For the cost of a classroom set of wireless mice, your students can interact with any part of a 2010 PowerPoint you designate. Each mouse is assigned a different icon which interacts on the projected screen. Students could race to click a correct quiz answer, for example. Mouse Mischief tracks who clicks first and how many find the right answer.
Popular game templates such as PowerPoint Jeopardy Games would work well with this technology. Software: free; Hardware: $12-50 USD per student.
Students can create video games for Xbox or PC using this highly-adaptable tool. Sample lessons can be downloaded for free in the Kodu Classroom Kit for Educators. Apply this to a lesson you are already teaching and your students will be developing skills in problem-solving, logic, storytelling, narration, and programming. The possibilities just expand from there. Free.
Remember, an app is just a focused, stand-alone, low-function program. It aims to do one thing really well. The advantage to that is simplicity and effectiveness. You can find apps specific to education by searching on your device’s home page or the entire web. Some free, cost varies.
Add-ins (sometimes called add-ons) provide additional functionality to a program like Outlook or PowerPoint. Unlike apps, they must function within a program. For example, Microsoft’s Learning Essentials add-in allows you to more easily create your own templates and worksheets, using Microsoft Office Suite programs you are already familiar with. Some free, cost varies.
This program is a perfect example of an add-in. Designed for Microsoft Word or OneNote, Mathematics 4.0 contains a full graphing calculator that functions just like hand-held calculators--except this one can plot in 2D or 3D. From simple math to pre-calculus, this tool is useful for a plethora of mathematical feats. This would be a great tool for college students and instructors to use within the web-focused University Suite. Free.
Think your students might be able to sing or song-write about a subject you’re teaching? With Songsmith, you can record audio, edit the recording, and even integrate that audio into a music video. Choose from 30 musical styles. Also, a variety of synthesized instruments can be selected to accompany your projects. Free.