Top 100 Apps of the Year

1/6/2014 5:00:00 PM

 The app explosion continued through 2013, with digital storytelling and math being some of the most popular topics covered. Go to techlearning.com/jan14 to click through and learn more about each product.

Buncee: Use this tool to create presentations or digital stories.
Geddit: This app is used to assess student learning on any mobile device.
EDpuzzle: Educators use this app to edit and crop a video and then add questions.
Educators App: This app turns teachers’ Web pages into mobile apps for iOS or Android.
eduClipper: This site creates a digital pin-board for curating and sharing educational content.
Book Writer: This digital storytelling app allows students to add text, images, video, and even record their own audio.
AR Flashcards: One of the most popular sites for Augmented Reality that allows educators to print out flashcards on a wide variety of subjects.
Mystery Math Museum: Ideal for game-based learning, this app for students aged 6-12 teaches basic math while they rescue dragonflies.
Level It Books: This app lets users scan a book and get a reading/Lexile level.
Quadblogging: This blogging tool lets four schools signup and blog in a “quad.”
UtellStory: This digital storytelling site allows users to upload audio, video, and photos.
Quandary: This game focuses on students’ ethical and critical thinking skills while engaging them in a sci-fi/fantasy-themed setting.
30hands: This simple digital storytelling app allows students to add a picture and then record an audio narration to tell a story.
Blendspace: This site lets teachers collect digital resources and share them with students.
StoryLines for Schools:
This iOS app helps students with sentence-building skills.
iPracticeMath: This site inclues online activities in a wide range of math topics.
SlideIdea: This iPad app lets users create engaging presentations and slideshows.
Brainstormer: Teachers generate writing prompts in three different categories: theme, setting, and location.
eduCanon: This site allows educators to edit a video and add quizzes.
Alchemy SmartBinder: Use this site to create digital lessons. Super Teacher Worksheets: A fantastic resource for educators looking to create worksheets, printables, puzzles, and more.
Animoby: This app turns an iPad into an interactive whiteboard.
Wikispaces Classroom: This site offers a place where students can create digital content in a safe, controlled space.
Story Creator: This digital storytelling app allows students to add audio narration to a story.
Jack and the Beanstalk, a Mathematical Adventure: This game app teaches math with a unique take on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale.
RoomRecess: One of my favorite new sites for educational online games.
LaunchpadEDU: An excellent portal to support the use of Launchpad iOS app.
Daisy the Dinosaur: A wonderful iPad app that teaches kids the basics of programming.
Science Heroes 1: This game focuses on all five phases of digestion through 15 levels of play.
Toonia Storymaker: This iPad app lets students create stories with 20 characters and 7 themes.
Hopscotch: This iPad app lets students assemble code and then watch as characters perform their moves.
Story Wheel: Another digital storytelling app that lets students spin a wheel and then record a story.
Write About This: This digital storytelling iPad app provides writing prompts aligned to Common Core standards.
Google Connected Classroom: This site from Google offers virtual field trips.
Math Heroes 1: Basic Operations: Students travel through over 100 math levels while practicing.
Google Play for Education: This new online site for education lets users download educational Android apps onto Google devices.
Rewordify: This site allows students to enter text and then “rewordify” their sentences.
eLearning Infographics: This is probably the best site around for finding educational infographics on any number of subjects.
Brickflow: A site for creating presentations by turning hashtags into digital stories.
Tabtor: Students watch video tutorials on a given subject and then write their answers on an iPad.
SchoolsWorld: One of my favorite new sites for finding safe educational videos.
Tangram Chess: This app allows students to recreate shapes by rotating them to the other side of the chess board.
ClassXP: A new site that uses game-based learning to help motivate students.
Easy Studio: This iPad app lets users create custom animations.
The Time Tribe: Students are immersed in adventures that explore different cultures.
StoryToolz: A wonderful site for finding and generating word prompts and other writing tools.
Free Tiiu Pix: A great place for finding safe educational videos and slideshows.
ChemDraw: A nice iPad app for HS/college students studying chemistry.
YouTube Time Machine: This fun site allows users to use YouTube to travel through time.
Graphite: A new site for finding sites and apps reviewed by educators.
Gummii: Students create an avatar and solve math equations in a Minecraft-style 3D world.
Cloudart: Create word clouds with this iPad app. The Lost Function: This in-depth math game lets students interact with characters to solve math equations.
TypeKids: A great site to teach keyboarding.
Experience Life: This iPad app introduces the different internal systems of the body.
NuSkool: This site uses pop culture-based lessons for students in grades 6-12 in math, science, English, and more.
Flowboard: Create stunning presentations with this iPad app.
Brainscape: Use this app to create multimedia flashcards that can be shared to mobile devices.
Shadow Puppet: This digital storytelling app allows students to add audio narration to a photo.
Submerge: Students learn about gamification (game-based learning) in the classroom on this site, which includes detailed game reviews.
Voki Classroom: This new Voki site allows users to create a talking avatar.
Science4Us: A wonderful science curriculum for K-2 students.
LivePrezo: This site lets users make their presentations interactive.
Balefire Labs: One of the best new sites around to find detailed educational app reviews.
The Human Body by Tinybop: A great site for teaching students about the human body.
Quest: An innovative site/Windows app for creating interactive text-based adventure games. SimCity EDU: A new site based on SimCity that is perfect for game-based learning.
Power My Learning: A wonderful site for students to find educational games, activities, printables, and more.
BrainRush: A site for creating flashcard-style games.
Tellagami: Use this iOS app to create a talking avatar that can then be placed in a story.
Fotor: A very powerful and user-friendly site for editing photos.
Weavly EDU: A great site designed for classrooms to have students create video and music mashups and presentations.
Phrasalstein: Students learn vocabulary in a medieval/horror setting.
Basher’s Presidents: This app teaches about the US Presidents.
Lucidpress: Use this site to create multimedia collaborative documents.
Mathalicious: This site provides lots of math resources and lesson plans aligned to Common Core standards.
Taught It: This free site allows educators to share all sorts of media.
Code Monster: A site for students to learn how to program in Javascript through interactive lessons.
Playback: Use this iPad app to create screencasts that can then be shared via Dropbox or exported into an mp4 file.
Explania: A fantastic site for finding educational animated videos on a wide variety of subjects that can then be embedded into a site or blog.
Metta: A great site for creating video lessons. QuestBase: Educators can use this site to create quizzes, tests, puzzles, etc., and then publish them online for students.
Math Live: An innovative site for teaching different areas of math through animated videos.
Educade: A great place for educators to find a wide variety of resources.
Sight Words Hangman: This is a fun way to teach students how to read and recognize words. Teachers can review all word lists and even generate reports.
EasyDefine: Use this site to upload words and get a definition, synonym, flashcard, and more.
Screenhero: This site/app allows users to not only share their screen with others, but remotely control another person’s computer problems.
appoLearning: Another great site for finding detailed reviews (on a 100% scale) of educational apps.
NicerTube: A fun way to share YouTube videos and remove all comments/links.
Copyright Kids: An excellent resource for students, parents, and teachers looking to find out about all issues pertaining to copyright.
TeachQuest: A new social network for educators to share resources and collaborate with parents. QR Code Maker: A simple iOS app for creating QR codes.
ScootPad: Use this site/app to collaborate online and track and analyze student data.
Teacher Gaming Network: This new social network is dedicated to gamification in the classroom.
Smart Kit: This site lists safe educational games and puzzles in a wide range of subjects.
Jukeboxlessons: A new site for educators wanting to teach or tutor online through Google Hangouts or Skype.
GazziliMath: A fun iOS app for preschoolers learning about math.
Lessonwell: An interesting new site that allows educators to create digital lessons based on different types of media (photo, videos, audio).
Memofon: A wonderfully simple site for brainstorming and creating mind maps.
Chem Pro: This iOS/Android app teaches chemistry with over 80 video lessons, an interactive periodic table, and flashcards.

David Kapuler is an educational consultant; read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.

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