Top Five Apps for School

Burlington High School principal Patrick Larkin believed so strongly in the learning power of the iPad that a year ago he gave one to each of his 1,200 students. Here are a few of his favorite educational apps.

Dragon Dictation by Nuance Communications
Function: Voice-recognition tool.
Larkin: “Hugely popular in our foreign-language classes…. Some students utilize it for essays—they no longer type.”

Blogger by Google
Function: Publishes classroom notes to the Web.
Larkin: “There’s never a question of ‘Where’s the homework?’…because the kids and parents can access that stuff online.”

Evernote by Evernote
Function: An interactive cloud-based “notebook.”
Larkin: “If a student’s iPad gets cracked or damaged, or they drop it in water, they can go on any device and all of their stuff is still there.”

Quizard Lite by GabySoft
Function: Creates flash cards and tracks learning progress.
Larkin: “A great tool to prepare for upcoming assessments.”

Educreations by Educreations
Function: Turns boring presentations into multimedia extravaganzas.
Larkin: “Students are actually doing a lot more presentations. Even if it’s not live in front of the class, they’re still putting them together.”

—Zak Jason

  • John

    I like the list but I think we should add more educational apps for all of college students like us. From my experience, I see studying with flashcard is useful. I’m lucky to find out Superflashcard, suitable app for me. It provides simple and systematic approach to create, study and review my lesson with my owned flashcard and available flashcards on the app as well. You could visit the site here http://www.superflashcard.com

  • Alain

    Nearpod is an awesome tool, too :) I’ve been hearing so many things that I finally downloaded it and it is certainly worth the try!