It is important to remember that utilizing an iPad in the classroom need not require every student to have an iPad with some expensive app and a complicated lesson plan that you spent hours developing that utilizes the app in unique and interesting ways. That is great to do, of course, but one of the more straightforward uses of an iPad is to take the ordinary elements of a classroom and make them extraordinary.
To replace the standard roll-down map at the front of the classroom, we have Google Earth instead. All you need is one iPad, the free app, and the ability to mirror your screen using an AppleTV or AirServer.
I mentioned neu.Annotate+ ($1.99) briefly in my post about Dropbox, but I wanted to give it a little more attention all by itself. It is one of the most frequently used apps in my fifth grade classroom and probably throughout our entire middle school.
At our school we purchased student copies of both Pinnacle Studio ($12.99) and iMovie ($4.99), although we were able to get Pinnacle Studio for cheaper than the standard price by keeping an eye out for sales on the App Store.
Some teachers prefer iMovie and use it in their classes, but I personally prefer Pinnacle and use it with my fifth graders, so that is what I am going to talk about in this post (although anything I say about Pinnacle could also apply to iMovie, if that is your preference).
I want to take time on this blog to focus on which apps I use in the classroom and how. There are plenty of places on the internet to find long lists of apps for teachers to use and many of these lists include explanations about how the app works. But that doesnt really help me. I want to know, specifically, how I can use that app in the classroom. Which subjects? What grade levels? What assessments specifically? So those are the questions I hope to answer with these “Apps in the Classroom” posts.
First up is the Inspirations Map app, which is available on the app store for $9.99 (although it does qualify for Apple's half-price discount for education accounts when doing bulk purchases of 20+ copies).
This app lets students and teachers create a fantastic assortment of visual maps for any and all subject areas.
This option page scrolls down quite a bit.
Students can create basic spider web outlines, plot summaries, sequence of events, comparing and contrasting, science lab outlines, and much more.