Many teachers are investigating the iPad for classroom use. It is a very intuitive device but it is easy to spend money on apps and not know what you are buying. There are a huge variety of free apps but even they can be confusing.
Below are a small set of apps to investigate; many of these need to be purchased but they will give any teacher a starter set. These are not curriculum linked, though they will almost certainly be used in a curricular context. Each app below is linked to a You Tube video which explains how each app is used.
Video demonstrations of some starter apps for any teachers new to the iPad – watch the videos before you buy!
Penultimate – note taking app
Notes Plus – add audio, useful if you want to record a session whilst taking notes
SyncPad iPad – useful for a teaching situation where multiple iPads are attached
Synchpad – another short video of 40 iPads running over WiFi
Dragon Dictation – this is incredibly accurate and can be used instead of typing. The UK version uses “fullstop” and “comma,” – this video is from the US!
Dragon Search – a great search engine for the iPad
Wikipanion – accessing wikipedia on the iPad
ReflectionApp – the first Live Chat, where one or more iPads can be projected onto a screen for collaboration and sharing
WhatsApp – SMS / texting without cost – very useful! Great over WiFi.
Skype – group chats in real time even when people are not in the same place! Chat to native speakers in your target language
10 FREE APPS – a quick explanation of the following ten apps:
- Overdrive – Library
- Skype – Keep in touch
- IMDb – Film Facts
- ABC Player – TV shows
- Photoshop Express – import pictures, add contrast, brightness, crop and share
- Epicurious – share recipes
- CNN News – news and current events
- inCLass – keeping track of assignments, schedules, quizzes, reminders etc
- Dropbox – cloud storage
Downcast – download all of your favourite podcasts
Keynote and Keynote Remote – presenting from an iPad
Cloud Storage Apps