Best Apps November 2015 


These apps, a combination of Leveraging Learning and participants’ suggestion from 11/4 VT Fest workshop, come highly recommended by teachers. Clicking on the app will take you to the iTunes Store on the web, and then you can click to open in iTunes.

Team Shake: Enter student names, choose number of teams, shake the iPad, and randomly selected team rosters appear.

Raz Kids not only lets the kids get help by having selected word(s) read aloud to them, the biggest plus of this program is the data that interaction creates. The teacher selects the books, adds students to her “class.” Students log in by selecting their name and their symbol password. Very cool program.

Explain Everything is a screen casting app that makes it easy for students to show what they know and to pose the question”a nd what I want to know about……….” This is just one example. There are tons more. Not a whiteboard app, but a screencast app and that’s a huge difference. $4.99 (?)

This free book is written by the co-developer of the app, Explain Everything. Dr. Richards outlines uses and focuses on formative assessment. The book will download to the iPad and will open in iBooks.

Stop Motion is the simplest step animation app out there. The photos are stored within the app, not the photo app.  There’s an onion skin feature to make the steps align better. The output can go to the iPad’s camera roll, then to iMovie, or used in any app with that access. Free!

.  © Brad Edwards 2016