I think you would have a difficult time finding somebody that doesn’t appreciate all of the work that teachers do for our children, especially when you consider the long hours and generally less than fantastic salaries.
During the school year, teachers spend more waking hours with our children than we do –so it only makes sense that there are a few iPad apps that can serve to empower them a little bit and hopefully save a little time and make the task of educating the next generation a little easier.
If you happen to know that your favorite teacher has an iPad, consider gifting them one of these great apps.
1. Teacher’s Assistant Pro: Track Student Behavior ($7.99) – For any teacher with a classroom full of children, it can be a very challenging task to keep a handle on particular student actions, behaviors, and achievements. Using Teacher’s Assistant Pro it becomes very easy to accurately recall even the slightest details for each student for parents and administration and create more meaningful plans to correct problems before they get out of control. Add photos to aid recall, create contact lists for email and text alerts with all information secured beneath a customized PIN to keep information secure.
2. gFlashPro – Flashcards & Tests ($3.99) – Flashcards and quizzes can be an incredibly effective teaching tool and with gFlashPro it is easy to create customized card sets from any curriculum (or purchase content directly from publishers like McGraw-Hill, Kaplan, Wiley Publishing, and Barron’s). Enjoy an unlimited number of potential cards and card sets with a number of controls for the way they are displayed (along with auto-shuffling and on-the-fly deleting). In-app scoring helps to track performance and progress.
3. TED (Free) – The app from the now-legendary TED Conferences brings you “some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends.” Whether teachers use this app as inspiration, research or as a method of sparking conversation in their classrooms, some of the best speakers are featured within and accessible for play-back in both high and low resolution formats (even saving particular videos for viewing offline when an Internet connection isn’t readily available).
4. MathBoard ($4.99) – The app described as the most effective tool for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems is worth grabbing for any teacher helping elementary school children learn mathematics fundamentals. By controlling the range of numbers used and a variety of configurable quizzing options, MathBoard will prove to be a valuable tool. A built in quick reference as well as problem solver mode makes it easy to reinforce skill-sets and explain the steps required to get from the question to the correct answer.
5. Edmodo (Free) – Whether you want to keep in touch with your students when they are away from the classroom, or you are teaching an online course and have little to no face-time with everybody, Edmodo lets you send notes, submit assignments, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events. Consider this a social networking app to support a new method of learning. Teachers will enjoy being able to post last-minute alerts to their students, keep tabs on recent assignment submissions, and grading assignments.