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The 25 best education apps for connected classrooms

Figuring out which tool is right for the job is something we all struggle with every day. Whether you’re a contractor, plumber, or teacher, there’s a lot of options to choose from. Teachers managing connected classrooms have it quite rough, though. There’s an embarassment of riches when it comes to apps, web tools, and digital services that want to make your life easier. So how do you easily figure out which are the best education apps for connected classrooms, you ask? Great rhetorical question, Jeff!

About The Methodology

To help answer your question, we polled the Daily Genius community via social media and then curated a list of the most popular apps being used in classrooms right now. This list was compiled over the course of several months and involved a lengthy and complex Google Drive Sheet. We then boiled the list down to the top 25 (there were more than 250 submissions) apps that saw enough votes to warrant an inclusion in this list.

What follows is the result of this effort. It’s a curated list that was built not by us – but by you. The community. That’s the whole idea behind Daily Genius by the way. It’s a professional learning community where you can easily share your expertise with the world by simply submitting an article here.

The 25 Best Education Apps For Connected Classrooms

best education app badgeThe following list is meant to be a useful snapshot at the top 25 apps for iOS and Android that are actually in use in many classrooms around the world. We will be showcasing the top apps like these on a regular basis so be sure to follow @DailyGenius on Twitter or like us on Facebook to know when that next list will come out. You can also suggest digital tools to us via these social networks as well. The more the merrier!

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The badge you see in this post is awarded to the creators of each app you see below. If you’re a developer of the app or are responsible for it, be sure to showcase this badge of honor to let others know how amazing your product is. We have more awards coming soon so be sure to follow @DailyGenius to keep up with the awards as they are announced.


ClassDojo helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.  Teachers can use this app to give students realtime feedback while in class – it will sync with the main ClassDojo website.  Better learning habits, smoother lessons, and hassle-free data – and it’s free for teachers! Enhance your class with some dojo!


Engage, assess and personalize your class with Socrative! Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction. Save time and visualize student understanding when it matters, now!


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Book marking tool. Create lists, add tags, notes, highlight text. Share lists or bookmarked items with colleagues. Cloud based – access on any device.


Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

Explain Everything

Electronic whiteboard for lesson preparation. Record, export, playback at a later time. Capture a student’s thinking process, create how to demonstrations, the list is endless!


Remind (formerly Remind101) offers teachers a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students and parents. Teachers can send or schedule reminders, assignments, homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly to students’ and parents’ phones. Interactions are safe because phone numbers are kept private, and messages are sent with no open replies. Teachers, students and parents see mobile messages from all their classes in one place.


Nearpod allows a teacher to deliver content to student devices in an engaging and interactive format. Students can receive informative Slides, Draw Its, Q & As, Quizzes, Videos, Slide Shows, Websites, etc. pushed out by the teacher. All data submitted to the teacher shows up on the teacher’s device and is stored in the teachers account to be reviewed later or download a .pdf report.


Edmodo takes learning beyond the classroom by providing a free, safe place for teachers and students to connect and collaborate—anytime, anywhere. Unlike an LMS, Edmodo lets you seamlessly integrate and manage e-learning.


Google app for Android: The fastest, easiest way to find what you need on the web and on your device. Quickly search the web and your phone or tablet. Use your voice to search and more. Get personalized results based on your location. Plus ‘Google Now’ gets you just the right information at just the right time. It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, and more (Google Now is currently available on Android 4.1, Jelly Bean).


Get the award-winning app that extends Schoology’s powerful learning management solution to your iOS device. Manage your classroom, create and submit assignments, participate in interactive discussions, perform assessments, collaborate with your peers, and much more!


A better student response system made by teachers for teachers ExitTicket teaches students that wrong answers lead to learning and that micro-successes lead to mastery, empowering them to own their academic progress. ExitTicket gives teachers the real-time data to realistically do what they have always wanted – differentiate instruction and provide immediate intervention for all students.


EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. EasyBib is not only accurate, fast, and comprehensive, but helps educators teach and students learn how to become effective and organized researchers.


A fantastic app so that your children enjoy and learn Maths in an entertaining and fun way. You will see how in a short amount of time they will control numbers and solve sums and subtractions without hardly making an effort. They will surprise you!


Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Notability – Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox & Google Drive Sync on the App Store. Download Notability – Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox & Google Drive Sync and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


Access the CourseSmart website using a custom-designed iPad application. This free app is a perfect complement to a CourseSmart service.


eduCanon is a free application for you to take any online video and make it an active, engaging, interactive experience. Analytics on who watched your video and the concepts that challenged your students make this perfect for the flipped classroom.


Proloquo2Go® is an award-winning symbol-supported communication app providing a voice to over 100,000 individuals around the world who are unable to speak.


Quizlet makes simple tools that let you study anything, anywhere. Download the FREE app to study on the go, play games to study, create your own flashcards (or search millions created by others), improve your study habits, study with images and audio, great for all learning styles.


Handouts is a simple solution for managing the flow of assignments, quizzes and other paper documents within a school tablet program. Teachers can breathe new life to their handouts / assignments and worksheets. Simply take a picture or import them and with a tap send them to students.

Wunderlist for Education

Wunderlist is the easiest way to manage and share your daily school to-dos. Whether it’s your everyday homework, a pending group assignment or planning extra curricular activities with friends, Wunderlist is here to help you accomplish more.


GoClass is a cloud-based teaching and learning application designed to enable teachers to transform their instruction time into a hands-on, participatory learning experience using mobile devices, PCs, and projection screens to connect students and learning content in more meaningful ways.

Minecraft (Pocket App Edition)

Pocket Edition includes Survival and Creative modes, multiplayer over a local Wi-Fi network, infinite worlds, caves, new biomes, mobs, villages and lots more. Craft, create and explore anywhere in the world so long as you have hands spare and battery to burn.


Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz.  Featured Movie topics tie in to current events, historical milestones and figures, holidays, and more! This app is perfect for informal, exploratory learning at home or on the go.


Don’t be the only one missing out on what 6 million students use to get better grades, save time, and stress less!


Okay. What’s Missing?

What app do you think belongs on this list of the best education apps? Share your insight by either leaving a comment or getting in touch with @DailyGenius on Twitter. We’re going to be publishing updated lists on a regular basis so follow along and join the community to stay posted.

Want to publish a list of your own? Just submit a post here and let the Daily Genius community learn from your expertise!

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1 Comment
  • RJ Dec 3,2014 at 3:55 pm

    ClassMessenger by scholastic, kills all the above recommendations HANDS down!!

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