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|4/1/2010 20:12:17||Depict||Free||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/depict/id340772215?mt=8||Makeshift Games||http://makeshiftgames.com/depict/||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||I swore my first review for IEAR would not be a game. However as I looked at apps for potential review this month, I kept coming back to Depict. If you are familiar with Pictionary, then you will understand Depict. When you launch Depict you can choose to play a Quick Match or with Play with Friends (which I will get back to in a minute). In an education setting, I would avoid the Quick Match as that throws you into a game with a variety of people that you have no control over.|| In Play with Friends mode, if you have no friends available the game with throw you into Solo mode. In this mode, a drawing begins to be displayed on the screen. Along with the drawing, 4 to 6 buttons with the names of what the drawing could be appear. As the drawing progresses the player selects what they think the drawing is. If they are correct they get a point. Then they are presented with another drawing and so forth. The drawings are simple and most look pretty much like what I would draw. A potential pitfall is that people can draw what they want and something inappropriate could pop up. There is a whistle icon on the screen so that if it happens you can "blow the whistle" on that drawing. If it gets flagged twice it is pulled from the server.|
When you choose to play with friends, you can set up a friends list and choose from those friends. Depict uses the Open Feint system, so I would recommend that teachers set up the names and accounts for the iPods in a generic fashion. The students then can select to play just with each other and not with just anybody out there. In this mode, the person whose turn it is to draw is given the word and begins drawing. Then the others are shown the list of word choices and make their guesses. When drawing you have access to a pencil tool, an eraser, and a color pallet of about 40 colors. Points are awarded to those who guess correctly and the artist if there are correct guesses. The first correct guess receives more points than the second and so on. The artist also gets the total number of points that the guessers receive. If no one guesses correctly, then no points are awarded. There is a time limit of 30 seconds per round. A game consists of 5 rounds and you can have up to 5 players, so all 5 would get a turn to be the artist. The artist with the most points at the end wins the game.
One other thing, the puzzles use words that, when drawn would look similar. Some of them can be a little difficult. For example one time I was supposed to draw wheat. The other choices were barley, grain and grass. I couldn't decide how to draw wheat different than barley or grass. Also I think students would need to read fairly well to know the words so I would probably recommend this game for about 4th grade on up.
|I think this could be a great tool for teaching spatial recognition and detail in the classroom. Students would learn to use space wisely for drawing. They would also develop skill in providing detail visually. I don't know that it would improve art skills but one thing I like about it is that all of the artwork looks pretty similar, so my terrible art skills aren't on display. I also like that this game rewards every one who makes a correct answer and not just the first, although being first does get you more of a reward.||A||The program's functionality is terrific. It is easy to learn and play. The draw tools work flawlessly and the game mechanism is very good.||B||It is a game, but it can help teach some higher order thinking skills and even bring some art back into the classroom.||A-||This will hold students interest for a long time. It is a very interactive program in both drawing and guessing modes.||I have introduced this app to several people. All of them have really enjoyed it. I know students will as well. They can have fun, draw, and have a little competition in the classroom.||Kelly Dumont||http://www.theeducationalmac.com||On Twiiter and Skype - kdumont|
|4/5/2010 11:38:38||Physics 101 SE Jr||FREE||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/physics-101-se-jr/id344651216?mt=8||Praeter Software||http://www.praetersoftware.com/physics/||9, 10, 11, 12, College||Physics can be a very daunting class at the high school and especially at the college level. There are so many formulas to use and remember that it can become very confusing. Physics 101 SE Jr makes this just a little bit easier.||This app is basically a calculator to help you solve for any unknown in various physics equation in kinematics (8 equations), projectile motion (8 equations), dynamics (4 equations), work (4 equations), and energy (6 equations). It is as simple as putting the known variables into the equation and solving for the unknown. Additionally, it defines each of the equations and explains how they are used in simple English.||I can envision students using this app to quickly check their work and to help them review for tests. I can envision teachers using this to quickly check student work or while creating practice problems, tests, etc.||A||-Very easy to use|
-Performs as intended
|A||Great app for every physics student and teacher, whether at the high school or college level||A||If you are a physics student or teacher, I highly recommend this app.||Trevor McGarrah||http://www.edutechnophobia.com/||If you are searching for a more robust app to help you with physics equations, you should check out 101-in-1 Physics Solver: Mechanics, Electricity, Magnetism, Waves & Fluids Calculator. You can find it here (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/101-in-1-physics-solver-mechanics/id354791401?mt=8). At only $0.99 it is a steal and it covers most, if not all, of the equations you will need for your high school and college physics classes.|
|4/6/2010 15:44:14||Glow Doodle||$ .99||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/glow-doodle/id336802765?mt=8||Y Lau||http://www.oodot.com||Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||Glow Doodle provides a way for students to work on a variety of word study applications.||Upon opening Glow Doodle, you are immediately oriented to a landscape layout - a natural cue for children to turn the iPod, ready to write words! The size of the writing tool is thin, allowing for precise, clean writing and a good number of letters, even for younger children.|
This app is very intuitive, no specific directions were needed for my first graders. This is great in classrooms where you don't have a document camera or means of projecting the iPod for demonstration purposes.
|My students have used Glow Doodle during independent work for word study by writing their new high-frequency words or practicing their spelling words. They can also work in pairs with one student calling out a word wall word to write.|
For whole group work,we have changed words by adding -ing or -ed endings. My students even developed their own system for writing the base word in one color and adding their endings in another color! We have worked on writing contractions, possessives, etc.
Another way I have used this is to actively engage everyone during whole group times at the rug. For example, our Smart board might have sentences on it for us to locate and underline the adjectives. While one person is completing the interactive part on the Smart board, the rest of the class has found the adjective and is writing it on Glow Doodle and holding it up to share with me.
I would say that the ideas are without limits! Write a word that rhymes with... Find a way to make 10... Write a word that starts with sp-... Write the missing number: 2, 4, 6, __, 10... Write the capital of Virginia... Write three types of matter...
|A+||A+||A+||Carolyn Wojtera||http://cwojtera.edublogs.org||I wouldn't suggest using this to work on handwriting skills. Writing with your finger is not the same as holding a pencil, using the proper grip, and writing neatly on a writing line.|
|4/7/2010 15:20:56||Periodic Table of the Elements (iPad ONLY)||FREE||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/periodic-table-elements/id364894399?mt=8||Kevin Neeland||http://user.gru.net/nemesis/iphoneAppPages/||9, 10, 11, 12, College||The periodic table has been around since 1869 when Dmitri Mendeleev developed the first systematic way to organize the known elements of the universe and was used to predict the existence and properties of then unknown elements. This app, designed by Kevin Neeland, does an excellent job of recreating the period table of the elements. |
This is an iPad ONLY app. To learn more about iPhone options for the periodic table, read the "Other Information" section at the bottom.
|The top of the main screen shows the element name, symbol, number, group, metal/non-metal, state at room temperature, electronegativity, radioactivity, orbitals, and electron shell diagram. The middle of the screen shows the periodic table, which allows you to select individual elements to change the information at the top. The bottom of the page always you to cycle through various views of the periodic table (Number, Group, Metal, Electronegativity, Radioactivity, Melting Point, Boiling Point, and State). |
The Number view does NOT replace the atomic symbol with the atomic number. This feature would be make this app so much better. The Group view colorizes the periodic table into the various atomic groups. The Metal view colorizes the periodic table to show which elements are metals, non-metals, and metalloids. The Electronegativity view colorizes the period table to show how electronegative an element, with white being non-electronegative and red being the most electronegative. The Radioactivity view colorizes the period table to show how radioactive an element is, with white being non-radioactive and bright green being the most radioactive. The Melting Point view colorizes the table with white having the lowest melting points and bright pink the highest melting points. The Boiling Point view colorizes the table with white having the lowest boiling point and dark red having the highest boiling points. The State view is an interactive view of the periodic table. By dragging the temperature scale across the bottom, you can see what the state of the various elements are based on the indicated temperature (given in degrees Celsius). This is my favorite part of the app.
If you ever find yourself getting lost or confused, there are an Instructions tab and a Help tab at the bottom that helps explain things. If you’d like more information about an individual element, just select the element from the period table and click the Details tab at the very bottom of the screen.
Overall, this is a very robust and terrific period table app for the iPad. My only complaint about the app is the Number view does not show the atomic number instead of the atomic symbol.
I highly recommend the app. With the app coming with a price tag of FREE, there is no reason high school and college students and teachers should not download this app.
|I can envision students using this app to quickly look up valuable information about each of the elements of the periodic table. It could be used during labs, homework, or while reviewing for tests. I can also envision teachers using this during lecture to help them remember the information about some of the less common elements.||A-||A||A||Trevor McGarrah||http://www.edutechnophobia.com/||There are other alternatives to Periodic Table of the Elements app. For the iPad, there is also the EleMints (Free Version). There is also an iPhone version of this app for free as well. Both of these are limited in their functionality, but by clicking on an element, you can automatically be taken to the Wikipedia page to learn more than you’ll ever want to know about each element. For iPhone users, the full version of EleMints is much more powerful and does everything described above and more, but comes with a $4.99 price tag. For iPad users, there will soon be an EleMints 2 available which promises to have even more features than EleMints on the iPhone. The price and release date have not yet been set.|
|4/10/2010 15:03:02||Super Why!||$2.99||Bean Creative with PBS and Out of the Blue LLC||pbskids.org/mobile||Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2||This app would work very well for students at various levels of reading and writing ability. For students that arrive in Kindergarten already reading to those students that in 1st or 2nd grade that might need practice and reinforcement.||Four characters, a boy, two girls and a pig lead each activity. You can play them separately or all them in a random order. I preferred the random order for the variety but it could depend on the skill a teacher might want to reinforce or the preferences of the student at the time of use.|
Alpha Pig's Lickety Letter Hunt has you find missing letters that spell a word. You hear the missing letter then tap on it.
Princess Presto's Wands Up Writing helps with letter sounds, writing and spelling.
Wonder Red's Rhyming Time has you find missing rhyming words from her basket.
Super Why's Story Saver has you read and complete sentences from well known stories.
Each activity allows as much time as you need. When a mistake is made you are gently told and then get as many tries as you need to succeed. There is no scoring,no levels or login. The characters prompt you along so there is very little set up time before you are actually doing the activities. You can leave the activities at anytime and view the stickers earned. Stickers can be pasted into various backgrounds, erased and reused. The accumulate on the bottom of page and can be scrolled through. Not sure if they ever go away or reset however.
|This app could be used by a single student or two students together figuring things out as a team. The app does not have individual logins or keep score. Stickers and verbal praise are the reward system so it keeps the competition aspect to a minimum. Iphone, itouch or iPad resolution work very well. |
Teachers could have students keep track of which words they discovered on a sheet of paper while they play since all the activities lead to complete words. Those words could be put in alphabetical order or used in sentences etc. Small teams of students could do the same.
|A-||Each activity allows as much time as you need. When a mistake is made you are gently told and then get as many tries as you need to succeed. There is no scoring,no levels or login. The characters prompt you along so there is very little set up time before you are actually doing the activities. You can leave the activities at anytime and view the stickers earned. Stickers can be pasted into various backgrounds, erased and reused. The accumulate on the bottom of page and can be scrolled through. Not sure if they ever go away or reset however.||A||For students that arrive in Kindergarten already reading to those students that in 1st or 2nd grade that might need practice and reinforcement.||A||Flexible applications across several grade levels and abilities makes this worth the price. The TV tie-in can also be a plus.||Not the cheapest app out there but very well made. Accomplishes the goals with good graphics, intuitive navigation and very little annoying noise.||Elisabeth LeBris||lebrisary.blogspot.com;@elebris|
|4/12/2010 12:41:50||Coin Math||1.99||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coin-math/id296596459?mt=8||Recession Apps||http://www.recessionapps.com/||Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4||Coin Math bills itself as an app to learn about dealing with coins. There are 5 different activity types available within the app:|
1. Learning what the coins look like. Each coin has a section where the picture, name and value of the coin are shown; additionally, a short paragraph about the coin's history and/or design.
2. Match the coins. A drag and drop activity to match coins to piggy bank amounts.
3. Count coins. A coin counting activity, where coins are displayed and you select the correct amount from four choices. The user can manually drag the coins around the screen if wanted. There is a basic and advanced level.
4. Shopping. A price matching activity. The use drags the correct change to the "counter" for a listed item displayed with price and clicks a button to pay the cashier. There is a basic and advanced level.
5. Make Change. A making change activity. An item with price is displayed along with how much the customer paid. The user drags the needed change to the "counter." There is a basic and advanced level.
|We gave this application to several children ages 4-8. The kids quickly noted that the coins in the app looked like real money. They really responded to the "dragability" of the coins on the screen.|
Different parts of this application work well for different ages/grade levels. For instance, since the Shopping and Make Change activities require the user to be able to read it would need to be used with higher grades (readers) than the Match the Coin and Count Coin activities which can easily be used by non-readers. The advanced activities allow for the additional use of half-dollars and dollar coins.
Some basic tweaks to the app would help enhance its usability. For instance, if the user could tap on the sentences for them to be read. Also, a second (non-kid) voice choice for the readings would be helpful for those that struggle with the pitch of the voice that is used. A simpler What the Coins look like screen with just the picture, name and amount would be nice when using it with students in grades K-1.
|-Identifying and counting coins|
-Counting by 2's, 10's & 25's
-Making change using coins
|C||A few tweaks would really up the grade for this. As mentioned above, if the user could tap on the sentences for them to be read. Also, a second (non-kid) voice choice for the readings would be helpful for those that struggle with the pitch of the voice that is used. A simpler What the Coins look like screen with just the picture, name and amount would be nice when using it with students in lower grades.||A||The fact that the application uses both the front and back of the coins, plus has them to scale is great in helping students/kids become more familiar with them. |
Overall, the app does help kids become familiar with coins, count coins, and make change with coins.
|B+||The fact that parts of the app have limited usability by non-readers makes it less usable than it might be.||I could recommend this app for either at home or school for learning to identify and count coins, and learning to make change. It can also be used to learn or reinforce counting by 5's, 10's and 25's.||Melinda Waffle||http://wafflebytes.blogspot.com/|
|4/15/2010 10:06:10||Animoto Videos||Free||Animoto||http://animoto.com/developer||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||Animoto [http://Animoto.com/] is an that brings the functionality of Animoto online to the iPhone. Animoto’s functionality is in the ability to take photos and video that the user specifies, add a music soundtrack ,which can be from their open source music library or music uploaded by the user, to create a movie complete with transitions. The iPhone app is free and available through the app store. Animoto online allows for the creation of 30 second videos for free and educators are able to apply for an all access pass. Additionally there is a professional version available as well. Pricing and features can be found at http://Animoto.com/pricing||The Animoto iPhone App [http://Animoto.com/iphone] allows you to create your movies directly from your iPhone. Images and videos can be selected from those stored on the iPhone, the soundtrack can be selected from the library, and the movie can be rendered all on the mobile device. Additionally, videos can be synced with your Animoto account and downloaded so they can be viewed offline on your mobile device. Each time the video is rendered it is different through the remix feature. Additionally, individual photos can be “spotlighted” and have more attention paid to that image in the video. Text can be added to images and the movies can be shared and downloaded.|
Here is an example of an Animoto video I created that I share with my students at the beginning of a class.
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|Educators can have additional access to Animoto. Teachers can apply for an educator account at Animoto for Education http://Animoto.com/education which gives teachers full access to Animoto for free. |
Their education website provides a number of case studies http://Animoto.com/education/case_studies of how teachers have used Animoto for instruction.
I have seen Animoto used in education in two ways.
First, it is a great way to have students in an online class introduce themselves. Students are able to choose the images they would like to share as well as select their music. This provides a window to the students when they get to choose how to express themselves. I also include my own Animoto movie, as seen above, to introduce myself to my students so they can get to know me as well. The result of using this easy to use tool has been that it has helped to build community in the online class and establish a rapport between me and my students. Here is a link to an assignment prompt, created by Shelley Rodrigo, Ph.D., for having students create their introductions using Animoto.
Second, a colleague of mine has used Animoto for students to develop presentations. Using images and text they are able to convey ideas and their knowledge. The Business faculty member gave students an assignment to develop a 30 second movie (of course without audio words) to describe what NAFTA means to them. The result showed a thorough understanding of the legislation in a concise manner. By having to scour the Internet to find the best images to convey their thoughts and knowledge, students were able to truly express their understanding. Additionally, students had a sense of pride in the movie they created.
|A||Easy to use, excellent GUI||A||Great app for creating quick videos on the fly.||A||Based on the assignment and purpose of the instructional use this could potentially have a very high educational value||Lisa C. Young||http://lcbyoung-scc.squarespace.com/|
|4/17/2010 21:49:32||ThumbJam||$6.99||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thumbjam/id338977566?mt=8||Jesse Chappell||http://thumbjam.com/||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||ThumbJam is an outstanding music app for the novice who just likes to jam to the professional musician.||This app has great controls that make it easy to play. Simply choose an instrument, select a scale, and tap or slide your thumb or fingers over the screen. You can use multi-touch to play harmony and chords, and each instrument has additional controls for pan, volume, tremolo, etc. which are activated by tilting or shaking. Optionally, you can load a drum loop and play along with it.||With younger students, selecting a pentatonic scale allows them to jam together and all of the notes and harmonies sound great together.|
Older students can create very sophisticated loops and samples and use them in other programs (such as Audacity or Aviary/Myna) to create their own compositions. They could also form ensembles or bands for performances.
As an instrumental director, I could use this app to demonstrate a passage of music or possibly to add an instrument to an ensemble that is not available.
|A+||There are 30+ realistic sounding instruments available and more can be downloaded or created/sampled by the user. There are 15 drum loops ranging in style from pop/rock/hip to world music (Hispanic, African, Asian) available for download. 100+ scales in nine different categories are included with the option to create your own scales. All sessions can be recorded and saved, then reloaded and new instruments layered onto the loop.|
For the advanced user, there are many options and controls for creating/editing effects, collaborating through bluetooth, and transferring your loops, sessions and sample sets to your computer via WiFi.
|A||It's easy enough for the casual user and complex enough for the professional musician.||B||This is an outstanding app for personal use and would be very useful especially for older students, but is priced rather high for purchase by most public schools.||If you like to jam and experiment with music and don't mind the $6.99 price tag then this is an excellent and fun app. It is also an excellent tool for professional musicians to create music on or be able to play instruments that they don't own or want to haul around.|
I can also also recommend it for use in secondary music and music technology classes as a tool for creating loops and samples and enjoying in jam sessions.
|Susan Hurst (musicwms)||http://musicmiddleschoolandweb20.blogspot.com||As a music teacher, I've had a lot of fun experimenting with this app. I've been playing with it for about a week, and I've barely scratched the surface of its capabilities.|
|4/18/2010 17:51:51||SCVNGR||Free||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scvngr/id323248984?mt=8||SCVNGR||http://scvngr.com||6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||SCVNGR is an abbreviation of Scavenger. It is a digital take on the Scavenger Hunt of old. |
It is an app, but will also work with any cell phone with text messaging capabilities.
|The player is given a question and responds with the correct (or nearly correct) answer to move through the Scavenger Hunt. Players may be asked to submit pictures as evidence of completion of an activity.|
As students (or groups) answer questions correctly, they are automatically sent the next question or challenge to complete.
The teacher creates the SCVNGR questions and challenges on the website (http://scvngr.com).
|I have used this app successfully in reading exercises with English Language Learners to Advance Placement students. Students are highly engaged in the activity of competing with other groups to score the highest points for the SCVNGR activity. |
Students have developed one (on paper) for me to write that will be building-wide hunt to learn about their teachers for the upcoming year. They will find factual information, then take a picture to submit for verification they have met their teacher.
I have also used the app to introduce students to their community landmarks. The app provides Google Maps for location-specific activities.
|A||The original purpose of the app was to serve as a self-guided tour to museums, campuses, and cities. The integration of maps, photos, and text make the functionality multifaceted and engaging.|
The creator of a SCVNGR can create a random location hunt or one that follows a specific path.
|A||The rationale behind the app is to provide self-guided pursuits. If the creator of the SCVNGR is not clear in the questions or challenges, there may be difficulty in achieving the goal. It will take practice, creativity, and patience to develop quality SCVNGRs for younger students.||A+||This educational value of the application is the responsibility of the teacher who creates the SCVNGR. The tool itself lends itself to engaging, self-directed pursuits of factual, locational, and artistic opportunities.||After using SCVNGR with 7th grade students in a reading exercise, I highly recommend this app. At the time of publication of this review, my students have completed 6 SCVNGR hunts, and are working on their own for the future. I am asked each week if we are going to do a SCVNGR. The excitement of the students is what leads me to recommend this app to you.||Ric Murry||http://rrmurry.posterous.com||Follow me on Twitter - @rrmurry|
|4/18/2010 22:34:59||MathTappers: ClockMaster||FREE (Until September 30, 2011)||http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/mathtappers-clockmaster-math/id336932114?mt=8||Heavy Lifters||http://www.heavylifters.com/||Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3||Clockmaster is a game to help children make the connection between hours and minutes and to help them become fluent in both reading and setting time on digital and analog clocks. Clockmaster offers both a practice mode to support exploration and tutoring activities and a game mode.||The app can be used in a few different ways. You are able to add different user profiles to the app (there is no limit as far as I could tell, I stopped at 25). Once a user profile is selected, you can select the level of difficulty: easy, medium or hard. The game (and practice mode) interface has a large analog clock in the upper portion and a digital clock (or words can be used instead of a digital clock) in the bottom portion. You can also decide whether you want to math the analog clock with the digital clock or the digital clock with the analog clock. Once you begin a game, you will be given ten clock questions to answer. You will be told immediately if your answer is correct, close, or incorrect and if you are close or incorrect, it will show you the correct answer. After you finish your ten questions, you are directed to a screen which shows your score and time. This score and time is saved in the app and progress can be tracked for that user and even emailed to an email address if desired. This app does everything it claims to be able to do in a very effective way.||This app could be used both in the classroom or for students' personal use. It could also be used by older students who struggle with telling time on analog clocks. The nice thing about this app is that the various difficulty levels can make it useful to a large amount of students, including those who are just learning how to tell time to those who are fairly proficient and everyone in between. It is a great tool to visualize the relationship between the hands of an analog clock and the time shown on digital clocks.||A||Worked very well||A||Everyone needs to learn how to tell time, this is a great way to illustrate the relationships between analog clocks and digital clocks||A||Could see this being very useful for students. (sorry I did not elaborate on these, did not know to include these in the review, will next time for sure)||Kyle Webb||kylewebb.ca / @webbkyle|
|4/19/2010 14:36:24||Mobicip Safe Browser||4.99||http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299153586&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6||Mobicip||http://www.mobicip.com/||Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12||Mobicip is an alternative Internet browser to Safari that allows teacher to control and restrict Internet access for their students. It is CIPA compliant and allows the teachers to select different filtering levels based upon the age of the students.||Mobicip is very easy to install and use. Teachers have the choice of either paying for the basic application ($4.99) or they can upgrade to a yearly subscription service ($9.99 a year) that allows online monitoring of the iPod touch as well as having a more advanced control of what is filtered.||If a school district allows students to take home the iPod touch and to use it to access the Internet, then this application is essential. Students will have safe access to the Internet which will then allow them to conduct research for their school assignments.||A+||It is easy to install and use. It works the same as Safari.||A+||The purpose is to provide an safe Internet environment for students. Works as advertised.||A+||This is an essential app for schools that allow use of the Internet on their iPods touch.||Comal ISD has been using Mobicip for 7 months on the iPod touches that are checked out to our middle school ELL students. Mobicip is the most important app that our students have on their iPod because without it, we would have had to configure the iPods so that they could not access Internet. We believe that providing students with safe access to the Internet at home has helped our ELL student use learning resources outside of the normal school day.||Jennifer Wivagg||http://staff.comalisd.org/JENNIFER.WIVAGG/ipod/|
|4/19/2010 14:36:34||Mobicip Safe Browser||4.99||http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299153586&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6||Mobicip||http://www.mobicip.com/||Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12||Mobicip is an alternative Internet browser to Safari that allows teacher to control and restrict Internet access for their students. It is CIPA compliant and allows the teachers to select different filtering levels based upon the age of the students.||Mobicip is very easy to install and use. Teachers have the choice of either paying for the basic application ($4.99) or they can upgrade to a yearly subscription service ($9.99 a year) that allows online monitoring of the iPod touch as well as having a more advanced control of what is filtered.||If a school district allows students to take home the iPod touch and to use it to access the Internet, then this application is essential. Students will have safe access to the Internet which will then allow them to conduct research for their school assignments.||A+||It is easy to install and use. It works the same as Safari.||A+||The purpose is to provide an safe Internet environment for students. Works as advertised.||A+||This is an essential app for schools that allow use of the Internet on their iPods touch.||Comal ISD has been using Mobicip for 7 months on the iPod touches that are checked out to our middle school ELL students. Mobicip is the most important app that our students have on their iPod because without it, we would have had to configure the iPods so that they could not access Internet. We believe that providing students with safe access to the Internet at home has helped our ELL student use learning resources outside of the normal school day.||Jennifer Wivagg||http://staff.comalisd.org/JENNIFER.WIVAGG/ipod/|
|4/25/2010 23:34:42||eClicker||$24.99 for host, free for client||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eclicker-host/id329199509?mt=8||Big Nerd Ranch||http://software.bignerdranch.com/home||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||eClicker is an efficient personal response system (PRS) that allows teachers to access information about their students’ understanding in a quick and engaging manner.||The eClicker system is made up of two companion apps: the host app and the client app. Teachers use the host app to create questions and begin polling sessions; students use the free client app to enter their responses once polling has begun.||eClicker offers a wide variety of educational uses in the classroom. By combining the two apps, teachers can assess students’ knowledge, engage students, access prior knowledge, quickly check for understanding, gather data through polls, preview and review content, administer pop quizzes, and even have a little fun while doing all of these things. |
Since eClicker is Wi-Fi based and will allow up to 32 clients, many teachers can easily utilize this app with their entire class at the same time. The question editor is simple to use in either landscape or portrait mode, and teachers can edit questions on their iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches or on their laptops/desktops using the eClicker editor website (http://editor.eclicker.com). Once question sets are created, teachers can share the question sets with other teachers via Bluetooth or any Wi-Fi enabled device (this feature is not supported on the first generation iPhone and iPod Touch). Questions can be given one at time by the teacher’s control or back-to-back for more of an assessment-based option. Students can view class rankings, which can either be turned on to create a more competitive game atmosphere or turned off to remove the competitive component. Teacher-created questions are stored separately from question sets so that they can be used in more than one questions set; this allows teachers to easily modify lessons for different levels of classes. To help differentiate instruction or add more information to a question, graphics can easily be added through an iPhone camera or an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch photo library. An excellent feature of the most recent update of eClicker is the ability for teachers to annotate and draw images they can then use with their questions.
The real time feedback included in eClicker is an excellent way to find out which students are struggling in your class regardless of how proud or how reserved they may be. At the end of eClicker sessions, teachers can email a log of the eClicker session to themselves so that the data collected can be reviewed at a later date. Also, all of the historical polling data is saved for future viewing.
After utilizing this app with both students in my classroom and teachers in my workshops, I am very pleased with its multiple functions in the educational setting. Since the client version is a free app for your students, eClicker is a great way to tap into the iPhones and iPod Touches that are already in the pockets of your students/staff without your school district having to purchase the devices.
|A||eClicker was easy to set up and worked well when connected to another iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Occasionally, you may need to wait a minute or two in order to connect.||A+||eClicker is an efficient personal response system that allows teachers to access information about their students’ understanding in a quick and engaging manner. The eClicker system is made up of two companion apps: the host app and the client app. Teachers use the host app to create questions and begin polling sessions; students use the free client app to enter their responses once polling has begun.||A||eClicker’s full value in the classroom is dependent upon the teacher utilizing it. It is an excellent tool that is both useful and engaging in the educational setting.||If you are a teacher or school district looking for a personal response system (PRS) that will allow you to poll your students and/or staff and receive real time feedback, I highly recommend eClicker for your classroom and school use. The host app may appear a bit expensive in the world of iPhone and iPod Touch apps but eClicker’s features are well worth the expense.||Meg Wilson||www.iPodsibilities.com www.twitter.com/iPodsibilities||Don’t forget to check out our Ning (Online Community) devoted to helping teachers utilize these devices to the their fullest. Please leave a comment if you agree, disagree, or have other creative uses for this app in the classroom, etc.|
|4/29/2010 10:50:39||Outliner for iPad||$4.99||http://itunes.apple.com/app/outliner-for-ipad/id360659928?mt=8||CarbonFin||http://www.carbonfin.com||6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||Have you ever needed to make a shopping list, to-do list, check list, organize your thoughts, etc.? If you have ever needed to do any of these things (and what person hasn't needed to do at least one of these things on more than one occasion), then you need to check out "Outliner for iPad".||Outliner allows the user to quickly make any kind of list (shopping, to-do, etc.). What I thought was really great about it is checklists can be checked off as they are created without needing to be printed off. |
Once you get used to typing on the iPad, making notes in Outliner becomes a breeze. Be warned though, several users have complained about Outliners limited compatibility with external keyboards for quick formatting of outlines. Using the onscreen keyboard possesses no problems though. I do not have an external keyboard and never plan to purchase one, so this is not an issue for me. So if you are like me, you should find the $4.99 price tag very reasonable for this product.
Outliner works perfectly well in landscape or portrait mode. In landscape mode you have the list of all created lists on the left side of the screen. In portrait mode, this is available through a drop down menu at the top of the screen.
You owe it to yourself to checkout the tutorial before you use the app, but what follows is a basic description of how to use Outliner. Click the plus sign (+) in this menu to create a new outline or list. Then click the arrow/+ sign button at the top to add your first item. By default the item is an empty checkbox, but this can be turned off by accessing the info button right next to the add new item button. You can type a brief title for the description and then add more detailed information using the paper icon on the right side of the screen.
If you want to nest your next point in your list/outline, use the new item icon with the diagonal arrow. Otherwise you can create a new item by using the regular new item button or by hitting return In the edit mode.
At any point you can change a bullet point into a checkbox or vice versa. You can also change an unnested bullet point into a nested one by selecting the point and using the arrow buttons at the top right of the screen. You can also reorder the points by clicking the crossed arrows and then selecting the post by touching and dragging the item by using the three bars image on the right side of the screen.
Outliner automatically saves the lists/outlines for you, but you must manually change the title for each one. To do this, you must click the info button on the top right. You should see the default title "Untitled" at the top. By touching the title, the keyboard pops up to allow you to change the name to anything you want.
You can also email your list either as text or OPML format (standard outline format, but requires outline software to read it properly). I discovered that a text email is just fine. To email the list, you can touch the menu button at the top middle of the screen and selecting to send an email. You can also copy the entire outline/list or part of it using the menu button as well. This allows you to make duplicates very quickly.
|This app could be used by students for creating outlines for book reports or other types of writing assignments. They could also use it for creating checklists to help them monitor if they have completed ever part of an assignment or project.|
Teachers could use this as a grading sheet for presentations or other projects. They could quickly fill in notes about each category, checkoff completion of various components of the project, or for creating rubrics. These rubrics could be mailed to students, or printed as needed by sending them to an email address to be printed later.
|A+||A+||A+||As I said earlier, this is a terrific outline/list creating app. It is very easy to use and has all of the features you would want in such a program. I highly recommend using Outliner for iPad.||Trevor McGarrah||http://www.edutechnophobia.com/||If you are an iPhone or an iPod touch user, there is an Outliner app (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/outliner/id284455726?mt=8) available for $4.99 for you as well. Outlines can be shared between both versions of Outliner.|
|4/29/2010 22:42:41||StoryKit||FREE||ICDL Foundation||www.childrenslibrary.org||Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||Students can create an electronic storybook. App created by the International Children's Digital Library.||Students can easily create digital books including text, images, illustrations and audio. |
You can read, edit and share stories.
|StoryKit can be used to publish books, describe vocabulary words, share information or present information similar to a slideshow. |
Students are constantly finding ways to use storykit to generate learning artifacts.
They tried several other book publishing apps and this one seems to be the most comfortable to them.
|A+||Very user friendly and easy to navigate.||A+||A||Depends on how it is utilized||Megan Stacey||www.itouchintheclassroom.wikispaces.com|
|5/7/2010 12:23:06||BrainPOP Featured Movie App||FREE||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brainpop-featured-movie/id364894352?mt=8||BrainPOP||http://www.brainpop.com/||3, 4, 5, 6||If you have not heard about BrainPOP, you need to check them out at their website, http://www.brainpop.com/. BrainPOP offers fun, educational animations about various topics in science, history, math, etc. It is great for upper elementary and younger middle school students. I used the BrainPOP subscription successfully with my sixth grade science class and they loved it.|
Being an experienced BrainPOP user, I had huge hopes from the BrainPOP Featured Movie App for the iPad. Because of this, I have mixed feelings about the free iPad app.
|The app loads to its main page which shows a screenshot and brief description of the Featured Movie. Just about these are four buttons you can choose: Play the Movie, Take the Quiz, See Your Scores, and About BrainPOP. |
Play the Movie allows you to view the 3-5 minute video about the featured topic. The Featured Movie I was able to watch was about football, but the free video changes daily. The videos usually feature Tim and Moby, who are animated characters that teach about the topic in an entertaining way.
Take the Quiz allows you to take a 10 question quiz about the content of the video. It does not allow you to move on to the next question until you correctly select the correct answer. You can take the quiz at any time, but I would suggest watching the video before taking the quiz.
See Your Scores allows you to see the scores you have made on every quiz you have ever completed in the app. This could be a good way to monitor a student's progress.
About BrainPOP provides a little bit more information about BrainPOP. There is a link to a video that teaches you about the featuers at BrainPOP.com.
It seems that BrainPOP is trying to use this free iPad app as a way to advertise for their web-based service. However, the BrainPOP website requires Adobe Flash Player, so the website cannot be accessed from the iPad. Possibly this will be remedied in the future, though this is only speculation on my part.
As a BrainPOP and iPad fan, I really hoped this app had more features. The ability to select from a few different videos or at least from a chosen content area would be very nice. It would also be nice to access previous featured videos. BrainPOP.com gives you access to several free videos, but the app only has one free video per day. This was a huge disappointment to me.
The quiz section could be improved as well. The online subscription does not tell you the correct answers until after you complete the quiz. I think this would make the app a lot better as well, instead of forcing you to get the correct answer before allowing you to move to the next question.
The online version also allows you to view various activities, or extensions, that can be used in conjunction with each video. I have found this to be extremely helpful in the past. Sadly, the BrainPOP app for the iPad does not include this feature.
Another feature that would be EXTREMELY beneficial would be having the option to have several user accounts. This would help significantly with the tracking of student progress on the daily quizzes. As it is currently, there is no option for multiple users, so all of the quiz scores are saved together, with no way to identify who had which score.
|Due to the lack of some key features, this app cannot be used as successfully in the classroom as it could be. |
The main problem is you have no control over the featured video. If you are trying to help a student struggling in English, you have no option to select an English video on a particular topic. Because of this, the only use for this iPad app is for edutainment (learning about something in an entertaining way).
The best use of this app would be for students while at home, so they can continue learning and be entertained at the same time.
|C+||B||C+||The lack of control of the content of the featured movie and the ability to track the performance of individual students makes it difficult to use the BrainPOP app successfully in the classroom.||The BrainPOP Featured Movie app has a lot of potential, but falls short in features and quality in relation to its online only subscription service. The iPad really needs a subscription service for BrainPOP as well, with the additional features I mentioned above. These features would knock this app out of the ballpark. I love BrainPOP, but the lack of features in the app makes it difficult to give this a terrific rating. Perhaps these features could be included in a subscription service for the iPad. I feel this subscription service would greatly enhance this app, or have this free app and then the subscription-based app as well.||Trevor McGarrah||http://www.edutechnophobia.com/||For more information about the subscription service available at BrainPOP.com, go to https://secure.brainpop.com/store/step1.weml. They have subscription services for families, classrooms, and entire schools.|
|5/25/2010 1:35:12||Portable Math Multiplication||$1.99||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/portable-math-multiplication/id355454445?mt=8||Silverlining-Tech||http://www.silverlining-tech.com||3, 4, 5, 6||Portable Math Multiplication is an app that strives to make practicing and mastering multiplication quick, easy, and fun. All questions in this app are done through a guided process with a focus on multiplying two and three digit numbers. Users can choose to answer from 2-25 guided multiplication questions by scrolling through number wheels to answer each step of the question. Once a session has been completed the results can be emailed to the student, a teacher, or a parent for data collection.||Portable Math Multiplication is simple to use due to its navigational ease and lack of set up required at the start. The screens are straightforward about their functions and they offer little room for user errors, outside of a mental math error. Some students found the mental math component frustrating because they were reaching for scrap paper to complete each step, while others found it challenging as they pushed themselves harder to figure out the answer in their heads. Whether their mental math was right or wrong, users didn’t know until the problem was completed and scored. If the problem was done incorrectly, there was no way for the student to immediately go back and see where he/she made an error. This is a feature I hope the developer will include in the next update to make it more classroom-friendly for students.||Portable Math Multiplication can be utilized as a review lesson, a question bank of problems, timed questions for quiz prep, and mental math practice.||B||Portable Math Multiplication is simple to use due to its navigational ease and lack of set up required at the start. The screens are straightforward about their functions and they offer little room for user errors, outside of a mental math error. Some students found the mental math component frustrating because they were reaching for scrap paper to complete each step, while others found it challenging as they pushed themselves harder to figure out the answer in their heads. Whether their mental math was right or wrong, users didn’t know until the problem was completed and scored. If the problem was done incorrectly, there was no way for the student to immediately go back and see where he/she made an error. This is a feature I hope the developer will include in the next update to make it more classroom-friendly for students.||A||Portable Math Multiplication is an app that strives to make practicing and mastering multiplication quick, easy, and fun. All questions in this app are done through a guided process with a focus on multiplying two and three digit numbers. Users can choose to answer from 2-25 guided multiplication questions by scrolling through number wheels to answer each step of the question. Once a session has been completed the results can be emailed to the student, a teacher, or a parent for data collection.||B+||This app is an excellent support tool for students who are reviewing and practicing the multiplication process. Teachers and parents alike can use Portable Math Multiplication to study and reinforce multiplication skills once they have been introduced. The email feature is a great way to collect data, although I wouldn’t recommend it for assessment purposes due to the lack of teacher-input allowed. I also wouldn’t recommend it for instructional purposes; while the settings menu does offer some “Multiplication Help”, it does not provide explicit instruction in how to multiply.||If you are a teacher or parent looking for an app that focuses on multiplication review, I would recommend Portable Math Multiplication. ||Meg Wilson||www.iPodsibilities.com www.twitter.com/iPodsibilities|
|6/16/2010 23:07:20||GradePad iPhone App||2.99||Portage Interactive||http://www.gradepad.com/home.php||Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||GradePad puts the power of your grade book in the palm of your hand. It is basically a mobile rubric application that enables you to be able to grade your students with rubrics wherever your students are with your iPhone, iTouch or iPad.||The GradePad application allows you to grade your students’ performance directly from your mobile device. The documentation from the application’s website explains that with this app you can Manage Groups, Create GradePads, Do Assessments, Track Performance, and Share Data.|
Manage Groups – the app allows you to create groups with an unlimited number of individuals. This way you can create a group for a specific class that will be evaluated using the same criteria.
Create GradePads – you can select evaluation criteria that is already established and comes standard with the application or you can create your own criteria on the GradePad website [insert link] and then upload those rubrics to your iPhone. You can customize your rubrics with the criteria, definition, and a scale.
Do Assessments – When you are assessing your students you can simply use your iPhone to score their performance. It will save your scoring, the date, and any comments that you have added.
Track Performance – You can also track your students’ performance by revisiting prior performance on assessments.
Share Data – The assessment data can be viewed on the iPhone or you can access your account on the website and email it or “import and export class lists, create and share rubrics, or store and export your assessment data”.
|This is a great tool for evaluating students on the go. For example, science fairs, performances, presentations, physical education classes, art exhibits, field classes, lab classes, etc.|
In higher education, I would create separate groups for each section of the courses I teach as each section would be using the same grading criteria. I would then create GradePads for each of the assessments that I plan to give. To do this I would likely use some of the criteria created but also add my own through the GradePad website. Some examples of assessments that I would use this tool for are lab and field classes as well as student presentations. After using the tool to assess my students’ performance I would then export the grades so I could incorporate them into the grade book that I use.
|6/25/2010 17:10:33||Princess Phonetics||$1.99||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/princess-phonetics/id356284280?mt=8||JCFord||http://www.jasonford.co.uk/iphone/||Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten||This App is for introducing and practicing letter names and sounds. Easy to use for young children.||Simple to use for young children. Taping on the letter repeats the letter name and sound. H and Z have European name pronunciation. A and O have UK sounds.|
There are options to change the background pattern, however it did not work on my iPhone.
|This could be used as a center activity.||B||For the price, there could be more content and features.||C||If you are looking for a center activity for practicing letter names and sounds, this will work. I'm not sure that it will hold children's attention for long.||C||If you are looking for a center activity for practicing letter names and sounds, this will work. I'm not sure that it will hold children's attention for long.||This app could be used for a center activity or during a practice time.||Gayle Berthiaume||http://web.mac.com/gaylejb/learning/blog/blog.html|
|6/29/2010 20:11:10||Tales2Go||Free app, $24.99 annual subscription||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tales2go/id343948867?mt=8||Tales2Go||www.tales2go.com||Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Tales2Go is a subscription-based audiobook app that is bringing back good old fashioned storytelling in a whole new way. Instead of downloading individual audiobooks or borrowing CD audiobooks from the library, teachers and parents can choose to stream from a multitude of story choices instantly to their iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads. And the Tales2Go library continues to grow with its popularity. This app’s motto is “Storytime, anytime” and it certainly lives up to it!||Tales2Go is easy to install and it quickly guides the user through an account set-up process. In no time at all, the app offers you a wide variety of stories (and even some songs!) for your listening pleasure. Users are given a variety of ways to search through the stories, whether it be by Age, Series, Books, or Storyteller to name a few. If you are looking for something specific, that is easy to do too with the ‘Search’ function. Tales2Go puts itself at the head of the class with features like ‘Bookmarks’ and ‘Favorites’. The Tales2Go app is a free download in the App store and initially comes with a free 30 day trial. After the trial ends, users will need to purchase a year-long subscription in order to continue utilizing the app. It is important to note that it is $24.99 per device per year, not per iTunes account. This is currently the biggest downfall to the app. Many iPod and iPhone users expect to share apps with their family members and users should know that that is not an option with Tales2Go.||There are a variety of ways for teachers to utilize Tales2Go in the classroom. The app can be used to support a book by reading along as you listen to the story. This is a great technique for modeling reading, focusing on comprehension, and engaging more students. Tales2Go is also a great option for accessing literature in a quick and easy manner; it can easily be used for storytimes or as a classroom ‘free-time’ activity. Tales2Go could also be a part of a cool visualizing activity where students draw or write about the scene they just heard the storyteller describe. You can even let Tales2Go be a teacher’s ‘substitute’ and read to the class while the teacher monitors and assists students with the activity.||A-||Tales2Go is easy to install and it quickly guides the user through an account set-up process. In no time at all, the app offers you a wide variety of stories (and even some songs!) for your listening pleasure. Users are given a variety of ways to search through the stories, whether it be by Age, Series, Books, or Storyteller to name a few. If you are looking for something specific, that is easy to do too with the ‘Search’ function. Tales2Go puts itself at the head of the class with features like ‘Bookmarks’ and ‘Favorites’. The Tales2Go app is a free download in the App store and initially comes with a free 30 day trial. After the trial ends, users will need to purchase a year-long subscription in order to continue utilizing the app. It is important to note that it is $24.99 per device per year, not per iTunes account. This is currently the biggest downfall to the app. Many iPod and iPhone users expect to share apps with their family members and users should know that that is not an option with Tales2Go.||A+||Tales2Go is a subscription-based audiobook app that is bringing back good old fashioned storytelling in a whole new way. Instead of downloading individual audiobooks or borrowing CD audiobooks from the library, teachers and parents can choose to stream from a multitude of story choices instantly to their iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads. And the Tales2Go library continues to grow with its popularity. This app’s motto is “Storytime, anytime” and it certainly lives up to it!||A+||This app has a wealth of educational value for teachers due to the ease, accessibility, and choices of audiobooks available. Tales2Go is an excellent way to differentiate instruction, accommodate students, and engage children when teaching literature. Some students are auditory learners who need to hear information in order to properly comprehend it and other students struggle with decoding to the point that it impedes their comprehension skills; Tales2Go is a great way to accommodate these students and many other students. The app is a very engaging way for children to interact with literature, mainly because of the use of professional storytellers. Another great benefit is being able to use the stories in conjunction with the actual book since the storyteller can model excellent proper inflection, emotion, and tone of voice for students. ||If you are a teacher or school district looking for a audiobook app that will allow you to access thousands of stories with the tap of your finger, I highly recommend Tales2Go for your classroom and school use. The subscription is a bit pricey when you look at it for school-wide use, but when compared with purchasing and storing the individual stories on their own, Tales2Go can be considered an excellent deal per device. I would highly suggest that a school begin with one or two devices in the library that could be signed out for classroom use. Also, special education teachers and administrators should certainly consider Tales2Go as an adaptive technology option for certain students with disabilities.||Meg Wilson||www.iPodsibilities.com|
|7/16/2010 0:12:41||Word Warp||$0.99||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/word-warp/id284480400?mt=8||Mobilityware||http://www.mobilityware.com/iApps/Default.htm||4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Word Warp is a great game that helps students with spelling and vocabulary.while keeping them entertained and challenging them to go further. The game provides a jumble of letters and has students unscramble the letters to find words from 3 characters to using all of the letters provided.||Word Warp provides you with six letters that the user can scramble to create words that are three to six characters long. In order to continue to the next letter, the user must find at least one word that uses all six characters. The user simply taps on the letters in the order of the word and then taps the Got It button to record it. If the user finds all of the words on the list, they can receive bonus points. The item that makes this app such a strong learning tool is that the user can tap on any word from the list and have the option to see the definition of the term. Additionally, the application draws from many sources for the definition of the word including Dictionary.com, Merriam Webster, Dr. Words, and Wiktionary. This feature allows users to increase their vocabulary as well as their spelling skills.|
There are a number of ways that this application can be customized including sounds, the length of time for the user to find the words, themes, and animations. The most notable customization is that there is an alternate word list that “was derived and is a subset of the North American tournament Scrabble word list”. The use of alternate words can make this game much more challenging.
|This is a great tool for helping students to improve their spelling and vocabulary skills while keeping them occupied and challenged. I would recommend its use as a tutorial for students to practice. It would be great if a teacher could create custom lists, but that is not available at this time.||A-||A-||A-||Word Warp is a great way for students to improve their spelling and vocabulary skills||Lisa C. Young||http://lcbyoung-scc.squarespace.com// @lcbyoung|
|7/23/2010 16:01:06||aNoteLite||Free||BRID||Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||Awesome Note is an innovative note taking application and to-do manager that allow you to combine notes with to-do flexibility. |
Awesome Note enables you to customize its look with themes the way you want it to be displayed with different folder icons, colors, fonts and paper backgrounds.
From easy-to-use regular notes to notes with multiple photo attachments, To-Do Notes to organize your day, Post-It style Quick Memo to quickly jot down your thoughts, sending notes with photo attachments as email, and synchronization with Google Docs / Evernote, Awesome Note provides some powerful features.
Jot down your ideas, thoughts and memos, and create daily diary, travel diary, email box, checklist, shopping list, to-do list, scheduler and anything else you want and sort them into custom categories with Awesome Note.
With Awesome Note, you can easily and quickly organize your life better than ever.
"iPhone default Notes app can safely be retired" - From user
|- Insert images into notes from camera and photo album |
- Insert a map into notes
- Full sync with Google Docs and Evernote
- Transfer notes to Evernote and Google Docs
- Clickable links (web/email address, phone number) in read-only mode
- Customize notes and folders (icon, font size, background)
- Passcode protection for each folder and startup.
- Set to-do notes
- Calender view in every folder
- Thumbnail/List/Todo/Diary view in every folder
- Email notes directly from the app
- Full Landscape Support
- Full Text Search
- Quick Memo
[Intuitive User Interface]
- Simple and easy to use
- Create and edit notes offline
- Full support Landscape mode in all views
- Lock the display screen from rotating
- Restore the last-viewed screen
[Organize into folders]
- Create, edit and save notes into categories.
- Customize folders with cool color choices and unique icons
- Create, edit and delete folders
- Access to all notes in All Note category
- A wide variety of theme backgrounds
- Easily change backgrounds
- Choose font and font size for each note
- GTD-friendly to-do notes
- Set due date, repeating and priority
- Checklist, shopping list, to-do list
- Repeating to-dos
- Badge on main screen
[Post-it style Quick Memo]
- Quickly access up to four sticky memos
- Save as notes
- Fast input
- Quickly add memos and notes
- Edit your own note title
- Cut, copy, paste and undo/redo
- Provides a button to close keyboard
[Multiple View and Sorting]
- Thumbnail/List/To-do/Diary view mode for each folder
- Sort notes by name, date created, date modified, due dates and priorities
COOL features are on the way!
Check out update information at Support site.
|Teachers could put all of their information on this app and can upload and download and keep in SYNC with there google documents or evernote, Great use to keep up with test dates or personal activities.||A||The program is great. It is so easy to use. It has never crashed or messed up at all.||A+||It does what it says very well!||B+||Yes I would recommend this app to all teachers that have an busy day or week ahead of them and need something to keep up with their ideas and much more||Dustin Kelly||Skype dkelly256|
|8/19/2010 10:07:00||Blackboard Mobile Learn||Free||Blackboard, Inc||: http://www.blackboard.com/Mobile/Mobile-Learn.aspx||Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||Blackboard Mobile is a mobile application that extends the Blackboard learning space to mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. In order to use the app, there are two criteria that must be initiated by an educational institution (1) they must be a Blackboard user and (2) they must have installed the Blackboard Mobile Building Block on their system. If these two criteria are met, and you have a Blackboard account at that institution, you can use Blackboard to access some course content held in the Learning Management System.|
The Blackboard Mobile app does not bring all of the functionality of Blackboard to your mobile device but it does work on its own and it teams with your browser to access the following features:
Media (provided your mobile device supports it)
|I loved the graphic user interface for this app on the iPad. The graphics and access to information is easy to use and appealing. I liked the potential to access my course content from a mobile device so I can respond to student questions from anywhere. |
I used the application with an online course in Blackboard that had the following features:
Discussion board with a threaded discussion and a video embedded
Item with a link embedded
And I tested a number of tools, what I found is:
As long as the media is supported by the mobile device, I was able to access most of the general content of the course. Content created using building blocks like Wimba and Learning objects wikis and blogs were not accessible. Some of the interactive tools like discussion boards and tests had limited functionality. For example, the discussion board worked in the mobile app once there was a thread to respond to yet I could not access the video in the discussion board. In regard to creating content, the app is limited. I found that I got kicked out of the app often and I repeatedly had to log back in to the application when I got kicked out and to access certain tools.
From my brief experience with the app, it looks like an app that could provide students and teachers with an opportunity to check in to their courses but really not do much production of content and communication in their courses.
|Can be used by teachers to provide content, announcements etc to students to access anytime, anywhere. Great if you have students on a field trip or lab, they can access content and resources from their mobile device.||C||Still has some bugs and usability issues||A||Great idea to extend the online classroom to mobile devices||B||Great potential but needs the ability to create content and interact more without repetitive log ins and bugs||Great for early adopters and data consumption||Lisa C. Young||http://lcbyoung-scc.squarespace.com/|
|9/9/2010 19:28:50||FractionTime! for the iPad||$1.99||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fractiontime/id368517084?mt=8||x19 Studios||http://www.x19studios.com/x19_Studios/||3, 4, 5, 6||FractionTime! is a basic math app that can be used to practice or review fraction math. Students can quiz themselves on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions.||FractionTime! is a clutter-free, easy to use math app. The interface is simple and to the point: students use the keyboard to input answers to addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division fraction problems. FractionTime! includes the ability to adjust the difficulty and track results as you go. Depending on the orientation of the iPad, students can choose whether or not they want to view the number of correct/incorrect answers. The app functions just fine, but does requires a bit of mental math. While that is great for some students, other students may need a ‘scratch board’ area to work out the math.||FractionTime! is a great way for teachers pre-test students’ knowledge of fractions, for students to practice basic fraction math, and for classes to use as a review before a test on fractions.||B||FractionTime! is a clutter-free, easy to use math app. The interface is simple and to the point: students use the keyboard to input answers to addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division fraction problems. FractionTime! includes the ability to adjust the difficulty and track results as you go. Depending on the orientation of the iPad, students can choose whether or not they want to view the number of correct/incorrect answers. The app functions just fine, but does requires a bit of mental math. While that is great for some students, other students may need a ‘scratch board’ area to work out the math.||A||FractionTime! is a basic math app that can be used to practice or review fraction math. Students can quiz themselves on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions.||B||FractionTime! definitely has a place in the classroom. It’s simple and easy to use format allows many students to quickly practice fraction math, although I did notice that not too many students seemed engaged in the process. One of the best features is the ability to track student progress. However, it does not export the data it collects on students’ knowledge of fractions, so students will need to take a screenshot of their results to submit for data purposes.||If you are an elementary school teacher or middle school math teacher looking for a quick and easy way to practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions this app can do the job.||Meg Wilson||www.iPodsibilities.com|
|10/10/2010 9:59:46||MindSnacks Spanish||$4.99||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindsnacks-spanish-language/id385497068?mt=8#||MindSnacks||www.MindSnacks.com||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College||MindSnacks Spanish is a very unique language learning application that focuses on vocabulary, spelling, grammar, visual learning, and context.||With 50 levels of language content, you can play fun games and learn on the go. Each level offers up to 25 Spanish words/phrases and includes pictures and audio to assist in the learning process. The app’s personalized learning algorithms use powerful memorization techniques to help make sure you are actually learning the material as you move through the app. Six games are included (although you do have to unlock some based on skill level!) in order to address vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and conversational skills. MindSnacks even keeps track of your scores and learning progress so you can easily see how much you have learned.||Students can use it individually to learn and teachers can use it to reinforce previously taught skills or introduce new Spanish language skills.||A+||MindSnacks Spanish is a very unique language learning application that focuses on vocabulary, spelling, grammar, visual learning, and context. With 50 levels of language content, you can play fun games and learn on the go. Each level offers up to 25 Spanish words/phrases and includes pictures and audio to assist in the learning process. The app’s personalized learning algorithms use powerful memorization techniques to help make sure you are actually learning the material as you move through the app. Six games are included (although you do have to unlock some based on skill level!) in order to address vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and conversational skills. MindSnacks even keeps track of your scores and learning progress so you can easily see how much you have learned.||A+||MindSnacks Spanish was super easy to start using (all you need is an email address). Since the app was meant for individuals to learn on their own, it starts with the basics: numbers. After a quick lesson, you can practice your new skills with a variety of games. As you earn high scores and beat the clock, you unlock different games to keep you engaged. ||A+||MindSnacks Spanish is an excellent tool that is both instructional and engaging in the educational setting. Students can use it individually to learn and teachers can use it to reinforce previously taught skills or introduce new Spanish language skills.||As I offer a recommendation, I think it is important to note that I am not bilingual and I have not taken a basic Spanish class in over ten years. In fact, I actually designed my own undergraduate degree so that I wouldn’t have to take a foreign language in college at all (and yes, that was a lot of work to avoid a foreign language class!). If MindSnacks Spanish can grab my attention, keep me engaged, AND teach me a new language, then that says a lot! I shared the app with with a fellow educator in my building who teaches Spanish; she is now begging to borrow my classroom set of iPods to use the app with her students. Both she and I would highly recommend this language learning app for anyone interested in learning, relearning, or reinforcing their Spanish language skills. MindSnacks is advertised to be a "truly awesome mobile learning game" and it absolutely is!||Meg Wilson||www.iPodsibilities.com Twitter: @iPodsibilities|
|10/11/2010 9:55:18||The MathMaster||.99 (regular store)||http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-mathmaster/id312338867?mt=8||TapWare||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9||The MathMaster app is a math drill application that lets the user set the number, type and range of values used for the problems. The app times the user on the length of time to complete the number of problems, providing stats on the average amount of time per problem. The user can select from one or more of these problem types: multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, powers and/or roots. By the way, this app was written by a couple of seventh grade students!||The MathMaster does exactly what it is written for. The user can drill a variety of basic math facts, in a program that is basic but runs very smoothly and does not have slowdowns or hangtime.|
As a support application for practicing and drilling basic math facts, the MathMaster is the best one I have come across. There are no frills, but it is very easy to set up and provides some basic statistics to help the user set goals. If the user gets a problem wrong, it gives instant feedback and remains on the problem until the user gets it correct. Unlike many other drill applications that provide a multiple choice format, the user has to type in the answer on MathMaster.
|I would recommend this application for students that need extra help or support in learning and practicing their basic math facts. The fact that the user has to type in an answer instead of choosing from a multiple choice format prevents smart guesswork, which is what my son did on other programs. I liked that the user could set up the largest and smallest numbers used individually for BOTH numbers (for example, I could set the multiplier to be in the range of 6-8, and the multiplicand in the range of 0-9), OR it had "easy," "normal," and "difficult" presets that could quickly be used.||A||Program runs very solidly, and is easy to pick up and use right away. There are even built in tutorials.||A||The application does exactly what it says it does: provides drilling in basic math facts. The added bonus is that the user can control which facts and the range of numbers used for the problems.||A||Melinda Waffle||http://wafflebytes.blogspot.com/|
|11/15/2010 11:46:18||Motion Math||99 cents||http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZContentLink.woa/wa/link?path=apps%2fMotionMath||Motion Math Games||http://motionmathgames.com/||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12||The App was designed to show "Fractions in Action" as the website explains.||Using a number line and a bouncing ball, the users goal is to move the iphone or ipad back and forth to let the ball bounce on the number line where the fraction within the ball resides. It then drops off the fraction and bounces back up to get a new fraction.||This can be used in the classroom as an additional tool for practice or can even be used as a challenge. Students may have to beat their high score each day or have to compete for the classroom high score.||A||This app is a great example of using tools to excite learning. The only things I would add would be a pause tool, a login tool so that kids can return to where they left off, or a leveled tool so that a user can easily jump to a higher level if the current one is too basic. Even without these though, I can see the fun in use.||A+||The purpose is to get kids to see all the different ways to present fractions and for the students to understand where those representations fall within a sequence of numbers.||A+||This is a great app and is well worth the money. I must buy for teachers teaching fractions or reviewing them.||HIgly recommended||Lea Anne Daughrity||http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/ldaughrity|