Apps for Educators
These engaging, innovative, and free apps will challenge your students, help you organize your day, and create new learning experiences.
By Rebecca Logan
Looking for a way to track student work and organize your communications? With this app, teachers can manage a custom grading scale and easily enter student scores, track daily attendance, safely message students and parents and post assignments and events to a class calendar.
Available for iOS.
Trying to make sense of Common Core State Standards? This app serves as a great reference point on the core standards, including K-12 standards for math and language arts. Available for Android and iOS.
For many of us, there is something almost magical about manually searching for words through the pages of a huge dictionary. For those seeking a quick and easy way to find definitions, sentence examples, spelling suggestions, abbreviations and more, this app does that. Available for Android, Blackberry, iOS, and Windows.
Created in cooperation with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, this app provides a virtual passport to hundreds of sites that catalog the world’s collective cultural and natural human legacy. Available for iOS.
A fun math app prompting students to customize rockets with each successful math mission.
Missions include number sense, time, money, geometry, computation, and square roots. Available for iOS.
Having a difficult time reaching parents by phone? Used by more than 500,000 teachers, this app provides a safe, free, and easy way to text students and parents about upcoming events, meetings, or school closings. Available for Android and iOS.
TED’s official app offers talks from some of the world’s most fascinating and creative people: education radicals, medical mavericks, business gurus, tech geniuses and music legends. This is a terrific source for topics, ideas, and concepts to share with your students. Available for Android and iOS.
Learning Ally Audio App for iPad is used by thousands of kids with dyslexia and learning disabilities. An audiobook player includes a variety of features, including extensive bookmarking, variable speed playback, and highlighting text synched to human audio narration (not computer speech). Available for iOS and iPad and Android (beta only).
Special Needs, Special Apps
Finding apps for the special needs classroom can be challenging. These app lists, compiled by educators and researchers, will make it easier for you to find what you want.
- APPS DESIGNED WITH TRANSITION IN MIND
Here’s a great list of apps from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence.
- SPECEDAPPS2: APPLICATIONS FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
This wiki provides a list of apps and recommendations from therapists with more than 200 cumulative years of experience working with special needs and technology.
- More (and Free) Cool Apps for Your Classroom
More educator-recommended fun and educational online tools