There are so many great teaching apps, apps do however fall into a couple categories; teacher class management, student remedial, student investigative and student production. A great app for students to process curriculum show competency is an app called ToonTastic. It lets students create their own cartoon, they can interpret work through animation and voice overs.
I had a great meeting today with my fellow ITLs at my school district office. We shared a lot of great apps and more to help teachers in the classroom. I will be compiling my notes and posting the apps here shortly. To start with look for Explain Everything for the iPad. Tell me what you think of it and how you are using it in the classroom if you have it.
The iPad 3 is on the way and you can order it today for delivery on the 16th. The prices have dropped for the iPad 2 so now is the time to pick one up for the classroom. Buying the iPad 2 at a cheaper price is worth it to get technology in your classroom. So if you can’t pay the price of the new iPad 3 then go with the iPad 2, it will make a difference in your classroom.
The VGA cable that allows the iPad to be connected to a projector is a must have for any classroom teacher. My favorite uses are showing BrainPop to the students, iMovies students made, and many more. You can pick up a VGA cable for around $30 from Apple or a third party retailer.
I came across Planets the other day and it is a fun app for amateur astronomers.I can see it as a useful resource in the classroom when discussing the solar system, planets, stars, constellations (mythology), etc. Check out Planets another great free app.
Cinch the podcasting App that can help make your life as a teacher stress free. Students can use the Cinch App to record podcasts for study and review. Students can create “radio” newscasts showing understanding of material. Expand the classroom lesson or record your lecture so that students (and parents) can listen to class lessons at home.
The Vimeo App designed for the iPhone works just as great on an iPad and is another in a line must havet Apps for the classroom. Vimeo is a video hosting website and when you add in the App you can upload videos immediately to the site for parents, students and substitute teachers. Explain in your own words assignments so that students and parents understand the written scribble in a student’s agenda. Leave a video message for your substitute to play to the class explaining expectations and your assignments for the day. VIMEO is another of my favorite picks for the classroom teacher.
“Mrs. Smith, why are you always picking me to answer your questions?”
Eliminate students feeling like you always pick them, make sure you ask every student a question and take it one step further by collecting data for their responses. The Stick Pick App is another in a great line of tools for teachers in the classroom.