Pick #1: SeeSaw
Seesaw app is a digital portfolio app that has so many different functions and possibilities. As a teacher you can set up your students and they simply scan a QR code to log in. This is easy enough for even kindergarten students. Once logged in, you have the options of typing a journal or notes, recording and annotating on a whitescreen, take photos, videos, add links or images. They have even added a simple blogging feature!
Another great feature is that parents can sign up for access to see their student's progress and growth.
Pick #2: QR Codes
QR codes are amazing and a must use for any classroom- regardless of age or content. QR codes make it easy to access all kinds of information and content with just a simple scan. Most QR readers are free. My personal favorite is the iNigma app. Imagine the possibilities- scanning codes that take students to read aloud books, feedback from the teacher, videos to help build background content, tutorials for difficult topics, and more. Making your own QR code is easy. My favorite site for creation is qrstuff.com.
Pick #3: Book Creator
Book Creator is the easiest app for creating digital books. I have even used it with ittie bitties- kinder and 1st grade. It is very intuitive and engaging. Students can draw, add images, add voice, and type text. It also exports in multiple formats, such as videos and PDFs.