5 Ultra-Cool Apps for Running a Paperless Classroom
Many teachers and schools are seeing the cost benefits of paperless classrooms. However, there can be even bigger benefits than just the cost savings. Many of the technologies available today not only help you save money, but can improve your classroom overall.
Apps are quickly becoming the backbone of what technology can do in the classroom. Without apps, our tablets and smartphones aren’t so smart. If you plan to implement some form of mobile or just online-accessible device, these are a great place to get started. They will form the foundation for how you use this technology in your classroom, and can help engage your students when used correctly.
Google Drive is a great tool for organization and collaboration. At iCEV, we use Google Drive to collaborate on documents, as well as organize, backup and share files. Many teachers use it to do the same within their classrooms, allowing themselves and their students to work on files from school or home, without having to keep up with thumb drives or worry about forgetting materials. Drive’s flexibility allows you to keep videos, photos, and documents all in one place.Download Here: Apple / Android
Since students can work on documents simultaneously, Google Drive is great for many of the iCEV group activities that students can work on from home or in class.
If you want a more efficient way to keep contact with parents and send reminders to students, Remind is a great way to do that. You can use Remind to let parents know that you are using iCEV this year, and remind them to get registered. It’s also a great way to remind about homework assignments and projects throughout the year. It’s definitely a great addition to a digital classroom.Download Here: Apple / Android
Remind students of upcoming assignments and online assessments within iCEV by using the Remind app.
Evernote is another universal app we use at iCEV. It’s great for organizing information, keeping track of ideas, and just note taking in general. This makes it a natural fit for the classroom. The collaboration and sharing features like public and shared notebooks just add more to love. Students can use it as a digital journal or multimedia notebook for class. With a shared class notebook, the whole class can collaborate on projects and shared notebooks make turning in assignments a breeze.
Make use of Evernote Premium’s 75% school discount so students can pull iCEV PDFs into a notebook and annotate it directly in Evernote, making iCEV 100% paperless!
Edmodo is a great tool for taking your entire class online. Through Edmodo, you can create assignments and quizzes, and even poll your students. Parents will love that they can sign up for a parent account and see their child’s assignments and grades. You can even create small groups within Edmodo for group projects and discussions.Download Here: Apple / Android
You can assign iCEV interactive assignments by copying the assignment link on the lesson page and pasting it into an Edmodo assignment. Students will need to use their student account to access and complete the assignment.
Many iCEV videos have questions built into them. After showing the videos, use Socrative to collect the answers from students.