We wanted to share our ten favorite apps that you can use in a variety of classes/grade levels.
Evernote is a great note taking application that you can use to take your own notes, or use it on student iPads for the purpose of having them gather information and construct projects. Evernote gives the user the ability to quickly type a note, copy/paste text and photos from other sources, and add sound recordings directly to the note. Evernote is cloud based which makes it easy to open and change the note on your computer.
Skitch is a great tool that allows you or your students to take a photo and annotate it for use in other applications. Skitch is simple to use and your students can easily write, type, put arrows, add shapes and crop photos in a matter of minutes. Skitch also makes it easy to share the photo with Evernote, by email, Twitter, or simply by saving it to your camera roll.
The Edmodo app for iPad allows you access to your Edmodo account and most of the features you have on your desktop. You can use it to post Notes, Alerts, Assignments, Quizzes, and Polls to your Edmodo groups. You can also view student assignments and documents on your iPad as well. The Edmodo app also adds some cool iPad features like Bump (to make new connections), and access to your camera and your camera roll. If you use Edmodo in your classroom and you have an iPad, it makes perfect sense that this is one of the apps you will use often.
This allows you to use a built in web browser and notepad to allow for portable research, as well as annotation on top of their notepad. Students, as well as teachers, can show images, research the topic for further explanation, then type a response to a question involving the topic. Also, Scratchwork has a built in Math keyboard for inputting expressions/equations, as well as a Grapher. To use with other programs you can take the information on your notepad and send as either text or as a PDF.
This is a dictation app which allows you to record to type, write on top of pages, insert type and add sticky notes to brainstorm, create stories, or simply dictate. Files can be uploaded to iTunes as a PDF with audio, or you can connect to your Google Docs account.
This is a free version of AudioNote where you can type or copy and paste text onto its notepad. You can then use the text for students to annotate and complete read-a-long activities. Also, AudioNote has a Windows version in which you can use the webcam on your computer to complete the same actions found at http://luminantsoftware.com/iphone/audionote.html
DocScan – PDF Document Scanner
DocScan HD is an easy way to quickly scan a document. Simply take a picture of the document you would like on your iPad, while DocScan HD will detect the borders of the document; all you have to do is a final adjustment using the green resize circles and by tapping next. DocScan HD then will give you the options to adjust the aspect ratio, adjust the brightness, rotate the document, and annotate on the document.
ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard
ShowMe allows you to write and edit on your iPad, and share with their community. It can annotate on top of photos, as well as create from scratch similar to SMART Notebook.
Common Core Standards
A list of every Common Core Standard for ELA and Math, with an example associated with each performance indicator.
An Online cloud saving, which will allow you to save from your computer to your iPad. For more info you can watch our webinar on seemlessly saving work with Dropbox.
It is an iPad-based, soon-to-be-desktop application that allows a teacher to record student attendance, behavior, and grades in a visually appealing presentation. TeacherPal has a seating chart feature which is pretty cool. Teachers can export these reportings in different formats and email these to whomever in an email-blast list. Teachers can also upload these lists into their Dropbox account.