Apps in the Classroom – Sporcle

This one is a bit different. is a website focused on user-submitted timed quizzes. The corresponding Sporcle app ($1.99) allows users to access and attempt a collection of these quizzes from the iPad. Although many of the quizzes focus on irrelevant pop culture trivia (TV show characters, names of Harry Potter spells, etc), there is also a wide assortment of academically-relevant challenges that teachers could creatively use in their classrooms.

Allow me to give you a walkthrough.

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Apps in the Classroom – Book Creator

Book Creator ($4.99) is one of the most well-known and popular classroom apps utilized in schools with both 1-to-1 iPad distribution and grade level mobile iPad carts. It allows students to create their own books which can then be opened in iBooks and shared via email as an iBook or PDF file. So allow me to add my thumbs up to the already considerable pile of endorsements for this app.
Here are some ideas on how to use it…

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Apps in the Classroom – Photo Editing With Skitch

Today's app has two great uses: (1) I use it extensively for preparing photos for these blog posts and (2) students can use it for art, photo, and video projects in just about any subject area.

And as an added bonus, Skitch ($Free) is part of the Evernote family of apps, so it syncs online and across devices via your free Evernote account.

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Apps in the Classroom – The Camera and the Homework Board

The best thing about having iPads in the classroom is when students come up with ideas that hadn't even occurred to me. One of the rather simple things that I didn't anticipate is how easy it would become for students to keep track of their homework and calendars.

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