Educational Windows apps are underrepresented in our reviews here in EdTech and mLearning, a limitation which we are seriously planning to address this year. Over the last few months we have received numerous emails from teachers using Windows software in their instruction asking about apps suggestions. In response to these requests we have created a new list of what we think are some good Windows apps you may want to try out. The apps cover different topics from note taking to enhancing your productivity and organizing your class. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback.
1- Kahoot! Create‘Create and host a fun learning game for any subject, any age, for free. Kahoot! is a free game-based platform that makes learning awesome. It brings fun into the classroom where anyone can play, unleash their secret classroom superpowers and celebrate together.’2- CamScanner‘CamScanner helps you scan, store, sync and collaborate on various contents across smartphones, iPads, tablets and computers.’3- OneNote‘OneNote is your digital notebook for capturing and organizing everything across your devices. Jot down your ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, clip from the web, or make a to-do list, as well as draw and sketch your ideas.’4- Sway‘Create visually striking newsletters, presentations, and documentation in minutes.Easily drop in photos, videos, and other multimedia. Sway is integrated with your device, social networks, and the web.’5- GeoGebra Classic‘GeoGebra is free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Interactive learning, teaching and evaluation resources created with GeoGebra can be shared and used by everyone at tube.geogebra.org’
6- Trello‘Stay productive with a beautiful minimal interface that doesn’t get in the way of your work. Create new cards instantly from anywhere with a Quick Add window. Get notified whenever there’s new activity in any of your Trello boards. Work on multiple boards at once with multiple windows. Set a global shortcut that opens the main window from anywhere.’7- Socrative‘Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Windows app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide graphs of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction.’8- Doceri‘Combine desktop control and an interactive whiteboard in one app – Doceri gives you the freedom to teach from anywhere in the classroom. Create a lesson or presentation, insert images, save and edit your project.’9- Edmodo‘Edmodo takes learning beyond the classroom by providing a free, safe place for teachers and students to connect and collaborate—anytime, anywhere.’
10- Minecraft: Education Edition‘Minecraft: Education Edition has all of the great features you know and love about Minecraft plus additional tools, blocks and entities such as Camera and Portfolio, Chalkboards, Border Blocks, Allow/Deny Blocks, Non-Playable Characters (NPCs) and the Agent who will carry out programmatic tasks through the use of Code Builder. Students will also have access to a variety of free in-game skins to customize their learning experience.’