It is that time of the year when teachers are returning back to school to get ready for the new school year so how about some free apps for teachers? Teachers have so much expense setting up their classroom and getting ready for the new school year that I thought for this blog post I would focus on free apps for teachers although are many that are very inexpensive. I will blog about those in another post. As a former teacher my self, I know that there is never enough time to get everything done between classroom demands with dealing with students and administrators demand of dealing with curriculum. Most teachers are probably aware that there is help out there in technology for them but may not be able to find enough time to search for it. In this blog post, I will make it easy for you.


1. Kindle

IOS (iphone and ipad) and adroid


all ages

This is a must for children and adults.  Many people have the misconception that you have to own a Kindle device to be able to participate with books on Kindle but not so. You can download it free to android, iphone, ipad and desktop or laptop computers. When you buy or rent a book, you can choose which device for it to be downloaded to or for it to be held in the Kindle cloud


Dropbox apps are available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and  BlackBerry

Free with upgrades available

Dropbox is a cloud based system for storing your files and photos.  You download it from their website and set up an username  and a password .  The you can access it on your phone, tablet and laptop or desktop computer.  It can be set to sync from your devices also.  You can earn more free storage by telling your friends about it.  Upgrades for more storage are available.  You can also transfer files from it to your hard drive for more storage if needed.

3. Teacher Kit


IOS (Apple) and Android

Teacher Kit is a simple, easy-to-use, and feature-rich app that makes day-to-day teaching a breeze by eliminating the headache of routine class administration. Teachers can organize classes and manage students easily. It can be used by K12 teachers, Higher Edu faculty, corporate trainers and more. Teacher Kit app is available on iOS and Windows 8

4. Rover

available on iPad, IOS

There is a big concern for safety with children viewing the internet.  Rover is a free safe browser designed for IPad especially designed for students of a ll agess and teachers

Rover is a safe browser designed for your iPad designed for teachers and students of all ages. We have specifically designed Rover based on feedback from teachers, IT directors and administrators from schools across the country.

5. Google Translate

For help with translation, Google’s free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages. Over twenty different languages are presently offered.

Speak, scan, type or draw to translate in 90 languages.——* Type to translate 90 languages
* Use your camera to translate text instantly in 26 languages
* Two-way automatic speech translation in 40 languages
* Draw with your finger as a keyboard alternative
* Download language packs for when you’re traveling, or if your connection is expensive or slow.
* Star and save translations for future reference
* Take pictures of text for higher-quality translations or for languages not supported by instant camera translation


6. Teacher IO



Another teachers back to school app is Teacher io.  With this app you can organize your classes and copy between sections and semesters. A syllabus can also be uploaded so your students and parents can stay informed about your curriculum.  Resources with links can also be included so the student will have the information readily available.

Detailed reviews of both Teacher Kit and Teacher IO can be found here on my previous blog.

7. Evernote

Free with options for upgrades

available on Apple/ios and android and as a computer download

share over all devices

Evernote is a well know program for writing, sharing, collect and present all from within this program.

8. Common Core

Apple/IOS and android

Free with upgrades available

Teachers can effectively assess core standards, monitor student performance, and report student mastery to parents and administrators.



I hope these free apps for teachers will help to make your classroom and school year complete.  Please leave me a comment with your thoughts.

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