Monday, January 14, 2013

Top 10 Apps You Should Know About in 2013

Mobile Learning. Tablets in Education. Project-based Learning. The trend for mobile technology in 2012 started a movement for 2013. Below is a list of ten apps educators, teachers, administrators should consider trying in the year 2013. Each app is labeled with the platform, audience, cost, along with a brief description. Be sure to click on the app icon for more information.

Platform: iOS (requires iOS 5.0 or later)
Audience: Anyone who wants to learn collaboratively
Price: FREE
Together Learn app allows online learners to create an online class, pause or fast-forward lectures, skip to another video, write on a digital chalkboard and debate with other users.

Socrative Student Clicker
Platform: Android (requires 2.1 or later); iOS (requires iOS 4.3 or later)
Audience: Students, faculty (6-12; Higher Ed)
Price: FREE
Socrative is a response system that allows teachers to gather student feedback with activities, short answer and mulitple choice quizzes and games.

Platform: iOS (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad – requires iOS 4.3 or later)
Audience: Teachers and Students
Price: FREE
With Nearpod, teachers can bring the classroom to life with interactive mobile presentations that they create and customize themselves.

Platform: iOS (iPad – requires iOS 4.3 or later)
Audience: Teachers and Students
Price: FREE
Educreations enables users to create presentations with interactive text, diagrams, audio and video on the iPad or web.

Explain Everything
Platform: iOS (iPad - requires iOS 4.3 or later) 
Audience: Teachers/Students/Administrators
Price: FREE
Explain Everything is a design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. Click here for quick overview guide.

ezPDF Reader
Platform: Android (requires 2.1 or later); iOS (requires iOS 4.3 or later)
Audience: Anyone who needs an interactive PDF player
Price: Android ($3.99); Apple  ($1.99-on sale at this time)
ezPDF Reader is the only PDF viewer with the embedded multimedia file playing capability feature. It also supports annotations and PDF form filling.

Remind 101
Platform: Android (requires 2.2 or later); iOS (requires iOS 4.3 or later)
Audience: Teachers/Administrators
Price: FREE
Remind101 is a safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents and for administrators to send bulletins to staff. Remind 101 HelpDesk - click here.

Platform: iOS (requires iOS 4.2 or later)
Audience: Students/Teachers/Administrators
Price: FREE
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice, text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).

Platform: iOS (requires iOS 5.1 or later)
Audience: Teachers and Students
Price: FREE
By recording your voice, drawings, and images, Ask3 helps you create videos that can be shared directly to your class. Students can watch the videos you create using Ask3 and can quickly ask and answer each other's questions.

Genius Scan
Platform: Android (requires 2.3 or later); iOS (requires iOS 5.1 or later)
Audience: Anyone
Price: Android ($1.09) Apple (free)
Genius Scan turns your mobile device into a pocket scanner and then share that document as a PDF or JPEG via email. Documents can also be exported to Box, Google Docs, Evernote, or Dropbox.

Credits:  Some information for this post came from an article featured on Edudemic: 20 Apps to Know about in 2013. Click here to read that article.

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