iPad App SuggestionsRebecca Kessler Williamson
There are a lot of great iPad apps for teachers. Here are quite a few that SMG ITS recommends, along with how much they cost to download from the App Store:
Productivity Apps: These apps will help you organize notes, assignments, research, documents, etc., and share them with colleagues.
- DropBox: provides data transfer and cloud storage of documents for use over all your mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android) and computer (Mac or PC). (Free)
- Evernote: Note taking and archiving in the cloud for use over all your mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android) and computer (Mac or PC). Easily tag notes for easy searching and sharing. (Free)
- QuickOffice Pro HD: Create and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Widely regarded as the closest you can get to an Office companion on the iPad, also allows you to sync with Google Docs, save as PDFs, and open documents from SharePoint sites. ($19.99)
- CloudOn: Create and edit Office documents from your Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box account. Formatting options are more robust than Google Drive, but not as advanced as in Quick Office Pro HD. (Free)
- Google Drive: Edit and create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and forms. It’s all cloud based, so you’ll always have the most recent version, and you can easily convert to or from Microsoft Office. (Free)
- Dragon: Speech recognition app that allows you to speak text and email messages, as well as send notes and reminders to yourself. (Free)
Handwriting / Note-taking Apps: There are numerous apps for taking handwritten notes on your iPad. You may feel more comfortable using a stylus on your iPad than your finger to write.
- iAnnotate – a robust annotation tool that can be used for paperless grading of student material right on the iPad. Opens Microsoft Office documents, as well as PDFs and image files, and has a broad annotation toolkit that includes the ability to leave voice notes. ($9.99)
- Notability: Integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, and recording for note taking and organizing on the iPad. (Free)
- Noteshelf: App for taking hand written notes. ($5.99)
PresentationApps: These apps will help you create, organize, and display presentations to colleagues and students.
- Air Sketch – Lets you present (and annotate) on image files or PDFs wirelessly from your iPad. Can also be used as a whiteboard. (Free)
- Keynote – Apple’s answer to PowerPoint, Keynote has a great, straightforward presentation app that can be used for both creating and presenting. Works in tandem with Keynote on your Mac. ($9.99)
- SlideShark – a presentation app that lets you to annotate PowerPoint slides directly from your iPad. SlideShark only opens PowerPoint files – it will not open Keynote files or other file types (you can convert Keynote files to Powerpoint). (Free)
- SMART Notebook – a light version of the SMART Notebook software you may already use; lets you create, edit, and share SMART Notebook files. ($6.99)
- Prezi for iPad: Companion for Prezi on your desktop; allows you to create, edit present and share your Prezis anywhere, even offline. (Free)
Whiteboard Apps: These apps let you turn your iPad into a portable whiteboard. Project it during class, or create tutorials for your students outside of class.
- Air Sketch – Use your classroom wifi connection to turn your iPad into a mobile whiteboard. Lets you annotate on image files and PDFs, and save your notes as an image. (Free)
- Doceri– Record whiteboard sessions and email them to students or post to YouTube. Will only open image files, but you can save notes as pdfs. (Free)
- Jot –With the free version, you can draw and import pictures, and export your notes as image files or PDFs. With the upgraded version, you can share your whiteboard with others in real-time. (Free or $4.99)
- Knowmia Teach – A lesson planning and recording tool, it can be used as a whiteboard or to create short videos explaining concepts (you can even include video of you in your recording). (Free)
- Educreations–Lets you record your whiteboard session (complete with audio), so you can easily create tutorials for students to explain tricky concepts. Email your recordings to students, or post the link to your course site. (Free)
- bContext – Interactive whiteboard / recorder. Imports Powerpoint files, lets you annotate and record, and post to social media or email. (Free)
Connectivity Apps: These apps facilitate collaboration between you and your students, and can increase your flexibility by letting you connect to your students wherever you (or they) are.
- Google Drive - Edit and create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and forms. It’s all cloud based, so you’ll always have the most recent version, and you can easily convert to or from Microsoft Office. (Free)
- Google Hangouts – the Google version of Skype, lets you chat with students (or others) face to face, even lets you do conference calls. (Free)
- Skype – Perhaps the most well known video calling service; also lets you share files or share your screen. A premium version lets you do group calls, too. (Free)
- Facetime – Apple’s video calling service, it’s already installed on your iPad. (Free)
October 31, 2013CEIT Teaching Tech Talk