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Updated by Katherine Page Burdick on Nov 16, 2014
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Kathy's List of 12 Best Classroom Apps

If you have no other apps on your device, you need these and see how to use them.

ClassDojo for Students

ClassDojo helps students develop the behaviors and character strengths they need for lifelong success.
Students: Log into your existing accounts, or just ask your teacher for your student account code! Enhance your class with some dojo!

With ClassDojo for students, you'll be able to check your daily progress, and you'll also be able to create a fun avatar that will show in class :)

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JogNog

JogNog

Teachers using the JogNog app save 1-2 hours of class time each week by using JogNog's ready-to-use quizzes rather than creating and grading their own. Easily find a JogNog assessment for almost any Common Core or State Standard and assign it to your students for homework.

Students use JogNog to study for and take tests in a fun and fast way. In Massachusetts, students using JogNog improved scores on state standardized tests by an average of 8.1%. Students using JogNog can test their skills against people in their class, their school or around the world.

The JogNog app has a library of over 1,600 quizzes and over 70,000 questions written and fact-checked by teachers aligned to the Common Core and state standards. To motivate student engagement, it also includes over 1,600 unique JogNog achievement badges.

Tools 4 Students

NOW IN SPANISH TOO! Tools 4 Students offers 25 graphic organizers supporting common comprehension skills like main idea and detail, sequencing, compare and contrast etc. Each organizer can be used again and again and be emailed, drop boxed, or saved as a PDF.

Fantastic news! Mobile Learning Services just added 25 new Graphic Organizers in another app called Tools4Students 2. These are just some of the exciting new organizers that will help students with their thinking: Chapter Notes, Document Analysis, Writing Organizers, Drawing Conclusions along with 7 different blank organizers that students and teachers can customize. Available now as separate app purchase.

Our app features 25 graphic organizers for students to use to organize their thinking while reading or preparing to write. Covers all common comprehension skills: cause /effect, main idea/detail, sequence events, pro/con, story elements, characterization, word meaning, plot, KWL and much more. Save to your device and/or email. Use again and again. Project on board and collaborate with team members. Use to organize notes while reading or use them as a pre-write to school papers. Great tool for instructors as well.

Features
◦ 25 different organizers
◦ Type in your response, note the book and page numbers when appropriate
◦ Email finished organizer to teachers or friends
◦ Reuse the same organizer again and again
◦ Save the ones you wish to keep to refer back to later
◦ Project on whiteboard and use as group tool

Splash Math - Grades 1 to 5 App | Free fun learning games for kids to practice first, second, third, fourth and fifth...

Splash Math Grades 1 to 5 app is a collection of fun and interactive math problems aligned to Common Core Standards. The app reinforces math concepts with self-paced and adaptive practice anytime, anywhere (works on iPad, laptops and desktops).
Content Coverage: 300+ math concepts (Grades 1 to 5)
Curriculum: Common Core State Standards
Access: iPad, desktops and laptops

Key Features of Splash Math Grades 1 to 5
+ Self paced math practice program
+ Explanation for wrong answers
+ Scratchpad for rough work
+ Virtual rewards and games
+ Monitor progress with real-time progress dashboard
+ Progress synced across multiple iPads, desktops and laptops.
+ HD graphics and sound effects to give an amazing game play experience.

Operation Math Code Squad

Take the action to a whole new level in the fun, multiplayer math game based on Operation Math. With four virtual keypads, Operation Math Code Squad lets multiple players work together to solve equations and disarm Dr. Odd’s devious devices in a race against the clock. Think fast and score big in the awesome game of tick-tock tech guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your iPad.

"Operation Math Code Squad is one of the best educational math games I've seen on the iPad. It's fast-paced, engaging, and just down right fun."
—Apps on Tapp

Features:
• Multiplayer gaming that lets you test four different players at once.
• Four virtual keypads for fast-paced, multi-touch action.
• 21 missions centered on three different skill levels for testing any grade.
• The ability to select missions based on math operations and skill level.
• All binomial addition / subtraction equations for numbers 1-20.
• All binomial multiplication / division equations for numbers 1-12.
• Spy-themed action that provides a fun alternative to homework and flashcards.
• Time-based play that will test their speed and keep kids engaged with cooperative drills.
• Based on U.S. Common Core standards.

Awards & Recognition:
• Featured in Family Circle Magazine
• 12 Best Math Apps of 2012 — Teachers With Apps
• Editor's Favorite —AppSmarts.com
• Featured in Apple’s Kids Collection

Crafted by Spinlight, a team of talented artists and parents who share a simple goal — to make games that spark a lifelong passion for learning.

Kid's Journal

Asking children to reflect on their day is an important learning activity. Kid Journal easily allows children to focus on the content of their reflection with an easy-to-use interface. Children can record their feelings, location (i.e. home, school, on vacation), or the weather. Kid’s Journal entries have the option to post a photo and include room for text to add more details about the day.

While Kid’s Journal is great for families, it also is perfect for classroom use. The app allows for multiple students to be logged in simultaneously. Summer is the perfect time to begin a daily habit of sharing the important events in your children’s lives.

Kid’s Journal entries can be exported in their entirety or as a range of dates. The exported files can be read in iBooks and a number of other applications, like popular screencasting apps, on the iPad. Kid’s Journal and a child’s memories are a great combination for sharing learning experiences!

Teachers, parents, and kids will love this easy to use app.

Common Core Standards

View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math standards include both traditional and integrated pathways (as outlined in Appendix A of the common core) and synthesizes Language Arts standards with the Corresponding College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR's).

Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome

Pines to Vines is a state of the art, elementary science book based on the forest biome. Developed in collaboration with Oregon State University’s Department of Forestry and a team of educators, this standards based, core curriculum aligned digital book includes both interactive enhancements and universal design accessibility features.

Pines to Vines is part of our Crack the Books series of interactive non-fiction books. Crack the Books are the first digital books that can be ADJUSTED FOR READING LEVEL without sacrificing curriculum content. Targeting 3rd to 5th grade science and social studies core curriculum concepts, our digital books allow for reading level adjustment from 1st grade to 8th grade, making it possible for all students in a classroom to access the same curriculum content regardless of their reading ability.

Designed with the goal of improving reading comprehension, fostering a love of learning, and building reading confidence, Pines to Vines gives educators a powerful new teaching tool to help all students, from children with special needs to those who are academically gifted.

Pines to Vines covers a variety of topics, including forest layers, range and climate of forest biomes, plant and animal wildlife, adaptations, benefits of forests, and forest threats. Students will learn about all major forest types including tropical moist forests, tropical/subtropical dry forests, tropical/subtropical coniferous forests, temperate coniferous forests, temperate broadleaf forests, Mediterranean forests, riverine forests, mangroves and boreal forests.

Crack the Books features hundreds of supportive audio and visual elements including beautiful high definition photographs, integrated video footage, fun facts, custom animations, custom images, and interactive charts, tables and globes. There are comprehension supports built into the text, with pop up definitions for associated new vocabulary. Students may further interact with the content by creating bookmarks, highlights and study notes.

Crack The Books helps teachers manage their classrooms by including interactive tests and glossaries for each chapter and each reading level. Students will answer questions in a variety of formats including Drag and Drop, True/False, Multiple Choice, Vocabulary Matching, and Essay. All non-essay test questions are automatically graded, allowing educators to efficiently monitor

For students with special needs, there are additional settings for common classroom and assessment accommodations including text to speech, answer dictation, image reinforcement and text zooming.

The combination of multiple reading levels and multiple testing levels gives teachers and schools unprecedented flexibility to use a single book across multiple grades as well as in classrooms with a broad spectrum of readers.

Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere's Ride

History to life
-Integrated "touch and drag" locator to see maps of key locations like Paul Revere’s House, Boston Tea Party site, Town of Concord and much more
-Mini-games explain concepts such as Boston Tea Party and No Taxation without Representation; 13 colonies jigsaw and “Help Samuel Prescott Escape” maze provide additional context
-Art, poetry, music and puzzles incorporated in a thematic and contextual manner
-Licensed historical artwork of Paul Revere and others from museums
-Rendition of “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” by H.W. Longfellow
-Rebus puzzles popular at the time of the American Revolution
-World-class music with period appropriate American tunes

Exciting features
Who’s Who Photo booth reinforces learning with short & fun biographies
Pop-up quiz tests knowledge
Type your own notes in the Travel Log pages

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Nearpod

Nearpod

Experience for yourself this magical educational app that has more than 5,000,000 engaged students around the world.
Nearpod is a must have application for teachers and schools that have access to a set of iPads, iPods, iPhones or Macs for their classes.

What's Nearpod?
The Nearpod platform enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students' iPads, iPhones, iPods or Macs. It combines presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.
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The subscription to Nearpod GOLD edition costs $12 per month. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase and it will renew automatically unless user turns off auto-renewal by going to the Account Settings after purchase.

NEW:

Nearpod Homework
Now your students can experience the interactive Nearpod Presentations at their own pace.

Nearpodize
Turn your PPTs, PDFs, pics, videos, and/or audio files into Nearpods directly from your iPad!
How It Works

Teachers use Nearpod to share content with their students and to manage the flow of the lecture. Students use Nearpod on their iOS devices or Macs to receive multimedia content and to participate in engaging assessment and collaboration activities.

Nearpod allows teachers to:
1. Create Content:
Teachers log in to www.nearpod.com to create multimedia presentations with interactive features such as quizzes, videos, polls, drawing tools, and more.
They can also download featured Ready-to-Use Lessons from certified publishers and fellow educators.

  1. Engage:
    In the classroom, teachers log in to the Nearpod iPad app to share content with their students and manage the flow of the lecture. Students use the Nearpod app on their iOS devices or Macs to receive curricular content, participate in activities and submit responses.

  2. Assess:
    Teachers can see students’ answers in real time on the Nearpod app. Additionally, teachers can log in to www.nearpod.com to access post-session data and obtain detailed activity reports.

You can learn more about the terms and conditions, privacy policy and how to cancel your auto-renewable subscription here http://www.nearpod.com/terms-conditions/ and here http://www.nearpod.com/privacy-policy/

Download Nearpod now and sign up for a FREE account to start experiencing the magic of Nearpod!

Activity Spot By Frolyc : Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies & Math Activities

Interact with Common Core Standards aligned, high-interest activities published in "real-time" from Frolyc.

What is Frolyc?
Frolyc is a web-based platform for authoring Common Core aligned educational activities that can be published to the app in real-time. You can create interactive reading, writing, drawing and answering activities in any subject area.

Who can create & publish?
Every educator - teacher, tutor or parent, can author or create activities. Frolyc makes it simple for you to create activities relevant to your lessons for the day & publish in REAL-TIME to this app on your student iPads.

What type of activities can I create?
You can create simple to complex activities. You can create an activity that requires your students to
- draw in response to a question.
- write a paragraph in response to a question.
- write using scaffolding text that you provide.
- take quizzes
- to fill-out visual organizers for concept mapping, sequencing, cause & effect etc.
- read/hear multimedia content incl. specific websites & videos.
You can create simple activities in as less as 3 minutes! We have teacher use cases on Frolyc website & blog. Visit http://frolyc.com to read specific teacher use cases.

How do students interact with Frolyc activities?
Your students & kids interact with activities using this safe & interactive app. You specify an access code to download student profiles & activities to this app.

Does Frolyc support multiple student profiles & differentiated learning?
On frolyc.com, you can create classroom with student profiles. When you assign activities to students and publish to your iPad(s), your student profiles are automatically synced with the devices. Each student can interact with only the activities assigned to him or her!

Is there a catalog of activities?
Yes! Frolyc provides a catalog of activities by grade and common core standard authored by teachers. You may select and publish these pre-authored activities to this app from the Frolyc website.

For very young readers, the app has built-in voice over for text.

If you are a teacher teaching grades K through 12, we urge you to visit and join us at www.frolyc.com. Frolyc will make iPad use within the classroom meaningful, stimulating and absolutely relevant to your literacy lesson plans.

Other details:
This app required Wi-Fi to sync content published from frolyc.com. After sync-up phase, the app can operate without Wi-fi except for playing video and voice-over.

If you choose not to create a Frolyc account, you can still use this app. Frolyc will regularly publish common core standards aligned reading comprehension activities to this app for student/kid use.

School 4 One - Classroom workflow to plan lessons, collect homework assignments & track students by Common Core Standard

DESCRIPTION:

School 4 One is a workflow designed for teachers with iPad classrooms. The app takes care of the fundamental steps to easily manage classrooms with one to one or one to many iPad programs. In a nutshell, School 4 One enables:

  1. Teachers to share files and assignments with students
  2. Students to annotate assignments and send them back to teachers
  3. Teachers to grade and provide audio-visual feedback over student assignments
  4. Teachers to track student progress throughout a class

The app also, provides teachers with library of content in multiple subjects to share with each student. This empowers them to differentiate instruction while remaining in control of the content shared with their students at all time.

FEATURES

  • Interactive Whiteboard: Our record interface enables teachers and students to record their voice and hand notations over a variety of files.
  • Lesson Planner: Our curriculum builder allows teachers to easily build lessons and add content such as files and assignments.
  • Grade Book: Our grading interface allows teachers to grade assignments using different types of rubrics.
  • Common Core Progress Visualization: Schools can tag student schoolwork to Common Core Standards to see how they progress in each skill.

SUBSCRIPTION DETAILS:

Basic Plan:

The Basic plan give access to 5 GB of storage space and allows the creation of unlimited number of classes.

Standard Plan:

The Standard plan comes with 20 GB of storage space, unlimited number of classes and the Grading Module, where you can grade student work and provide meaningful audio-visual feedback.

Subscription options:

One-month Basic Plan for $9.99, automatically renewed until canceled.
One-month Standard Plan for $14.99, automatically renewed until canceled.

Payment for all purchases will be charged to your iTunes account upon confirmation of purchase.

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    Katherine Page Burdick worked as a teacher and a school administrator for more than fifteen years. She has spent equal time developing a strong track record of creating innovative, leading, educational products while holding marketing and editorial positions within companies such as Pearson Education and Scholastic Inc. She recently left her position as Vice President of Development at Learning A-Z, a company that delivers educational resources in reading, writing, and science over the Internet, to consult with schools and businesses on the subject of mobile learning.

    Mrs. Burdick reviews educational apps in her blog, mobileieducator. Her publishing and education experiences coupled with her passion for mobile learning gives her a unique insight into the mobile market for education.

    Specialties:Program Developer, Author, Public Speaker, Curriculum Specialist, Applications for Mobile Learning, Content Innovator

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