What are your top 5 iPhone apps for the classroom?

With so many apps out there on the market for teachers and educators to use in schools, what are YOUR Top 5 IPhone apps?

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I am sure that this ‘Top 5’ list will change over time, but today I want to share with you my favourite apps to date – in no particular order.

1) Coach’s Eye: this video analysis app is perfect for KS3 students. The app is extremely easy to use, quick to learn and the design is perfectly suited for younger pupils. The feature to annotate, add audio and manipulate the video when reviewing allows for quick an easy feedback to the pupil(s) in question. In addition to Coach’s Eye, I would also strongly recommend Excelade as a video analysis app. With features to compare two videos side by side or overlaying, it makes the app perfect for KS4/5 students when analysing performance. As @TommyTeachPE added, it will be perfect for Analysis of Performance at GCSE and A-Level. It is great to see so many #pegeeks already using these apps in the classroom and starting to experiment with more. Keep an eye on @bebbpeteach and @mrbulmer’s blogs on how they are using these apps in the classroom.

2) iMuscle: this app is great for anatomical reference. I have successfully used the app in fitness units with Yr9 students, and plan to use it with GCSE, BTEC and A-Level lessons in the future. The 3D view students have of the body allows them to see the muscles and there exact position in the body, including the origin and insertion.

3) Scan: is a QR Code scanning app. Not only should all teachers have this app on their phones, so should all students. Creating QR codes to accompany your resources gives students that opportunity to work independently whilst the teacher can still ensure they are viewing resources that are appropriate for the lesson outcomes.

4) Socrative: designed to encourage students to feedback their understanding on a particular subject/lesson outcome. Great for teachers to assess students understanding for the next lesson.

5) Top of the list, Twitter! I would not have discovered any of these apps if it was not for Twitter and the people always willing to share good practice and offer advice/support 24/7. This is a must have for all teachers! Enough said, just get it!

Their are 100’s more apps that I would love to share with you, but give me a few weeks to do that. Keep an eye out on my blog for more app recommendations.

So, what are your Top 5 Apps for the iPhone?

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. elegg says:

    I have just discovered the ‘virtual heart’ app. Brilliant for A Level. Shows internal and external image of heart, you can increase and decrease heart rate, view valves, view blood flow and electrical impulses in action separately. All with sound and labels

    1. mrwickenspe says:

      Yeah I heard about this a couple of days ago. Still to use it in the classroom but is a great app.

      You can buy an Apple VGA that allows you to connect your iPad/iPhone to a normal VGA cable. Mirrors the iPad and plays the videos on iPhones!

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