Must-have productivity apps for back to school

10 Must Have Productivity Apps

In today’s classrooms, teachers are asked to do more in their day-to-day routines. More paperwork, more assessments, more students…the list goes on and on.  It should come as no surprise that teachers are continually looking for more ways to increase productivity to maximize their time in the classroom.  Check out the following apps that will help teachers use classroom time more effectively and kick off back to school.


Squid is a go-to app for taking notes that offers multiple backgrounds, including grid or lined paper.  You can start writing in the color of your choice, and you have a variety of editing tools to make corrections along the way.  Easily autosave your notes and export work as a PDF or JPEG—perfect for sending to a student that missed a lesso


Wabbitemu turns your Promethean ActivPanel into a graphing calculator.  Wabbitemu is great for whole-group or small-group modeling or for student use during work time.


Are you looking for a way to annotate on top of PDFs, save those annotations, and have the annotations stay with the text on the PDF?  Then let me introduce Xodo, a PDF editor that is perfect for the classroom.  Connect Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox and access PDFs from the cloud, and then view, annotate and save your PDF from your ActivPanel.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary 

Gone are the days of having to look up a word in an actual dictionary manually.  Download the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app and have both a dictionary and thesaurus just a click away on your Promethean ActivPanel.

Google Earth 

Google Earth is a favorite among teachers.  Want to show your students Paris or take a tour of the White House? Open Google Earth and virtually take your students there.  You can search for a location, view the map in 3D, and see the location in street view.  Easily use Google Earth on the ActivPanel to pinch, zoom and move around intuitively.


Desmos is an app for graphing, plotting tables of data, statistics, and more.  Another excellent option for math teachers!

Google Drive

The Promethean ActivPanel gives you one-click access to all of your resources on Google Drive. You can also add the Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Sheets to allow quick access to your Google slides, docs, and sheets.

Microsoft OneDrive 

The Microsoft OneDrive is another excellent cloud option to access all of your resources from the Microsoft OneDrive.  You can also download Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint to be able to edit your documents on your ActivPanel.

For additional apps to use in the classroom, check out Promethean’s recommended app list.