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The Best Mobile Apps For The Classroom: An Open-Ended Crowdsourced List

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I was asked to write a short article listing the ten “best” mobile apps for the classroom and invited readers to contribute their own (see What Are Your Top One-To-Three Mobile Apps For The Classroom – & Why?).

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Here’s what people have contributed so far, and I plan on continuing to add to the list — please add more in the comments section:

Dion Norman:

Top apps for us:

1. Explain Everything – used for screencasting across all subject areas to connect with Visible Thinking. Students save to Drive and share to their blogs.

2. Book Creator – a great app to bring in content from many other apps (Tellagami, Pic Collage, iMovie, Explain Everything, Popplet, Keynote, etc). Students can share final books to a shared Google Folder and they can then download each other’s books in iBooks.

3. Drive – We are a Google Apps school and Drive is an essential app for students to use to share and organize their work. We also use Hapara Teacher Dashboard as a tool for teachers to see student content in Drive and Blogger.
The struggle, is the lack of full features in Drive and other Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides) on the iPad.

Laura B Fogle:

Remind – As a parent and a student I love the flexibility to receive messages via email or text. As a teacher i appreciate managing the contacts through Remind.

iMovie – I love skipping the step of downloading video and being able to edit on the capture device. This is the only app I have been willing to pay for on my iPad cart because of the creativity it unlocks.

Skyview – seeing constellations, satellites and planets superimposed on the night sky is mind blowing and makes astronomy come alive!

Mary Lee Newman:

1. Explain Everything – If I could only have one app, this one would be it! I use it in every subject area, mostly for students to screencast their thinking process.

2. Virtual Manipulatives – I love this one for teaching fractions. Think of all the fraction pieces without the mess, plus there are conversions to percentages and decimals.

3. Google Earth – you can go anywhere in the world from your classroom: check out a book setting, travel for Social Studies.

4. iPad video camera – Not really an app, but it shouldn’t be forgotten. It’s simple, it’s there, and we use it often so students can see themselves in action.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. 1. ‘Quizlet’ – to accompany the flashcard website on which you make and assign your flashcard sets.
    More info at

    2. ‘Phrase Maze for Quizlet’ – offers different games, modes and functions which complement those on Quizlet, easily import your sets.
    Try online at

    3. – for looking up and saving vocab from web articles
    Online at

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