Most teachers pour their heart and soul (and many times their own money) into helping kids learn and grow academically, so we figured Teacher Appreciation Week was a good time to help these unsung heroes find some of the best free apps for teachers to make their everyday job a little easier.
Our Top 5 App Picks for Teachers are all free apps that are either completely free or provide enough good content for free with the option to upgrade for more. These selected applications had to rate well overall by other teachers and iTunes users and had to be useful for the majority of teachers as a whole. Our 5 Education apps include a lesson planning app, an easy grading scale, a multiple choice test scanner that uses your mobile device’s camera, a social platform app that makes teacher/student communication easy and safe, and an app filled with multimedia resources to help teachers continue to learn and grow in the area of professional development.
Our 5 Free Education Apps for Teachers
TeacherCastPro allows you to surround yourself in an educational community where teachers help other teachers grow on a professional level. This mobile app comes with plenty of useful multimedia resources to help educators discover new methods and teaching tools that are right for their classrooms, and ways to advance their teaching skills and knowledge for everyday use on the job.
The TeacherCast Pro app has helpful podcasts featuring teachers and administrators who discuss technology in the classroom and their philosophies on teaching. You will also find 20 educational Blogs on educating students, TeacherCast App Reviews to help you find recommended apps to use in the classroom, educational YouTube videos by TeacherCast, and 15,000 LiveBinders created by teachers and students.
You will also have access to the Career Center with job listings, the Teacher Cast University to further your learning, and social media channels like Facebook and Twitter where you can keep you up to date with the latest in educational news – plus much more to keep you informed and equipped to become an even better educator than you already are.
TeacherCast Pro is a free Education app that has an overall iTunes user rating of 4.5 stars (out of 5 stars) based on 52 app user ratings. The current version (2.2) has an overall rating of 4.5 based on 15 user ratings.
This Education app comes with a professional lesson planning template and 5 lesson planning ideas, allowing you to create your own quick lesson plans in 3 easy steps. TeacherPlan Lite has prewritten lesson ideas that can be inserted into your lesson template with just a tap of your finger. Type or dictate your lesson (if device has functionality), and even shake your iPhone or iPad to get a lesson plan created for you in a matter of seconds. Once you’ve completed a class lesson, save your created plan to your calendar, email, clipboard, or a .txt file. You can also export lessons as a .txt file to another app (like the Edmodo app below) – and print out.
Teacher Plan Lite is free to use, but if you want access to 100s of lesson planning ideas, you can upgrade to the Premium version: Teacher Plan for $13.99 currently.
The overall app rating for all versions of this mobile app is 3.5 stars (out of 5) based on 19 app user ratings. The current version (2.0.2) has received an overall iTunes app rating of 4 stars based on 13 app user ratings.
This Education app allows you to create an unlimited number of quizzes for your students and classes. Simply start by printing out your free answer sheets on the ZipGrade website. Then create a 20, 50, or 100 question quiz, create and scan your answer key, and you’re ready to administer a test. Afterwards, you can easily view grades and statistics. You have the option to use each student’s name or student ID number for reporting purposes. You will also get organized test results “for reporting and exporting via PDF and Excel-readable format.” In addition, ZipGrade has syncing between devices and the web. And you can use the “companion website (cloud.zipgrade.com) to bulk upload student lists and export via the web.”
ZipGrade is a free mobile app that lets you demo the app’s functionality by scanning the first 100 test documents for free. This teaching app provides free-to-download answer sheets in varying sizes and formats on the zipgrade.com website at no cost (PDF and PNG). And if you like the app, you can upgrade to the Full Version for $1.99 for 2 months or $6.99 for 1 whole year of use.
ZipGrade has an overall iTunes user rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 based on 102 app user ratings. With the most recent update, the current version(1.13) has a 5 star rating based on 7 user ratings.
This iOS Universal Education app is free and has received an overall user rating of 4 stars (out of 5) based on 633 iTunes user reviews. The most recent update (version 4.0.4) has a 5 star rating based on 6 app user reviews.
This communication app makes it safe and easy for teachers and students to stay connected on academic matters. Make a profile, set up your classroom, create a group and you’ll be able to enjoy secure classroom discussions, post assignments, and have students take and submit quizzes within the application. You will also be able to keep track of grades in your Gradebook, upload and share files, use other apps to import files directly to the Edmodo application, and even create polls. Some app features worth noting are the classroom activity feed, student progress tracker, educational resource library and the professional learning networks.
This app for teachers is completely free. It has received an overall iTunes user rating of 3.5 stars (out of 5) based on 3,620+ app user reviews. The current version 4.5.2 has an overall user rating of 4.5 stars based on 25 user reviews.