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Collaborate, Innovate, Celebrate – Ipad Pilot Teacher Sharing Session

April 27, 2012

Part of our iPad teacher pilot experience is meeting to discuss ways we are using the iPad and  helpful apps we have found. Today was one of those meetings. Here is my gleaning of what was presented.

Some of the free resources shared included: 

 

  • Rover – allows users to view websites which run with flash; enter the web address you want to visit in the Rover browser
  • Apps Gone Free – Get a daily posting of free Iphone and Ipad apps. Many offers are games, but several are helpful educational tools
  • Free Apps by Keep Creative Solutions – Has daily listings of free apps for the Ipad – from educational to games to photo and more
  • DocScanHD – It’s like having a portable scanner in your hands. Take photos of documents, projects, etc. and have them turned into a PDF file you can e-mail to yourself.
  • TeacherPal – Our French Teacher loves this app as it helps her to create seating charts with student names and pictures for an accurate visual (“Also great to leave for the sub,” she proclaims). Attendance, Homework and although not as user friendly as the other two areas Behavior can all be recorded in this app and backed up to DropBox. (She shared her presentation of this information using a powerpoint created on the paid app Office HD2)
  • Socrative – This interactive student polling and assessment tool was demonstrated
  • PocketCloud – This remote desktop access tool was briefly discussed as a way to control your desktop computer from the Ipad.

A middle school Geography teacher shared the paid app US Geography by Discovery Education (read more about it at this blog). Features he uses and enjoys include:

  • Theater – which includes short video clips (about 2 minutes) that explain topics
  • News – current events updated throughout day
  • Play- Which has both Activities, organized by region, that include short clips, quizzes and Challenges, a mastery type activity as students must get all 10 answers correct.

A high school physics teacher shared Educreations (free) where you can record yourself writing on the screen with voice narration. He indicated this is a good tool for students who are absent but has its limits, including that you can’t download your creation to YouTube. They go to the educreations site.  To counter this challenge, he got Explain Everything ($2.99) which allows you to draw slides on the screen and narrate with the added feature that each slide is a separate narration and you can rearrange as needed. This also allows the user to add text and shapes. The disadvantage he noted was that it was challenging to change pen color.  A beneficial feature is that the user can save to multiple places, including youtube uploads.

We also had a World Languages teacher share about apps and resources she is using to get the news in foreign languages plus a free live Spanish news TV Station.

I left with my head swimming with new resources.

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