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10 Great Apps for a Teacher’s New iPad

10 Great Apps for a Teacher’s New iPad
Did you receive a gift of a new iPad this year? If so, you’re probably spending this holiday vacation week trying out all kinds of new apps. Here are ten that I recommend getting started with. Evernote is the Swiss Army knife of iPad apps. I subscribe to the RSS feeds of a few hundred blogs and websites. If you want to make your own short instructional videos for students, Knowmia Teach is an app you have to try. Box is another service that I use for file storage and sharing. It took me a while to come around to Pinterest, but now that I have I really like it. Haiku Deck is an iPad app that all students and teachers should have installed on their iPads. Skitch for iPad is an app that I use when I want to quickly edit, create, and or draw on an image. A couple of years ago a friend of mine set a New Year’s resolution to watch one TED Talk a day. You may have noticed that this list is comprised entirely of free apps. Chrome is the browser that I use 90% of the time that I’m on the web.

The Top 17 Free Digital Storytelling Apps for The iPad 1-StoryKit This is an awesome iOS app that allows users to easily create an electronic storybook via illustrations by drawing on the screen, using pictures and text, and recording audio to attach to stories. 2- Talking Tom & Ben News This is fun app to use. Kids can talk to them and they will repeat what you say in turs. 3- I Tell a Story This is a free app that allows users to narrate and record their stories with their own voice and language. 4- Scholastic Storia This is an app that is designed to help kids learn and love to read in a fun and interactive way. 5- Talking Tom Cat This is a cool app that lets you interact with Tom, your pet. 6- Toontastic This app allows kids to draw, animate and share their own cartoons through imaginative play. 7- Our Story This app lets young learners take part in fun games that can help them develop their reading skills. 8- Bunsella Bedtimes Story 9- Idea Sketch Idea Sketch lets users easily draw a diagram and convert it to a text outline, and vice versa.

Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning By Tom Preskett Connecting formal education to social media/web 2.0 tools is a relatively new area. Educational institutions hope that by purchasing a virtual learning environment (VLE) all of their learning technology needs will be met. However, the world moves fast, and some educators find that our suite of communication and collaboration tools doesn’t cater to our teaching and learning needs as well as they might. Interestingly, VLEs are usually more suited to managing rather than learning (but that’s for another day). When it comes to thinking about social media or web 2.0 tools, we are looking at tapping into the affordances such tools have towards communication and collaboration. Usually the stimulus for such a process comes from seeing or hearing about a particular tools used in a particular context. Firstly, it’s useful to have in mind a set of criteria like the Sloan Consortium’s: AccessUsabilityPrivacy & Intellectual PropertyWorkload & Time ManagementFun Factor Like this:

iPad Apps for School | The Best iOS Apps for Students and Teachers 2012 iMore editors choice awards iMore honors the very best iOS devices and features, news and events, apps and accessories of 2012 They're what change the way you have fun and get things done. What make you replace what's in your pocket, in your lap, on your Home screen, in your workflow, and on your mind. What challenges your preconceptions, has you instantly forget what came before, and make it impossible to imagine how you'd do without them. They're the devices, events, apps, and games that affected us the most, and they're our 2012 editors choice award winners. Device of the year: iPhone 5 The iPhone 5 was rebuilt from casing to processor. iPhone 5 review Story of the year: Tim Cook's Apple Some years it's one single event, one person, one thing, that stands out from all the rest. Failure of the year: Apple online services It would be easy to point the finger at iOS 6 Maps as being the single biggest point of failure for Apple this year. iPhone social app of the year: Twitterrific 5 iPad utility of the year: 1Password 4

Internet Security | Cloud Security Solutions Digital Storytelling Apps - The GWAEA iPad PD Site One of the best advantages of the ipad is the flexibility that gives your students when completing assignments and communicating ideas. Today we will learn some of the many ways students can communicate their learning by looking at some of the many choices for Digital Storytelling. Allows students to create and record simple puppet shows. Watch your characters take to the stage and deliver their lines just as you wrote them. Toontastic -- (Free with in-app purchases or $9.99) Same basic concept as Puppet Pals but provides some information about different parts of the story (Set-up, Conflict, Challenge, Climax and Resolution) and how they work together to make a story. Allows students to record a story with sock puppets. This one is a little more advanced than some of the others. Similar to Story Patch. Storywheel -- (Free or $2.99 with in-app purchases) A game-type app that has students work together to tell a story. Create Voicethreads on your iPad! Rubrics for Digital Storytelling:

Top 8 Web Tools for Teacher's Professional Development I have been recently posting about teacher's professional development using web technologies and each time I do I would get emails asking for the tools I use personally. I compiled a list of the top 8 platforms I use almost daily for expanding my knowledge and staying updated about the topics that interest me the most. Being a graduate researcher in the field of educational technology and from my own experience of several years blogging in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, I highly recommend the tools below and I personally view them as the most important platforms for growing professionally.

25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty In case you haven’t heard the news, we’re putting out a special mini-issue early next week. It’ll be available in the Edudemic Magazine iPad app and, best of all, FREE to subscribers! If you’re not (yet) a subscriber, it’ll be just $0.99. The following is an excerpt from just one of the articles in the mini-issue. So you’ve got one or a few iPads that you want to use in the classroom. 15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps Mindmapping is the process of drawing up diagrams that show relations between various ideas, tasks or information. For many of us this shows to actually be a way of taking notes that can be more useful than just writing down keywords or sentences like we do on a to-do list. By drawing mind maps you actually visualize your tasks and how each task can influence each other in a better way, making your brain remember more easily and/or come up with new ideas. The Tools There are various tools for mindmapping out there, both free and paid versions. The ones that require any installation, can be run on all platforms that support Java unless something else is specified. Freemind ↓ I found the application quick to install and very easy to understand, – which is probably why it is one of the more popular. You can download Freemind here. Xmind ↓ Xmind has a more professional business-like look compared to FreeMind. You can download Xmind here. Bubbl.US ↓ Web application. MindMeister ↓ Freeplane ↓ Bookvar ↓

6 Best iPad Security Apps The best iPad security apps are here to protect all sorts of content stored on your tablet. Whether its pictures, music, files, folders, documents, emails or any other type of data, you can be sure that they’ll be out of harm’s way and away from prying eyes, just as long as the software options sit snuggly in the gadget. Like any other tech device, the Apple slab is also susceptible to various threats like viruses, internet malware and harmful external factors. So if you want to keep your slate secure, do give our array a glance and download an app or two that fits your requirement list just right. 1 – Find My iPhone: Don’t worry. Thereon, you can choose to remotely lock your device, erase the data or opt for displaying a message or playing a sound at full volume, even if your device was on silent mode. Price: Free 2 – 1Password for iPad: From declaring a free app, we now move on to the next contender in our iPad security apps roster which will cost you a little under $10. Price: $9.99

iMovie and the iPad - The GWAEA iPad PD Site -- Allows for editing and enhancing of photos on your iPad. -- Select any photo from Camera Roll -- Features include: Cropping, Color, Exposure, Sketch, Focus, Borders and Effects -- Share edited photo through email, Facebook, Twitter, tumblr., Flickr, and through -- Photoshop Express -- Allow for enhancing photos with pre-made effects -- Choose Film, Light, or Borders and scroll through options -- Select your choice in one and move on to another (can choose one in each section) -- Share edited photo back to library, iTunes, Facebook, Flickr,, Dropbox, or email Video Filming and Planning Resources -- Allows you to create movies or movie trailers using photos and videos from your camera roll and music in iTunes on our iPad or by recording straight into the app -- iMovie allows you to share your videos back to your Camera Roll, YouTube, Facebook, vimeo, iTunes, and CNN iReport Trailers -- Allows the creation of movie trailers around a theme; scary, superhero, romance, etc. arrow. 1. 2. 3.

TeacherTube The iPad and Parental Engagement in Education Parents have a very different perspective. Whilst educators wax lyrical about the potential of the iPad for learning, there are concerns from parents about its impact on their child. Or so we thought. All parents of iPad trial students were asked to complete a questionnaire, attend a focus group meeting and email any further thoughts to inform the decision making progress for future iPad use. Below are direct responses to questions from the focus group where parents were encouraged to discuss with each other the various advantages and disadvantages of the iPad for learning. Have you noticed any change in the way your child approaches learning?. As suspected the increased motivation and collaboration we have witnessed from students has also been observed at home. What are the disadvantages of the iPad in the learning process? Blurring the boundary between work and playAddictive nature of the deviceDoes it detract from the need for good handwriting? Like this: Like Loading...

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