10 Must-Have Productivity Apps for Back to School
In today’s classrooms, teachers are asked to do more in their day-to-day routines. More paperwork, more assessments, more students…the list goes on and on. It should come as no surprise that teachers are continually looking for more ways to increase productivity to maximize their time in the classroom. Check out the following apps that will help teachers use classroom time more effectively and kickoff back to school.
Squid is a go-to app for taking notes that offers multiple backgrounds, including grid or lined paper. You can start writing in the color of your choice, and you have a variety of editing tools to make corrections along the way. Easily autosave your notes and export work as a PDF or JPEG—perfect for sending to a student that missed a lesson.
Wabbitemu turns your Promethean ActivPanel into a graphing calculator. Wabbitemu is great for whole-group or small-group modeling or for student use during work time.
Does having a jar full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them sound familiar? Using the Random Picker app is a great way to simplify that process. You can customize a spinner to include all of your students’ names. Plus, you can make multiple spinners—great for any teacher that has multiple classes in one day.
Note: If you have the latest ActivPanel Element Series, it includes the Promethean Spinner App for free.
Are you looking for a way to annotate on top of PDFs, save those annotations, and have the annotations stay with the text on the PDF? Then let me introduce Xodo, a PDF editor that is perfect for the classroom. Connect Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox and access PDFs from the cloud, and then view, annotate and save your PDF from your ActivPanel.
Gone are the days of having to look up a word in an actual dictionary manually. Download the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app and have both a dictionary and thesaurus just a click away on your Promethean ActivPanel.
Google Earth is a favorite among teachers. Want to show your students Paris or take a tour of the White House? Open Google Earth and virtually take your students there. You can search for a location, view the map in 3D, and see the location in street view. Easily use Google Earth on the ActivPanel to pinch, zoom and move around intuitively.
Desmos is an app for graphing, plotting tables of data, statistics, and more. Another excellent option for math teachers!
Lensoo Create is an excellent app for any classroom. Lensoo is a whiteboard with voice and video recording options. You can add shapes, text boxes, PDFs, pen or highlighter, and images to your whiteboard. Teachers can record their lesson and upload it to share with students. This is an excellent option for flipped classrooms!
The Promethean ActivPanel gives you one-click access to all of your resources on Google Drive. You can also add the Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Sheets to allow quick access to your Google slides, docs, and sheets.
The Microsoft OneDrive is another excellent cloud option to access all of your resources from the Microsoft OneDrive. You can also download Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint to be able to edit your documents on your ActivPanel.