The best apps for teachers and educators

Nearly everyone uses technology of some form in our everyday lives. Apps, in particular, have a multitude of uses, with many great ones focusing on education. Educational apps allow students to have access to invaluable res and learning materials on laptops and mobile devices. One benefit of these types of apps is that they can keep students connected to the classroom even while they’re away from school.

From additional res to ways to assist in online learning, there’s no shortage of options. If you’re a teacher who wants to make use of these apps, check out our list of the best of the best.

Zoom

Zoom has undoubtedly become the darling app and communication center with so many more people currently working, studying, or simply hanging out at home.  It has been the silver lining connecting us to our parents, our friends, our family, and our students and teachers. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, consider doing so now.

Zoom is a powerful cloud video conferencing platform that allows you to host “meetings” with hundreds of participants. Using the Zoom app, educators can share lesson plans, give instruction, swap files with students, and communicate directly with the group or individuals via chat, all within the app. The free version of the app supports unlimited 1-to-1 meetings and a 40-minute time limit on group meetings. The base paid version, starting at just $15 a month, offers meetings with up to 100 participants running up to 30 hours long.

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Quizlet

Quizlet lets you create free flashcards to make learning more effective. The app is completely free to use and offers access to millions of study sets created by teachers and learners. You can also find solutions for various problems across 64 subjects, all written and verified by experts. The app also offers study modes and in-class games so teachers can keep the students engaged throughout the lecture.

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Kahoot!

Teachers love to turn a boring lesson into a game to motivate their students, but not everyone has the skills to make a game from scratch. Thankfully, the GetKahoot website makes it easy to turn your class into a gameshow. All you have to do is enter your prepared questions and answers into the site to create an instantly playable game. Your students can then download the Kahoot app to use as a buzzer to join in on the fun. Start with simple tasks on your home screen and view your key stats in your Profile area.

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Seesaw

Parents want to celebrate their children’s achievements every step of the way, so it’s important to keep them in the loop on their kids’ progress throughout the school year. With Seesaw, a student portfolio app, kids can store and post their best work to share with their parents. Teachers, on the other hand, can provide concrete examples of their students’ strengths and areas for improvement to their parents during teacher-parent meetings. Improvements to Activities make it a cinch to share activities with your classes, copy voice instructions, and find other teacher-contributed activities in the library.

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Google Classroom

If your school already uses the G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education), chances are you already know about Google Classroom. Not only can you distribute and grade assignments through the app, as well as organize all class materials on Google Drive, you can also reach your students more easily — either to make announcements or to engage them in discussions. Teachers can now boost engagement with the Student Selector, which randomly selects students from the roster, so you can motivate full classroom participation.

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Remind

Remind makes it easy for teachers to communicate with students and their parents in real-time outside of the classroom. You can make class announcements, initiate group chats, or contact people privately through the Remind app. Your messages, which can contain files, images, and links, can even be translated into more than 90 languages, making it possible to communicate with parents who are non-native English speakers.

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Classtree

Collecting those pesky parental consent forms from your students for field trips can be a nightmare, but Classtree makes the process painless and paperless. Unlike Remind, which simply notifies parents of the logistics of an upcoming field trip, Classtree actually lets you attach a consent form for parents to e-sign to go along with the announcement. The app lets you add optional questions, facilitates urgent queries, and manages comments from parents. The app even shows you exactly who has seen your note and who owes you a signed form.

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Slack

It’s not just businesses that rely on Slack to keep employees connected: Professors and college students are increasingly turning to the messaging tool to stay in touch beyond school hours. Not only are some instructors hosting text-based “office hours” on the platform, but they are also pushing important reminders through the app to their students, just in case. You can now use the set