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Classroom Management Apps and Websites

Keeping your students' attention, guiding them through lessons, and making sure the classroom environment is respectful, supportive, and productive takes constant effort and sucks a lot of time and energy out of your day. These great classroom management tools can be your time-saving and energy-freeing sidekicks, helping you instantly deliver and assess learning, create seating charts, improve students' behavior, and set timed tasks to make your classroom run like a well-oiled machine.

Once you've found a few great classroom management tools, head over to our Teaching Strategies page dedicated to helping you Set Up Your Digital Classroom for Success.

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Class Charts

Seating chart system makes managing classroom behavior simple

Bottom line: An easy-to-use, engaging tool for managing student behavior and participation, especially if you focus on the positive.


Exemplar bridge between home and school also aids learning

Bottom line: With thoughtful implementation, ClassDojo can help teachers and parents support students' growth through goal-setting, formative assessment, communication, and celebration.


Full-featured school-home communication platform delivers with style

Bottom line: Multi-functional platform connects families, teachers, and students with a ton of features.


Flexible, feature-filled LMS facilitates focus on whole child

Bottom line: Being able to access lots of customizable data, group students beyond classes, and communicate easily with families gives teachers a clear picture of each student that they can share.


Easy-to-use, real-time monitoring, feedback, and assessment for 1-to-1

Bottom line: It's a great option for teachers who want to go paperless, provide specific feedback, and encourage collaboration among students in 1-to-1 classrooms.


Affordable classroom management system tracks student data

Bottom line: If teachers invest some time in setting up the system, they can save time, paper, and hassles.

Equity Maps - Chart Dialogue

See who's doing the talking with real-time participation tracker

Bottom line: Used consistently, Equity Maps can be an eye-opening tool for supporting targeted, equitable speaking and listening instruction.


Interactive slideshow tool engages students, promotes collaboration

Bottom line: This effective tool leverages the capabilities of 1-to-1 environments and offers both teacher- and student-paced learning.


Free LMS feels rich in offering data-driven differentiated instruction

Bottom line: This teacher-created site solves more problems than it causes, but it will take some up-front professional development to take full advantage.


Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

Bottom line: A powerful multimedia learning and communication tool that demonstrates student progress over time.

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Differentiate, engage with assessment app aimed at higher-order skills

Bottom line: Useful reinvention of a classic means of encouraging student attention with the added bonus of support for higher-order thinking and response tracking.

Time Timer

Manage and conceptualize time with great visuals, a few bugs

Bottom line: A decent option for visual timer needs, being sufficiently customizable, but there are still a few bugs and room for improvement.

Google Classroom

Exceptional, simple communication, collaboration, and document sharing

Bottom line: Though it doesn't have it all, it's an incredible tool for managing and organizing learning.


Minimize classroom distractions with virtual hand-raising tool

Bottom line: An easy way to gauge understanding, adjust instruction, and provide student support in real time.

Classwork Zoom

Keep tabs on student workflow with handy Google extension

Bottom line: Classwork Zoom can be a great tool for any teacher who frequently assigns Google documents.


Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool

Bottom line: Engaging, easy-to-use tool that supports both formative and summative assessment while allowing for student collaboration.

FreshGrade Classic

A fresh way to capture, document, and share student learning

Bottom line: Multimedia documentation tools and a customizable grade book help communicate learning and expand both summative and formative assessment.


Flexible interactive presentation tool engages kids at school and home

Bottom line: LessonUp is for teachers who like designing unique lessons to reach every learner.


Track behavior and motivate students with clever, cooperative game

Bottom line: Classcraft is a fantastic game for encouraging positive behavior while students build knowledge and develop communication and collaboration skills.


Robust lesson creation and delivery tool helps with assessment

Bottom line: In the hands of a determined teacher, this platform's useful suite of tools can support learning experiences that move from instruction to assessment and back.

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Comprehensive discussion platform develops critical-thinking skills

Bottom line: A great tool in any subject or topic for teachers looking to make discussion a central part of their classroom.

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Free LMS for digital classrooms packed with possibilities

Bottom line: This is an LMS that offers rich learning and collaboration experiences when matched with creative tasks and assessments.


Flexible desktop, mobile assignment tool works best with pro features

Bottom line: A flexible way to collect student assignments and offer written and verbal feedback, especially with the premium features.


Cooperative tool provides accountability to group writing projects

Bottom line: Storillo is engaging and provides useful structure for students, but teachers may prefer something more broadly applicable like Google Docs.


Feedback tool with great rubrics might work best for older students

Bottom line: With appropriate teacher support, this could be a powerful way to help teach your students about giving and receiving critical feedback.


Great how-to content, flexible features boost digital badge tool

Bottom line: A useful tool for issuing digital badges.


Use a game-inspired classroom structure to offer some autonomy and flexibility

Bottom line: GradeCraft has the potential to revolutionize your classroom by inspiring students to take control of their own learning.

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