“RandoMeister is my favorite for groups and random picks,” says Elizabeth Bartholomew, an English teacher at Anthony Middle School in Minneapolis. “I can secretly prevent some kids from being in groups together—but they don’t know that!”
Super Stretch Yoga
Put an end to fidgeting and distraction by incorporating movement into your daily routine. Super Stretch provides kid-friendly tutorials for yoga poses that double as much-needed brain breaks.
iOS and Android. $3.99. (School version also available.)
STOPit encourages kids to stand up to bullies by reporting instances of cyberbullying. Kids can send reports to preselected adults and reach out for emotional support quickly and confidentially.
iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire. $2.99.
Alisa Barrett, a first-grade teacher at Rainsboro Elementary in Ohio, uses Stick Pick to guide class discussions. “This app allows teachers to randomly choose students, ask predetermined questions, differentiate questions in a group setting, and track individual responses,” says Barrett.
Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop
iOS and Android. $4.99.
Laura Lai, a fifth-grade teacher in New York City, connects her mobile device to her laptop or desktop using Splashtop. That way, she can circulate her classroom while working on documents—multitasking made a little simpler.
Best Sand Timer
In a classroom, time flies whether you’re having fun or working hard—or a little of both! Keep track of the time left in each period with this digitized hourglass. The hourglass is kid-friendly and easy to read at a glance, making it perfect for test time and centers. Plus, teachers can customize colors for different time periods.