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- Mapdraw is an app in which you can track and navigate a desired route on a map. When you open it up, it looks a lot like the Maps app that comes with the iPad. You can change between the map view, terrain view, or a hybrid. You can then create a route to the hundredths of a mile. You can also insert different points along the way. I have used this app personally as a motivation tool for running during the winter. I will run on the treadmill for however long and record the distance. I will then add that distance to my map and go wherever I want to. During the first few days of February, I "virtually" ran from Des Moines to Ankeny, IA (about 9 miles, see below). This app could also work great in PE if the teacher does some sort of mileage club, or any work with pedometers. The students can track their own route and choose where they want to go!
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 $.
Common Core 01/30/2012
Free- The Common Core at your fingertips! If you are an educator with an iPad, this is a must-have reference tool. I use this app to connect with the content at various grade levels to incorporate technology. For example, if I am looking for a topic for 3rd grade, I will check the Common Core app to find the standards that I can address during technology time. I can also use this app to develop ways to incorporate technology into their normal classroom instruction.
Science 360 01/30/2012
Free- Science 360 is an app full of photos and videos related to top science topics. Anything from animals to athletics is covered in this app. Our 5th graders currently use Science 360 as a told for morning journaling. Students may watch a video from this app and reflect on it in their paper desk notebook. The one downside is that, due to the high amount of multimedia content, it does take a bit longer to load up. Well worth the wait...especially for free!
Mini Adventures Animals 01/30/2012
Free- Doing a unit on animals? This app (geared for younger students) has a huge library of beautiful animal pictures. The best part of the app is that each animal is linked to a youtube video of the animal in action. A very simple app, but our Kindergarten and First grade students love it!