If you are a lucky teacher who owns (or is provided by your school) an iPod Touch, iPad, or even iPhone, then this is the blog post for you. I have written several posts about apps that would be great for students to use in the classroom, but now I’m going to turn the tables and provide you with a list of apps that would be great for teachers to use in the classroom.
Percentally is a low-cost app to keep track of tally marks. This app would be very helpful in many different classroom scenarios. It could be used to keep track of student participation, the number of times a student is redirected in class, or even to mark down the number of questions the student received correct on a verbal or written assignment. The tally marks can are automatically converted into percentage points through the use of the dual mode. This would be great to keep track of the number of answers correct, for example 5 out of 8 answers correct. In the single mode you only track one tally, for example 3 warnings. The tally mark information can then be quickly transferred to a Google Spreadsheet or manually entered into a gradebook or anecdotal notes on a student. Here is a video demo of this app in action.
iReward is a low-cost app that is an electronic behavior modification chart. With this app you can setup a student in the program and then create the behavior you would like the child to achieve along with the reward they will earn. You then choose how many times the behavior must be displayed for the student to earn the reward. You can add a picture to the reward chart to encourage the student to earn the reward, for example a picture of the correct behavior. You can take a picture and load it, or use a picture that you already have.
After the chart is set up, all you have to do is tap the star to indicate that the behavior has been displayed and it changes color from white to gold. When all of the stars are filled in, they will all turn red. A video of congratulations (or other reward videos) can be applied for when the student has achieved the award.
There are many modifications you can make to this reward system. You can also select the stars to revert them back to white if a student has displayed the incorrect behavior. To reset the stars, you just double tap to remove the colored filling. If a student has achieved the goal of the behavior modification, you can delete the option by swiping across the row of a reward and then select delete. To prevent unwanted changes you can also password protect the rewards under the settings mode. After editing the reward, you relock it by shaking your electronic device. Here is a video demo of iReward.
Remember the Milk
Remember the Milk is a free organizational checklist app. I know as a teacher that there are so many different tasks to do in each day of the school week. This app can help to manage the different tasks that you need to get done. Items could include parent meetings, staff meetings, student conferences, when to make copies, what lessons you need to plan for, items you may need to pick up at the store for your classes, or even activities or lessons for the day. These lists can be shared with other programs like a Google Calendar, Outlook, or Twitter. Alerts can be set to remind you though your smart phone, email, text messages, or instant messages. Tasks can be tagged by applying keywords or even locations on a Google Map. There are many options you can apply including choosing a title for your task, a date, time, and if it repeats. Tasks can be marked as incomplete or complete. Tasks can be scheduled in advance or for the current day.
I also found a great resource that has a variety of apps that are subject area related. There are apps for science, math, language arts, and social studies teachers. Do you have any favorite apps that you use for teaching?
Article By Laura Ketcham
Picture By mortsan