By Teachers, For Teachers
Leading an entire school is an important job. But today’s administrators have the advantage of technology in the classroom. Technology in the classroom apps can make this extremely challenging job a little bit easier. However, there are literally thousands of apps, but only a handful that are truly useful. So, we have scoured the Internet and talked to many principals to see what their favorite productivity apps are. Here are the top 5 technology in the classroom apps that every school principal should have.
Dropbox is an app that allows administrators to bring all of the documents (photos, documents, videos, etc.) with them wherever they are. It can be easily accessed (from a computer, phone, and tablet) and shared with anyone. You are able to read your Word documents, Power Point presentations, Excel documents, and any PDF documents from wherever you are able to access your account. Think of it like your office filing cabinet right in your pocket. All of the important documents that you have are saved in the cloud. It is a must-have productivity app for all administrators.
Like Dropbox, Google Drive allows you to access all of your files from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You also have the ability to allow others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of the documents in the drive. The great thing about this app is that if you already have a Google email account, then you have Google Drive. You can create Google docs and spreadsheets and store and share from whatever device you want, at any time. It’s an excellent way to track workflow and update content. Items are easy to retrieve, and educators love how easy it is to communicate and stay up-to-date with all of their faculty.
Evernote is another amazing productivity app for administrators. It has just the right tools to capture information and graphics from the Internet, as well as the ability to take a photo, write a text note, or grab a screenshot and keep it all one place. It’s user-friendly, and you can post and access notes from anywhere. You can write a to-do list or snap a pic as a reminder, and once you have it in Evernote, it’s accessible wherever you go. You will never to need to take notes at a meeting again.
Principals are known to put on presentations, and if you really want to wow your crowd, then this is a must-have app for you. Keynote is a presentation app that you can only use on your iPad or iPhone. You can create a state-of-the-art presentation compete with animated charts in a matter of minutes all by just a tap of your finger. You can add themes, texts, images, tables, and charts. You can present from your iPad or even your iPhone. You can even use Keynote Live to present a slideshow that users can follow on their own devices. It has the iCloud built-in, so no matter what device you access your presentation with, it will always be up to date. You will also love all of the added quality animations that can really make your presentation pop.
How many times have you been in a meeting or conducting a job interview and you wished that you had an app that allows you take notes and record? AudioNote combines a notepad with a recorder to create a very powerful tool that can make your job that much easier. The catch is that there are two versions: A Lite one and a paid one. You will obviously get more features with the paid app, like longer audio recordings, but it is well worth the money.
The best feature about this app is that you don’t have to waste any time searching throughout your audio recordings trying to find something specific, because each note acts as a link and directs you to the point at which it was recorded. If you choose not to take notes, that’s OK too, because that can be added later. Administrators love this app because it’s easy to use and it automatically indexes important events for you.
With all of these great apps on the market, you will no longer have to lug your laptop around. All you need to access these apps are your smartphone or tablet.
What are your favorite technology in the classroom productivity apps? Please share your comments below, we would love to hear what works best for you.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.