3 Must-Have Apps for Long-Term Substitute Teachers

Taking on the role of long-term substitute teacher is a huge undertaking. Suddenly, you are responsible not only for teaching students, but you must also regularly communicate with parents, successfully manage classroom behavior, and stay current with grading student work.

Check out these three must-have apps that will help you stay on top of all your long-term substitute responsibilities. Once you start using them, you’ll be wondering how you ever taught without them!

Parent Communication

Remind is an app that lets you communicate instantly with parents or students via text or emails. Teachers can sign up for a free account and invite students and parents to subscribe to their class. This app allows teachers to send one-way messages to remind parents and students of upcoming classroom events such as tests, projects, or fundraisers.

Behavior Management

ClassDojo is point-based classroom management system that can be customized to the needs of individual classes.  Teachers can set up a free account for their class and upload their student roster. Students earn or lose points based on their classroom behavior. Behavior can be tracked throughout the year, and parents can monitor at any time. In addition to documenting student behavior, this app can also be used to communicate with parents and share pictures or classroom announcements.


QuickKey is a mobile scanning app that allows you to instantly grade student assessments using your smartphone’s camera. Teachers can administer paper-based tests and then scan students’ answers with their phone for instant results.  Even better, teachers can create and administer quizzes via QuickKey’s quiz application.  Students log in to the application to take the quiz and receive instant feedback. Either way, this app helps significantly decrease time spent grading and helps provide instant feedback for both you and your students.

As you can see, there are many great apps available to help simplify teaching life. If you’re using a great app that you just can’t live without, contact us to tell us all about it!

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