"When Apple announced Airdrop this past June, I knew it would be a great feature for teachers with iPads. A common complaint about iPads in the classroom was that it wasn’t necessarily easy to transfer student work in the Camera Roll to the teacher. With no USB connection and no SD card slot, how was a teachersupposed to collect student work? Email would work for small files, but videos were much too large to send. Dropbox could be a solution, but that would require students to set up their own accounts, problematic if they are under a certain age. Enter AirDrop, a seamless and very quick way to transfer files via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections between “nearby” devices."
This selection is not exhaustive and no matter how many apps I include here there will always be some lacking. That being said, the list below contains some of the basic apps you as a teacher and educator need to, if not using them them then at least be familiar with them
With so many schools adopting the use of iPads I find it strange that we aren’t hearing more about the incredible opportunitiesavailable in iTunes U. Well I suppose it isn’t that strange given that schools in the early stages of transitioning to an iPad platform are extremely busy and learning one more thing can seem overwhelming.
The iPad is supposed to make teaching and learning easier, right? But if you’ve ever tried to talk your mom through a new task on her computer or iPad without being able to show her what you’re doing, you can understand that some frustration might ensue as you try to get an entire class to follow along with you. Or maybe you want to show a quick video or diagram, but holding up your iPad to the class really isn’t reaching everyone.
When it comes to searching for educational apps to install on your iPad it feels like you get drowned in an avalanche of apps and resources from which you emerge empty-handed. Everyday new apps go viral and to keep up with the updates in this field is really a daunting challenge. Thankfully, there are many trusted educational resources..
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“Questia is an online research and paper writing resource, helping students find and cite high-quality, scholarly research. Questia combines a deep library of 75,000 online books and 9 million full text articles, along with easy-to-use search engine and time-saving tools that help students write better research papers faster.
Something that we haven’t talked much about is using your iPad as a digital interactive whiteboard for your classroom. Turns out there are a number of different apps to aid you on this journey, ranging from free to paid with varying functionality that you may or may not need, depending on exactly what you’d like to do with it. We’ve selected a few and highlighted their attributes as a starting point if you want to know how to use your iPad as a digital whiteboard
TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) regularly tests available apps and recommends apps that teachers should be using. TCEA maintains a list of recommended apps in a shared document via Google Docs. The list is organized by subject area and free apps are color coded in white.
The Next Web coveredthousands of apps throughout this year, from nifty new browser extensions, to the latest game-changing Android and iOS apps, so we sifted through the archives and pulled out some of best educational apps of 2012…
Looking back at some of 2012's most significant app launches and updates, Education Dive assembled a list of a few of the best apps on iOS and Android devices that we think educators should know about for 2013. Some of these are already out in the wild, and some are still twinkles in their developers' eyes. All of 23 of them stand to be important, however, in the new year: