5 Must-Have Educational Mobile Apps

by Katelyn Trieu

1) Evernote (iOS, Android)

This note-taking tool allows users to type in or upload video and picture notes! Create and save text, web-clips and PDF files. Audio notes may be recorded. Students my organize themselves by creating To-Do lists as well! Data is automatically synchronized between devices. Usable by all ages.

Students may use this app to take notes in class in an organized fashion. Pictures may be added to their text notes for detail and added clarity. Audio notes may come in handy if a teacher is reciting words on a spelling list, or if the students are learning to play a new song on an instrument in Music class.

2) Dropbox (iOS, Android)

Expand the classroom's sharing of files by creating folders for projects, papers, planning, group work--the sky's the limit! Photos, documents and videos can be uploaded and shared on nearly any device. The files have the option of syncing between devices and each account (requires basic information to sign up) receives 2 GB of memory space upon signing up.

Each student can save their individual work privately and contribute to group file sharing (may create groups of two, to sharing to the entire classroom)! Offline viewing is also convenient, if students are on the go and have extra time to look over readings and newly assigned projects or papers.

3) eClicker Polling System (iOS)

Get students to contribute to everyday lectures by voting on questions or taking surveys during lessons! Presentations can be made more effective by transforming iDevices into centres for making drawings, taking polls, and sharing results!

4) The Elements: A Visual Exploration
(iOS, Android)

A quick, resourceful tool which illustrates the periodic table with richly detailed photos and comprehensive information about each element! Going a step further from the basic periodic element, students will be able to view what form the element physically exists as, a Bohr model diagram of the element, its crystal structure, and other details such as atomic weight, density, and electronegativity! Images are rotatable to be viewed at any angle, and are able to be viewed in 3D, should a student wish to purchase special 3D glasses.

5) Study Blue (iOS, Android)

Teachers and students can create and share a plethora of mobile flashcards, study guides, and quizzes! If students run out of ideas, they have the ability to choose from an extensive collection of student-authored flashcards and flashcard decks. They have the option of making their work public, so their work would not be shared without permission. This app would be convenient by helping students study on-the-go! Accessible any place, any time on their mobile devices!

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