Teaching Tools for the IPhone

If you're a teacher, you may object to cell phones in the classroom. But in the hands of the instructor, rather than the student, smartphones can actually be an asset. Learn about mobile apps for teachers that can allow cell phones to enhance, not detract, from learning. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

The iPhone As Teaching Tool

There are many daily tasks that you might feel need a little streamlining or technological assistance. You may already use apps to manage things in your personal life, like budget, travel and shopping. If you're looking to add some tech-assisted efficiency into your teaching, consider checking out the apps in this list. And if none of these tools seem to suit your needs, there are many developers out there working on providing a solution to every little problem. The perfect app to suit your needs might be out there!

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If you're concerned about using your phone in the classroom, remember that smartphones are basically just pocket computers that allow you to make phone calls. We're all aware that nothing distracts and annoys quite like a ringing cellphone in an otherwise quiet classroom. As professionals, most teachers and professors know to silence or turn off their phones before starting to teach. Fortunately, you don't need to have your ringer on to use the apps on your iPhone.

The Apps

Attendance

If you're sick of using a pen and paper to take attendance and keep track of the students in your classes, consider switching to this app. With Attendance, you can create or import lists of students, organize classes, make notes on classes, track individual students and more. Attendance, compatible with all devices that run the iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad), is $4.99 at the App Store. There is a similar app called TeacherPal that is available for free.

Teacher's Attaché

As the name implies, Teacher's Attaché is designed specifically for classroom educators. It's a comprehensive app that can help you manage multiple teaching tasks in one place. The app is available for iPad and in a mobile version (for iPhone and iPod Touch) as Teacher's Attaché Pocket.

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There are slight differences between the two versions. Both allow you to schedule events, take attendance, record assignments and track grades (pictured above). In both versions, you can export all of the data you enter into the app. This feature can allow you to make paper spreadsheets for grade reporting, for example. The iPad version has an added plugin for Dropbox, a program that allows you to keep all of your files in one place. The iPad version of Teacher's Attaché is $4.99, and the Pocket version is $1.99.

MindBlowing

This app isn't specifically designed for teachers, but educators may find it useful for lectures and class presentations. MindBlowing allows users to create mind maps. You can add video and audio attachments to your mind map, along with other features. These types of attachments may not be useful if you can't attach your device to a screen and project it to the class, but if you have that capability, I can see this app enhancing lectures. MindBlowing is free, so it can't hurt to give it a try.

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