NutKase is delighted to have Apple Distinguished Educator Steve Bambury writing a guest article discussing key apps for educators to have on their iPads.
Three Apps Every Educator should have on their iPad
With more and more apps becoming accessible to Educators every day, it’s becoming difficult to know where to start when it comes to deploying apps. Even if apps are relatively cheap, when it comes to deploying them across a large number of school devices, the costs do add up. Enrolling in the Volume Purchase Plan for Apple devices is essential in this regard as the VPP Store will permit apps to be bulk purchased at 50% discount as long as the total number is more than 20 units.Searching for the best free apps available to use in class is also crucial. Here are several core educational apps that don’t cost anything:
Here are several core educational apps that don’t cost anything:
- Shadow Puppet Edu – create narrated slideshows
- Seesaw – a brilliant digital portfolio tool for classrooms
- Nearpod – revolutionize presentations by adding interactive content, assessments and much, much more
- Pic Collage Kids – create digital collages with ease
- Aurasma – bring displays to life by adding virtual reality
- Post It Plus – capture and digitize sets of Post It notes
- Recap – assess students in a unique way by letting them record videos explaining their understanding
- RWT Timeline – great timeline designer from Read Write Think
- RWT Trading Cards – create sets of digital trading cards
- Adobe Spark – a set of three creative tools for designing webpages, graphics and videos. (NB a free Adobe account is necessary to use them.)
Of course not all apps are free (app developers have to make a living after all!) so if you are working within the constraints of a limited budget, which paid apps are worth the investment?
There are three apps that stand above all others in this regard. Three apps that are more versatile, creative and effective in the hands of students and educators alike. This “holy trinity” of apps regularly topped educational app polls, awards lists and are without a doubt the three apps that every educator should be harnessing.
Having access to a simple video editor in the classroom is incredibly empowering. The fact that students as young as six can be educated on how to use the interface on iMovie makes it even more effective. From capturing science experiments, recording poetry readings to historical presentations, there isn’t an area of the curriculum that iMovie can’t transform.
Don’t forget to look at the integrated movie trailer designer too – this is a wonderful way to bring a narrative to life in a unique way!
Digital books are fast becoming the standard reading format. Being able to enhance the traditional content with multimedia like images, audio and even video clips means that a traditional piece of writing can become something more. This is what Book Creator offers and, like iMovie, there really isn’t a single area of the curriculum that it cannot complement.
In younger years, students can retell narratives, in older years they can produce (and even publish) their own ebooks with professional polish and tremendous detail.
“The one app to rule them all” – Explain Everything is habitually known as the single most powerful tool in the iPad Educator’s pocket. At its core it is a digital whiteboard tool and offers all the same tools and features you’d expect from this. What elevates it is the ability to screencast – to record what you are doing in real time. The potential for this is incredibly vast as students can explain a method or their understanding from a lesson. They can create diagrams, animations, presentations – the limitless nature of the app is integral to it power as an educational tool across the curriculum.
These three apps have three core things in common:
- They can be used across the curriculum.
- They can be harnessed from a young age but can still transform learning for older students.
- The focus on creating content rather than consuming it.
There are many other great apps available but no matter what, these three principles are integral to any outstanding educational app.
Founder of iPad Educators
Apple Distinguished Educator