Librarian Michelle Luhtala, from New Canaan High School, hosts an Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb; with a large professional learning network of educators, Michelle compiles this great list.
This list of apps is among ones educators favored and shared some commonalities with from last year’s favorites on edWeb. Teachers tend to drop apps if they become too expensive or sometimes if the updates are so overwhelming that they no longer know how to use the product. Luhtala explained it’s a delicate balance: “If it doesn’t feel different than it did a year ago, that’s alarming. It should feel the same, but better.”
The repeat apps that have made it to this favorite list added functionality without doing so too quickly. They also tend to target younger students — high school students mostly use their phones for personal computing and their laptops for school. The emphasis in the higher grades is still on reading and typing — teachers give students fewer opportunities to express their learning in creative ways, so the tools of choice tend to be basic. High school kids use Google Apps because they can easily collaborate.