By Teachers, For Teachers
It’s still the beginning of the school year, and in teachers’ lounges and classrooms across the land, a familiar refrain can still be heard reverberating off the whitebaords: This is the year I get it together.
If you’ve ever decided to get organized, but still found yourself frustrated, we’ve found the inexpensive ipad apps for teachers (they work on other devices too) that can help you finally meet your organizational goals.
If you only want to buy a single app to track your to-dos, keep your appointments, and manage your notes, LifeTopix is the one you’re looking for. It’s amongst the best organizational ipad apps for teachers (it works on some other devices too) out there.
The great strength of the app is its ability to connect different kinds of data together. You can create projects that link a to-do list with pictures and documents, and then add tasks to your calendar to remind you to do your to-dos. You can keep track of a shopping list, a travel itinerary, or your personal finances all in the same place. There’s even an entire “topic” for education, where you can break out projects and tasks by subject.
There are a few things LifeTopix doesn’t do—but chances are it will talk to an app that does. LifeTopix integrates with Dropbox, Facebook, Pinterest and more, so you can back up your data, or share it with the world.
If there’s a drawback to this app, it’s that it’s almost too feature-rich. It does so much that you may never feel like you’re using it to its full potential. As far as problems go, that’s not a bad one to have.
2. Evernote - Evernote (Free)
Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking ipad apps for teachers out there, and it’s available on everything—you can use it on your iPad, your Android phone, or your PC, and sync them all so you’re never without access to your notes. This omnipresence lets you make notes on your phone or iPad during class, then bring them up on your computer at any time later in the day.
With Evernote, you don’t just have the ability to type up notes—you can add pictures to them. Take a photo with your phone or tablet and Evernote will upload it to your account. Not only that, but it’ll automatically run OCR (optical character recognition) on those images. Evernote identifies the text in the image, and tags the note with those words so you can search for it later. This is a feature that could change how you use your camera—take pictures of anything you want to remember, and Evernote will keep track of it for you.
One note: Evernote is free, but gives you a monthly data usage allowance. If you really love the app, you can pay a monthly fee for a premium experience.
3. GoodReader for iPhone - Good.iWare Ltd. ($4.99)
GoodReader for Ipad is what it sounds like—it’s a good app for reading documents on your iPad. But that’s just the start of what this useful little tool can do for you.
What GoodReader for iPad is best at is letting you mark up your PDF documents. It has most of the major note-taking features that Adobe Acrobat has—add comments, mark text to delete or replace, type, draw shapes and write in freestyle pen. It also makes it easy to manage your files, or create new text documents.
GoodReader for iPad’s major limitation is that you can’t mark up most files that aren’t PDFs. You can open up your Word documents to read them, but if you want to make any notes, you’d better convert to PDF beforehand.