There are certain apps that every student should download on their phone. There are thousands of apps accessible and thousands created every single day. It may be hard to find ones that benefit students, but no worries! We’re here to help! Here are 5 top apps we recommend all students should download right now!
1. Explain Everything
Explain Everything is an online whiteboard platform that allows students and teachers to share ideas while making them visual and clear! Explain Everything is unique because it is a mixed media playground with an infinite canvas that allows for real-time and asynchronous collaboration. You can record videos and voice, animate, edit, and publish all from the app. Projects can be shared as images, PDFs, videos, or editable projects. It can be a great tool to let students follow along with visualized elements, from drawings and handwriting to annotating diagrams. With the shift to online classrooms, Explain Everything lets teachers lecture online with live broadcasting to Zoom and other video conference solutions. Students can use Explain Everything to draw, sketch, record, and share their understanding of a subject from short assignments to long presentations. In turn, teachers can see a student’s thought process as they work through a problem and offer feedback directly onto any document, media, or presentation with this amazing recordable whiteboard. “Explain Everything empowers students to work creatively and independently, whilst enabling teachers to assess each student as an individual.”
Remaining on task has never been harder in this digital world with devices and screens everywhere we look. With TVs, cell phones, tablets, your attention is constantly being diverted. In the Forest app, plant a tree when you need to remain on track. If you finish your task without getting distracted, your tree will grow. If you decide to go off-topic and not resist temptation, your tree dies. The more you use the app, the more trees will get planted. Eventually, the goal is to have a whole forest inside the app showing your commitment to tasks. This can motivate students to stay on task and not get distracted while seeing their progression unfold in front of their eyes. This will not only show commitment to tasks but also get students in a good habit of not going on devices when they assign a time slot for working.
Quizlet is a study app that has various amount of study modes and games. They are very well known for their flashcards, where students can study any subject they need improvement in. They also have study modes such as write, speller, match, live, and gravity. The website itself claims that 90% of students who use Quizlet report having higher grades. Although there is no way to confirm this, there are many benefits to using apps such as these to better a student’s learning.
4. Google Drive
Google Drive is an extremely useful tool to use for learning on your own, or in group projects. Google Drive has applications such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. It is a direct competitor to Microsoft Office and a free version of it. Not only can you store your work on the cloud, but you can also share it with fellow classmates in group projects to work together simultaneously. On top of this, you can also download all documents as various different files such as PDF and docs to name a few. It is a great tool to get accustomed to for storing and completing work.
5. myHomework Student Planner
myHomework Student Planner is a student planner that organizes all things school work-related. Students can put their school schedule on the planner, put due dates for assignments and tests, and also get notifications on when due dates are coming up. This can be a digital alternative to an agenda if you find digital versions to be more convenient. The digital planner helps get students in the habit of organizing and planning study dates in advance for tests and assignments.
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