Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Productivity Apps

Post your comments here about apps that are productivity related....meaning things you would use as a teacher (versus the student app comments that should be learning related).

33 comments:

CommonMan said...

eCove seems like a cool way to do learning walks. iBooks is great...all the classics are free. ItunesU is also a complete education online. I think I have decided the iPad is really not so much a productive tool as it is a consumption tool. Perfect for students.

CommonMan said...

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Messaging-and-Collaboration/Google-Docs-Gets-Mobile-Editing-for-Android-iPad-878521/

Google docs are coming to the iPad!!!!!

CommonMan said...

http://www.doitmyselfblog.com/2010/the-ipad-as-an-affordable-communicator-initial-review/

Wonderful article about a special iPad user

CommonMan said...

So far only terry has ordered apps....still waiting to hear from others!

CommonMan said...

http://hmheducation.com/fuse/algebra1/index.php gives info on an algebra app - looks promising.....the beginning of the revolution!

CommonMan said...

Khan academy.....great app...check out his huge catalog....this is Bill Gates favorite website.

Anonymous said...

Had fun at training......ready to download apps!

PHSChemGuy said...

Liked the Theodore Grey Elements app.

Anonymous said...

I went to training today. Dianne

Anonymous said...

I was here and I'm playing. Donkey kong on my ipad

Anonymous said...

I just got my new Ipad, I can't wait to figure out how to use it!

J Boyer said...

Word warp has a variety of word games for kids it's a race to beat the clock; element of competition some kids like.

Jan said...

PrintnShare App works great with many HP printers.

Kelly H. said...

I used the iPad today for progress monitoring in reading on AimsWeb. I was able to immediately enter the reading data after listening to the students read their passage. Then I was able to show the AimsWeb graphs to the students and have discussions about their data. The kids really enjoyed seeing their data on the screen.

MBrox said...

found a website (actually document posted to web, I think) that lists apps by category. This helped me focus my app search.
Thought I would share:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/24470331/iPhone-iPad-and-iPod-touch-Apps-for-Special-Education

CommonMan said...

I just found out at you can use the iPad to make free phoned calls. you have to download a free app called whistle ... but it is free, it does work, the only minor drawback is when you make a call, it plays a quck advertisement....another amazing tool for the iPad!

RMS said...

It does seem useful for AIMSWeb, especially if we purchase the Computer Assisted Assessment component. With it, you can score directly on the IPAD and it automatically calculates the final score.

MBrox said...

I just realized the other night that items typed in 'notes' can be instantly emailed via the account(s) that have been set up. I see this as a great asset to a meeting. Someone can type notes and email them as soon as meeting is over.

Melanie

Renita said...

I have tried to use the IPAD for the applications that come up in a typical week. AIMSWeb is fairly easy to use for scoring. You can't view the training videos (quicktime). NetTrekker is OK, but similar problems with some videos and pop ups. In both cases, I would probably only use this for work in those applications if there was no computer available.

Renita said...

Also on NetTrekker - I couldn't get the reader to work. If anyone else has tried and was successful I'd be interested in knowing how.

CommonMan said...

new app called beatthetraffic is a good tool...it even projects traffic based on patterns. it does include Cincinnati. it's free.

CommonMan said...

I finally figured out how to delete movies and podcasts ... same way you delete apps...just hold down your finger on it until a little square appears, then click the square. since these are 16 gb ipads, if you have a lot of videos you can fill them up

CommonMan said...

Utility/Productivity Tools:

Adobe Photoshop Express (FREE) Edit photos or graphics
Animation Director (1.99) Create a few drawings, app will put together and animate, much like a cartoon
Animoto-Turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes
Corcolus—(4.99) Corkboard with notes--can send via e-mail
Crowd Map (Mindmap)—(5.99) Put thoughts together using free form text objects, drag to organize final result
Dragon Dictation (FREE) Your speech is converted to text
Dropbox (Free) Share documents
Evernote (Free) Sync multiple units-- ipad, desktop computer, DROID
GoToMeeting (FREE) remote connection to meeting organizer’s computer
Live Notes (Free lite version) Plays audio when you play back notes
LogMeIn Ignition (29.99) remotely access one or more computers anywhere, anytime with a touch
Penultimate (3.99) Handwriting notes app—best so far
Pandora (FREE) Listen to favorite songs
PrintBureau (12.99) Print from your iPad
RDP (Free “lite” version) Remote desktop app
ReelDirector (3.99) Video editing on the ipad
Shazam (FREE) Will tell you name of song and artist that is playing on your radio—hold iPad to radio
Skype
Speak It! (1.99) Text to speech solution. Good app for speech therapy, foreign language
TeamViewer (Free) Free remote access to desktop computer sharing

English/Literature:

Shakespeare in Bits (Lite version free) Reads plays and has scenes
Moving Tales-Pedlar Lady (4.99) Storytelling

Math:
Kid Calc (7 in 1 Math games) (.99)
Math Tappers (FREE) clock, find sum, multiples, estimate
MathBoard (3.99) Teaches math operations in a quiz format

News:
BBC News- (FREE)
Discovery Channel (FREE)
Flipboard (FREE)
NPR (Free) National Public Radio

Preschool:
A Story B4 Bed (Free) --record your voice reading a night time story to your child/grandchild—e-mail to them to play at bedtime
Talking Baby Hippo (.99)—records your voice and plays it back in the hippo’s voice
Toddler Counting (free “lite” version)—Counts many different items.
The Cat in the Hat (3.99)—Reads story

Science:
The Elements (13.99) Now has 3D available—purchase glasses
Video Science (FREE)

Social Studies:
Stack the States (lite version free) States/Capitals quizzes, and more

Games:

Angry Birds (free lite version) Throw birds at pigs…release your frustration!
Game Table (.99)—Play chess, checkers and Reversi
Worms HD (2.99)

Good resources on web for ipad apps:

http://learninginhand.com/ (Tony Vincent’s site)
http://www.delicious.com/rosemarycane (Sean Beavers @ HCCA, his website with iPad apps)

CommonMan said...

My favorite apps overall (in no particular order) are BeattheTraffic, Whistle (turns iPad into a cell phone), Virtuoso (turns iPad into a piano), Zillow (real estate), eCOVE (for learning walks), ABC Player (to watch TV Shows...great color), and TaptoTalk

Melissa France said...

Thanks for the app suggestions. I just sat here and added a few. I will try them out and let you know what I think.

Anonymous said...

I really wish the Ipad had a USB port to transfer photos; however Dropbox seems to be a solution instead of purchasing the cable. (I am thinking the next Ipad will come equipped with one. (more convenient)
__ Jan R

Anonymous said...

Went to iPad training by apple today and am interested in looking into Itunes u. There seems to be a variety of podcasts with grade level content information. Dianne

Anonymous said...

This isn't necessarily a productivity app but I downloaded the Halloween Sound Shelf and my kids love it. It has a variety of Halloween characters that make sounds. this app has become popular during free time!
Dianne

MBrox said...

I also liked he spooky sounds app. It was a fun way to have students add spooky sounds while I was reading Halloween books. The light touch needed to activate the device made it a perfect way for some of the student with limited mobility be an active, independent part of the activity.

Melanie

Anonymous said...

ScreenShot
I just discovered that when you hold the on/off button and press the home button, it will take a screen shot and place it in the photo gallery. (Convenient for training purposes.)

Jan Rulli

Renita said...

http://www.ipadinschools.com/

current info about school use

Renita said...

AudioNote - great app for meetings or recording class. You can write and type as it records. Your notes will coincide with the time during the recording that they were written. Audio playback quality is good.

Anonymous said...

I used Dragon Dictation this week to redo my lesson plans. My plans are lengthy and instead of retyping everything in certain sections, I used Dragon Dictation to record what I wanted to change and then I emailed it to myself. From there I cut and pasted the info and changed it as needed (not all words dictated perfectly!) and I was finished quicker than usual.
Dianne