eBackpack provides safe and secure digital cloud storage for your student and staff work and assignments that is e-rate eligible. You can easily share files between project participants, committee members and even with outside parties in your web locker. eBackpack enables you to offer e-portfolios to show students’ growth and learning. Engage staff, students, and parents, all for a lower total cost than an on-site solution. It works in all browsers, the iPad, and can be used as a network drive on both PC and Mac computers.
A study is being conducted at three Queensland kindergartens to examine the educational benefits of iPad use for pre-school children. (A study at three kindergartens to examine the educational benefits of iPad use for pre-school children!
I’ve started creating a table of important skills, some derived from the Padagogy Wheel, and actions, some derived from iPad As… What I am planning to highlight is that there are many apps that can be use for many purposes and for developing many skills. For example, I have already added “Explain Everything” to 9 categories as I see it as a multifunctional app and one worth its price because of the educational benefits it provides. Over the coming months I plan to add text descriptions to each category to explain how the apps listed address the skill or action they have been linked to and may also link them to other online sources that show them in action. I’ll also provide direct links to the App Store, as I always do on this blog when I mention apps so you can check them out yourself if you want.
Now this sounds like a big task and it is. So I do need some help. What do I want from you? Anything you can give. Just add them to the comments of this post.
Examples of apps that help to develop specific skillsAdditional skills I haven’t listed hereExamples of apps that are multifunctional.Explanations of good pedagogical practice with apps. Don’t worry, all credit will go to you when I include your suggestions.Links to blog posts, websites, Youtube tutorials, open wikis, nings etc that promote good practice that I can link to from here.Examples on add ons like bookmarklets for curation sites, websites that work well with iPads ( Flash-free) that can still be categorised under these headings for iPad use.Spread the word regularly through Twitter, Facebook, Curation sites like Pinterest and Scoop-It to keep educators coming back.
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The school has an unconventional take on the iPad’s purpose. The devices are not really valued as portable screens or mobile gaming devices. Teachers I talked to seemed uninterested, almost dismissive, of animations and gamelike apps. Instead, the tablets were intended to be used as video cameras, audio recorders, and multimedia notebooks of individual students’ creations. The teachers cared most about how the devices could capture moments that told stories about their students’ experiences in school. Instead of focusing on what was coming out of the iPad, they were focused on what was going into it.
Part 1 in a series of 5 articles featuring Top Free iPad Music Apps For Teachers.
Really, there are so many apps available it can be hard to know where to begin and once you find something that looks useful, it’s difficult to assess it properly until you’ve download and installed it on your iPad. iPad music apps that are free can take away the risk of choosing a dud and they can be useful when book-listing apps for students on a tight budget.
Over time, I’ve collected quite a number of free apps on my iPad. Generally speaking, paid apps are nearly always better – they are ad-free, there are fewer necessary in-app purchases to make the app functional, there are more features and they’re better-supported (something that’s often overlooked when deciding between free vs paid).
The following list of apps fall into the “creativity” category. This is the first post in a 5-part series – there were simply too many to list in a single post!. The five parts are as follows:
Part 1 – 19 Free iPad Apps for Musical Creativity: Play, Improvise and RecordPart 2 – 16 Free iPad Apps To Play and Learn Musical InstrumentsPart 3 – 9 Free iPad Apps To Help You Discover Orchestral Music and Explore SoundPart 4 – 8 Free iPad Apps for Ear-Training and LiteracyPart 5 – 10 Free iPad Music Tool Apps
"Teachers often turn to presentation software to help deliver the content they choose to meet their lesson objectives, but what is the best way to do this on an iPad? Well, there is no PowerPoint for the iPad, but don’t let that put you off. There’s an app for that!"