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January 2, 2017

Teacher Recommended Apps

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Companies are in the business to promote their products. When it comes to the world of apps, I must admit they do a pretty darn good job making their app sound as if it’s the one you just can’t live without! But personally, when I want to find out (I mean, really find out) what the best apps are, I rely on my colleagues to share with me what they love most and what is working in their very own classrooms. It’s one thing to read a review, but it’s another thing to get firsthand, teacher-tested experience. I was inspired after hearing my colleagues talk about their favorites apps and I am looking forward to trying out their recommendations.

    The new year provides educators fresh beginnings and opportunity to change things up. During this time of year, we can make instructional modifications, reinforce rules and routines, and introduce new apps and programs that will make our classrooms more interactive, educational, and engaging. Here are the apps that teachers at our school are using, to do just that!

    ChatterPix Kids

    Get ready to have some serious classroom fun with the ChatterPix Kids app! ChatterPix Kids allows you to take a picture and make it speak. The possibilities are endless and your students will LOVE it! Here is a tutorial that will walk you through the steps you'll need to know to get the interactive fun started in your classroom.

    Edmodo

    Anytime/anywhere learning is one of the best features of Edmodo. The Edmodo mobile app focuses on teaching, not paperwork, and supports the efforts of a digital and paperless classroom. Teachers and students alike appreciate the integration with Google apps for education and Microsoft OneNote and Office. Edmodo also lets parents learn. The parent mobile app make sure that whatever you teach during the day gets reinforced at night. Teachers can share assignments, due dates, and upcoming events, and send reminders to students and parents. Here is a tutorial to learn more about Edmodo.

    Bloomz

    There are a lot of parent communication apps, but Bloomz is one of the most popular. Bloomz makes it easy for teachers to share photos and videos of daily activities, so that parents can better understand what happens during their child’s day at school. Teachers can message parents privately or whole-group style and this helps keep close contact with your students’ families. There is also a behavior management feature that allows kids to grow their flowers for earning points. Bloomz is the all-in-one app that you should give a try — you’re going to love it! To learn more about how to get Bloomz started in your classroom, watch this tutorial.

    Class Dojo

    Class Dojo connects with teachers and students to build amazing classrooms! Class Dojo is an online behavior management system that fosters positive student behaviors and classroom culture. Students earn “Dojo Points” based on their behavior in the classroom. Teachers use Class Dojo to keep parents up-to-date on student progress and classroom happenings. Watch this tutorial to learn more about Class Dojo.

    StoryBuddy 2

    Every child has a story and StoryBuddy 2 is the app to let your students’ stories be heard. It takes the child's words and brings them to life in their very own picture book. Students can draw directly on the iPad screen with their finger. They can add their own text with the built-in keyboard. But this story gets even better — your students can share their story with the world! You can print wirelessly and share with friends and family through email or iTunes File Sharing. While this is the only app I’m sharing in my post that is not free (it’s $2.99), I recommend you don’t delay in bringing your students’ stories to life with this fun app. Watch this tutorial to get started today.

    Book Wizard Mobile

    I don’t know about you, but for me winter break means time for organizing. I have a lot of books that I have ordered throughout this year and I even have a couple of stacks that were donated to my classroom. All those books are just patiently waiting for me to level them so that they can join all the other books in our classroom library. I have always LOVED Book Wizard and have faithfully used it to level my library over the years. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I heard that Scholastic came out with the Book Wizard Mobile app. Now, I can level my books anywhere: at home, school, and even on our family road trips. (Yes, I have done this!) Best of all, it’s a free app. I hope you try it today because I promise you, this my friends, is a total life-changer!!

    What are your favorite apps for teachers to use? I would love to hear!

    Thanks for your support and for following me this year.

    I wish you a very Happy New Year!

    Love, Shari

     

    Companies are in the business to promote their products. When it comes to the world of apps, I must admit they do a pretty darn good job making their app sound as if it’s the one you just can’t live without! But personally, when I want to find out (I mean, really find out) what the best apps are, I rely on my colleagues to share with me what they love most and what is working in their very own classrooms. It’s one thing to read a review, but it’s another thing to get firsthand, teacher-tested experience. I was inspired after hearing my colleagues talk about their favorites apps and I am looking forward to trying out their recommendations.

    The new year provides educators fresh beginnings and opportunity to change things up. During this time of year, we can make instructional modifications, reinforce rules and routines, and introduce new apps and programs that will make our classrooms more interactive, educational, and engaging. Here are the apps that teachers at our school are using, to do just that!

    ChatterPix Kids

    Get ready to have some serious classroom fun with the ChatterPix Kids app! ChatterPix Kids allows you to take a picture and make it speak. The possibilities are endless and your students will LOVE it! Here is a tutorial that will walk you through the steps you'll need to know to get the interactive fun started in your classroom.

    Edmodo

    Anytime/anywhere learning is one of the best features of Edmodo. The Edmodo mobile app focuses on teaching, not paperwork, and supports the efforts of a digital and paperless classroom. Teachers and students alike appreciate the integration with Google apps for education and Microsoft OneNote and Office. Edmodo also lets parents learn. The parent mobile app make sure that whatever you teach during the day gets reinforced at night. Teachers can share assignments, due dates, and upcoming events, and send reminders to students and parents. Here is a tutorial to learn more about Edmodo.

    Bloomz

    There are a lot of parent communication apps, but Bloomz is one of the most popular. Bloomz makes it easy for teachers to share photos and videos of daily activities, so that parents can better understand what happens during their child’s day at school. Teachers can message parents privately or whole-group style and this helps keep close contact with your students’ families. There is also a behavior management feature that allows kids to grow their flowers for earning points. Bloomz is the all-in-one app that you should give a try — you’re going to love it! To learn more about how to get Bloomz started in your classroom, watch this tutorial.

    Class Dojo

    Class Dojo connects with teachers and students to build amazing classrooms! Class Dojo is an online behavior management system that fosters positive student behaviors and classroom culture. Students earn “Dojo Points” based on their behavior in the classroom. Teachers use Class Dojo to keep parents up-to-date on student progress and classroom happenings. Watch this tutorial to learn more about Class Dojo.

    StoryBuddy 2

    Every child has a story and StoryBuddy 2 is the app to let your students’ stories be heard. It takes the child's words and brings them to life in their very own picture book. Students can draw directly on the iPad screen with their finger. They can add their own text with the built-in keyboard. But this story gets even better — your students can share their story with the world! You can print wirelessly and share with friends and family through email or iTunes File Sharing. While this is the only app I’m sharing in my post that is not free (it’s $2.99), I recommend you don’t delay in bringing your students’ stories to life with this fun app. Watch this tutorial to get started today.

    Book Wizard Mobile

    I don’t know about you, but for me winter break means time for organizing. I have a lot of books that I have ordered throughout this year and I even have a couple of stacks that were donated to my classroom. All those books are just patiently waiting for me to level them so that they can join all the other books in our classroom library. I have always LOVED Book Wizard and have faithfully used it to level my library over the years. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I heard that Scholastic came out with the Book Wizard Mobile app. Now, I can level my books anywhere: at home, school, and even on our family road trips. (Yes, I have done this!) Best of all, it’s a free app. I hope you try it today because I promise you, this my friends, is a total life-changer!!

    What are your favorite apps for teachers to use? I would love to hear!

    Thanks for your support and for following me this year.

    I wish you a very Happy New Year!

    Love, Shari

     

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