Tech Apps: Communication
Creative apps to change the way you communicate with parents, peers, and students.
From telegrams to “you’ve got mail,” communication has come a long way in the past 100 years. What’s next? Innovative apps that offer creative and practical ways to get your message across. Whether you’re delivering a big presentation, collaborating with coworkers, or keeping parents in the loop, these handy apps will help you stay connected. Spread the word.
6 Great Communication Apps
Edublogs. Start a school blog to keep your community up-to-date on noteworthy events and student achievements. Plus, search by writer or subject to browse the education blogosphere for a collaborative PD experience. iPad, iPhone, and iTouch. Free. edublogs.org
Animoto. Create video scrapbooks to share the latest news and invite parents, educators, and legislators into your schools. Add captions for double the content and share via e-mail or social media. iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and Android. Free. animoto.com
Teambox. Take on group projects with this all-in-one collaboration aid. Assign tasks and deadlines on the go and stay on target with time-tracking tools. Plus, streamline e-mail chains by moving conversations to private discussion boards. iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and Android. Free for up to five users. teambox.com
Bump. The ultimate time-saver, Bump lets you share files hassle-free. Simply open the app and “bump” devices to swap contact info, share photos and files, or reach out on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and Android. Free. bu.mp
Dropbox. Say good-bye to your flash drive and free up valuable storage space by easily sharing oversize files on Dropbox. The bonus? Add files to your Favorites section to view offline later. iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and Android. Free. dropbox.com
SlideShark. Turn your mobile device into PowerPoint’s new best friend. Just e-mail presentations or import from the cloud and hit Play. Connect to a projector or TV to make the most of Presenter Mode and view slide notes and annotate as you go. iPad, iPhone, and iTouch. Free. slideshark.com