This application takes the genius and immediacy of texting and combines it with the power of social networking, allowing for instant out-of-classroom communication. Create a group for each class and you’ll be able to text everyone basic reminders, questions to ponder between lessons, and more. You can text via a Wi-Fi-connected device (cell phone, iPod touch, etc.), so students don’t have to pay for every text.
No more misplacing papers or presentations. Dropbox provides syncing and storage for users (up to 2 gigabytes worth is free, and it’s enough to store hundreds of written homework assignments and pictures). Files can be shared with a few clicks, making collaborating a breeze.
As far as Web and app resources go, this one could be considered an old-timer, having been around since 1999. The app lets kids watch an educational movie on various humanities and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects and then quizzes them to see how much they learned. BrainPOP Jr.
is specially configured for the younger grades; there’s also GameUp, a free portal for math, science, health, and social studies games.
An audience-response system app built on text messaging that lets you poll students (think formative assessment) and share their responses immediately. Students can respond via text from their cell, smartphone, or computer browser, or from Twitter.