Simple Mind 03/29/2012
Free- Simple Mind is a great brainstorming app. You can create a simple or complex web, or mind map with the touch of your fingers! You start out with your central theme or idea. From there you can add different sections and sub-sections to your web going as in-depth as you need to. You can move and organize all of your information and the app automatically color coordinates everything for you. You can choose between a variety of themes that will sort through various colors and backgrounds.
At Edmunds, we recently used this app to brainstorm podcasting ideas that will help Edmunds. Students came up with ways to teach younger students on how to be safe, academics (abc's addition, etc.), and other general things the students thought would help make Edmunds a better place. Classroom teachers also like this app because it is a great tool for something that students should be doing on a regular basis. Thinking about their own thoughts!
Free- This app is a great app for classrooms with iPads. Not only is it great for iPads, but for any classroom with good access to the web. When you login to Edmodo, it looks very similar to a Facebook account, but the best part is that students do not have access to post on anyone's wall besides the classroom teacher and the entire class. There are so many ways that you can monitor and control what your students are doing on the sight.
Edmodo can be used in so many different ways, but another way that we use it is for assigments. I will create an assignment in Edmodo and send it out to all classes via a post on the classes wall. The students will click on the assignment, complete it, and turn it back in all on Edmodo. I then get a nice little organized system to grade th assigment and provide communication to the student.
I am sure that I am just scratching the surface on the potential of Edmodo, but it is a great tool to start using...if you aren't already!
Free- Quickvoice is a voice recording software. Our students use it to record themselves reading and then playback to listen to themselves. They then discuss how they could make their own reading better. A great feature for teachers is that you can export the audio the student created and keep in your own storage. This type of app opens up creative potential in working with students in all areas.
Dragon Dictation 02/16/2012
Free- Dragon dictation is a speech to text app that allows you to talk into your ipad to have your words translated into text. This app works great with our ELL students, but it is sometimes difficult for the app to completely understand students with heavy accents. You really need to speak clearly in order for it to accurately translate. I also like how you aven export the text to a word processing app like pages. This helps with some of our students who get frustrating with parts of the writing process.
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Client: Free; Host: $9.99- If you have multiple iPads in your classroom, Eclicker provides an opportunity to turn your iPad into a classroom response system. Here is how it works: Download the Host app on your teacher iPad. This app will allow you to connect to any other iPad on your network. Put the client app on each of the student iPads. Once the students open their app, they will have to enter your IP address (directions within the app) and it will automatically connect to the teacher iPad. Once the students are connected, you can send different types of questions to the group and gather their responses immediately. The app will also graph correct responses and keep track of how the students are doing. There is also a free desktop app for your computer that will allow you to type up questions via the computer ahead of time and choose your questions from your developed question bank. The main issue I have with this app is that the student (client) needs to manually enter the IP address each time you start a new session. Not too bad for older elementary students, but makes it a bit more challenging for K-2. Overall, well worth the $.
$2.99- This app is essentially virtual notebook. You can create different folders within the app. Our students have a notebook for reading, writing, science, etc. With paperdesk, the student can type, write, and record their thoughts. Students can also take pictures from their ipad and insert that picture into their notebook. One use of this is to eliminate worksheets by having the student take a picture of the assignment you want them to do, insert it into paperdesk, and answer the questions on the ipad. When the student is finished he/she can email the teacher the notebook, or even save it into googledocs. There are so many options with paperdesk. I am VERY interested in other ways people are using paperdesk. Please leave a comment or email me with other thoughts on this app!