I am not sure if this has ever been posted on the site, but last year I contacted all the teachers in my school and asked them to supply me with a list of apps they have on their iPads or have used in the classroom. I received dozens of replies listing hundreds of apps. I then went through the responses and put together a massive 29 page list of all the apps organized by grade level and subject level. I even typed up little descriptions of the apps to go along with them.
This document is incredibly useful as a starting point for schools planning on giving iPads to their teachers or their students. One of the biggest hurdles for inexperienced teachers is feeling overwhelmed with the devices and trying to find useful apps for their classroom. This list can help your hesitant teachers find some starter apps that they can experiment with. This will give them the confidence to hunt down more apps that they can use.
Some disclaimers: the list is from 2013, so it is already outdated, but most of the information is still relevant. Furthermore, not all the apps listed are great apps. Some of them won’t be useful to your teachers or your students. The point of this document is not to give you the best apps in the world, but to give you a bunch of starter ideas to share with your teachers.
Anyway, you can find the massive iPad app list right HERE. Feel free to share with your teachers or other schools, and feel free to leave feedback in the comments.
Microsoft has just recently released iPad apps for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. These aren't just sloppy ports of the Windows programs, either. These apps were designed from the ground-up to work efficiently on the iPad and with touch controls. I was able to download them and check them out, and here are my impressions.
So, you are a foreign language teacher with a dozen different classes of elementary, middle, or high school students struggling to learn Spanish, or French, or whatever. You are actually pretty lucky when it comes to utilizing the iPads. Very few subjects benefit from this technology as much as a foreign language class. You can do research on foreign countries, look up photos of different cultures, find recipes for ethnic foods, use translation and dictionary apps, check out video lessons on pronunciation or watch episodes of foreign TV shows, and find a huge wealth of language-learning apps to help your students practice inside and outside of class. And out of all the language-learning apps available, Duolingo is one of the most impressive I have encountered thus far (and it's free).
Today I just wanted to do a quick post pointing you towards a handy app I used this past week. A coworker of mine had used Amerigo to rip some video clips off of CNN.com, but they were saving as a format that the iPad could not read. The clips were useless: they couldn’t be viewed on the iPad or incorporated into other apps (such as Pinnacle). She needed a simple way of converting the ripped files into a format that could be used in iOS.
Conveniently, there is a very straightforward app called Convert Videos available in the app store for just $3.99.
While internet content filtering is important, it doesn’t necessarily block advertisements embedded in websites, Google searches, YouTube videos, or inside apps. Most advertisements are harmless (but annoying), but do kids really need to be exposed to an onslaught of commercialism while at school? Many ads can disrupt classwork or might conflict with the school’s mission, vision, or code of ethics.
So we want to block the ads, but Safari on iOS doesn’t let you just download an AdBlock plugin like you would for a PC or Mac web browser. A few alternative browser apps have adblocking, but they aren’t the default and we can’t force students to use them. But don’t worry: we have a solution.
Although most schools probably have a robust email contact system in place by now (we use Mail Chimp), you might not have individual email lists for each teacher and classroom. Most teachers just manually collect email addresses at their “Meet the Teacher” info night and set up their own system.
Well Remind101 ($Free) is a nice little app that will help you safely and securely contact parents or students.
QR codes are those fancy pixelated images that let you encode text or web links. Apps on mobile devices can easily scan the QR to decipher the text or instantly load a website. There are a million apps that let you scan QR codes, but today I am going to focus on the official (free) Google Search app and the built-in Google Goggles image search feature.