Apps in Education
One of the hardest things with using the iPad in the classroom is finding the time to go through all of the apps in the iTunes Store listed under the education banner. We have started to list some of the apps we've found under each of the Key Learning Areas.
This blog offers a comprehensive and continually updated list of apps for the educator along with descriptions and prices. This venue offers a more narrow approach than searching under the education banner in the iTunes Store along with top choices categorized by key learning areas.
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Popular Apps for Classroom Use
There is much flexibility in the software beyond serving as an application for note taking. The student can submit papers electronically. The professor can annotate and evaluate the students' papers electronically. Then the professor can send the paper back to the students with all the grading information included. Other apps can provide the same functions, but this is one has proven to be very user friendly and secure.
Student engagement and immediate formative assessment are two highlights of this application. Nearpod is a free download that offers educators the opportunity to engage all learners in interactive presentations sent directly to their iPads. The teacher takes control of the iPads after the students sign in using a unique password and can collect immediate feedback on student understanding of content. This app is worth the small investment of time to learn to create custom presentations.
With this app software the iPad can connect wirelessly to an Epson projector. Documents, photos, and web pages can be projected directly from the iPad to the projector screen. This does not work exactly like wired connection in that the iPad home screen will not project. The wireless connection does allow for freedom to move around the room with the iPad while sending information to the projector.
Invaluable Applications. (Must haves)
Keynote, Pages, & Numbers
All Mac users are familiar with these names, but for the PC users, these are the comparable versions of Microsoft's PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Each requires some time to establish familiarity with the functions, but once the basics are mastered these applications are only limited by one's creativity. Those with years of PowerPoint presentations on file will be glad to know that Microsoft is working on a compatibility software that is scheduled to be released in March of 2013. So do not go to work recreating presentations just yet.
Learning Communities allow the opportunities to gather with other professionals and collaborate by difference to gain information and skills on the resources and processes available with the iPad. All participants can be teachers and learners in this environment as everyone shares valuable insights and skills.
Some of the topics under consideration for learning communities in the spring semester include the following:
- Navigating document movement, exchange, creation, and compatibility with the iPad
- Training on uses of applications in the classroom setting
- Making the iPad your portable office
Suggestions on learning community topics are welcome. If you have an area relating to technology use that is of interest to you for a learning community, please email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning office with your ideas.