Ever since the advent of the computers, technology has been playing a key role in the education sector in enabling learning.
In addition to accelerating learning, technology has brought about innovative methods of retaining information. In fact, it has replaced the simple scribbling pad and cue cards because the smart devices have the capability to do much more than the conventional tools.
In this post, we will be discussing a few of the best productivity software for teachers that could help them effectively organise students’ attendance, prepare lectures, and communicate with students.
1. Notability (for iPad, iPhone, and Mac)
One of the highly versatile software available for taking notes is the Notability app. Notability app has the potential to enrich the lives of teachers, students, and business professionals alike as it is designed to provide the unique note-taking experience.
This enables you to set up a reading conference with students and test their fluency in reading.
Streamlines workflow – Write, sign, and share notes; Drag and Drop files, text, GIFs, web pages, and photos, from other apps
Handwrite and sketch/draw lines using colourful ink; for detailed work use zoom-writing feature
Search for words in handwritten notes (14 languages supported); convert handwritten notes to text
The multi-note feature allows you to work on two notes simultaneously
Note Navigator feature helps to quickly switch from one note to another
Drag and drop handwritten and typed text, and images on to notes
A wide range of font, size, and colour options
Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes.
Import and share PDFs, PPTs, images, DOCs, and GIFs
Annotate imported pictures, complete class assignments, lecture slides
Share notes through email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and Google Drive
Auto backup on iCloud
2. Explain Everything – (for Apple and Android devices)
“Explain everything” is an easy-to-use screen-casting and interactive whiteboard app which can be used for presenting information to students that are visually very engaging. It is also helpful in getting your students to create and make presentations either individually or in groups. This is a highly flexible app and it allows you to create dynamic interactive lessons, presentations, tutorials, and activities. Further, you can insert various multimedia documents like powerpoints, pdf, audio, video, and pictures files into projects..
Communicate visually using a laser pointer, draw using any colour, and add shapes, clipart, text, and web browsers
Import documents and multimedia including PDF, DOC, XLS, RTF, TXT, PPT, JPG, BMP, PNG, MOV, MP3, MP4, WAV, AAC, and M4A
Create tutorials, guides, and explanations
Share content through multimedia formats such as MP4, MOV, PDF, EXPLAIN, and PNG, or as a Web Video Link
Store and share through Explain Drive
Seamlessly connect and integrate with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box
3. Evernote (for Apple and Android Devices)
Evernote is a great organisational app for teachers as it offers limitless options ranging from course planning to conveying a lesson plan and capturing the feedback after a class. In addition to allowing you to take notes, the app helps you to capture photos, record voice reminders, create to-do lists, and makes your notes completely search friendly irrespective of where you are, at home, school or on-the-go.
Create notes simply with voice commands
View notes on phone and lock the screen to make them appear on your watch
To check off to-dos, just tap your watch
Speak the text that you want to search and find
Find the created notes and recently opened notes nearby
Relevant notes/content pop up on your watch when there is a calendar event
4. Teacher Kit (for Apple and Android devices)
The Teacher Kit app can be considered as teachers’ personal organiser. It enables them to organise classes and students. The app’s intuitive and user-friendly interface helps teachers track student attendance and behaviour, and grades. Teachers can access attendance summaries, customise student grade reports, parent information, and save behavioural records. One of the best features of this app is its ability to separately maintain all information for different classes. Moreover, you have the flexibility to create as many classes as needed.
Organize your classes and students
Quickly distinguish your classes through photos
Just tap to quickly record attendance
Add/remove attendance statuses as you want (set different codes for each status)
Add students’ behaviour notes, record both positive and negative behaviour
Import data from memory or Dropbox
Browse the file to automatically create classes and add students’ list
Add student photos
Supports the Arabic Language
5. Edmodo (for Apple and Android devices)
Edmodo, a feature-rich social learning platform, is designed to connect/collaborate in an educational setting. It is perfect for sharing information between teachers, students, and parents/guardians as it collaborates and connects and provides access to homework, school grades, and notices. You can use Edmodo as an inbox and online blackboard for posting quizzes, polls, assignment guidelines, and request for submission of finished assignments. The key benefit offered by the app is that it allows students to ask questions and collaborate on projects.
Organise all your classes in one space
Real-time Direct Messaging feature for teachers and students
Assignment Centre shows up all assignments and quizzes.
Engage students in your classes
Students can access and participate from computer, phone, or tablet
Students can view assignments within the app
The app facilitates discussion with a group within class and browsing for subject related resources
Check and share resources and new lessons across your school and those in the district or any teacher connections that you may have
Home stream enables you to find any number of educational resources
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