Apps to reinforce understanding

These apps are for all the students who are too afraid to raise their hand when a teacher asks a question.

Show Me (opens in new tab) Free
This is a great alternative to for students who need to have a copy of teacher’s notes or a tutorial for a student who may be struggling with a topic. Teacher or student creates a whiteboard slide by pressing "add a slide." You can input text or add a picture, depending on the topic. As you are entering the data,, record your voice to explain what you are doing. Upon completion, the student or teacher can email their slide.

Explain Everything (opens in new tab) $2.99
Here is another screen casting app but with more intricate presentations. You can make a complete lesson using this app. If you are teaching a lesson on the circulatory system, begin with a picture that you have found on the Internet. Students can annotate the slide, naming the different parts of the system. It also has the ability to record your voice. In addition, you can import a web page also, giving the teacher or students the ability to annotate on the slide. The app has a website that includes tutorials, features, EE showcases: Explain Everything.

Educreations (opens in new tab) Free
This is another interactive whiteboard app, but it includes subject created lessons. Educreations turns an iPad into a recordable whiteboard and offers voice recording, digital ink, photo imports, and sharing through email, Facebook or Twitter. The app provides these features:

• Help students with homework by working through an example problem.
• Put your lessons on the web so students can watch them before and after class.
• Tutor someone from afar.
• Showcase video tutorials on
• Add commentary to famous works of art.
• Diagram football plays, John Madden style.

Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.