5 best Android apps for the Classroom

Being a teacher is not an easy task. Especially when it gets to keeping students engaged and focused in the classroom.  Now that technology is becoming more and more present in the classroom the following Android apps for are perfect for the classroom and will surely equip teachers with a few tricks.

Remind: Safe Classroom Communication

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Remind: Free, Safe Messaging is starting to become a must in classrooms all over the world. Why? Because teachers are always looking for a secure way to quickly communicate with both students and parents and this app is the perfect messaging platform. Teachers can set up their classes and provide students and parents with simple codes to join in. What we like about it is that teachers cannot see the telephone numbers of the students and messages are sent with no open replies. So if you’re looking for an app that will allow you to keep students and parents informed outside the classroom do give it a go!

Handouts

( Android - Free )

Handouts - Are you teaching in a tablet-centred classroom? Then look no further. Handouts is a great looking app that allows you to create and distribute digital files to your students, to mark/give them feedback within the same app and to create portfolios with their work.  Go Paperless in the classroom and enjoy this simple handouts workflow solution.

Google Classroom

( Android - Free )

Google Classroom can be utilized by any eLearning professionals and online educators who have already created a Google Apps for Education account for free. In essence, Google Classroom is designed to give online facilitators, content creators and educators the ability to go paperless and centralize their eLearning materials in one cloud-based location.

Teacher Aide Pro 2

( iPad - £11.99 )

Teacher Aide Pro 2 allows teachers to easily record attendance and student information. There is even a gradebook feature for assigning different weights to your students’ work. For each student you can easily add contact information and that of their parents, with options to call or email them from the app. A demo version is available and highly recommended to try before you buy the application -  it will allow you to test the app on your device with a limited number of users.

ExitTicket

( Android - Free )

ExitTicket - Looking for real time assessment? ExitTicket is a student response system designed to accelerate student achievement. Even though the concept is similar to other clicker type applications, the app is distancing itself by tracking a student’s performance across all their lessons and over time. What we liked the most is that the teacher can see progression metrics and can intervene in real-time making it the perfect tool for differentiation and immediate feedback for every student.