Interactive Classrooms

7 of the Best Apps For Teachers in 2021

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Simon Deignan2021-07-05
Today, technology plays a critical role in the classroom and going forward more and more teachers will be relying on applications to help them with their day-to-day work. Apps can, and will, help bridge the gap between the classroom and the living room (or wherever remote learners are logging on from) as many schools transition to a form of hybrid learning.
  1. Quizlet
  2. Photomath
  3. Evernote 
  4. Additio
  5. Animoto
  6. Explain Everything
  7. Mentimeter

There are countless apps that teachers can use to assist their students and lessen their own workloads. So time to put the old ring binders and A4 pads to the side and bring out the smartphones and laptops. This list isn’t focused on handwritten notes, more about the coding that goes behind some of the best apps on the market. 

1. The Knowledge Tester - Quizlet

Many may think of Quizlet as just flashcards but this easy-to-use app is perfect for self-paced learning, no matter what the subject. Teachers can benefit from the app's interactivity to help students memorize and better understand key teaching points.

We love the interactive element as well as the downloadable study sets, so teachers can find inspiration from other users. Memorizing information is still an important part of many subjects and Quizlet provides a fun way of testing students to help hammer home those vital facts and figures. 

2. The Math Magician - Photomath

One for all the math teachers out there, Photomath is probably best utilized outside of the classroom when kids may be given homework or extra assignments. Parents often struggle to assist their kids during these times and Photomath can help minimize student frustrations while working in their own time. The app has been proven to be effective at solving a multitude of different problems from algebra to trigonometry, and can even help with handwritten notes! 

Photomath will really come into its own in the world of hybrid learning. Having an additional tool to help students walk through solutions should free up time for teachers to ensure everyone in the class is on the same page and no one is getting left behind. 

3. The Organizer - Evernote

Gone are the days of writing assignments on the black or whiteboard. Teachers can nowadays upload and organize notes, assignments, instructions and reading materials online for their students in a matter of seconds . By centralizing all of this available information, students no longer have an excuse for forgetting what the homework was or where study material can be found. 

The Nerdy Teacher, who used Evernote exclusively for all his classroom notes and extra resources for his students, highlights just how useful and functional Evernote can be from a remote learning perspective. Recording his lessons and uploading them online was particularly interesting!  

4. The Electronic LMS - Additio

Ahhhh more organization… the ordered part of my brain really loves an app like this! From a grade book and calendar to attendance records and class planner, Additio is packed full of features. Like many other apps, centralizing all of these features means it's tougher for notes, observations and to-dos to go missing. 

Additio can be a great way to make sure no student, be they sitting at their desk or their kitchen table, is overlooked. Teachers can check the progress of each student, quickly communicate with parents on urgent matters, and even select random students for participation - so you don’t choose the same kids over and over. 

5. The Visual Lesson - Animoto

It doesn’t matter if it’s TikTok or YouTube, videos are how students young and old consume information. So it’s time to adapt to modern times and make use of video to keep students engaged and interested in what they are learning. 

Animoto lets teachers use their own videos as part of their lesson plan, or allows students to create some visually creative presentations. Video based lessons can be the perfect way to bring some life to the digital classroom and teach kids through the most popular medium available. 

  • Website 
  • Apple Store, Not available on the Google Play Store 
  • Price plans: Plus is $9.99 per month / Professional is $29 per month or $180 per year / Professional + is $79 per month or $468 per year. Classroom accounts are free.

6. The Collaborative Tool - Explain Everything 

We here at Mentimeter love some good collaboration and Explain Everything is a tool that really brings classroom teamwork to a new level. No need to ask students to come up to the whiteboard anymore, this app lets everyone contribute. Explain Everything is a great way of including both remote and in-class learners thanks to its real time facility. 

Of course, permissions for editing can be granted so no need to worry about students adding things when they shouldn’t. In addition, like many of the other apps listed here, lessons can be recorded so students can go back and review important lessons in preparation for exams or future classes. 

  • Website 
  • Apple Store, Google Play Store 
  • Price plans: Plus is $9.99 per month / Professional is $29 per month or $180 per year / Professional + is $79 per month or $468 per year.

7. The Interactive Choice - Mentimeter

I mean perhaps we’re a little bit biased but teachers and educators have been using Mentimeter for years! And don’t forget that many features have been designed with them in mind. With the aim of making classroom activities more engaging and interactive, Mentimeter works well in both in-person and distance teaching. 

Our series of Education Templates can help teachers get started and show what is possible with Mentimeter. What is more, each and every one of our interactive Quiz Questions, Word Clouds and more, are completely anonymous. Students can, therefore, submit answers and thoughts without fear of judgement. 

An ever-growing list 

Now of course this is not a complete list! There are more apps for teachers than we can count - perhaps we need something like Photomath to help us calculate exactly how many. But all of the apps listed will be invaluable going forward in hybrid teaching scenarios. 

Going forward teachers will look to utilize apps and other edtech tools to help make hybrid learning as fluid a system as can be. The future of education, just like work, will be a fascinating topic of conversation and Mentimeter wants to improve the experience. 

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