Back to school used to mean new pencils and notebooks, but now it means new laptops, cases, and digital tools, especially applications.
With hundreds of apps available for educational-use, it can be overwhelming to decide which one (or ones) to download.
As many educators gear up for back-to-school, we wanted to provide a list of apps based on type of student device, to make back-to-school a little bit easier for you.
Educational iPad Apps
The iPad is a popular device in classrooms, with, “64 percent of teachers saying that they are able to use iPads in their classrooms,” reports EdScoop. The survey also points to teachers using iPads more for their younger students in Kindergartn through 2nd grade, compared to other devices.
If you use iPads in your classroom, check out these apps that you could use in the upcoming school year.
Khan Academy is a free educational learning app that offers curriculum based on subjects. Topics covered include: math, science, computer programming, history, economics, and more. Users have personalized accounts to watch instructional videos and practice the material covered.
This app increased students’ grades and standardized testing scores. Try it for yourself here.
Photomath is a free app that makes learning math easier. To use, the student points their device’s camera at the handwritten problem. Photomath will give you the answer and a step-by-step process for how to reach the solution. With its ability to read handwriting, Photomath can create a myriad of solutions for anything from simple arithmetic to integrals and trigonometry.
This app is available for download here.
Do you remember the big poster with the periodic table on it in science class? Well now that has been brought to the digital age.
This free, interactive map includes podcasts and videos, as well as a slider showing the effect of changing temperature on the elements. Each element contains a detailed writeup about the scientific structure, as well its history. Other interactive tools make this a great tool for science class.
Memrise works to improve users’ language skills. Students can practice pronunciation and grammar skills. As a free app, it’s great way for students to work on their foreign language talent. Check it out in the app store here.
Brainscape describes its app as “the world’s smartest flashcards.” It is built to reduce study time and improve retention of the study materials. Using cognitive science, the app personalizes the timing of each flashcard repetition to maximize recollection.
The app is available for free here.
Educational Android and Chromebook Apps
Other schools may use Chromebooks or Android tablets. Chromebooks are popular due to the lower cost and Google features, and is often favored for older students. EdScoop reports 66 percent of teachers prefer Chromebooks for students in sixth through eighth grade.
Android devices are also popular due to the lower cost and included features. EducationDive lists 21 uses for Android tablets compared to iPads.
Android and Chromebook apps are often interchangeable, so if you have either of these devices, here are a few educational apps for your students.
Socratic is an app for all things homework. The Socratic artificial intelligence (AI) will show you what needs to be learned to solve the problem. With step-by-step solutions, graphics, and videos, Socratic supports many subjects, including math, science, history, English, econ, and much more.
Download this free app today to see how students’ learning improves.
This free app provides step-by-step solutions of student math problems. Math 42 gives detailed explanations with examples and interactive graphs to visualize problems. It also assess strengths and weaknesses of the user, and adjusts training as necessary.
Here is another free language app featuring over 22 languages. This app includes mini lessons that track your progress. There is even a function for teachers to track their students’ progress.
It is available in the app store here.
Grammaropolis is an interactive grammar app that works on developing knowledge of parts of speech. Each part of speech plays an animated character indicative of their function in the sentence. As students move through the app, they can watch story-based videos that depict the role of types of words within sentences. Also, the app contains 100+ quizzes to test skills as you progress.
Check out the app here.
And of course, every education blog should feature TED Talks. This app brings those talks to student devices. Browse the entire video library, listen to the TED Radio Hour podcast, bookmark talks for later, and get ready to have inspired students. This app is available for free download here.
There are hundreds of apps available and it can be overwhelming to decide which app to use. It can be even more overwhelming to ensure all students have downloaded the app in time for class.
However, with the Kajeet Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, schools and districts can remotely install applications on Chrome, iOS, MacOS, and Adroid devices. Plus, you can whitelist and blacklist apps, to ensure students only have access to educational and safe apps.
Which app is a student favorite? Let us know in the comments below!