Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Top Ten on My iPad

Did you get an ipad for Christmas? Or maybe you have access to use one at school? One of my resolutions is to use mine more in the classroom this year. I have been using it quite a bit for productivity and management, but now I want to use it more for instructional purposes.
FREEBIES: The UCET (Utah Coalition for Educational Technology) Board sends out a newsletter that lists several free apps each month. Go to and click on the “Newsletter” link in the top ribbon to sign up. Some of these apps are only free for a limited time, so it is a good idea to look through the newsletter when it comes out and download what you want immediately.
My blogger friend, Richard Byrne has a relatively new blog called iPad Apps for School,  Richard provides suggestions and reviews on a mountain of apps for education. This is a great place to start if you are looking for apps. Not all of these are free.
So what do I have on my iPad? Way too much stuff! But I am going to try to list my top 10 for school.
1. Teacher’s Assistant Pro. I use this a lot for documentation of student behavior and achievement. I use the pay version. There is a free version to try it out.
2.  Cloud On… Mobile Workspace. Allows me to work on files from Microsoft Word Suite (Documents, Excel, Powerpoints,  PDF), any time.
3. & 4.Educreations and Show Me…. I have both of these (they were free from UCET). They are whiteboard presentation apps. You can write or draw your presentation. You can also upload pictures. Both allow you to narrate the presentation. Both are equally easy to use.
5. The Hat… many of you use the Hat on your desktop…. Draws names; puts kids into groups
6. Pick Me – random student name picker. This one lets you spin a wheel to choose students to call on and will let you indicate if their answer was correct.
7.  Remote Mouse… lets me run my classroom computer from anywhere in the room
8. Haiku Deck… a little Power Point kinda thing…. Nice for short, impromptu presentations.
9. iBooks… a bookshelf for storing downloads
10. Time Timer… four separate timers with 10 sound effects
Share your discoveries here in the comments!

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