At the last technology conference I attended, there was a lot of “buzz” around the use of mobile apps. With mobile devices becoming more affordable and accessible, apps have the potential to transform the classroom. Many school districts have implemented iPad programs. Continue reading for a list of five awesome apps for teaching with iPads in the classroom.
I started using Dropbox on my PC two years ago, but only recently discovered the app. Dropbox allows you to compile and access documents and photos from anywhere. I have students submit their essays to my Dropbox, and now with the app, I have the ability to read the essays on my iPad. This is extremely beneficial when I travel and don’t have room for my laptop.
The TED app is a free app that allows you access to over 1,000 videos on a multitude of topics. I have used TED videos for writing apps as well as group projects. Downloading the TED app and having access to ipads in the classroom has allowed me to assign different videos to each student group and have them report back to the rest of the class. The app allows you to download the videos and playback without an internet connection. Jackie Gerstein created the Teaching with Ted Wiki and it has a multitude of teaching resources based on TED videos.
The iTalk recorder can be used by students to record explanations or to record podcasts on particular topics. This app can also be useful if you want to record your lectures and make them available to students who are absent.
Toontastic is geared more for younger students, but I’ve used it for a couple of projects with my high school students. The free version is limited, but still has some useful tools. Illustrating themes with their own scenes and characters helps students understand the more difficult concepts of a plot.
Other Resources for Teaching with iPads:
This post by Terry Heick discusses ten questions you should consider before using iPads in the classroom.
This post by Matt Levinson focuses on 14 Tips for using iPads in the classroom.
This presentation on Slideshare focuses on 62 ways to use the iPads in the classroom.