Showing posts with label ipad apps for students. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ipad apps for students. Show all posts

Monday, December 10, 2012

A New Place To Find Educational iPad Apps

I teased this news on Facebook and Twitter eight days ago and over the weekend I made a soft launch of iPad Apps for School. After a bunch of tweaking I'm ready to say that iPad Apps for School is ready for the world. This new blog will feature reviews of iOS apps (both free and paid) as well as some occasional bits of how-to and advice on using iPads in education. Not to worry, I plan to keep up the same pace of posting here on Free Technology for Teachers and on Android 4 Schools.

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On a related note I set up iPad Apps for School using a theme that I bought from WooThemes (affiliate link). I've used other free and paid (including one that cost $160 USD) WordPress themes in the past and none of them have been as easy to work with as WooThemes. The support documentation and support videos that WooThemes provides are super easy to follow. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Three Free Halloween iPad Apps

Halloween is less than one week away. This afternoon I spent some time trying out a variety of Halloween-themed iPad apps. I found a lot of paid apps that are good, but only a few that I think are worth telling you about. These are the three that I some elementary school teachers will like.

Halloween eBook by Visuals Work is a simple, customizable Halloween story. The short story is about a friendly vampire, monster, and mummy preparing to go trick or treating. Students "find" each one of these as they read the story. To customize the story you can upload students' pictures so that they appear next to the mummy in the story.

Halloween Word Search is a simple word search application that has a Halloween theme. All of the words in the app have a Halloween theme.

Carve a Pumpkin allows students to carve virtual pumpkins. There are five types of pumpkins to choose from. Students can carve their pumpkins using templates in the app or they can carve free-hand.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Create & Edit Documents in Google Drive for iPad

It was rumored last week on TechCrunch and today it is confirmed by Google, you can now create and edit Google Documents using the Google Drive app for iPad. Starting today if you update Google Drive on your iPad you will be able to create new documents and edit documents using Google Drive on your iPad or iPhone. File management just got easier to because now you can create folders and move files into folders using Google Drive for iOS. And although you cannot create or edit presentations you can now view Google Presentations through the Google Drive iOS app.

Android users aren't left out the exciting updates today. Now you can add comments and reply to comments on documents within your Google Drive for Android app. And as with the iOS app you can now view presentations in the Google Drive for Android app.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Maily - A Safe & Fun Email Application for Kids

Maily is a free iPad app that provides young children with a safe and fun way to send emails to parents and selected family members. To use Maily parents have to create accounts for their children. Parents select and add contacts for their children. After the account is created children can then send and receive emails only from the people that their parents have added to their children's contacts list.

The user interface that children see in Maily is very kid-friendly. Using Maily children can draw pictures, use templates to create emails, and or upload pictures to send. To send an email children click the send button and the select the image of the person to they want to receive their messages.

The video below provides a good overview of Maily.

Introducing Maily for iPad from Maily on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Using Maily could be a great way to introduce young children to email in a safe environment. You could use the Maily app to have students send weekly emails to their parents about what they did in your classroom each week.

Friday, August 31, 2012

We Wants Apps - A Great Place to Find Educational iPad Apps

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We Want Apps is a free iPad and iPhone app for discovering new apps for kids. I discovered We Want Apps on David Kapuler's blog and immediately gave it a try on my iPad. With We Want Apps installed on your iPad you can search for apps according to the age of your students, the platform (iPhone or iPad), and price (free or paid). After choosing your search criteria you will be given a list of apps. Click on an app in the search results list to read a detailed description of that app.

You can use We Want Apps without registering. However, if you do register for a We Want Apps account you can bookmark and share your favorite apps. In addition to the search functions, you can also discover new apps by following the We Want Apps "App of the Day" feed.

Applications for Education
Just browsing the App store for educational apps for your students can be a time-consuming and occasionally frustrating process. We Want Apps could save you time and help you find apps that are suitable for your students to use on iPads in your classroom.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

7 Mobile Apps Students Can Use to Never Lose Handwritten Notes Again

A couple of weeks ago on my Android blog I wrote about using the Google Drive app to create digital archives of handwritten notes. That post was prompted by a conversation that I had with a young lady entering her senior year at a high school in Rockingham County, North Carolina. That young lady explained to me that she preferred the act of handwriting her notes and outlines to typing them out on a keyboard. In a lot of ways I agreed with her because when I plan my keynote talks I always use pencil and scratch paper before creating and arranging slides. Try one or all of these seven apps ff you have students that prefer to handwrite their notes or if you prefer to handwrite your notes, but you're worried about those notes getting lost.

InClass is a free iPhone and iPad app that could be a very useful tool for students carrying those devices. InClass provides students with tools for taking text, audio, and video notes. Students can also use the app to take pictures of hand-outs, slides, and other valuable information that they see in class.
SugarSync is a cloud storage service that offers apps for iOS and Android. Using the apps you can take pictures of anything including those handwritten notes and upload them to your account. SugarSync synchronizes your files across all of your devices so that you can access your files anytime you are connected to the web.

Evernote is the service that I've been to store all of my bookmarks for the last year. I also use Evernote to create notes for myself. Sometimes I type the notes, sometimes I dictate notes into Evernote, and sometimes I just snap a picture and upload it to my account. Whichever method I choose, my notes are synched across all of my devices whenever they connect to the Internet. Evernote has apps for iOS and Android.

Skitch, which was bought by Evernote late last year, is designed for creating sketches and marking-up images. Using Skitch students can snap a picture of outlines they wrote by hand then circle or highlight the most important aspects. Skitch is available for iPad and Android.

With Google Drive installed on an Android device students can take a picture of anything and instantly upload it to their Google Drive accounts. Once the image is uploaded it can be accessed from any Internet-connected device.  Students  can write and highlight in their notebooks, but can also back-up those physical notebooks and access them online when they need to.

Dropbox is a cloud storage service that I've written about a handful of times in the past because for two years I used it in conjunction with DropItToMe to collect my students' work. Dropbox for Android and iOS has an auto-upload feature that you could use to upload images of handwritten notes.

Box, like its similarly named competitor above, is an online storage service that you can use to store, sync, and share all kinds of files. The Box mobile apps are available for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. The mobile apps have an image import option that you could use to upload images of hand-outs and notes. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Inkflow - An iPad App for Visual Thinkers

Inkflow is an iPad app for visual thinkers who like to sketch to process what they're hearing, seeing, and learning. Inkflow can be used to sketch mind maps, draw pictures, write free hand, and just about anything else you might do with a pencil and paper. You can organize your Inkflow pages into books.

There is a free version and a paid version of Inkflow. The free version allows you to use black ink only and your books are limited to twenty pages. But you can have as many books as you want in the free version. The paid version gives you more drawing tools and colors as well as more pages per book. The paid version is now available for volume pricing.

Applications for Education
Two summers ago I read Dan Roam's book The Back of the Napkin. That book turned me on to having students create simple sketches to demonstrate how they understand or interpret a topic. Inkflow could be a great iPad app for students to use to draw sketches and outlines of their understanding of topics that they're studying. Of course, Inkflow could also be used for its intended purpose as a note-taking app.