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!
Puppet Pals 01/30/2012
Free (Director's Pass: $2.99)- Puppet Pals is an app that allows students to create their own puppet shows on the iPad. Students select their own backgrounds and characters before they begin their show. Once they are ready, they can record their voice and manipulate each of the characters in the performance. The free version gives access to limited characters and backgrounds. If you upgrade to the Director's Pass, you will not only have more characters and backgrounds, but also the ability to create your own characters and backgrounds using the camera on the iPad. A fantastic feature that is well worth the upgrade.
Math Ninja 01/30/2012
$1.99- Math Ninja is a defense strategy game where students defend their treehouse from Cats, Dogs, and the Evil Tomato-san. Waves of enemies attempt to destroy your treehouse. You job is to answer basic math facts in order to earn money to purchase items and upgrades that will help as you progress through the game. An engaging app for the students. Free "Lite" version available.
Factor Samurai 01/30/2012
Free- This app is a great way to incorporate the "Fruit Ninja" platform into a math concept. Students "slash" any composite number and leave all of the primes alone. Better yet, once a composite number is split, it breaks into two different factors of that number. Example 8 will slash into 4 and 2. Since 4 is still composite, students will need to slash the 4 as well. Fits perfectly into 4th and 5th grade Common Core Standards.
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!
Color Effects 01/30/2012
Free- Color effects is a photo editing app that allows you to alter a picture in a variety of ways. When a picture is taken within this app, the image is automatically changed to a gray scale. After that you can restore color (or change the color entirely) to selected areas of the photo. Check out what some of our 5th grade students did within 15 minutes of using the app. I will be adding more as students send them to me.
Free- Pretty straightforward...iBooks is a place for Ebooks. Our students download many of the free books from the children and teens category to read during their independent reading time. The books aren't the "big names", but our students are enthralled with the process of reading a book on an iPad. There are a lot of similar ebook apps that are equivalent and provide a larger selection. Just check it out and see if it will benefit your students.
$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!