My school just purchased a classroom set of 20 iPads (64GB Wifi) with the hopes of using them in an academic capacity. We’re currently researching/purchasing apps and planning projects. We already have a 1:1 MacBook program in grades 2-8, a class set of iPod Touches, a few Kindles, iMacs and SmartBoards in every classroom, Flip cameras, motion sensors, probes, class sets of microphone/headphones, class sets of digital cameras, and enough electronics to sink a ship. Plus, we are blessed with forward-thinking leadership, a faculty willing to integrate technology in the classroom, students excited to try out new tools, and a technology team that I learn from on a daily basis.
I spent two hours sifting through available apps; Many of them were for the iPad, but a few were iPhone apps that run on the iPad (denoted with a *). I skimmed Apple’s own list of Education apps, a website entitled I Education Apps Review, an article on ISTE Connects: “iPad Apps for Education,” and an article from eSchool News: “Developers seek to link iPad with education.” I came across another site listing iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Apps for (Special) Education, and I’ll have to find time to explore those later this week.
Here’s the beginning of an apps list compiled me and other members of my Technology Department:
3D Brain (free), ACT & SAT Vocabulary Builder HD ($4.99), Adobe Ideas (free), *All the Countries (free), Beautiful Planet HD ($0.99), Bloomberg for iPad (free), Brushes ($7.99), Adobe Ideas 1.0 (free), Demolition Master (free), Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections (free), Doodle Buddy (free), Dragon Dictation (free), eClicker (free), Factoring ($0.99), Free Graphic Calculator (free), Free Spanish Tutor 24/7 (free), *Geomaster ($0.99), *Geomaster – US States (free), GoSkyWatch Planetarium (free), *Greek Gods Free (free), Guinness World Records Lite (free) Guitar Lab (free), History: Maps of the World (free), iFactor Quadratics (free), iFormulae (free), iFractal (free), *Muscle System: Head and Neck (free), Pad Math ($0.99), Pastebot ($2.99), Periodic Table of the Elements (free), Photopad (free), Planets (free), Proloquo2Go ($189.99), Quick Graph (free), Roster Recall ($1.99), *SAT Vocab 1 ($4.99), *SAT Vocab 2 ($4.99), Science Glossary (free), Scrabble ($9.99), Shakespeare (free), Shakespeare Pro iPad Edition ($19.99), *Skeletal System: Head and Neck (free), Sonic Pics Lite (free), Sonic Pics ($2.99), *SpanishDict (free), Story Kit (free), Sums Stacker ($0.99), Sundry Notes Pro (free), TanZen HD Lite (free), TanZen HD ($2.99), textPlus (free), textPlus ($2.99), The Elements ($13.99), U.S. Historical Documents ($0.99), U.S. Historical Documents Pro ($4.99), *Ultimate Guitar Tabs ($2.99), *USA Presidents (free), Wikipanion (free), *Wikipedia Mobile (free), WolframAlpha ($1.99), World Atlas with Fact Book and Travel Guide ($0.99), WORLD BOOK – This Day in History (free)
Side note: When I when to iTunes to sift through the Education section of the App store, the first available app in the list was How to Get Girls into bed without trying ($0.99). This particular app was categorized under App Store > Education > Offshore. Whatever.