Ten top apps for secondary teachers

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We asked Justin Smith from the Educational App Store to give us his top 10 apps for secondary teachers.

Tablets are already altering the face of mobile computing in schools and teachers are becoming more and more interested in finding out the best content they can use on their devices. With tens of thousands of apps labelled educational or designed for teaching and learning, it can prove challenging to find the very best. With this in mind, we have put together a list with 10 great apps that will help you to enhance your activities in the classroom.

Socrative Teacher

Price: Free (Android and iOS)

Socrative brings smart clickers to a whole new level and helps teachers to engage the entire classroom with educational quizzes. Teachers can easily create different type of exercises (multiple-choice, true/false etc) and the app can help you save time with grading and lesson-planning. Student responses can be viewed immediately and the app will even email you a report. A perfect management tool for teachers.

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/8395/socrative-teacher

Explain Everything

Price: £1.99 (Android and iOS)

Explain Everything is an app with a whiteboard type interface that has many capabilities. It allows you to record audio/video, add annotations, crop images, insert live web pages, import and export a range of file types, with an impressive list of editing options. 

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/8334/explain-everything

3D brain

Price: £1.99 (Android and iOS)

Have your students ever wondered what the inside of the brain looks like? 3D Brain will help teachers show how each brain region looks and functions. The app consists of 29 interactive and vivid brain images that offer you information on associated functions and links to more in-depth research. We recommend it as an informational tool for a very specific subject that is very easy to use and offers reliable content.

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/5999/3d-brain-1

iDoceo

Price: £4.99 (iOS)

If you’ve been looking for a powerful grade book that will let you keep track of all your students’ grades, iDoceo is the perfect app for you. Two of the best features are that you can easily create seating plans for classes and you can attach different types of data and files to each student. The app is the perfect tool for overseeing students’ progress and for managing your students. 

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/8962/idoceo-teacher-s-assistant-gradebook-diary-timetable-and-resource-manager

Edmodo

Price: Free (Android and iOS)

Edmodo makes daily life easier by providing a safe and easy way for teachers and students to engage and collaborate. Edmodo is a private communication platform that will allow users to access their homework, grades, school notices, share useful information and send reminders. Imagine the perfect classroom activity feed powered by one of the best tools for classroom management. 

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/1062/edmodo

Teach by Knowmia

Price: Free (iOS)

Teach by Knowmia is a free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. It helps you to create short video lessons on any subject and publish them on Knowmia.com so students, other teachers and the public can find them. A great feature of the app is that it allows teachers to use the iPad’s camera to record themselves while drawing on the screen so that students can see them while they explain the lesson.

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/teach

MathHelper: Algebra & Calculus

Price: £0.67 (Android)

MathHelper is the perfect “at your fingertips” reference tool for those who are studying/practising maths at a higher level. The app covers eight main topics including: linear algebra, vector algebra, derivative and probability theory. The app is a very good teaching tool and includes all the theory your students need to revise difficult topics and solve those tricky equations. 

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/1274/math-helper

WolframAlpha

Price: £1.86 (Android and iOS)

WolframAlpha is a powerful answer engine which aims to “make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone capable”. The app shouldn’t be mistaken for a search engine even though it looks like one. It is an informational tool that delivers specific answers calculated from the data gathered from all the information related to your questions. Students can learn many things as it covers a variety of subjects but they will need teacher’s support to ask the right questions. 

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/5196/wolframalpha-1

The Elements – A Visual Exploration 

Price: £9.99 (iOS)

Educators teaching chemistry will be using this app as a valuable reference in their lessons. Based on The Elements by Theodore Gray, this periodic table is one of the best we have seen. The app comes packed with video demonstrations of the properties of the elements, 3D visuals, more than 500 rotatable objects with amazing details, and the app also connects to Wolfram Alpha for live data.

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/the-elements-a-visual-exploration

Quick Graph

Price: Free (iOS)

This is one of the best graphing calculator apps we have tested and includes many features that both teacher and students will appreciate. It lets you graph multiple equations at the same time – on top of the 2D graphs you can view equations in polar form and 3D and it allows you to copy, save and email your results. Take the in-app upgrade you can access features like the VGA that can be useful in the classroom. 

Visit: www.educationalappstore.com/app/910/quick-graph


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