Top 10 Mobile Apps for Education

It used to be that the best mobile tool that teachers had at their disposal was a notepad. If you wanted to teach on the go or have your lesson plan on you at all times, chances are you would carrying quite a heavy load.

Thankfully, educational technology has evolved to the point where teachers are no longer forced to tote around textbooks and whiteboards to go mobile. Even in the classroom, lesson plans and textbooks can be right at your fingertips. Devices such as Android tablets, iPads and smartphones of all types are almost ubiquitous, no longer reserved for Wall Street traders or Silicon Valley executives.

In fact, mobile devices are in many ways the perfect tools for teachers and the classroom. They are so helpful that all South Korean students will be equipped with tablet devices by 2015. Every teacher with access to a mobile device should be taking full advantage of the many uses such devices can serve in the classroom.

To get you started, here is our list of the top ten mobile apps for education:

1. Discovery Channel
The Discovery Channel is one of the most widely viewed educational and informative television channels out there. Between popular game shows and educational series such as Planet Earth and Life, the Discovery Channel has made learning about the world around us fun. The mobile app gives you access to a world of information, useful for most areas of teaching. Your students will love exploring it!

Available for Apple and Android.

2. Blackboard Mobile Learn
Blackboard has become a very popular online learning and assignment-sharing tool. Many universities and high schools alike are using Blackboard to help students and teachers stay connected, and on top of their assigned work when outside of the classroom. Having access to Blackboard’s Mobile Learning app will give you access to the service at all times, so that you are always in the know.

Available for Apple and Android.

3. World Atlas
World Atlas is, as you might expect, an app that serves as a mobile atlas for you and your students. The World Atlas app gives you a detailed, interactive map that will prove very handy to have in the classroom.

Available for Apple.

4. Cram
Cram is a great app for both teachers and students for making and sharing flashcards. Whether you are helping students create a study guide or creating practice tests, Cram is a wonderful mobile tool for simplifying the process.

Available for Apple.

5. iBooks
iBooks is a mobile bookstore for iOS (Apple) devices. For grades K-12, reading and literature is a cornerstone of any curriculum — but buying books and waiting for them to ship can be inconvenient and expensive. The iBooks store puts almost any book you can want right in your pocket and cuts out the hassle.

Available for Apple.

6. PI83 Graphing Calculator
Sure, a graphing calculator is already a fairly mobile piece equipment, but since you most likely have a smartphone or tablet device on you already, download this app so that you have all that mathematical functionality on you at all times. PI83 has over 100 functions, and can make graphs and matrices like any other graphing calculator.

Available for Apple.

7. CourseSmart
CourseSmart is a mobile textbook app that brings most every textbook out there instantly to your pocket. CourseSmart works with most major publishers to ensure that your textbook can follow you wherever you go, without all the nagging back pain that comes with the hardcover version.

Available for Apple and Android.

8. eClicker
eClicker is a wonderful app that allows your students to interact with your lessons as you go. Students will use their devices like they would a clicker so that they can answer multiple choice questions and respond to polls that you incorporate into your lesson. This adds a nice level of interactivity that will keep your students engaged and on their toes.

Available for Apple.

9. Essay Grader
Any teacher who has to grade papers in a short amount of time knows that having the more mundane portions of the process be automated can be a godsend. Essay Grader helps you out by automating responses that you would have to type out 100 times so that you can concentrate on the meat of the essay.

Available for Apple.

10. iElements
The Periodic Table is a staple of any science class from elementary school onward. iElements brings the periodic table, along with a wealth of other elemental facts and fun, to your mobile device. This will help you with periodic classroom presentations on the fly.

Available for Apple.

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