Applications for teachers?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Staffroomer, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. Staffroomer macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2005
    I'm looking for any and every application for teachers that anybody can think of. Preferably freeware/shareware and on OSX. Applications that can be used in the classroom for any subject would also be useful.

  2. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Apple Store for Education

    Also, search Apple Software using 'teacher', 'education', and some other key words. I found a lesson planner, a periodic table of elements, and a grading toolkit (all free). I'm not teaching (yet), but I like the possibilities of writing a grant to get this!

    Also, search cnet for Mac related software.
  3. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    Crocodile Clips- is available in a Mac OS X version - different packages available for maths, physics, chemistry, design technology etc. Well worth a look.
    Most of the other useful software that I use is pc only (things like 2D-Design for CAD and CAM work, PCB Design and Make, and more specialist stuff for working with PICs). Xara X is pc only at the moment, but a Mac version is hopefully coming out soon - the best program I've ever used for teaching vector graphics, and very useful for Media Studies, Art Graphics, Design Technology.
    Microsoft Excel, often overlooked, has to have a vote for being one of the most versatile applications - a wide range of uses in Maths and ICT (of course), Design Technology and Science (very useful for modelling equations, esp in conjunction with graphs/charts because of its ability to 'live update' a graph as the data is changed.
    Personally, I'm a strong believer in using industry standard packages wherever possible and appropriate. I use Photoshop, InDesign and MS Office a lot. I steer clear of AutoCAD (too expensive and too complicated), and only use Illustrator for older students (16+) because its more difficult than Xara and kids get frustrated with it, esp the pen tool.
    The worst use of IT in the classroom is the internet. What a time waster. Most teachers don't know how to use it anyway. Get a free app to download the web sites you want students to work with - it'll avoid all the problems with kids being on games sites, MSN etc when they're meant to be working.
  4. arytbk macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2010
    iGrader - pocket grade calculator (free)

    You might find of interest my iGrader (free) iPhone application for teachers.
    This is a grade calculator:
    Just move the slider to select the number of questions of the test, and the grade list below will automatically update to show you all the grades according the the number of mistakes (incorrect answers).

    Click here to learn more about iGrader or download it.
  5. steveoc macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2007
    Adirondacks NY
    Freemind is a great mind mapping application that is free and open source.

    While not free, I find DEVONthink essential for research and aggregating lesson materials.

    Mathematica is an expensive, high powered application that normally sells for over $1000, but there is a deal for K12 and community college educators making it $49.

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