Apps for Middle and High School Use

Tanner Bachnick, November 10, 2013

App Name: Skydrive (PC, iOS, Android)

What does it do? Skydrive is a Microsoft-powered cloud based storage system that allows people to get their files on the fly from any computer or device. Windows 8.1 auto-saves to Skydrive whenever you get new files as well.

How can I use it in a 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, as well as on the go.

App Name: Skype (PC, iOS, Tablet)

What does it do? 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 I use it in a 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, where the teacher could show their monitor and show their work visually for the student.

App Name: iBooks

What does it do? iBooks is a free electronic reading material app. You can also make annotations in books, and some have added interactive quizzes, videos and more.

How can I use it in a classroom? Digital versions of textbooks are much cheaper, lighter and have additional content in them, so they make a great alternative for classroom and on the go learning.

App Name: Sparknotes

What does it do? Sparknotes provides summaries and examinations of popular school texts.

How can I use it in a classroom? While it is not an alternative for reading the book, for review purposes, it can be really helpful, as some students do not have time to reread the entire book before a test or don't need to.

App Name: The Elements: A Visual Exploration

What does it do? Provides a large array of information on each element on the periodic table and allows a student to manipulate it and learn information about it.

How can I use it in a classroom? Students will all have to learn about the periodic table at one point. Hands-on learning is a great way to learn, but you can't just bring in a piece of Uranium. This allows students to have an enjoyable and through view of each element.

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