School will be in session before you know it! While parents and students might still be enjoying the lazy days of summers, teachers are eagerly getting ready to welcome new faces to their classrooms in the new school year. Technology plays a huge role in education nowadays, and there are many excellent apps that can help teachers bring creativity to their classrooms. Here are some of the top apps for teachers to use this school year to encourage creativity.
TOP APPS FOR TEACHERS:
One of top apps for teachers is Animoto, a video making app that lets you turn photos and video clips into high quality videos. Teachers can use this to present lessons, share memories from field trips, or to allow students to create their own video reports. The basic app is free and you can pay to upgrade the service.
This app “brings drawings to life”. Through VR technology, 2D images become 3D and jump off the page.
Bring works of art into your classroom through virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. Take your students on a virtual trip to art galleries all over the world with Boulevard.
This app allows students to create stop-motion videos. Students can even use props, such as Legos or Play-Doh figures, rather than themselves in a movie. Stop Motion Studio uses a grid mode so students can more easily place their figurines, along with a frame-by-frame preview.
Khan Academy is a free site and app with free lessons in almost every content area. The app includes lessons on digital design, digital animation, and much more.
This app helps students at all levels write stories. It even offers a talk to text option so that non writing students can craft stories. Students can bring their stories to life with Story Builder.
No paper? No problem! Tayasui Sketches gives users options to paint in watercolors, acyclic or create complex, layered art. Teachers can use this app to create visuals for class, and students can use it to create art work.
Quickly and easily create flow charts and other organizational charts with this app. Ideament lets you draw charts, diagraphs, and mind maps.
Paper is another drawing app, but this one allows you to take pictures of text, photos and other items to save them in one space. This virtual scrapbook is perfect for organizing ideas to create with.
This minimalist animation tool is great for users of all ages. Turn hand drawn pictures into animated pictures using Loop. The animations can be shared or used in projects.
Pinterest, of course, is one of the most used sites by teachers and creatives. Use the app to quickly find ideas for classroom decorations, lesson plan ideas, holiday craft projects, and much more. The search function makes it easy to look for ideas, and you can save them for future reference.
Haiku Deck is a tool for both teachers and students to easily create beautiful presentations. Let students pair original poems with images to create their own masterpiece.
The Draw & Tell app is a fun way for children to create and illustrate their own stories. Draw or color the pictures and then talk about your drawing. Your memories and voice recording will be saved with your drawing to create your own story.
iMovie is another popular and intuitive movie making app, like Animoto which was mentioned earlier. Many students might already use iMovie on their own devices at home, making this a popular choice for creating trailers and movies using photos and videos.
Instructables houses instructions for over 100,000 DIY projects. Search the app for your next class project, or upload your own creative project to share with other teachers.
If you are lucky enough to have access to a 3D printer, Tinkercad might be the app to use. You and your students can design your own 3D models to print. No design experience is required with this easy to use app.
Access everything that Teachers Pay Teachers has to offer on the go. The app includes a Freebie of the Day, a Daily Dose of Inspiration, and Trending Search Terms. Find lesson plans, activities, workbooks, classroom decorations, teacher organization materials, and more.
This app provides a safe and moderated community for kids to find and share DIY projects. Find projects to use in the classroom or encourage students to find new skills to learn.
We hope you find these top apps for teachers helpful this school year! We have a lot of wonderful creative ideas for teachers right here on our own site. Click here for a list of kid friendly craft tutorials.