Apps can be a valuable resource when students have access to mobile devices and can, with a teacher’s guidance, engage with digital resources.
Sure, apps are fun, but teachers are often short on time and can’t always search through piles of apps or their reviews to ensure the apps are appropriate for students. But this means everyone misses out on what could be a memorable learning activity.
The editors of Common Sense Education review and rate apps for students of all ages. Common Sense Education helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly.
Check out this list of apps, ranging from kindergarten through high school and touching on topics such as online videos, citation resources, and coding tools.
1. ZoteroBib: Fewer clicks and less clutter equal a new go-to site for citing sources
Add ZoteroBib to your class website or to your students’ list of references for research papers or projects, and your students will thank you. Students can easily type in a title or paste in a URL, select the citation style, and export one or more quickly-generated citations. Students will still need a primer ahead of time, as well as some trusty references like Purdue’s OWL, to check and tweak whatever citations they generate. While ZoteroBib is a handy resource, it makes mistakes, so make sure students know to double-check and modify.