously cheaper in recent years. I think we must put it into good use whenever possible. Thank you for this list Laura!

  15. Amazing list! Installed some Apps that is in here. Great post! :)

  16. Micheal

    There’s also GoConqr Mobile. It’s used in conjunction with a website, but it gives students a great way to access thousands of study resources created by other users while on the go.

  17. Great tips! I used some of these to write my latest blog post as well. Thank you!

  18. rab din

    graet apps, would like to use some ! had problem understanding all features. but in the future I’ll get it.

  19. Micheal

    A good, varied list here. One more I’d add though is the cloud-based learning platform http://www.goconqr.com. Full of options for creating and sharing content among students and teachers.

  20. Hi,

    Nice roundup of all apps that works well for teachers.
    Just an addition to this roundup would be Edwiser bridge a plugin that integrates Moodle with WordPress letting you bring your Moodle courses to WordPress and sell it through WooCommerce.

  21. Classtree is a great tool that connects teachers, parents and students. It also has an excellent way to replay paper forms by collecting parental signatures on the mobile right away.

  22. Classtree is a beatifully crafted app that connects teachers, parents and students. It also has an excellent way to replay paper forms by collecting parental signatures on the mobile right away.

  23. Betty Maria

    thanks for this article, no app beat the Evernote ever its user experience very cool and easy. o’read education app is also one of the best resource for students and teachers.

  24. James

    Teacher app share here save time and cost, I would recommend one more mylyapp https://www.mylyapp.com/institute-teachers which is awesome to save student data as well as to manage easy parent teacher communication.

  25. Stella

    How about Classting as an alternative for Edmodo?
    It’s a pretty new app but I found that my kids really love it and stay more engaged on it compared to other apps.

    Thoughts?

  26. Stella

    How about Classting?

    I find that my kids enjoy it a lot more than other platforms that I’ve used so it keeps them really engaged.
    It also has a kind of online penpal feature that I’d like to try using in the future.

    Thoughts?

  27. Katie

    Stella, I also use Classting! I met the company at iNacol last year. I honestly didn’t think it would make much of an impact, but my fifth graders love it! I don’t know if Classting was the reason, but I feel this class is closer than any of my classes have ever been. I plan to use it this summer to keep in touch with my kiddos!

  28. SK AZIZ

    Thank you very much

  29. Lionel Duffield

    All apps are awesome.

    Add one more: studybooster. It’s not an app but a program that helps students to get motivated and earn some money for further study expenses. It is also good for the teachers to help the students.

  30. Manjeet Kaur

    There is another great app for teachers to connect with parents and students in india – FollowClass (https://www.followclass.com)

  31. Leigh A

    I’ve tried all of these. Last year I discovered LivingTree. I LOVE it! It’s safe, private and I can text my parents, keep a group calendar for different groups, volunteering, and it even translates to all of the languages that my parents speak so I don’t have to worry about doing that myself! I love love love it!

  32. Dan

    Socrative, kahoot and Quizlet are good products but you should really try Quizalize as this enables you to import Quizlet’s, Socrative, Zondle, Kahoot and so many other supported activities types. Oh and this is In addition to having thousands of ready to use resources mapped to compliment the curriculum. check it out http://www.quizalize.com

  33. Eric Dama

    Thanks for sharing such useful information about special education. now a days apps are very useful and the easy way to learning and teaching.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ias.upsc.ibps.rrb.exam&rdid=ias.upsc.ibps.rrb.exam

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