Teaching With Apps

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Teaching with mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads is applicable for just about any grade level, subject, or situation. Teachers are discovering ways to integrate these tools into full classroom settings, into group work, or with individualized assignments. That said, the market is full of applications (or "apps"). Some of which are high-quality and practical to the classroom. Many others are not.
So, how do you separate the good from the bad? Navigate these resources to get started:

The following resources are culled from popular educational technology e-magazine Edudemic:


"50 Must-Download Apps for Lifelong Learners" is a massive list of education-related apps in their article. While they focus on apps for young adults and recent college grads, much of this list is adaptable to high school classrooms. Even better: the author organized the apps by school subject or discipline.

"40 Quick Ways To Use Mobile Phones In Classrooms" provides 40 recommendations with links to current educational news articles about how educators are using this new technology.

"The 25 Most Used Mobile Apps In Education" compiles popular educational apps used throughout classrooms around the world.

"6 iPad Apps That Help You Create Interactive Study Guides" is also worth a look.

"10 STEM Apps To Teach About The Environment" is a short but fairly comprehensive list for the subject.

Resources culled from other popular sites:

Educator Steve Kinney offers the thoughtful blog post "A Friendly Guide to Deploying iPads at Your School" .

Educator and blogger Larry Ferlazzo maintains "The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users", a massive collection of articles, recommended apps, and more.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) publishes an annual Best Apps for Teaching and Learning list.

Education blogger and teacher Lisa Nielsen contributes a short post "6 considerations for addressing the “what” and “how” of mobile learning" to help guide the process of integrating new technologies into the curriculum.

Additionally, NPR's Mind/Shift blog offers "Four Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones in Class".

APPiticis a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) "to help you transform teaching and learning." These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings. The site boasts information about more than 1,800 educational apps.

Educreations is a tool for the iPad that lets teachers (or students) create videos that teach a given topic. Perfect for studying or getting students to show off their knowledge.

I Tell a Story (iTunes) is an excellent, cheap app for digital storytelling. A user can upload a photo and then record their voice narrating a story.

iPad Apps for School is a new blog featuring reviews of popular education-related apps.

Edutopia offers a free ebook Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know (.PDF) to help educators transition into using mobile technology in the classroom.

Technology Integration Specialist David Byrne offers "7 Services for Sending Group Texts to Parents and Students". Byrne offers reviews of the services as well as discussion about how to implement them.

New York educator Mike Amante's rich Slideshare presentation "Creative Uses for iPad in the Classroom" provides some insight about educational apps worthy of consideration.

TeachHub.com offers another "best-of" list: "20 Amazing iPad Apps for Educators."

The Utah Education Network's Apps4U portal features several educational apps for learners of all ages and in all subjects.

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