A new school year is a great excuse to find new apps to download to your iPad or smartphone to help make your classroom run even smoother. Check out a few of the apps for teaching recommended by our users below and let us know what other apps you use in your classroom!
QuickVoice Recorder: by nFinity Inc, Free
QuickVoice is the most popular, full-featured iPhone/iPad/iPod voice recorder available. Record ideas, voice memos, voice email, dictation, lists, meetings, classes, or entire lectures! Great for uploading lectures for students to review after class, or for classes they have to miss.
Quickoffice Pro HD: by Quickoffice, Inc, $19.99.
Get the #1 office editing suite for iPad. Create and edit ALL Microsoft® Office document, spreadsheet, and presentation formats, as well as view PDF files, on the go. This file manager lets you manage local files, access cloud accounts, and works with your iPad email attachments so you can work anywhere, anytime – online and offline.
Planbook Touch by Hellmansoft, $9.99.
Planbook is a lesson planning application. It is designed to completely replace your paper plan book with an intuitive, easy to use application that gives educators everything they need to keep organized and present their lesson plans to both their administrators and students flawlessly. Simply put, by using Planbook, you can be more productive as a teacher by staying organized and prepared for each day. Check out the Android version of this app as well.
Idea Store: by Spore Tools Ltd., cost $2.99
Idea Store is a place to easily save your ideas so you can build on them later. Quickly save ideas with no distractions, then put them in groups for organization.
TeacherCast Pro: by TeacherCast, Free
The TeacherCast app includes App Reviews, Podcasts, Blogs, and Screencasts as well as links to Twitter, Facebook, and Daily Newspaper. TeacherCast brings you TeacherCast Podcasts, and AdministratorCasts with some of the best teachers in the world.
Dropbox: by Dropbox, Free
Dropbox is useful before, during and after school. This free, universal cloud storage service is great for storing your lesson plans, items you wanted to share with the class, SMART lessons, and more. No need to remember to bring a flashdrive from home to classroom and back, burn CDs/DVDs, or email things to yourself. Simply drop everything into your Dropbox, and it’s just there, on any computer you use, on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or even other smartphones.
Evernote: by Evernote, Free.
Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote 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. Available for Apple and Android.
Goodreader: by Good.iWare Ltd.
Having a solid file management system on the iPad is a must. GoodReader includes VGA output support, which is perfect for the classroom. GoodReader has earned its accolades by the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with great speed. The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file. Besides reading, you can also sync your files with remote servers.
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard: by Easel, Free.
Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard! ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s an intuitive app that anyone will find extremely easy to use, regardless of age or background.
Keynote: by Apple, $9.99
Keynote may be an obvious inclusion for teachers, but nonetheless it is an important universal app in any teaching arsenal. With the ability to import PowerPoint presentations, or to create your own Keynote files from scratch on the iDevice, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and transitions — as simple as touching and tapping. Highlight your data with stunning 3D bar, line, area, and pie charts, animated with new 3D chart builds such as Crane, Grow, Radial, and Rotate.
PowerPresenter: by Alterme Inc, $1.99
This app will help you do a presentation on a projector. If you can upload your file to a web site, it also can present that website for you. It automatically detects the projector and sends the signal to the projector when connecting with the VGA cable. It mirrors the screen to the projector using software so you can not only see the presentation on the iPad screen, but also on the projector. You can now also draw, highlight text on the slides, and send your drawing to email. It also contains a blackboard and web content presenter so you can write your formula on a whiteboard or blackboard, show video clips using a single app.