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Great BYOD Apps and Websites

Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives are a low-cost way to tech up a classroom. But which tools will students find useful? Start with this list, which features easy-to-use apps and websites useful for a variety of grades and subjects. We've made sure to curate cheap or free BYOD tools that'll work well on a variety of mobile devices (from tablets to phones). We've also selected tools that'll be highly useful throughout a school year, specifically for helping students create and show what they know. Take note that there are also a few teacher-focused tools that'll help you tackle two big BYOD challenges: assessment and classroom management.

Sesame Snap Publisher: Sesame HQ
Portfolio tool keeps report cards from being a surprise
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Epic! - Books for Kids Publisher: Epic! Creations
Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books
Grades K-6
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
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Bloomz Publisher: Bloomz Inc
Full-featured parent-teacher communication platform
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Nearpod Publisher: Nearpod, LLC
Interactive slide show tool engages students and promotes collaboration
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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Seesaw: The Learning Journal Publisher: Seesaw, Inc.
Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Popplet Publisher: Notion
Cool mind-mapping tool good for organization, collaboration
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Remind Visit Website: https://www.remind.com/
Teachers' text reminders give students -- and parents -- a reason to check their phones
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Recap: Video Response and Reflection for Education Publisher: Satarii Inc.
Video-reflection app puts new spin on formative assessment
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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DIY - Skills For Kids Publisher: DIY
From cardboarding to cooking, this app helps kids find the fun in DIY
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Formative Visit Website: http://www.goformative.com
Superb real-time assessment tool a fit for BYOD, 1-to-1
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
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The Free Dictionary by Farlex Publisher: Farlex, Inc.
Vast word reference features tons of content and word games
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
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Socrative Visit Website: http://www.socrative.com/
Snapshot quizzes and questions measure student learning
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Canva Publisher: Canva Pty Ltd.
Create snazzy designs in seconds with flexible, cloud-based tool
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
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Edmodo Visit Website: http://www.edmodo.com/
Manage classes, content, and communication with social LMS platform
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Explain Everything Classic Publisher: Explain Everything, Inc.
Classic version of dynamic presentation tool still excites
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Kahoot! Visit Website: https://getkahoot.com/
Game-like student-response tool can spark competitive fun
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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AndroVid Video Editor Publisher: zeoxy
Versatile must-have creation tool for classrooms using Android devices
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, Kindle Fire
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Plickers Publisher: Plickers Inc.
Useful rapid-response tool for tech-limited classrooms
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Evernote Publisher: Evernote
Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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Lab4Physics Publisher: Lab4U Inc.
Bring physics to life using lab sensors built right into your smartphone
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Office Sway Publisher: Microsoft
Cool scroll effects, flexible features boost visual storytelling tool
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Apps for Windows
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Science Journal Publisher: Marketing @ Google
Turn your Android into a lab sensor to collect and analyze data
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Skitch Publisher: Evernote
Add a hint of fun to note-taking or annotating images
Grades 6-12
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Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Animoto Video Slideshow Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video slide-show tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades 7-12
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Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome
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Autodesk Sketchbook Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Impressive creation tool for teens serious about art
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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TodaysMeet Visit Website: https://todaysmeet.com/
Easy online conversations supplement and extend the classroom
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Google Drive Visit Website: https://drive.google.com/
Nifty tool for collaboratively editing docs and syncing files across devices or online
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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NPR News Publisher: NPR
Top-notch digital content takes students beyond the airwaves
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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WordPress Publisher: Automattic
Inviting, customizable mobile blog platform with easy-to-use interface
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome, Fire phone
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