Every week new educational apps are created and downloaded, tested and tried. The internet has an amazing variety of educators trialing and using different apps in their classrooms. The most important lesson here is, use what is best for your school and pupils!
How confident are you staff at using technology in the classroom? I can guess that the level is pretty low! That’s okay, your school will be at a different journey than others. I would always start slow and start with only a few out-of-the-box apps. It’s better to know a handful of apps and be confident rather than use a massive range of apps ineffectively.
Here are my top free recommended apps- the best thing you can do if you’re not confident with technology is give it a go and play around. Ask others if they have used the app or have any top tips for you to try.
1) Camera- yes, it sounds very basic but the opportunities to learn about photography, lighting, effects, mood, filters and perspective are far reaching.
2) Apple Clips- this funky little app packs a punch. Once you start playing around with the features you and your pupils will be hooked.
3) Keynote- your mind will be blown when you realise this app isn’t just for presentations. Keep your eye on this app because every new update adds a cool new feature to its arsenal of powerful tools.
50 Days of Keynote by Alicia Bankhofer
4) Pages – with the ability to bring in and use a range of media including video, photo and audio the Pages app has the ability to transform work into published eBooks and useful templates.
5) Numbers- you’d think its all about about just numbers right? Wrong. This app can do some incredible things in your classroom.
6) iMovie- with recent updates that include a green screen yep, I’d say there’s a whole lot of fun to be had with this one.
7) Tayasui Sketches School – this art based app conjures up a whole load of creative juices that will get your teaching brain buzzing.
8) Seesaw – I’ve added this to the list because it’s super easy to pick up and see the huge potential of being able to differentiate and feedback quickly.