Teachers who aren’t afraid of technology are teachers who will make learning fun, effective and dynamic especially for children who love using technology and novel things. The classroom is a much brighter place with a bit of technology. There is nothing wrong with a good old book but you can’t beat the introduction of new and different teaching techniques. Using apps may well be frowned upon in the classroom, but bringing them into the classroom for teaching may well serve to change the face of learning altogether. Here are some of the best apps with an explanation of how teachers can use them to their advantage, both inside and outside of the classroom:
This is like a register but with more functions. Forget about using paper and pen and letting the piles of paper build up. Using this app means you can not only track attendance but also individual behaviours and grades – paper free and user friendly.
This is a great app that holds a collection of thousands of audio books that will make listening and reading fun for any kids’ class. There is an annual subscription but is well worth it to make reading classes engaging.
My Math App
This app randomly generates flashcards for younger learners to help them in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It also provides audio feedback which may well help to motivate learners in a different way to what they are used to. Not a boring math book in sight while this app is on the go.
This is a fantastic app that monitors and controls the behaviour of pupils. It’s very easy to use and convenient to use throughout the day. Each pupil can choose a character or ‘avatar’ and score or lose points throughout the lesson. It automatically shows the class how well they have done, both as a group and individuals, at the end of each class. It is a great motivator and helps to control bad behaviour, and praise good behaviour.
If there are noise problems in a class that are unwanted, distracting or just plain annoying, with this app the teacher can control all of that. The app works by setting an appropriate noise level and if the class goes above this, an alarm sounds which warns the pupils that they are being too loud. It’s basically another great tool for behaviour management, and it’s also quite unique and something that the pupils may well respond well to.
This is an intuitive interactive whiteboard that makes a difference to using chalk and board. Colourful, voice sensitive even, and records too. The children love having a go at drawing on computer-based devices, this will only serve to engage and hold their attention.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the apps that could be useful for teachers, but it does let them see that there is something out there for every aspect and topic of teaching life.
Eileen Archer is currently a resident blogger and a chief writer at EssayPlanet.org. After obtaining a Masters in English language she decided to dedicate her time to creative writing as well as providing assistance to students. She spends her free time reading, writing poetry and studying for a PhD in an art-related field.