Must have apps

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

There is literally an app for anything. But how do you decide which ones are worth taking up space on your phone? Whether you’re using an Android or an iPhone, these are just some of the apps that have helped me through the last year of my teaching degree (both in and out of the classroom)!


Kahoot – A crowd favourite! Kahoot is a platform that is great for formative assessment during practicum (and at OISE!) using mobile devices. You can easily create quizzes to check your students’ understanding of a particular topic or unit and use this info to gauge your future lessons. From personal experience, Kahoot is always a hit!

New York Times Virtual Reality From history to science to architecture, the NYTVR app allows students to immerse themselves in 

Remind - Remind is a great communication app for teachers, parents, and students, that allows you to send reminder messages about upcoming homework, assignments, and assessments. I utilized this app during my second practicum placement, and it was great for sending out photos of the day’s homework for absent students, as well as a platform for answering quick questions before a test.  

Office Lens - This scanning app is super useful both during practicum as well as during your own classes here at OISE. Office Lens lets you take a photo of a document or whiteboard and makes it readable (great for those old handouts that your AT provides you with). You can even save your documents as PDFs and PowerPoint files.

Desmos For math teachers of all grades, Desmos is a fantastic graphing calculator app! The mobile app allows you to create your own graphs, as well as use and transform examples of common graphs. The web version has tons of activities you can adapt and use as part of your own lessons, too! 

Geogebra Another one for my favourites for teaching math – Geogebra has three different graphing calculator apps: graphing calculator, geometry, and 3D calculator. Geogebra also has a lot of online math activities that can be used in your classroom, with my favourite being the geometry tools.

Scratch Scratch is a platform that uses games and animations to teach your how to code! It’s great for students AND student teachers. Sadly, the Scratch(Jr) app is only available on iOS, but the web version is great, too!