Ryan Thomas

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10 of the Best Apps for Educators

Whether you're an educational technology wonder, or a little slower on the draw, apps for your iPhone and/or iPad can make your job a lot easier. We’d like to share what we think are 10 of the best apps for educators. These will not only keep you organized, but place helpful resources at your fingertips.

Keeping You Organized

DropBox - A FREE resource for keeping your computer files organized and protected from lost flash drives and/or computer crashes. DropBox ensures your data is available from any computer with Internet access. 

Harvest - Time/Expense Tracking - Hooray! Education expenses are tax-deductible. When tax time rolls around this app provides easy expenses totaling for your tax accountant or TurboTax.

QuickVoice Recorder -  The late comedian Mitch Hedberg used to say, “I sit at my hotel at night; I think of something that's funny; then I go get a pen and I write it down. Or if the pen's too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of ain't funny.” Agreed. The best ideas always seem to come when there isn’t a pen within arm’s reach. Knowing this, QuickVoice allows you to record messages to yourself. Play them back later for transcription or to take action. 

Docs Anywhere Anywhere. Exactly! DocsAnywhere allows you to copy your documents to your “i-device” and take them wherever you go. Since documents are transferred through USB, you’re never a hostage to a vindictive wireless network.

Pages - Not a graphic designer? No problem. Pages lets you use graphs, pictures, artsy fonts and designs to make classroom handouts that are much more engaging.

LanSchool Teacher's Assistant - This app helps you monitor/censor student activity on classroom computers.  Finally - you don't have to be at every computer all the time.

Great Resources

Freebooks - This app allows you access to 23,469 free books. Use an e-Reader and your classroom is connected to some of the best literature the world has to offer.

Today in History - Though it's the most helpful for history teachers, this app is organized by year so any teacher can browse and find cross-curricula factoids to help students connect the dots.

Molecules - Science students get 3-D images of the molecules they're studying with this engaging and interactive app. Even the non-science enthusiasts will be interested.

Mathematical Formulas
- Sometimes our students can throw us for a loop. This app provides access to formulas from various disciplines to keep lectures moving forward.

Taking advantage of these apps can help you streamline your performance both inside and outside your classroom.

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Richard_Lange

21 Aug 2012, 12:28 PM

Hey Ryan - Congrats on hitting 7000+ views on your blog.  I have shared it with lots of friends.  You're (almost) in the top ten of all ASCD EDge blogs in less that one month.  Keep up the good work.  All your blogs are terrific.

Richard

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Ryan_Thomas1

21 Aug 2012, 01:21 PM

Thank you very much for sharing it. I just put together a downloadable resource my favorite 50 apps. I'll let you know when it has been formatted. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

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Ryan_Thomas1

21 Aug 2012, 01:22 PM

...downloadable resource *on my....

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Richard_Lange

21 Aug 2012, 04:57 PM

Looking forward to seeing your 50 favorite apps.

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Antwan_Babakhani

29 Jul 2012, 08:18 PM

Ryan - A terrific resource list. Thanks for taking the time to put this list with links together. I'm going to start using Docs Anywhere and see how that works. Looks like you're getting a 1000 views each day. Very nice work.

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Ryan_Thomas1

30 Jul 2012, 09:18 AM

Thanks for reading, Antwan.

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Mark_Barnes

27 Jul 2012, 04:49 PM

Love this, Ryan. I, too, am fond of Dropbox. Also the Freebooks app is neat. My kids love eReading. Thanks for all of these amazing resources.

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Ryan_Thomas1

28 Jul 2012, 11:33 AM

Thank you for reading, Mark. Have a nice weekend.

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Michael_Marzano

27 Jul 2012, 09:22 AM

Thanks for the tips, Ryan.  Our department has been using dropbox to share documents, organizers, rubrics, and exams now for a year and it's extremely helpful.  Want everyone to read an article before the next meeting?  It'll be in dropbox.  Want everyone to review the latest interim test scores?  Dropbox.  Now if only we could get the whole staff to buy into it (at no cost, because it's free!).

I'll have to give some of the others a go.  Thanks for posting!

P.S. Mitch is a riot.  "If my shirt says it's dry clean only, that means it's dirty."

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Ryan_Thomas1

27 Jul 2012, 09:50 AM

Hi, Michael. Thanks for reading. Dropbox is amazing. I'm always singing its praises. A good Hedberg quote, sir. Here's another of my favorites: "I don't have a girlfriend. But I do know a woman who'd be mad at me for saying that."

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Richard_Lange

25 Jul 2012, 10:27 PM

Ryan - A great summary of apps for educators.  Thanks for putting this comprehensive list together.  I'm going to share this with others.  Richard

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Purificacion_Singueo

26 Jul 2012, 09:31 AM

Yes, this is great! I am using the Dropbox which was shared to me by my daughter. i will try the other applications. i will inform my teachers about this so that they will know which will help them most. Thanks again!

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Ryan_Thomas1

26 Jul 2012, 02:42 PM

Thanks, Richard and Purificacion, for reading and for your kind words. I'm glad you found this to be helpful. Ryan

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