Following my previous post about iPhone and iPod apps for schools, I thought that it might be useful to write a second post, which also includes links to relevant iPad apps, now that the device has been released. Here are links to some useful apps, sites and resources:
- iPhone apps spreadsheet – A collaborative Google spreadsheet with suggested apps for a huge range of curriculum areas.
- Top iPhone apps for teachers and students – Six apps which are recommended by an advisor for teaching and learning with ICT.
- Ten iPad apps for librarians – This post shares ten different iPad applications that might be useful for librarians, although many of them might be useful for schools and other educators too.
- More iPad apps – Principal Eric Sheninger shares some of his favourite iPad apps in . Don’t miss his original post either.
- 10 iPad apps for Educators – Here’s a video which shows how the iPad might be used by teachers:
- iPads in Science – An amazing list of apps and ideas for using iPads in your Science lessons.
- Punflay – This company makes a large number of iPod / iPad games and educational applications, including a virtual Frog Dissection, physics puzzles and Maths games.
- EducationApps – Another company making educational software, targetted to the UK market.
- Apps for children 0-7 years – A selection of applications for use with younger children.
- Top iPhone / iPod apps for kids – A large number of applications for children to use in the classroom.
- 100 hard to find apps for schools – This list is an extremely useful collection of apps organised by category.
- Animation Creator HD – Lets you make stop-motion animations on the iPad screen. Children in my own class loved using the Pivot Stick Animator software this week, so I’m going to buy this one and see how it compares!
- Singing Fingers – How could you use this fun tool in your classroom?
- The iPad and iPod user group wiki – A useful site with a number of tips for using iPods in the classroom.
- 3 year old using an iPad – If you’re not convinced that young children can use these devices effectively, watch this video of a 3 year old using the 123 Color HD application.
- Introducing the iPad – Matt Lovegrove outlines his initial experiences of using his iPad with his class. Follow his blog for future updates.
- iPad in Education – Oliver Quinlan shares his experiences of an iPad in Education event which he attended.
- This post on the Seomra Ranga blog outlines how one school has arranged their use of iPod Touches in the classroom. It contains some useful advice about extra equipment that might help.
Apps that I’ve used at school:
- Evernote – I use Evernote all the time on my iPhone, iPad and computers. It’s a note taking tool which I use for taking minutes in staff meetings, jotting down ideas, drafting lesson plans and much more. By entering notes on one device, it is automatically synced to every other device (and to the online service too).
Image – Evernote, iPad App Store
- FileBrowser – With this app, I can access files our our school’s network. It’s a great way of quickly browsing the network and looking at important documents when I’m not near my school computer.
- iResponse Pro – I discovered this app whilst attending some training by Chris Thomas. It’s a fantastic assessment tool that works just like a voting system. Teachers set up their questions and the children can use their iPods / iPads to respond to them.
- Videos – We’ve used the built-in Videos app to watch instructional videos in Literacy lessons and to watch movie trailers when learning about dialogue and speech recently.
- Maps – Another built-in application with huge potential for classroom use… it could be used to look at street and satellite maps of an area you are studying. Street View could also be used to get the children to go on a virtual tour of particular places. I’ve started adding ‘Places and Maps’ to the Teaching Themes site, so why not explore some of these places with your iPods and iPads?
- Plants vs Zombies – This isn’t educational at all, but I showed it to my class once when I first got my iPad and they’ve been begging to play it together again ever since!
Many thanks to my Twitter network who have shared many of these over the past few months. I’m keen to explore this topic in future posts, so please get in touch with suggested apps / links or leave a comment. Thanks!