8 educational apps to keep using after the pandemic

Several applications have certainly been useful to you in facilitating distance education. What if you continued to use them in class this year? Here are 8 tool suggestions you may not have known about!

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By Juliette Gauthier - French Marketing Specialist for Lucidspark.

During the pandemic, the educational applications market exploded as the entire population had to adapt to distance learning. As students gradually return to the classroom, teachers must decide which apps to continue using, especially during the transition period when some students attend classes in person and others follow them remotely.

Here are eight apps that have been very helpful during the pandemic and will continue to be so after. Did you know them?

1. Labster

You may not have the budget, space, or equipment to perform full lab experiments with your students, but Labster still allows you to offer them this possibility. This app offers high quality virtual labs for various subjects.

Your students can perform experiments, discover and use laboratory equipment, and answer quizzes about what they have learned. 

2. Project Noah

Project Noah is a platform that allows users to take pictures of wild animals, share them and learn more about the wildlife around them. Among the proposed formulas, let us quote Nature School, designed especially for primary school students. You will enjoy activities and lessons that will inspire you to step out of the classroom and explore nature.

3. Pear Deck

Pear Deck has grown in popularity during school closures because it helps make virtual learning more interactive. The platform gives teachers the option of inserting participatory elements directly into their presentations, such as quick quizzes or invitations to discussion. There are many options available.

This flexibility helps teachers make the transition from having some students in the room to engaging those at a distance, and interactive learning will come in handy when classes are full again.

4. Lucidspark

Since the whiteboard is part of the teacher's daily tools, imagine the possibilities if each student could consult and work on it simultaneously? This is what offers Lucidspark.

More often used in the corporate world, Lucidspark is also ideal for classrooms, and the publisher provides several educational resources. The platform offers the benefits of collaboration, brainstorming and note taking with an interface that anyone can use, even shy children who have difficulty speaking.

5. Floop

Homework is of little use if your students never read your remarks about them; it's your observations that make them learn more. Floop allows for quick and easy feedback, which means your students hear it when the topic is still on their minds. In addition, Floop's platform allows students to respond directly to your observations, in addition to being able to communicate structured feedback to their classmates.

6. Mentimeter

Mentimeter is kind of the adult version of Pear Deck. This presentation platform is also focused on interaction, thanks to surveys or quick quizzes. It makes it possible to collect and analyze results.

If Pear Deck is designed specifically for teachers, Mentimeter is aimed primarily at the corporate world, although it also has excellent educational resources. This platform is more suitable for secondary or higher education teachers.

7. Kahoot!

If you are used to organizing review games in class, Kahoot! will make your job easier. This online platform allows you to create a quiz or a learning game, then to animate it live with students present in class, with distance learners or with both types of players.

8. Remind

With some students in class, others at home, and busy parents, it can be difficult to reach your entire audience. Remind is a communication platform designed especially for teachers. It allows you to develop two-way communication with your students and their parents in order to facilitate exchanges.

The way we teach and learn has undergone a radical transformation last year, and the methods you have experienced will strengthen your habits when you return to school. When you get back, remember to keep these good habits by keeping your favorite software in your toolbox and exploring others from time to time.

What are your digital must-haves? Are there any apps that you have started using due to distance education that will still find a place in your classroom? Write to us at info@ecolebranchee.com to tell us about it!

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