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Notes from yesterday’s #BabyNYCIST app share. #edchat #isedchat


Yesterday we had an App Share at our BabyNYCIST meeting hosted by the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. K-5 technologists from a variety of NYC indepedent schools gathered to demo some of their favorite iPad apps. (These BabyNYICST meetings are a spinoff from the more techie/geeky NYCIST meetings.)

Here are some of the apps that were shared:
Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1WordFoto – “turns your photos and words into stunning works of art” – shared by Lan Heng from Ethical. Lan also showed great examples of iPad ePub books that her students have published. They designed their books using Pages, these incorporated word processing, Keynote presentations that were exported at videos, and images. The Pages files were exported using the simple ePub feature. Lan said that next year, she is going to use InDesign to make a yearbook and then ePub for iPads. Lan also demo’d Book Creator.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Voicethread  – “create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos…Anyone can join the discussion from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC” – shared by Ellen Baru from The Cathedral School. Ellen likes the iPad version of Voicethread more than the web version. She also uses little microphones from Chill Pill (I’m pretty sure she was talking about the Rap Cap which are ridiculously inexpensive).

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Explain Everything – “easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations” – shared by Marina Benasuli from Horace Mann. Explain everything is described by its co-creator, Reshan Richards, as ShowMe on steroids.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1ShowMe – “turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard…allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online.”

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1FlipBoom Draw – “Create cartoons that come to life on your iPad” – shared by Wendy Semsel at The Churchill School.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Paint With Time – “explore how the world is changing by controlling the flow of time with your fingers in this new app” – also shared by Wendy Semsel.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1PuppetPals – “create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time…simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record…” – shared by Judith Seidel of Friends Seminary. Judith said that her K teachers chose PuppetPals over Toontastic, but she likes Toontastic for the older kids since it incorporates a story arc.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Pages – Judith also shared how 3rd graders make Alphabet books in Pages for their K buddies. Next year she may use BookCreator because of how well it integrates with Lion.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Book Creator – “the simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad” – shared by Ellen Nickels and Scott Lerner from The Dalton School. They like Book Creator’s simple interface for integrating text, pictures, drawings. They find it easier than Pages for the smaller kids. They plan to do projects with SonicPics and ShowMe soon.

Other things shared:

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Hi-5 to @fpgina for organizing another faculty iPad app share this afternoon!


Gina Marcel (@fpgina) hosted our 2nd Faculty iPad share where teachers from The School at Columbia University get together to eat, shmooze, and share iPad apps. Here are some of the ones that were shown:

Toontastic shared by Gina Marcel, K-3 Technology Integrator (@fpgina)

SymmetryShuffle shared by Amy Liebov, Kindergarten Teacher (@AmyLiebov)

SoundLiteracy shared by Ibijoke Akinole, K-2 Learning Specialist

JibJab Jr. Books shared by Tabitha Johnson, K-4 Librarian (@tabletj)

ShowMeApp shared by Aletha Haynes, 2nd Grade Teacher (@ahaynes16)

7Billion shared by Nadine Renazile, 5-8 Librarian (@infobirdie)

CharacterPad shared by Nancy Wong, K-2 Numberacy Liasion (@scampnyc)

Cube it 3D also shared by Nancy Wong

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ShowMe, AudioNote, LiveNotes, Whiteboard are iPad apps for notetaking, recording, sharing.

I recently read a blog post from Tech & Learning by David Kapuler (@dkapuler) about Top 10 Sites for Note Taking. While Evernote and Livescribe were absent from the list, it was still an interesting read.

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been talking with math teachers, English teachers, Spanish teachers, and members of the Technology Department (Andrew Gardner @agardnahh, Gina Marcel @fpgina, Don Buckley @donbuckley) about various tools and iPad apps that would be helpful with recording kids voices, taking notes, offering alternative assessments, populating a digital archive of student work, and moving towards a flipped classroom model similar to the Khan Academy. (See my last post about Livescribe and Smartpens in the math classroom…)

Below are some iPad apps I am encouraging teachers to use specifically to record audio, text, and handwriting. Please feel free to share more!


San Kim (@SanKim) came to our school yesterday afternoon to show us ShowMe (@ShowMeApp)! It is still in Beta, though may be in the App Store in a month. You can apply to be a beta tester on the site.

Pros: Free, records audio, can import an image to the background, has 6 pen colors to choose from, uploads to a shared space, saved files are embeddable

Cons: Does not [yet] have a slider to move the play head back and forth, does not allow you to click on the drawings to hear the audio synced with that moment


Pros: Lite version is free, records audio, incoporates a notepad where notes are input via iPad keyboard or a pen tool, syncs audio with text/drawings and vice versa, scrolls down for a longer page of notes, timestamps your notes

Cons: Premium version is $4.99 and is needed to send recordings via email or a network connection, no choice of pen colors, cannot import a background image

Live Notes

Pros: Lite version records audio, incoporates a notepad where notes are input via iPad keyboard or a pen tool, different paper styles, shapes tool, syncs audio with text/drawings and vice versa, multiple pen colors and widths, multiple pages

Cons: Premium version is $5.99 and is needed for DropBox integration, sending/printing notes via email, Lite version is limited to 3 Notes that are each 5 pages maximum and there are ads


Pros: Lite version is free, multiple pen colors and widths, can create collaborative drawings with another machine over local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth peer-to-peer

Cons: Pro version is $2.99, HD version is $3.99 and either is needed to import a picture as a background image, cannot record audio at all

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