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Updated by Julie Jacobs on Jun 03, 2015
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Paperless Classroom Tools

Here are my favorite (mostly) free digital tools and apps for running an (almost) paperless classroom!

Remind | Remind101 is now Remind

Remind (formerly Remind101) is a safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.

The workspace for your life's work | Evernote

Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and move your important projects forward.

Notability

Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac! Apple's Mac App of The Year! 

Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and annotation.

Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, your notes are always up to date.

Write Naturally 

  • Handwrite and sketch with beautiful ink.
  • Write smoothly and quickly with zoom-writing.
  • Automatic Palm Detection on iPad allows you to write naturally with your hand on the screen, just like pen on paper (Requires iOS 8 or later).

Type Anywhere 

  • Notability includes full-featured typing with a wide range of fonts, sizes, and colors. 
  • Outlines and text boxes help you quickly capture and organize ideas.
  • The typing UI is uniquely designed on iPhone, iPad, and Mac for the best typing experience possible.

Import and Annotate PDFs 

  • Mark up lecture slides and meeting agendas or complete class assignments.
  • Fill-out, sign, and send forms.
  • Import doc and ppt files with the help of Google Drive.

Audio Recordings: Review and Give Feedback

  • Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them.
  • Notes automatically link to recordings, so during playback, you can watch your notes animate along with the recording, or tap them to get to the spot that needs clarifying.
  • Teachers can also use these features to provide audio and handwritten feedback to students.

All Electronic Workflow

  • Create a paperless classroom -- handout and collect assignments via the cloud.
  • Speed-up feedback to students and colleagues using Notability.
  • Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability.

Organize and Share Notes

  • Create subjects and simply drag notes into them.
  • Share your notes via email, AirDrop, printer, Twitter, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and more.

iCloud Sync

  • iCloud automatically syncs all of your notes to iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

Auto-backup

  • Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box, can be used to backup your notes and are great for archiving or recovery.

We hope you enjoy using Notability, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students (as young as 5!) to independently create, capture, and store artifacts of learning.

FEATURES:

Collect and Organize Digital and Physical Work in One Place
∙ View entire class feed, or sort by individual student or subject area.
∙ Use folders to organize content by subject or learning goals.
∙ Great for parent-teacher conferences, assessments, or student self-reflection.
∙ Access student content anywhere, anytime from iOS app or on the web.

Designed for K and up to Use Independently
∙ Gives students ownership of their own space to create & record what they learn.

  • Students can add text and voice recordings to journal items to reflect, explain, and develop their academic voice ∙ Simple QR code login, student-friendly content creation tools, and teacher approval of new items all make Seesaw safe for students to use independently.

Add All Types of Student Work
∙ Use our suite of creative tools to create photos, videos, drawings or notes.
∙ Add directly from many popular content creation apps (Shadow Puppet Edu, PicCollage, Book Creator, Explain Everything, iMovie, Skitch, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Docs, Pages, Drive, and more).
∙ Kid-friendly camera only takes a photo when subject is in focus and camera is steady.

Encourage Parent Involvement with Personalized Updates
∙ Simple and secure invitation: Send home a personalized handout that only gives parents access to their child’s journal
∙ Reach all your parents: Short, visual updates actually get seen, and cross language and technology barriers
∙ Seesaw supports SMS, Email, and app notifications for parents
∙ Give parents information between conferences and reduce the need for lengthy newsletters
∙ Teachers are always in control: Nothing is automatically shared without your approval

Private and Secure Cloud Storage
∙ Student content/information is private, secure, and never shared with 3rd parties.
∙ Seesaw has taken the Student Privacy Pledge

Teacher Resource Center
∙ Getting started tips, professional development resources, FAQ
∙ More than 30 Common Core aligned activity ideas
∙ Personalized customer support if you need help

+++ Need help? Have feedback or suggestions? Email us help@seesaw.me or tweet @SeesawEdu +++

Google Classroom

CLASSROOM IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WITH A GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION ACCOUNT

Using Google Classroom in school? Get the iOS App to use Classroom on the go.

Classroom helps teachers save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. It is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Drive and Docs.

Classroom is designed to help teachers create, collect, and grade assignments paperlessly, including time-saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.

Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom.

With the mobile app for iOS, students and teachers can view their classes and communicate with their classmates in real time. Students can open their assignments and work on them right from their phone or tablet. Teachers can keep track of who has turned in work and grade the assignment - at school or on the go.

There are many benefits of using Classroom:

Easy to set up
Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join. It takes just minutes to set up.

Saves time
The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review, and grade assignments quickly, all in one place.

Improves organization
Students can see all of their assignments on an assignments page, and all class materials are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive.

Enhances communication
Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.

Affordable and secure
Like the rest of our Google Apps for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free for schools.

Kahoot! | Game-based digital learning platform

Kahoot! is one of the world's fastest growing learning brands. Our free game-based platform unlocks the magic of learning for teachers, students and beyond.

Socrative

Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class' current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners.

Quizizz: Fun Multiplayer Classroom Quizzes

A. Quizizz is a fun multiplayer classroom activity, that allows all your students to practice together.

Customized Teaching and Testing

Edueto is a teaching tool that allows educators to quickly create customised assignments and tests that target their student's needs.