Microsoft in the Classroom

Apps for Learning

Investigate recommended Windows Apps for Learning

Apps for Maths

What:

GeoGebra is a free dynamic mathematics app that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus.

GeoGebra

Why:

  • It is optimised for touch devices - and students can draw on diagrams, graphs etc. to answer questions and solve mathematical problems. When GeoGebra app is snapped side-by-side with OneNote, students can explore and make notes to explain their understanding and reasoning.

How:

  • Find out more about using GeoGebra.

Resources:

GeoGebra Windows 8 Quick Start Guide

Maths and Science Apps Guide

Apps for English

Kid Story Builder

What:

Students will love creating stories using real photos and voices with Kids Story Builder. They can use a webcam or import images and then let their imaginations run wild recording their interpretation of the scene they've created with a microphone. Or you can import reference material and record study notes.

Kids Story Builder

Why:

  • Students can share finished presentations with each other and also export to PowerPoint to share with parents.

How:

  • Find out more about using Kids Story Builder by following the steps in the app.

Resources:

3 Ways to develop student creativity with Digital Storytelling

Apps for Art

Fresh Paint

What:

The Fresh Paint app includes oil, water colours, pencils and all the tools students need to paint original masterpieces or turn photos into beautiful paintings.

Fresh Paint

Why:

  • Using Fresh Paint with a digital stylus is just like painting or drawing for real - but without the mess.
  • Snap Fresh Paint side-by-side with an original painting or photograph and try to copy it or follow step-by-step instructions.

How:

  • Find out more about using Fresh Paint.

Resources:

Fresh Paint

Apps for Programming

Kodu

What:

Kodu lets students create games through a simple visual programming language. Use it to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game with no design or programming skills.

Kodu

Why:

  • Games can be controlled by keyboard or touch or you can plug in an Xbox controller and use that.
  • Lots of example games, stories and activities can be downloaded and students can freely edit these to create their own or build on these.

How:

  • Find out more about using Kodu.

Resources:

Kodu Game Lab

Project Spark

What:

Project Spark lets students create their own game worlds complete with characters and rules. They can also edit and play the games created by the Project Spark Community..

Kodu

Why:

  • In the classroom you could use Project Spark for games deign and creation, writing stimulus, geographic land formations, coding, animation, movie creation, historic re-creations, etc.

How:

  • Find out more about using Project Spark.

Resources:

Project Spark - Bringing Gaming to your classroom

Apps for Languages

Bing Translator

What:

With Bing Translator students can speak, type or copy and paste text in other languages to obtain translations. You can also simply hold up a menu, book or newspaper in front of the camera for an instant translation. Text and camera translation also work offline with downloadable language packs.

Bing Translator

Why:

  • You can also translate directly from websites by sharing from the charm bar - either from English or to English from another language.

How:

  • Find out more about using Bing Translator.

Resources:

How to use Bing Translator on Windows 8

Apps for Geography

Bing Maps Preview

What:

Featuring stunning 3D world and city views, the Bing Maps Preview app is optimised for touch and allows you to search and explore cities around the world in an interactive way.

Bing Maps Preview

Why:

  • Students can explore landscapes and geological features of the Earth.
  • Student can easily take screenshots of their maps to add into presentations, projects or their class notes.

How:

  • Find out more about using Bing Maps Preview.

Resources:

Explore 3D Cities with Bing Maps Preview

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