Chrome Apps For School Use
Below is a list of apps that could be used in the classroom. These apps are targeted at the older (junior-high school) aged students.
Skydrive: Learn More!
Skydrive is a Microsoft-powered cloud based storage system that allows people to access their files from any computer or device. Windows 8.1 auto-saves to Skydrive whenever you get new files as well.
How can it be used in the classroom? With Skydrive, students can do their work at school and have it saved to the Drive so they can finish or continue at home, or wherever they may choose. This works well if the student is using an in school device but has their own they wish to use at home.
My Ebook Maker: Learn More!
My Ebook Maker is a free app that allows you to create your own Ebooks and upload them to a variety of eBook sites. You can create and access your Ebooks from any sort of device whenever you wish.
How can it be used in the classroom? This app would be great for alternate assignments. It offers another medium of communication for assessment of a student; perhaps a child creates a book instead of making a presentation because they're shy. This app allows students to present their ideas in an interesting alternate way.
Skype: Learn More!
Skype allows for one on one video calls, audio calls and group chats between members. It is a free service, and is used by a lot of major organizations.
How can it be used in the classroom? If a student has a question for their teacher after class that requires more than just written explanation, they could easily set up a time for the teacher to have a Skype chat with them. It offers students a way of communicating with their teacher outside of school other than email - it is a more personable service offering greater assistance to students. As well it could be arranged for students to chat with each other if they need to work on a project, study, etc.
GoAnimate for Schools: Learn More!
GoAnimate for Schools is a web that allows the user to easily make animated videos. It is a free service that includes the integration of text, sound and images.
How can it be used in the classroom? GoAnimate for Schools is another example of an app that would make for a great alternate assignment. It offers a way for students to present their ideas in a video format, where they input their own ideas, words, sounds etc. This app could also be used by a teacher to create lessons for their class - these lessons would be a more interesting way of presenting an idea to students then simply notes.
Glogster EDU: Learn More!
Glogster EDU is an app that allows for both students and teachers to create multimedia posters to present or teach ideas. It is a free app that allows you to upload your own images, videos, etc. Or use media that is already uploaded to the app.
How can it be used in the classroom? This is an app that allows both students and teachers to present their ideas in a fun, interesting manner. This app is another way that the student or the teacher can present their ideas other than the standard notes, lectures, power points, etc. It allows the learner to be involved in the presentation through it's use of multimedia.