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Beyond the Classroom with iPads & Mobile Technology

Though originally dismissed by educators, cell phones, iPods, and iPads are quickly emerging as excellent learning tools for a variety of reasons:

  1. Digital culture: Technology is pervasive in modern culture and is a staple of youth social interaction. To remove a cell phone from a teenager today is in many ways to disconnect her from her friends and social life and disrupt her daily routines.
  2. Mobile computing trend of future: As handheld devices (such as iPods, iPads, and tablets) become increasingly powerful, their utility increases. "Smart" phones that can access the Web have become more of the norm in only a few short years, and small web-based and app-based tablet devices are on the rise.
  3. Flexibility of handhelds: Along with power comes flexibility as cell carriers continue to add features and programs. These tools also provide even more than computing power. They can serve as digital cameras, video recorders, audio recorders, eBook readers, and much more.
  4. Portability, ease of use: Cell phones, iPods, and even iPads can go just about anywhere easily.
  5. Great apps options and growing: There are many free and low-cost apps that can provide useful applications for the device.
  6. Great possibilities for integration with Web 2.0: There are also many free or low cost websites that can work with a cell phone or other handhelpd device to create slideshows, podcasts, photo galleries, videos, and more.

Teaching History?

Our list of potential apps is growing daily. For a great list of history suggestions, visit our Teaching History with Technology website.


Resources to Evaluate Apps

With millions of apps available to download, it is often hard to know where to begin looking. These links will take you to "best of" lists of educational and productivity apps:


EdTechTeacher Recommended iPad Apps, Links, & Ideas

The resources below come from a Diigo feed that Beth and Greg maintain. Their most recent find will always appear at the top of this list.

iPad as.....

iPad As

Learning Futures Summit

iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments.

In other words, begin with.....

I want my students to....


Record & Edit Video

Record & Edit Audio

Read Class Content

Annotate Course Readings

Read Audio Books

Create digital notebooks / note taking

Create Screencasts

Create presentations

Create Digital Stories

Study

Respond to questions, polls & assessments

Create written content

Blog

Create ePubs / Digital Books

Create and edit images

Simulate a language lab environment

Improve their organization

Conduct video / virtual conferences

Control a computer or Interactive White Board

Access a Class with a Learning Management System (LMS)
Collaborate with iPads
Use iPads in a Math Class







I want my students to record and edit video on iPad

For more information about creating video projects with students, visit our Video in the Classroom page.

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use

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iMovie

Free with new iPads or $4.99 Similar to the full iMovie on a Mac, the iPad app lets you combine and edit videos and photos that you have taken with your camera and produce a video in a few quick steps. The app allows for multiple audio tracks, transitions, and the use of themes. It also has great sharing features, allowing you to quickly post to YouTube, Vimeo, FaceBook, CNN iReport, and to your Camera Roll to share by email. 5 Medium

Pinnacle Studio

Pinnacle Studio

$12.99

Formerly known as Avid Studio,Pinnacle Studio is the closest competitor to Apple’s iMovie app. This is the app of choice for advanced moving creation, editing and publishing from the iPad. With more editing options than iMovie that include:

  • Frame-by-frame editing & trimming of video and images
  • Picture-in-Picture effects allow images to appear on top of video footage 
  • Precision audio voice-overs and editing with fade in / fade out 
  • Built in storyboard template 
  • 1080p output 
  • Export directly to YouTube, Box, & Facebook
5 Difficult

Videolicious

Videolicious

Free

A quick and easy tool to turn images on an iPad into a narrated video that can be shared to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube & email.

4 Easy

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VideoScribe

$4.99

Do you like the videos where people draw or animate as they speak. Well then this Appi is for you. Have students can create scripts and automatically animate them as they speak. This is a really fun way to change the video alternatives in your classroom

5Medium

youtube capture

YouTube Capture

Free

If you are looking for an easy way to publish videos to YouTube this is the answer. Capture and share video instantly on YouTube, great for quick learning reflections

4Easy

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Lapse It

Free 

Lapse It is an app for capturing time-lapse and stop motion videos. It features assorted filters, customizable frame rate, and video trimmer. Share directly to YouTube, Facebook, and more.

4Medium

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TiltShift Video

$4.99

TiltShift Video gives you the ability to speed up / slow down footage. It gives you all the editing features you need to turn your videos and photos into awesome video productions.

3Medium

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iMotion HD

FREE

This app will automatically take one picture every minute and can capture a complete 45 minute class period and turn it into a short video. Great for keeping track of a Science lab or group project

3Easy

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I want my students to record and / or edit audio on iPad.

Podcasting In and Out of the Classroom has more information about project ideas and computer programs that leverage audio recording and editing.

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use
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Garageband
Free  The app version of the Apple software is fairly easy to use and has a lot of potential. In addition to being able to record and edit audio, the app comes with a host of musical tools. The editing options are robust, and students can easily share projects either via email or by sending them to SoundCloud, YouTube or iTunes for synching later.

Tip: Be sure to turn off the metronome & make the length unlimited when creating podcasts.
5 Medium
SoundCloud App
SoundCloud
Free

The free SoundCloud app allows students to record and upload audio directly to a web-based SoundCloud account (www.soundcloud.com). There are no editing features included in this simple, one-button-to-record interface. Once uploaded, audio projects are posted on the users' SoundCloud account and can be shared with a link or embedded in a website/blog. The free app allows for 120 minutes of recording to be posted online.  

Tip: Both GarageBand and BossJock allow students to edit audio and upload directly to SoundCloud from an iPad.

5 Easy
AudioBoo App
AudioBoo
Free Students can record up to 5 minutes of audio as Boos either via the web version or the app. Though there aren’t editing features, students can stop & start recordings, add images to accompany their audio, and reply to recordings either in text or by voice. geo-located, making this a great device for field trips or other place-based activities as it will generate a map showing the location of the recording. 4 Easy
Fotobabble App
Fotobabble
FreeWith either the web or the app version, students upload an image and then record audio to accompany it. Completed Fotobabble projects can be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter and also embedded in web sites or blogs. Fotobabbles recorded on the iPad automatically appear on the web account, but web Fotobabbles do not automatically download to the iPad. While the audio does not have editing features beyond a re-record button, there are some interesting image editing options on the app. 4 Easy
croak it
Croak it
FREECreate 30 second audio snippets on the go. You follow other croaks or keep them private. This is an easy way to record ideas, directions to lessons or set student reminders.5Easy
recordium
Recordium
$2.99Need to record notes or write a story on the fly? This is the perfect app. It allows you to easily record and edit sound files and store them on your iPad. You can even add photos to your recordings and has other interesting customizable features.4Easy

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I want my students to read class content on iPad

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use
iBooks App
iBooks
Free The native iPad app reads both ePub and PDF files.

Tip: Annotations only work in iBooks when reading ePub files and not PDFs.

Tip: Access public domain books, for free, and download them to iBooks from the following sources:
5 Easy
DropBox App
DropBox

Free Create shared folders with other Dropbox users. This allows course content to be shared with students who have their own Dropbox accounts. Any file type, including ePub and PDF, can be uploaded.

Tip: Folders in Dropbox can be made public or shared with other Dropbox users.
4 Medium
Box App
Box

Free Upload content to folders within a Box account and share an entire folder or individual document with a unique URL. Sharing entire folders with students allows them to have access to course content without creating their own Box account.

Tip: Create a folder with course content, share the URL with students & have students create a shortcut to the iPad home screen to quickly access course folder.

** Video tutorial available below
5 Easy
Evernote App
Evernote
FreeUpload content to Notebooks within an Evernote account online and share the entire Notebook with a unique URL. Students do not need their own Evernote account to access the content within the shared folder. If students do have an Evernote account, folders can be shared with specific users and students can access the course content within the Evernote app on the iPad.

** Video tutorial available below
5 Medium
Print Friendly
Print Friendly
FreePrintfriendly is not an iPad app, but it allows for web based content to be quickly converted to a PDF document directly on iPad when a Printfriendly bookmarklet is added to the iPad Safari browser. (http://support.printfriendly.com/customer/portal/articles/294666-add-print-friendly-pdf-to-iphone-ipad) The PDF document can then Open In any PDF annotation application on the iPad. 4 Medium
dotEPUB
dotEPUB
FreedotEPUB offers another unique option that allows web based content to be converted to ePub directly on iPad. A website, blog or article that is going to be used as a course reading can quickly be converted to an ePub document and opened within the iBooks app on iPad. Once in iBooks, the document can be annotated using the built in annotation functions in the iBooks app.

This post, Creating and Reading on the iPad from the History 2.0 Classroom explains the process.

** Video tutorial available below
4 Medium
Subtext
Subtext
FreeSubtext allows teachers to turn any eBook, document, or ePub file into a collaborative reading experience on iPads. The app allows students to simultaneously read, insert notes, add annotations, and include web links. Any free or public domain book, or custom created ePub file, can be opened and read in Subtext. Teachers also have the ability to create groups for specific classes. There are three distribution methods to push content to student iPads including email, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Web based content can also be read in Subtext and easily converted from a computer or within the Subtext app.

Tip: Visit the Subtext website for more information.
4 Hard
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Notability
$2.99Notability combines the ability to annotate PDFs, with the opportunity to create original notes and word process all in one. Notes can be exported from the app as PDFs to Dropbox and via email.




Tip: Notes can be exported from the app as PDFs to nearly every cloud storage service including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and WebDADV.



Video Clip: Notability in action
5Easy


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I want my students to annotate course readings on iPad.

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use
iBooks App
iBooks


Free The native iPad eBook reader allows users to annotate ePub files (eBooks) while reading. Annotations include: underline, highlight, strike-through and inserted sticky-notes. PDF files can also be opened in iBooks but do not have notation capability. 5 Easy
Notability
Notability
$2.99Notability combines the ability to annotate PDFs, with the opportunity to create original notes and word process all in one. Notes can be exported from the app as PDFs to Dropbox and via email.

Tip: Notes can be exported from the app as PDFs to nearly every cloud storage service including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and WebDADV.

Video Clip: Notability in action
5 Easy
Paperport Notes
Paperport Notes
FreeA fantastic free option to have students both annotate and create text notes within one app. PDF files can be opened in the Paperport app and notations, including highlighting and underlining are possible. Within a note, typed text notes can be inserted along with recorded audio. Paperport also supports speech-to-text via built-in Dragon Dictation. When complete, an entire PDF, or only selected pages from an annotated PDF, can be shared to Google Drive, Box, Dropbox or via email. 5 Medium

Pages
Pages

$9.99 or Free with new iPads Based on Apple’s Mac based Pages program, Pages for the iPad offers a similar word processing experience. Distribute a course reading as a Pages or Word document and the document can be edited in Pages on iPad. Track changes is also now enabled on the Pages iPad app. When complete, the Pages document can be saved as a Pages, Microsoft Word, or PDF files and can be exported from the iPad via email or can be Opened In another application. 5 Easy
Subtext
Subtext

Free Subtext allows teachers to turn any eBook, document, or ePub file into a collaborative reading experience on iPads. The app allows students to simultaneously read, insert notes, add annotations, and include web links. Any free or public domain book, or custom created ePub file, can be opened and read in Subtext. Teachers also have the ability to create groups for specific classes. There are three distribution methods to push content to student iPads including: email, Dropbox and Google Drive. Web based content can also be read in Subtext and easily converted from a computer or within the app. Visit the Subtext web site for more information. 5 Hard
Evernote App
Evernote
FreeWhile typically considered an app to create a digital notebook, it also allows students to annotate notes and share those annotations with others. As an added benefit, within each note, audio and images can be inserted. All notes are synced with the users web based Evernote account and can be accessed on any device. Also, individual notes or notebooks can be made public or shared with specific Evernote users. 5Medium

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I want my students to be able to read audio books on iPad

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use
iBooks App
iBooks

Free Apple’s native book reader has the ability to become an audio book through a feature called Speak Selection. Once turned on, students can select words, sentences, or full pages to be read aloud.

Tip: To turn on Speak Selection, open up Settings, tap on General, then look under Accessibility. In accessibility, click on Speak Selection, then turn on Speak Selection and adjust the speed of the voice.

** Video tutorial available below
5 Easy

Audible
FreeDownload books and easily listen to them on the go. Owned by amazon, you can either purchase one book or get a subscription. Best selection of audio books around.5Easy
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Kindle
FreeDownload books and use the reader to have them read aloud to you. Highlight, annotate and keep a record of your notes. Although just a computer voice it will do it in a pinch. You have access to millions of books, magazines and textbooks making it the most extensive book App4Easy
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Subtext
FreeSubtext allows teachers to turn any eBook, document, or ePub file into a collaborative reading experience on iPads. The app allows students to simultaneously read, insert notes, add annotations, and include web links. Any free or public domain book, or custom created ePub file, can be opened and read in Subtext. Teachers also have the ability to create groups for specific classes. There are three distribution methods to push content to student iPads including email, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Web based content can also be read in Subtext and easily converted from a computer or within the Subtext app.

Tip: Visit the Subtext website for more information.
5Easy

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I want my students to use iPads as a digitial notebooks / note-taking devices.

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use
Notes App
Notes
Free Create typed notes in the built-in Notes app with the option to copy and paste into another app or export the note via email from directly within the notepad. Limitations include the inability to organize notes into categories or groups as well as a lack of rich text formatting. 2 Easy
Evernote App
Evernote
Free The most well known and robust iPad notebook app, Evernote has every feature possible to keep an organized and useful digital notebook. Using a Notebook and Note structure to organize information, each note can be tagged with key words and placed in specific notebooks for easy recall. Notes can also include images and audio recordings. From the app, individual notes or entire notebooks can be shared with other users, via email, or by a published, unique URL. Shared notebooks from a free Evernote account are view-only when shared with another Evernote user. All notes are synced with the user's web-based Evernote account and can be accessed on any device. Notes can also be created offline and will automatically be synced with an Evernote account once an internet connection is established.

Tip: Content can be sent to an Evernote account or notebook via email.
5 Medium
Notability App
Notability
$2.99 A fantastic iPad digital notebook app that combines the ability to annotate a PDF document along with creating typed or text notes. In addition to creating notes by handwriting and typing, audio recordings, as well as images from the camera roll can be inserted into the digital notebook. Notes can be arranged by subject and category and can be exported to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and WebDAV. 5 Medium
Sling Note App
Sling Note
$2.99 SlingNote allows for split-screen note taking on iPad. One half of the screen can view the internet or a built in calculator, while the other side of the screen is a note taking platform. Multiple file types can be imported to the note pad. When taking notes, insert both hand-written and typed text. The most unique feature is the ability to grab content from one side of the app that is web based, cut, copy and paste a selection to the notepad side of the app. Notes can be exported as PDF documents via email when complete. 4 Medium
Penultimate App
Penultimate
$.99When used in conjunction with Evernote, Penultimate allows for a handwritten note taking experience that syncs directly with an Evernote account. This option is great for non-typed or text-based note taking that can include drawings, images and free hand writing. Create multiple notebooks within the app that can be updated with new content, pages, and notes. 4 Easy
Paper by FiftyThree App
Paper by FiftyThree
FREESimilar to Penultimate, Paper provides a natural feel when creating hand written notes in Paper notebooks. The free app provides one pen and eraser with multiple color options. In-app purchases allow for multiple brushes and pen options. Notebook pages within Paper can be exported directly to the camera roll, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. 5 Easy
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Three Ring
FREESnap a photo of written work, capture video of presentations, or record audio of student discussions. You can also upload digital files from your computer. Everything is organized seamlessly and ready to be used for teaching and learning.4Easy
Paper Port Notes
Paper Port Notes
FREEA fantastic free option to have students both annotate and create text notes within one app. PDF files can be opened in the Paperport app and notations, including highlighting and underlining are possible. Within a note, typed text notes can be inserted along with recorded audio. PaperPort Notes also supports speech-to-text via built-in Dragon Dictation. When complete, an entire PDF, or only selected pages from an annotated PDF, can be shared to Google Drive, Box, Dropbox or via email.5Medium

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I want my students to use iPads to share and demonstrate their understanding through screencasts

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use
ShowMe App
ShowMe
Free An extremely easy to use screencasting app with a very clean interface that offers little distraction for a younger user. Once created, screencasts are uploaded to the ShowMe website where they can easily be shared with a link or embed code. While this app does not include as many functions as other screencasting apps, the ease of use is perfect for the elementary or middle school classroom.

Tip: With younger students, log student iPads into a class or teacher ShowMe account so that student creations will be published directly to that account at ShowMe.com.
3 Easy
ScreenChomp App
ScreenChomp
Free From TechSmith, the creators of the computer based screencasting tool, Jing, comes ScreenChomp. The most visually appropriate interface for younger iPad users, simply import pictures as the background and begin recording. Screencasts can be uploaded to the ScreenChomp website without an account and can be shared with a link, email or tweet. 4 Easy
EduCreations App
EduCreations
Free This easy and intuitive screencasting app provides every basic feature needed to create iPad screencasts. Insert pictures from a live shot, camera roll or a DropBox account. When the screen is full, simply insert additional slides. Recordings can then include moving through multiple slides. Completed projects are uploaded to an online EduCreations account. From there, they can be further shared.

Tip: Screencasts are managed from the Educreations website and can also be created directly on the site.

Tip: Log classroom iPads into a class or teacher account before beginning a project. When students publish their work, it will instantly be available in that account online.

Tip: Teachers can create classes from their account. When signing up, students can join a particular class to view any screencasts that are private to that particular class.

Tip: Screencasts can be made public or private and only public screencasts can be embedded in a blog or website outside of Educreations.
4 Easy
ExplainEverything App
ExplainEverything
$2.99An extremely intuitive screencasting app with advanced features that make the price worth the investment. Along with every standard feature, this app includes three key upgrades: the ability to insert typed text, a red arrow “pointer”, and an the ability to export to YouTube, Dropbox as well as Evernote.

Tip: When exporting to YouTube, the screencast has to render and can take up to 10 minutes to export. Consider saving screencasts within the app and then exporting to YouTube after a class or school day.
5 Medium
Doceri App
Doceri
FREEA robust screencasting app with a number of options in the toolbar. Insert background images and use a number of drawing and writing tools while screencasting.

Exporting options include: Camera roll, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
3 Medium
Doodlecast Pro App
Doodlecast Pro
$3.99A very clean interface to create screencasts. Insert slides, customize backgrounds, and build the entire screencast before recording. When recording begins, the toolbar disappears, allowing the entire iPad screen to be utilized in the screencast. Select from a number of background choices, ranging from graph paper to Venn diagrams to athletic fields, that are directly built into the app.

Exporting options include: Camera roll, Dropbox, YouTube and email.
5 Easy
Doodlecast kids App
Doodlecast Kids
$2.99This is a fantastic option for Early Elementary grade students. Students can choose from over 20 drawing prompts to get started. Recording begins the moment that students make a selection. Completed screencasts save directly to the camera roll. No logins or accounts needed. 4 Easy
Explain a Website App
Explain a Website
$.99

From the makers of Explain Everything, this screencasting app is strictly for capturing, annotating, and explaining a website. Enter a specific URL, or search Google within the app.

Tools include:

  • Highlighter 
  • Pen 
  • Scroll 
  • Red Pointers 

Annotations stick to the page when scrolling.

Exporting options include:Camera Roll, YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote, Email

4 Easy
Teach by Knowmia App
Teach by Knowmia
FREEAn advanced and somewhat cluttered user interface, Teach allows teachers to create lessons within the app that are broken into slides. Insert every type of object as well as “lesson props” from the prop library. One unique feature is that it allows for the front facing camera to be turned on while recording, creating a more personal and intimate final screencasts. Images can be imported from the camera roll as well as from Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or an online search built directly within the app. Video from the iPad camera roll can also be inserted as a slide or “step” within a screencast.

Exporting options include:Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.
5 Medium

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I want my students to create presentations on iPads

Application Cost Description Usefulness Rating
(1-5)
Ease-of-Use
Keynote App
Keynote
Free on new iPads or $9.99 Based on Apple’s presentation program for the Mac, the iPad version does not offer as many options but still includes every feature necessary to create presentations. Features include:
  • Insert media, tables, chats and shapes.
  • Custom animations
  • Share as Keynote, PDF or PowerPoint file
  • Insert speaker notes
  • Present directly from the iPad
4 Medium
Google Drive App
Google Drive
Free From the Google Drive app, users can view existing Google Presentations but can’t edit existing presentations or create new ones. This app is useful if interested in simply using the iPad to project a Google presentation from the iPad for presenting.

Tip: When speaker notes are added to a google presentation from a computer, they can be viewed in a unique view on the iPad that shows the speaker notes, a timer, and a miniature images of the slide.
2 Easy
Haiku Deck App
Haiku Deck
FREEWith Haiku Deck, users can create simple presentations on iPad that emphasize the visual element of a presentation by allowing a limited amount of text on each slide. When creating, search for Creative Commons Licensed images directly within the app to include in the presentation. Final presentations can be shared from the app via email, Facebook, or Twitter and can be exported as a PowerPoint file. A Haiku Deck account is required to export or send via email. 3 Easy
Prezi App
Prezi
FREECreate, edit and present Prezis directly from iPad. Users can also update and edit existing Prezis created on a computer within a Prezi account. A path that is already established on a Prezi cannot be edited on iPad. However, Prezis can be downloaded from a Prezi account to the iPad app, allowing for offline viewing. YouTube videos included in a Prezi can only be viewed on iPad with an Internet connection. 3 Medium
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Explain Everything
$2.99An extremely intuitive screencasting app with advanced features that make the price worth the investment. It can create dynamic presentations that students can share on a whiteboard or screen. Along with every standard feature, this app includes three key upgrades: the ability to insert typed text, a red arrow “pointer”, and an the ability to export to YouTube, Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive. 

Tip: When exporting to YouTube, the screencast has to render and can take up to 10 minutes to export. Consider saving screencasts within the app and then exporting to YouTube after a class or school day.
5Easy

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