10 Free Tablet Apps Instructors Will Want to Use

There are so many educational apps available out there, but not that many quality apps that can be used by instructors to make their courses go more smoothly. Here are ten apps that strive to improve your productivity, organization, and effectiveness in the classroom. All of them are available for free.

1.) TeacherKit


This free iPad or iPhone app serves as a personal organizer for instructors, enabling them to organize classes and students, record class behavior, manage and record grades.


2.) Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

This free app is, in essence, a recordable whiteboard. Teachers can easily create video tutorials as simply as touching, tapping and talking. With voice recording, realistic digital ink, photos and text, and simple sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter, you can broadcast your ideas from anywhere.


3.) Teacher Aide Demo/Pro

This Android app allows instructors to take attendance and maintain a gradebook as well as bulk email or text students and/or parents. The Demo version allows keeping data on up to 5 students and is free to try out before purchasing the Pro version for $9.99.


4.) Edmodo

Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, this free app allows teachers and students to stay connected and share info. Instructors can send notes, submit assignments, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom as well as keep tabs on recent assignment submissions, and grade assignments. Students can view and turn in assignments and check their latest grades.


5.) Popplet Lite

Brainstorm your lessons and record your thoughts with Popplet’s mindmapping app. Share your popplets with your students or store them on your iPad for future use.


6.) iBooks Author

Create your own course textbooks with the iBooks Author iPad app! Customize pre-designed templates and page designs, add widgets for interactivity, create a photo gallery and much more.


7.) Skitch

Mark up photos, take screenshots from the Web and annotate them, use shapes to mark up maps and more. Show your students instead of telling them with this handy app! Skitch is part of the Evernote family of apps and is available for iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Windows and Macs.


8.) ClassDojo for Teachers

The ClassDojo app allows teachers to record and improve student behavior and give students realtime feedback while in class.


9.) GoClass

GoClass is a cloud based teaching and learning platform that allows instructors to use many of the GoClass services which are available for free at their main website. Instructors can organize images, documents, videos, URLs, teacher notes and assessments into a structured sequence of lesson plan elements. Teachers can even project lessons via classroom projector.


10.) Evernote

Instructors can capture all of their ideas, notes, and content for lessons in this ultra organizational app. Clip content from the Web and sync it with images from your computer or notes you’ve created within the app. Collect and organize all of your info and materials in one place with Evernote.