MOBILE TOOLS is a page that will list a variety of tools and apps that can be utilized from your mobile devices.



If you are looking for apps for a specific topic, please look on the corresponding Wiki page.
How do you even FIND an APP?
  • Andriod Apps - be sure you visit Amazon for their daily free app
  • The Best Apps for Teaching and Learning recognizes apps of exceptional value selected by the American Association of School Librarians. Many apps from past lists can be found throughout this wiki.
  • Free magic app Free. Every day, MagicSolver selects three apps on the App Store and offer these apps, which are usually paid, totally free for users to download.

  • Apps Bar - free - a place to build your mobile apps. Create an app for your students to use or have them create apps as a project. Apps can be created for different operating systems including Android, Apple, and Windows. Grades: 8-12
  • Thunkable is simple and fast for first-time app builders, but powerful enough to support your most ambitious apps.

  • 51 tools to support BYOD programs in the classroom In this blog post, Vicki Davis, a teacher and IT integrator in Georgia, suggests 51 tools that can be used now in a BYOD classroom. Among them are Socrative and other mobile applications designed for formative assessment, Screencast-O-Matic and similar screencasting tools and content-sharing platforms, such as Sophia.
  • Apps in Education - Categorized resource to find apps for all subject areas.
  • APPS, Apps and more APPS-(for Educational Use) check this site out--they are grouped by topic and they cover everything!
  • Bloomin' Apps - Organizes recommended apps based on Bloom's revised Taxonomy.
  • FREE Education Apps available on Google Play
  • Teachers with Apps - presents vetted apps organized by category: grade level, special needs, accessories/products...

  • Cozi (calendar)
  • Photon Flash Video Player Tired of anti-flash attitude of your iPad? This $4.99 app allows you to run those Flash videos without a hitch.
  • WordWeb English dictionary and thesaurus: fast searching, spelling suggestions, definitions, usage examples, synonyms, related words - and no adverts.
  • Office Lens - take pictures of whiteboards or printed documents, then enhance your photo by cropping, sharpening, and straightening it, so it looks like a scanned image. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device. Available on Google Play and iTunes (Thanks Kevin Curtis and Sra. Martini!)


  • IPod Touch and IPad Resources - This Live Binder is a great resource - voted one of the top 10 Live Binders in 2012. It has everything you need to know to get started with you IPad. It also has resources including recommended apps, reviews, and articles related to many specific subject areas.
  • I usually only include resources that are free, but this one seems worth a try. Originally designed for teachers, Doceri is a highly rated iPad interactive whiteboard and screen cast recorder. It has tools for hand-drawn graphics and built-in remote desktop control. Through the Doceri Remote iPad app (free) and Doceri Desktop software ($30. after free trial), you can control a computer (Mac or Windows), easily launch any document or application, and annotate over them at any time. You can save drawings and play them back in the future allowing even better presentations to be created from your existing slideshows. If you just want to use it as a whiteboard, you can create handwritten/drawn content on any background of your choice. With additional hardware, Doceri can also be used as the remote control for projectors, DVD players, and all other audiovisual devices in your room.
  • For a FABULOUS site that helps any teacher to utilize the IPad in the classroom, connect to Kathy Shrock's page. There are Tutorials, Tips and Tricks, a list of the Best Apps for the IPad and more!

10 Ways to Use the iPad in Your Classroom

Posted on by Barbara Schroeder

How can teachers use iPads in the classroom? Here are 10 ideas:
  1. Load iPads with eBooks and then select and assign reading groups for certain books. Simply hand the iPad to a group of students and have them read a book together.
  2. Select movies to view and again, hand them to groups of students. Then, have them use the iPad to write to a class blog or online course site, responding to discussion prompts.
  3. Use the iPad just like any Internet-connected computer, having students use Google Docs (install the Google Mobile apps) for collaborative writing and multimedia creation activities.
  4. Have students search for podcasts in iTunes on a topic of study and listen to them on the iPad.
  5. Subscribe to various periodicals and newspapers on the iPad and include a daily reading and discussion period.
  6. Watch any number of quality online shows, searching by the topic of study, bookmarking and maintaining a list and critique of sources.
  7. Research the various iPad apps and have students list and critique them, creating an online resource guide for the iPad and school activities using Google Sites.
  8. Try out various Twitter apps for the iPad, such as TweetFlow and set up a class Twitter account to keep track of activities throughout the school year.
  9. Purchase the Keynote app and teach your students how to prepare professional presentations, using multimedia learning principles.
  10. Learn along with your students and take a class on iPhone and mobile development, working on an iPad app for your school.

QR codes
A Quick Response (QR) code is a two-dimensional or 2D bar code which can be interpreted by any mobile phone with camera capabilities.

This is the QR for the Southwest Local Schools website!


To see a video on how to create your own QR Code, see below.

Go ahead, try it out! It's easy!
Create a QR code for your own website by going to:

This video shows how to read a QR code:

Get a reader for your phone at QuickMark
To download a reader for your Mac phones, use Macdownload.

USES for QR Codes in the Classroom- this is a great slideshow describing how teachers can utilize QR codes in a variety of ways.