Communication & Organization

Google Drive
“This app gives students the ability to create collaborative documents and presentations,” says Alice Barr, a technology integrator at Yarmouth High School in Maine. “Drive also serves as a backup for documents and allows for storing photos and files.” Free accounts come with 5GB of storage. iOS and Android. Free.

Send text-message reminders about homework, tests, and special events to students and parents—all without students seeing your phone number, and vice versa. iOS and Android. Free.

Evernote is an all-utility tool for note-taking. Cathy Wolinsky, instructional technology teacher at Yarmouth Elementary School in Maine, has fourth graders create their own Evernote accounts on their tablets. “They are working on combining photos, writing, and voice notes to create multimedia projects,” she says.
iOS and Android. Free.

Combine still photos and video footage to make creative slide shows in minutes. The app includes easy-to-use templates and a large library of free music. Educators are given access to unlimited videos, which can be exported to e-mails, blogs, and more.
iOS and Android. Free.

Edmodo is a social media platform that facilitates communication between teachers and students. Users can hold discussions, submit assignments, and post messages to one another. Planning and grading features are also available. iOS and Android. Free

The possibilities for integrating Skype into the classroom are endless. Connect with parents for virtual conferences or correspond with e–pen pals across the globe. A number of authors and experts offer class visits via Skype. iOS and Android. Free.

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