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Education Seminars & Events. One approach to setting up the iPad for shared use among multiple users. The iPad is inherently an individualized device – ‘Our Pad’ makes it easier to work around that. A growing number of faculty and staff members at The College of Westchester have been using iPads and we’re always learning more about their functionality and potential uses. One idea that comes up from time to time is the possibility of using them in multi-user situations.

Perhaps we could have iPads available to loan for use within the Library, or maybe a few people in a department or work group might want to share the use of one? A significant challenge with this would appear to be the individualized nature of the devices – the “i” in iPad could easily stand for “individual” since the device is highly personalized.

For example, if you set up an email account using the iPad’s built in email app, when you give that device to someone else they will have access to that email account (and not to their own – at least, not through the app). The “Our Pad” App for the iPad Are you sharing iPads? App Review Sites and Web 2.0 books  Dark Side of the iPad ~ Collecting student projects is difficult! Since its release the iPad has garnered arguments regarding whether it is primarily a device for consumption or creation. I have always believed that it is a device capable of creation. One simply needs to consider apps such as Avid Studio, DemiBooks Composer, Pages, Keynote, Minecraft Pocket Edition, Art Rage, SketchBook Pro, Comic Life and many others.

These and many other apps all allow the user to tap into their talents and produce output of which they can be proud. Of course the iPad is also a worthy consumption device. Think of FlipBoard, Reeder, Safari, Guardian Eyewitness, The Elements, Solar Walk, and any other app that allows anyone to easily explore information, imagery and data on the web or embedded within the app. [Note: A number of readers have begun adding comments below which may also interest you. John.] The Dark Side Yet, the iPad has a dark side. Which interface!? Transferring files is not easily accomplished, if at all. Why? So, what are some of the stumbling blocks? iPad Split Keyboard Has 6 Hidden Keys to Make Typing Even Easier. Did you know the split iPad keyboard in iOS 5 includes six hidden ‘phantom’ keys that make typing even easier?

The hidden keys are Y, H, B, T, G, and V, and technically they’re just duplicates of the keys directly across from each other while the touch keyboard is split in two. This makes some of our quirkier and habitual typing gestures still work despite the fact that the user is technically typing onto nothing. Try it out yourself. I had no idea this existed, but this great find from Finer Things has made the rounds on the web and does a great job of emphasizing how Apple pays attention to even the littlest things in their quest to protect the user from their own error and frustration. Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? [for additional ELA/Reading specific apps and ideas see Reading on the iPad] Is only one iPad in a classroom worth it? This question keeps reappearing on the EC Ning and in other blog spaces. The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom. It is an even larger YES if the Mac device has the most current operating system.

If more iPads are in the future, you might want to check out iPad App Reviews and iPad 3C's: Some Planning Questions. Setup and Projection You will definitely need to set up a unique Apple ID (iTunes acct.) with a password that is kept secret from the students. OK - I have apps, now what can I do with them?

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20 Great iPad Apps for Primary Literacy. From initial charges that ‘it;s just an overgrown iPhone’ the iPad is now part of many teachers’ and schools’ essential kit. But it’s fair to say that while Apple has created a beautiful, robust and powerful piece of kit finding the best apps on the App Store can be a challenging experience. So I asked everyone on Twitter for some advice on what th best apps were out there, and @narthernlad came back with so many suggestions I’m going to split them over a couple of posts! Here are some suggestions for literacy apps to try with your students. If you have any other suggestions for a great iPad literacy app, I’d love to hear them. 1) First Letters – Match the letters and listen to the song. 2) ABC Alphabet Phonics – A simple game where children locate the correct letter 3) Story Ideas – Can you guess what this one does?

4) Comic Touch – Make your photos go all cartoony warping images and adding speech bubbles 7) Puppetpals HD - Create your own puppet shows with animation and audio in real time. Quest Visual - Home. Web research on the iPad using Evernote and Skitch (how-to) My work involves frequent research on the web, and I am doing more of that on the iPad than ever before. This is mainly due to two apps that make capturing information as easy as tapping on the screen. The two apps, Evernote and Skitch, work well together since both of them are now produced by the Evernote Corp. I have previously detailed how I use Evernote to write long articles on the iPad, a method that still serves me well. Since Evernote is the home for my notebooks in the cloud, it is fitting to also use Evernote in the research phase of my writing projects.

It is worth mentioning that both Skitch and Evernote work as well on the Android platform. Related: Evernote makes it easy for me to capture information on the fly as each account holder is assigned a unique email address linked to the Evernote account. This works as follows: I read an article on the web in Safari, Reeder, Zite, or Flipboard, and decide I want to save the reference in Evernote. 21 IPhone, IPad And Android Apps For Decorating, Home Repair, DIY And Crafts. The Best Web Apps for Web Designers and Developers of 2011. As a designer and general lover of software and technology, I am always looking for new ways to make my life easier. When it comes to design and blogging, its no different. Lately, I have noticed that all these great programs can be resource hogs. They take up so much space and some of them I may only use three or four times a year. With that in mind, I am always on the look out for web applications that will do the same thing or better than what desktop apps can do.

Over the last year, I have found many great web apps and I use some of them everyday or whenever I can. So today, I wanted to share with some of the best web apps for web designers and developers. Some of these great web apps can be used in almost any profession, the rest can be used by anyone who needs a little extra help in the design area. DropBox Dropbox is an easy to use tool for backing up your files, videos, and music. Subtle Patterns dochub Evernote Profitability Mint Mint is a free alternative to Quicken. 11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store. This post is part Four of the Special Needs iPad & App Series. In only one year the Apple iPad has revolutionized the tech industry. 15 Million iPads have been sold and estimates are that within the next 3 years over 115 million tablets will be shipped.

Dozens if not hundreds of applications have been created that enhance the quality of life for individuals with all types of disabilities. This has lead Apple to create a special education section in the App Store. To try and make sense of all of this we have put together a nine part series on the iPad and useful applications. In part three we discussed seven scheduling & behavioral apps for children with special-needs This week we bring you: 11 Social Skills & Life Skills Apps in iPad App Store Stories2LearnCompany: MDRCategory: Social SkillsPrice: $13.99Description: Stories2Learn offers parents and educators the ability to create personalized stories using photos, text, and audio messages.

Did we miss any? The Rest of the Series: Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Assistive Technology: Write Answers. Published Online: October 12, 2011 Published in Print: October 13, 2011, as Assistive Technology: Write Answers By Francesca Duffy Assistive technology is designed to make hard or even seemingly impossible tasks doable—and for students with disabilities, writing can be one of the hardest school tasks of all. But since difficulties in writing are wide-ranging—and technology is rapidly evolving—finding the right AT device can be an ordeal. One key is to ensure you understand the student’s challenges first, and then to match the right technology to his or her needs, speech-language pathologist Joan Green, author of The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education, says.

Although Green generally encourages educators to use free online resources, she says a digital pen, such as the Livescribe Pen, is a worthy investment for some students. Spelling SoftwareVocabulary and The goal of this program is to help improve the user’s spelling and vocabulary skills. Top 5 Apps for Organizing School Work. Summary: While digital media gives us nearly unlimited access to info, organizing that info is critical–and that’s where these five resources can come in handy. These days, computers are an absolute necessity for students, and now even tablets are becoming required tools for their learning environments. Digital technology helps us take notes, write papers, do research, correspond and even take classes altogether. Hundreds of apps are out on the mobile markets to help students in their learning endeavors. Here are a few apps geared specifically towards organization for the student. 1. iHomework With tabs like Reminders, Courses, Teachers, Calendar, Reading, Completed and many other interactive features, this app acts like a personal assistant for your school schedule. 2.

Sync your email and school calendars together, set, import or invite others to appointments in the calendar. 3. iStudent Pro This app is a lot like the iHomework app only perhaps a little sleeker. 4. 5. 10%20Of%20the%20Best%20Apps%20for%20Education. Initial iPad Setup. Quick List: iPad Resources For The Classroom. One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads in the Classroom. Many schools a all over are investing in iPads in the Classroom and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more.

In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme (last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom. iPads For Education While this site comes courtesy of the Department Of Education in Victoria Australia, there is lots of information that can cross the Pacific that you can use in your classroom.

Be sure to check out the suggested apps, the case studies and the 21 Steps To iPad Success which has everything you need to know if or when you roll out these devices. To help you separate the real bathroom breaks from the bogus ones we have come... Sound Uncovered features facts about sound that are offbeat and informative. Cybrary Man's iPad Resources. 100 Essential iPad Tips and Tricks. Change the way the default apps and the operating system behave, to make them suit your particular needs.

You’ll also discover ways to squeeze more functionality out of the default apps. The guys over at have put together another great article on the iPad. Where many articles before have focused on the settings and technical aspects of getting the most from your iPad, this article is really about customising your ipad. The iPad is an incredibly versatile device that can enhance your life in many different ways but all iPads behave identically when you first get them out of the box.

That’s no reason for us to use our gadgets in the same way as everyone else. Be sure to check out the rest of their site at tcgeeks. 01 Which Direction Am I Travelling In? When using the Maps app, you can see your current position on the map as a blue dot. 02 Share Your Location If you want to rendezvous with a friend, tap the ‘i’ icon by the pin that indicates your current location. 03 Drop a Pin. Should we use Parental Controls for the iPads in the Classroom. I teach in a high school and we have always made it a policy at our school to give students access to all the tools on their iDevices.

This was originally meet by concern from a couple of staff and some parents but the reality was that once the students were given complete access they no longer saw the need to hack into their machines to get it. Many of the students lost interest in the tools we were most afraid of them having. The reality of our situation was that without the control of their own devices we would not have achieved the creativity or sense of ownership that many of our students have now developed with their own learning. The students became the driving force behind a fundamental pedagogical change that occurred at our school after the implementation of the 1:1 program.

But....I understand that not everyone is able to or comfortable with giving their students this amount of autonomy. Mobicip: $5.40 AU 2. 3. 4. Collaborative Whiteboard Apps for the Classroom. Interactive and collaborative - Whiteboards are a great way for teachers to explain concepts to their students. With the ability of some iPad apps to record, you ensure that students who did not develop understanding of the concept the first time have the opportunity to watch and listen again and again.

Working in small groups or brainstorming as a class, collaborative whiteboards are a great way to share ideas. Work in the same room, on the same network or even from different parts of the country. No matter what you are working on these interactive whiteboards are a great way to document or record your thinking process. Educreations: FREE Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. ShowMe: FREE Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!

iPhone, iPad apps for children with learning difficulties. If technology allows us to do one thing well, its to develop software and networks to increase levels of communication. Taking this as a starting point, some individuals and organisations have come up with a number of applications that can be used to assist children with learning difficulties.

The apps currently on the market cover a variety of developmental issues -- including emotional, social, organisational and basic skill learning. Below is a selection of apps I discovered and tested that are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. For the full selection, view the gallery. See also: Gallery: iPad and iPhone apps for children with learning difficulties 1.Eye Contact - Zoo Category: Social skills Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The Eye contact Zoo game, designed for children affected by Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, rewards children for quickly focusing in on a person's eyes. 2. iPrompts 3. 4.ABA Flash Cards - Emotions 5. iReward Grembe Inc.' Related: PDHPE iPad Apps. 10 Best Apps 4 Teachers.

Quixey - Find apps that do what you want. SmarTots - We recommend the Best Educational Apps for your Child. Reader. Top 10 Free Online Tutoring Tools for 2012. 30+ Holiday Apps for Creativity & Learning. My Quick List of iPad Apps. Awesome Apps for Science Experiments, Storytelling, Coding and More. SpedApps2 - HOME. Best iPhone Apps: Top 5 Apps for Special Education 2011 by hillavee. 10 iPad Apps for Web Curation.