@innovativeteach is my twitter alter ego, But, more recently in the Microsoft in Education world I have been know as the App Man. Some even think I should have a costume!
I often get asked what are my top ten for education. ‘Well how long is a piece of string?’ there are so many great apps now in the Windows Store it is difficult to choose.
So here are my current ten favourite apps. (there are eleven, but I couldn’t decide)
QR code design made easy! "QR Code Designer" The only application generating custom-designed QR codes.
Nearpod is a synchronous solution for the use of mobile devices in the classroom. Create multimedia presentations with interactive features such as quizzes, videos, polls, drawing tools, and more
Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Windows app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide graphs of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction. Save time and visualize student understanding when it matters, now!
and currently best app I would pay for…. (and have done so!)
Why just read ebooks? When you can create your own! CreateBook is an easy to use App allowing users of all ages to create stunning eBooks which include text, video and a range of other media.
and don’t forget they are Apps for Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard, Khan Academy and LinkedIn. As well apps like these for teaching and practicing maths or spellings
'Bee' the bee! Fly between beautiful locations unscrambling words! As you figure out words you get points that will unlock rewards! Each level has a random theme that will help you figure out the mixed up word. If you can't guess the word, you can spell any shorter word and still get points!
The Windows Store is rich in resources for Education, you just have to find them, but don’t just look under the education category, I always use the search function. I may type a word like ‘Science’, find an app that looks interesting, but I have found most of the real gems, such as Wordbrush, from the ‘related apps’ list that the store suggests from a search.
……. and if you can’t find the App you need, then may be your students can build one, like these. You can use our free tools at www.dreamspark.com to do this.
So that’s my top ‘just a little more than ten’ of great education apps, I am certain it will change as the Window Store grows and I will add to my ever growing list which can be found here - Windows 8 Appedagogy– the best list of Apps for your classroom anywhere
If you have any great Win 8.1 apps that you are using please share them, either leave a comment on this blog or let @innovativeteach know on Twitter.