Monday, April 29, 2013

7 Great iPad Apps for Your Classroom

Recently I signed up for a graduate course being taught by Jim Gates through Eduspire called "iPads in Education."  It's nice to be on the other (student) side of a grad class for a change.  The course has been very good so far.  Jim is great, and the class tuition includes an iPad that you get to keep to use in your classroom.  I've used my own personal iPad in my classroom on occasion, but it's nice to have one with which I can let my students get personal.

Since my students have been using the iPad at every available opportunity, I figured it was time to put up a post reviewing some of their (and my) favorite apps.  Ironically, the app I used to create this screencast (Educreations) is not one that I reviewed.  It is excellent, free and easy to use, and I highly reccomend it for students and teachers.


7 comments:

  1. Very nice! I've added Math Doodles to our list of apps, and I've installed Feedly for myself. I'll have to add this blog to my list of feeds. (Then I'll have to quit working so doggone much so I can read some of the posts.) :)

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Jim. I was devistated when I heard that Google was discontinuing Reader, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. After swiching things over to Feedly (very easy, BTW), I like it better.

      Mike

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  2. Nice suggestions, Mike. Here are a few of my favorites:

    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
    an AMAZING interactive app/book - This is the future of books in my opinion. I expect more books copying this style to come out in the future and I welcome them.

    Math Champ
    (Get the teacher and student app)
    Allows you to create math challenges with your students - highly motivating if you have a class set of ipads

    Motion Math
    In my opinion, the best game with the fun/learning combo in mind (fractions and decimals specific)

    Factor Samurai
    Single skill practice of finding factors of a number in fruit ninja style

    Operation Math
    Has the advantage of allowing 4 students to play the game at once - primarily practices basic facts

    Class Dojo
    Classroom management app with fun avatars - students and parents love this

    Bluster
    Language word skill game (rhymes, prefixes/suffixes, etc...)

    Opposites
    Antonym game

    Toontastic
    Allows students to create a digital puppet story using cartoons and backgrounds

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    1. Shane,

      Thank you for the comment and for the suggestions. I recently downloaded Toontastic, but most of the others I have no experience with. We'll definitely play around with them and check them out.

      -Mike

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  3. How do you manage the students using the ipad in class?Does everyone get an opprtunity to play around with it?

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    1. Nelmari,

      Great question. That's something that we're still in the process of working out. Right now I've been trying to be strategic about how I pass it out. I notice a hesitant writer who looks disengaged - hand her the iPad for a period with the condition that she plays with an app and writes a blog post app review afterward. Notice a kid who's done with his work and obsessed with origami - give him the iPad and have him create an iBook showing how to make something. For future years I'm probably going to have to come up with a better system to make it more equitable. I really want the device to be used to create. Consumption of information can be done on our desktops or through other means. The real power of the iPad is in how it allows students to be creative. Thanks for the comment!

      -Mike

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  4. Very nice! I've added Math Splash to our list of apps, and it's very helpful for improving math skills. They are also available for grade k-5 and covers entire grade curriculum.

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