Top Travel Apps for Teachers

22 May 2015

At WST, we always go the extra mile to make your school trip as seamless as possible. From booking your flights to tailoring a bespoke itinerary to your needs, we take the stress out of everything. Part of our commitment to quality service is letting you know about some of the digital resources that make organisation and learning ‘on the go’ a whole lot simpler.

We’ve gathered together some of the best apps to help you keep track of everything on your WST adventure.

1) Vamoos

Vamoos is a handy and easy to use travel app that gives you access to everything you need in one place on a school trip. Keeping track of all your documents, itineraries and key information can get stressful sometimes, but with Vamoos, you’ll have instant access to all these things on your iPhone, Android or tablet. You can even check out the weather forecast! Vamoos allows you to fully immerse yourself in your primary or secondary school trip, without having to worry where all your essentials are. When you book your trip with WST you will be given your personal Vamoos password for your tour, where you will find all your tour documentation, itinerary, emergency information and a map pinpointing the main visits on your trip.

Learn more about Vamoos.

2) Kahoot!

Kahoot is a game based learning app designed for teachers to make fun and interactive lessons for their students. The app allows you to quickly put together on-the-spot pop quizzes and play them in a group setting, perfect for those lengthy bus journeys back to the hotel. You can even add videos, images and diagrams to your questions. Once you’ve formatted your game, simply ask students to log in and you’re good to go.

Learn more about Kahoot here.

3) Show My Homework

Show My Homework is a school-wide homework monitoring platform that allows you to easily set, track and collect homework online. You can reduce marking time with self-marking quizzes that immediately submit results to an online grade-book. SMH allows you to work on your coursework objectives into your trip itinerary. You can spend the day on an excursion, then seamlessly set and collect homework reflecting on the days learning in the space of a few hours.

Learn more about Show My Homework.

4) TED-Ed

The TED-Ed app lets you seamlessly create short lesson plans that will act as an interactive companion to your trip itinerary. You can create customised lesson plans using TEDs library of award winning content ranging from short animations to long-form videos. Lesson plans can take the form of quizzes or even discussion prompts for class debate. It’s an excellent platform to enhance your classes experience of any cultural or historical sites they may be seeing.

Learn more about TED-Ed.

5) Google Classroom

The Google Classroom app encourages collaboration between students and makes the administrative side of learning very easy. You can distribute a document that the entire class can work on together in real time from any device. This allows you to track class progress and give personalised feedback where necessary. Classroom lets you and your students learn on the go and you can conduct a group task anywhere from a museum to a restaurant.

Learn more about Google Classroom.

6) Seesaw

Seesaw is an online class journal that empowers your students to personalise their learning journey and share it. You can create an online class and upload learning artefacts like videos and pictures. Each student gets a personal journal that they can embellish with their own written or recorded work which everyone can access, even parents. Seesaw is a fantastic tool for school trips, as it allows you and your class to tackle learning objectives as a unit, share with each other and keep parents back home updated.

Learn more about Seesaw.

These are just some of the apps that can enhance your students learning experience on a school trip and take a little pressure off you too.