Leading school tours or educational tours abroad should be an exciting and fun experience for both students and teachers. We have picked 10 travel apps for teachers leading school excursions to make your trip just that little bit easier.
PackPoint is a packing list wizard that helps you and your students get organised before departure. It tells you what you need to pack based on several input factors like destination, length of travel, weather conditions, activities, and essentials. You can even specify whether you’re willing to repeat basic clothing, or whether you’ll be able to do your laundry at your destination. The app is easy to use and ensures you don’t forget what is important.
The app includes a homescreen widget that can help you stay on top of your packing list. You can also share created lists with colleagues, or use it to write a packing list for your students.
If you travel to a country where English is not the main language, this pocket dictionary will come in handy. You don’t even need an internet connection. You can just download the language package before leaving or while you’re at the hotel with internet connection. This app is of course only useful if you know a bit about the local language. If not, you could use Google Translate or teach yourself in advance with Duolingo.
For the teachers who travel to a non-English-speaking country for an educational focus other than the language, we have picked a learning app. Duolingo is a free and very well designed language app that teaches you the basics before a trip abroad. Practice your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing a game! You’ll improve your vocabulary and grammar skills by answering questions and completing lessons. To prepare your students for your international school excursion, advise them to download and practice, as well.
While you’re on a domestic or international school excursion, you might have a professional guide with you to show you around the most relevant places in the city. But if you’re just walking from A to B without doing any sightseeing, you will get great use out of Google Field Trips.
Field Trip is a guide to the cool, hidden and unique things in the world around you. The smartphone app runs in the background and when you get close to something interesting, it pops up a card with details about the location. No click is required. With help of this app, you can show your students that you really know EVERYTHING!
Currency conversion is always a challenge when travelling abroad. Not only for your own purchases, but also for your students this currency conversion app us very useful. It offers live proprietary currency rates and charts, and even stores the last updated rates so it works when the Internet doesn’t. This easy-to-use currency calculator has received over 40 million downloads, making it the most popular foreign exchange app on the market.
As a teacher, you probably either have a school credit card with you, or have to claim expenses back after your trip. For both purposes, Expensify is a great way to keep track of what you spend. The app allows you to manually track expenses, photolog receipts and even import purchase info from your credit card for IRS validated eReceipts. Here’s how it works:
…and you’re done! The app’s SmartScan technology reads the receipt and creates the expense, eliminating any manual entry and saving you precious time and energy.
This free app allows you to track the real-time flight status and see the live map flight track of any commercial flight worldwide. FlightAware gives you real-time flight status, worldwide accurate departure and arrival times and even boarding gate information. If you have a group of students around you, you don’t want to wander around searching for the gate. So this app can come in pretty handy.
No two airports are equal, and neither are their amenities. If you have a stopover of more than 2 hours, it is likely that your students have to sit around, wait and get bored. Before departing for your international school excursion, you can use iFly to check what’s around you at the airport. You will find a list of restaurants that are close to the gate (with reviews), whether there’s free WIFI, ATM’s and much more.
If you travel out of Australia (or even within Australia) you will have to adapt to a different time zone. World Clock gives you not only the accurate time in different parts of the world, but a lot more. You can set an alarm for a different time zone, get alerted about daylight saving time changes and even get information on language, currency and calling codes.
I personally think this is the best weather app there is. Features include real-time alerts, live cams, accurate 10-day forecast and warnings, for example if a storm is underway. The reason why it’s especially good for travelling is the inclusion of a feature called ‘Lifestyles Forecasts’, which will give you a custom weather forecast for all activities you have planned. Plus, you get advice on allergies, pollen, outdoors and more. Advising your students what to wear and what to bring has never been so easy!
Now you’re set for your next international school excursion. If you need help with the planning process or would like to request a non-obligatory quote, please contact our team.