The Best of 2017 – The 50 Most Useful Apps, Websites, & Tools for Teachers (As Suggested by Techy Teachers)

Please follow the hyperlinks on the names of the apps. (Photos and images are not hyperlinked!)


Google Classroom A definite winner for distributing and collecting assignments digitally, as well as for posting announcements, questions and enrichment tasks. Can now be used without a GSuite account.


EdPuzzle – Use EdPuzzle to annotate videos and ask questions – integrates with Google Classroom Classroom. Also see Playposit


ZipGrade For multiple choice assessments – scan and grade sheets automatically with your phone.


Kahoot homework Kahoot is a wonderful game-based quiz app. You can now assign Kahoot quizzes as homework.


Perspecs – Gives you the same news articles with a left- and right-wing perspective, as well as a neutral perspective. (Also see Newsela.)


iOS 11 camera, particularly the QR code reader and a built-in scanner.

Plotagon – A quasi Tellagami replacement (with less and more, all in the same app).


Pages & Keynote / Google Docs & Slides – in particular the collaboration capability which is now app native.

Book Creator Still the best eBook creator. Also try Storybird


Google Expeditions A cost-effective virtual reality app. Use in conjunction with Google Cardboard (which can be made relatively cheaply). VR is still in it’s infancy in terms of educational integration, and is still largely a passive experience, but Expeditions a a nice way of introducing or extending a topic. Here’s a list of available expeditions. Please use carefully with younger students! (They tend to suffer more easily from eye-strain.)


Piktochart Create infographics. A nice alternative to presentations and posters.

Dotstorming For collaborative group brainstorming.

Breakouts BreakOuts have taken the teaching world by storm over the past few years. Create digital or physical breakouts – or a combination of the two.


Google Forms A firm favourite. Use Google Forms for quick, self-marking formative assessments. Or, how about asking students to use it to create quizzes to share with one other for revision purposes?


Team Drives -Team Drives is revolutionizing the sharing of documents and collaboration between staff members.


Speechify Reading help for struggling readers.


Apple Clips – Clips has had a powerful impact by allowing students to make videos with very little know-how. The automatic and editable subtitles are also enormously powerful.


Classcraft Kids love ClassCraft. (Perhaps consider ClassDojo for younger students though.) Take some time to set up the daily events, rules, etc. to align with your subject/ context.


Good old iMovie remains a winner.


Notability is still rock solid.


GoFormative See also WizerMe Create interactive worksheets.


ThingLink One of the most under-rated educational apps there is. A create alternative to posters and presentations, as well as a wonderful way to create learning experiences. (Also in VR.)

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CoSpaces Takes VR to a new level by getting kids actively involved in creating VR experiences and more.


HyperDocs – Create interactive learning experiences. Combine with something like Google Docs to maximize collaboration.

Duolingo Create second language learning app. Use it when pupils are done with their work, as a treat. Assign targets for students to reach independently.

545597-duolingo-web-app-2017 Seems like the next big thing in education.


PenPal Schools A secure, project-based way to find pen pals around the world for your students to communicate with. Pick a project and your kids are matched up with a pen pal and assigned topics to talk about.

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Canva: Easy, free content creation software. Canva has lots of templates, so you can send your kids directly to a template URL if they need to create a newspaper, CD cover, infographic. There is also an app.


Adobe Spark: An easy way to create gorgeous, professional-looking social media posts, websites and narrated videos. Great results with no confusing and distracting options.


BBC Microbits: An affordable way to introduce coding physical devices to kids. The flexibility allows for a great deal of creativity.


Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship program. Balanced, thought-provoking lessons and resources for teaching about the power of the Internet and the social skills needed to safely negotiate it. Every school should be using it.


Greenscreens are a wonderful way for kids to create amazing videos. Try Green Screen from Doink


Sphero Robots Sphero robots are an awesome way to learn about coding and can be integrated into almost any subject. See link for ideas and lessons.

Google Tour Builder – Create literary tours, history summaries, etc. (See also Google My Maps)

tour-building-splash – A fun way to teach coding. The block-based interface works on PC’s and on iPads. The Express Course works really well from Grade 4-7.

Google StreetView Create 360 panoramic photospheres.

Aurasma Requires some setting up, but kids love it for treasure hunt type activities.

TodaysMeet: A fantastic and safe ‘backchanneling’ service.


Padlet: Collaborative sticky notes. One of the most underrated but useful cross-platform apps.

Doctopus and Goobric Takes some setting up, but very useful. Integrates and ‘ingests’ Google Classroom assignments. Also see OrangeSlice


Safer searching: Why not make your own Custom Search Engine? Also try KidRex or Kiddle.


Google Blogger A great way for students to create content and reflect of their learning.

Animoto A very popular an engaging app for making videos.

Chromeville Create cross-over augmented reality experiences for younger kids.



Not an app, but Visible Thinking structures integrate very well with collaborative tools like Google docs.


A few others to look at:




QR Treasure Hunt



Joe Zoo

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