Last week I wrote about Lucas Moffitt, an Australian developer of Windows 8 education apps. Well, his latest two apps have been released into the Windows Store 'Education' category, and they are both apps for teachers to use. They are designed around the idea of creating very simple apps that help teachers do an administration task that can be quicker and easier on a screen than on countless bits of paper – and all of them are currently free:
Link This application allows you to record feedback for a colleague or teaching student about their teaching practices based upon the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:
You can pin evaluations to the dashboard, and export evaluations to Excel documents – which means that evaluators can dump all of those big binders of dead trees, and make their data more immediate and shareable (the current 'binder full of paper' method just leads to even more paper use as it's copied)
Link Class Seater allows you to create simple, detailed seating plans for your class or tutorial, and if needed export a Class List to Excel.
I love the fact that once you've created your class seating diagram, you can then pin that class to your start screen, so that you can quickly jump straight into the diagram from your Start screen.
I know that Lucas is looking for feedback from teachers on his apps, so once you've had a chance to download either of these and use them, drop Lucas a line and let him know what else you'd like to see (you can get his contact details from www.lucasmoffitt.com or from the Settings>Privacy page in any of his apps)
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