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Great Apps for Teachers

Maura O'Reilly

Great Apps for Teachers


Here is a list of apps I find very useful - inside and outside of the classroom. I am hoping this can provide some helpful, practical information for possibly stressed-out teachers!


I don’t get anything for promoting these apps - with one exception that I’ll explain below.


Teachers Pay Teachers


I’ve known about the site for a while but only recently discovered the app. I may be way behind in this. I remember first discovering TpT and thinking it was the best-kept secret for teachers!! Then I found out everyone knows about it. And then I stopped talking.


Decide Now!


This app is awesome for choosing anything! A student, an activity, a letter of the alphabet. You can make lots of spinners and fill them with whatever words you want. Just be sure to set it up ahead of time. It takes a few minutes to get all the parts of the spinner labelled.


Ted Talks


A great way to give yourself some PD, at a coffee shop or on the couch. You can also preview great talks to share with students. 

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Compass & Level


Did you know the iPhone comes with a compass and a level? I’ve found this helpful when teaching cardinal directions. The level probably has lots of educational uses but mostly I just think it’s cool.


Instant Buttons


This app gives you easy access to a variety of crazy sounds. Most of them are straight from pop culture, such as Afro Circus, The Price is Right, and Dramatic Chipmunk.  Instant Buttons can be used to get students’ attention or create a great listening activity. Be careful though - not all buttons are appropriate for children.


Voxer


This one is a lot like What’s App but YOU DON’T HAVE TO HOLD THE BUTTON DOWN to record yourself talking. {Insert "Hallelujah" chorus via Instant Buttons…} You can create group chats and allow everyone on your team to share, listen, and respond.

Sibme


This app is one I am affiliated with, which means I do receive a small payment for mentioning them. But I am only affiliated with them because I think they provide an excellent tool. Sibme is a video platform that allows teachers to record themselves in the classroom. The teacher can review the video with a coach and make detailed observations. It’s a great way to reflect on and grow in your educational practice.


Some people say this is the most stressful time of the school year. I’m not sure how that’s determined (what time is the least stressful...?) but if you’re finding it difficult to make it to the holidays, I hope this list helps you. I’m happy to share ideas for how to use these in your classroom. Send me a message!


Feel free to add to my list in the comments section. If you try these apps, let me know what you think of them.


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2 comments

  • Thanks, Monica! I’m so glad you found the list helpful.

    Maura O'Reilly

  • Thanks for the update on these apps. Every single one is a great idea. I love TPT and have purchased several items from them.

    Monica Jacka

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