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107 Favorite iPad Apps for K-8

Great iPad apps for K-8 Tablet computing and mobile devices promise to have a dramatic impact on education. A growing number of schools across the world are jumping on the digital bus and embracing iPads (less often, other tablet products) as the latest tool to teach literature in multimedia, history through games and simulations, and math with step-by-step animation of problems. Not surprisingly, student scores improve when they use iPads and their interest in school soars. In my school, we have been rotating one set of Pads this year through K-8. Drawing AirSketch Free–Turn your iPad into a wireless whiteboard! Geography Atlas–Barefoot World Atlas is an interactive 3D globe for iPad that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet.Stack the Countries Lite Terra–Stack the Countries Lite makes learning about the world fun! Health History Maps Math Algebra Intro–Free.

SMART Notebook app for iPad coming soon! Available this summer, you and your students will soon be able to use SMART Notebook collaborative learning software on your personal or school-owned iPads with our upcoming release of the SMART Notebook app for iPad. This convenient new app enables a seamless transition between whole-class, small-group and personalized learning, allowing you to enjoy the engaging lesson materials of SMART Notebook software anywhere and at anytime. Using the SMART Notebook app, your students can access many of the software tools typically used on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. They can open any SMART Notebook file on their iPad, from an e-mail or file-sharing website, and they can write, erase, add text, move objects and insert images. Your students can even use the iPad camera roll to drop images onto a Notebook page. They’ll be able to use the iPad to review material and complete activities that can then be saved and e-mailed back to you. Image insert – Insert images from the iPad camera roll

Free Math Worksheets Classroom Set up for the iPad Greg Kulowiec is in the process of documenting a project of a paperless research task with a Yr 10 English class. He is recording this on his blog Kulowiectech. One of the things that I like about greg's blog is his conversation about technology and how it best serves the learning outcomes. This is a conversation that all schools need to have especially around iPads. He is currently in his 8th year with the Plymouth Public Schools. Connecting to Math in Real Life By Wendy Petti Who needs math games when a world of meaningful real-life fun is beckoning? It's easy and rewarding to connect to the real world in math class. On the Information Highway," we can find online collections of real-world math activities, math activities with a specific real-life focus (including natural disasters), online data sources, portals for joining or launching collaborative math and science projects, and more. The real-world resources assembled here are sure to excite teachers and students alike. Collections of Real-World Math Activities The math activity sites listed here are repositories of lesson ideas that can be explored offline without the use of computers. Math Goodies Their multi-media curriculum includes 168 in-depth lessons organized into instructional units. Mixing in Math This set of free activities helps teachers, parents, and after-school programs mix a bit of math into students' daily routines. Online Math Activities with a Specific Focus

Adobe Photoshop Touch Review - very nice app Adobe recently released a host of Adobe TouchApps - Photoshop Touch, Ideas, Collage, Debut, Kuler, Proto, and Carousel. Design, edit, and elegantly present your work using six new Adobe® Touch Apps designed for your tablet. Whether you use a stylus or just your fingertip, intuitive touchscreen features provide easy, precise control for a variety of creative tasks. Transfer files through Adobe Creative Cloud for refinement in Adobe Creative Suite® software — or to view, access, and share from almost anywhere. I have been using Adobe Photoshop Touch for the last couple of weeks on a loaned iPad and a friend has it on his Android tablet. The Photoshop Touch app lets you quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more. Adobe's new Creative Cloud/Suite 6 for Students and Educators integrates the Photoshop Touch app so that you can work on your projects seamlessly from mobile to desktop.

Stick Pick app Application: Stick Pick What it is: Stick Pick is a great app for the teacher iOS device. Teachers can randomly (or intentionally) choose a student’s name from a virtual can of Popsicle sticks. Student sticks are tied to a mode and level of difficulty for each learner. Each time a student’s stick is drawn, you will be shown over a dozen Bloom’s Taxonomy related questions that are tied to the learner’s individual ability level. Questions can be linked to cognitive or linguistic needs to each student. Formative assessment is easy to track because teachers can tap a corresponding correct, incorrect, or opinion button based on the student’s answer. How Stick Pick can enrich learning: Stick Pick is a handy tool for any teacher device. Students can use Stick Pick too. Record and send student progress to parents easily directly from the app. Devices: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Price: $2.99 (iTunes Link) Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Apps in the Elementary Classroom One area that I have not written much about on this blog is educational apps. This is mostly due to the fact that my school has one first generation iPad and two iPod Touches for the entire school. We also ban cell phones and other electronic devices, so these are not available for use in the classroom unless the teachers specifically plan for the kids to use them for a lesson or activity, hand them out to the kids and collect them at the end of the lesson. I won't pretend to be an expert on apps in the classroom, which is why I haven't covered their use here. However, with more and more schools investing in iPad carts, iPods and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, it's an important topic. I don't want this to be one of those "top 10 apps" posts, so I will share a few thoughts about apps in the elementary classroom, some implementation ideas for certain apps, and an obligatory list of resources. What is the Role of Apps in the Classroom? Cost Some Resources for Educational Apps

Top 60 best free iPad apps 2012 On comparing iPad apps with iPhone equivalents, one thing rapidly becomes clear: apps for Apple's tablet are pricier. Many of the best free iPhone apps cost money in their iPad incarnations, and the quality level of what's still free is often ropey. But among the dross lie rare gems – iPad apps that are so good you can't believe they're still free. Of those we unearthed, here is our pick of the best free iPad apps. Note that apps marked 'universal' will run on your iPad and iPhone, optimising themselves accordingly. For a mix of free and paid apps, check out our amazing Best iPad apps chart. 1. Annoyingly, some free iPad weather apps refuse to believe that the UK has any weather (or that the country exists), so AccuWeather gets props for merely working. 2. The social networking giant has gone back-and-forth with its mobile apps, finally settling on this smart, native implementation. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Dropbox is a great service for syncing documents across multiple devices. 9. 10. 11. 13.

How One App Uses Digital to Empower Education The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Three Ring Quick Pitch: Create and share digital portfolios of students’ work quickly and easily. Genius Idea: Three Ring allows teachers and students to digitize student work by snapping pictures or videos with their mobile or tablet devices. Crumpled assignments drifting to the bottom of students’ backpacks may soon be an experience of the past. With a smartphone or a tablet, the app allows teachers to take a photo or video recording of student work and then seamlessly view and share the work online. Three Ring is already in the hands of almost 2,000 teachers in New York, Delaware and Maryland. Three friends — Alec Turnbull, Michael Lindsay and Steve Silvius — who share a passion for education reform joined to create Three Ring. Image courtesy of Flickr, flickingerbrad

Apps for Creativity in Primary Education Already used on desktop computer in schools, I Can Animate now bring the stop-frame animations to the iPad. You can capture frames using the in built camera, display onion skinning, undo support, preview whole projects and can be added to an iMovie project for a really polished movie. Keynote is a presentation apps designed for mobile devices. See where you are or where you’re going in map view, satellite view, or a hybrid of both. Scan is a user friendly QR Code and barcode scanner. Move the Turtle: Programming for Kids: £1.99 Move The Turtle is an educational application for iPad that teaches children the basics of creating computer programs, using intuitive graphic commands.Your child will also become familiar with the notions of loops, procedures, variables and conditional instructions. Sketch Nation Studio: FREE Sketch Nation Studio is an app where users create and play their own games or download games from other users. J2e: FREE

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