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					There are several options to choose in the tablet market. Some apps are better at creating learning objects,
some are better for displaying materials and some are productivity tools. I have looked at dozens of new apps
that are designed for the instructional marketplace. Here are the best. Chris St.John (DAU GLTC P/M) 10-11-11


Bento for iPad
Filemaker, Inc. brings its wildly popular productivity application Bento from the iPhone to the iPad. With 25
different database templates to choose from, the harried teacher can organize anything and everything he or
she needs to rein in the occasionally overwhelming chaos. Some of these, such as the student list, directly
address the needs of educators. People of all professions take advantage of Bento’s fantastic features to ease
the stresses of everyday life, making the small price tag a worthy investment in peace of mind. Cost $4.99
Video tutuorial also available $1.99

Board Cam Lite
Use your iPAD2 as a Document Camera. The nice part of having the iPAD2 is that it displays everything. That
includes the camera on the front and on the back. Board Cam allows the iPAD2 to become a Document
Camera. You may want to invest into something with a cradle to hold the iPad upright and in the same
location. I like to use the iPAD keyboard dock. This app allows annotation on what the camera is viewing or to
have a laser pointer to show something specific. Cost: FREE

Collaborate in Groups
Use Shareboard or Whiteboard VGA Out to have student link together. Students can share whiteboard
space, and draw on one screen. Whiteboard VGA Out can allow one drawing space to be displayed through
the VGA Connector. Shareboard Cost $7.99; Shareboard Client (Reader) FREE

Conference Pad
This amazing app allows a student (or multiple students) to connect to a teacher device and see the same
thing that they see, at the same time. It is simple, fast and high quality, and it allows the "receiver" to zoom
and scroll around. Automatic mirroring, panning, zoom, laser pointer, etc. Connect an iPad to a projector too
and communicate while moving freely from anywhere in the wifi. Each device needs to have the software
loaded. I have used it with PDFs of presentations, and it is a fantastic way to share information, albeit only 15
simultaneous devices in a wifi are supported (5 in Bluetooth). GREAT technology, and another one that
makes me ask 'How do they do that?' Cost $4.99, but only need to purchase one time for all your devices.

Docs Anywhere
As its nomenclature implies, Docs Anywhere allows iPad users a high degree of portability for their digital
documents. Capable of reading Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF files, rich text, plain text, HTML, and other file
formats, it allows transfer between desktop and portable device using USB and iTunes. Instructors who prefer
working on their home machines can very easily transport their work to the classroom on their iPads, which
also provides e-mailing capabilities for an added dimension of file preservation. Cost $1.99

DoD News Reader
The Department of Defense News Reader grabs the top stories from the DoD and delivers them to your
iPhone/iTouch. Keep up with the latest News feeds: Cost FREE
        AFPS News Articles
        DoD Press Advisories
        DoD News Releases
        DoD Contract Announcements
        DoD Transcripts
        DoD Speeches
        DoD Blogger's Roundtable

Dropbox
Dropbox is useful before, during and after class. This free, universal cloud storage service is great for storing
your lesson plans, items you wanted to share with the class, SMART lessons, and more. No need to
remember to burn CDs/DVDs, or email things to yourself. Simply drop everything into your Dropbox, and it's
just there, on any computer you use, on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or even other smartphones. Set up
shared files and folders with other teachers or with students. The possibilities are quite numerous, and a
quick Internet search will reveal all sorts of ways that instructors are using Dropbox to streamline their
workflow. Instructors who come across great bits of online multimedia to enhance a lecture can save their
valuable findings for future offline viewing and organize them into specific galleries. Use Dropbox as a means
to send file to students to complete using whatever document editor that is loaded. (I prefer to use
Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite.). Rename the file and upload back to Dropbox to be graded. I've been
using this service for years and never come close to using up the free 2GB, but if you are storing a lot of video
and other storage-intense media, you may need a premium subscription. Cost FREE

Dragon Dictation
Very easy for you AND students. Convert your speech to text, then email, save it as a TXT file, or copy and
paste to another app (you can even post the text as a comment on Facebook or Twitter). I have found Dragon
Dication to be very accurate every time I have used the app…rarely do I edit to the text produced by the app.
One thing I like to do with this app is “take notes” as I read articles on my iPad. While reading I will switch to
Dragon Dictation, then say a summary of the article or points I want to remember, then say the website
where I found the info. Cost FREE! (Opinion: Shouldn’t be…)

eClicker
Audience response systems aka “Clickers” are becoming all the rage in classrooms. The technology makes
realtime survey and assessment possible through devices throughout the classroom. The instructor displays a
question and the students respond anonymously with supplied devices providing the class with instant
feedback. With the eClicker Host, this advanced technology can be produced all from your laptops, iPhones
or iPads, thus saving the cost of buying a commercial-grade product. The app is universal and works over wifi.
The beauty of eClicker is that students can use any wifi-enabled device with a browser to interact with the
class. From surveys to pop quizzes, eClicker can make a class or meeting more interactive and exciting.
Students with iDevices can use the free eClicker app to formulate and send their responses to eClicker Host
questions. Cost FREE!

Essay Grader
Many courses have writing requirements and essay-style homework assignments. With Essay Grader for iPad,
grading can be streamlined with meaningful feedback comments for students. The app provides criteria
checkboxes to quickly evaluate essays and writing assignments, which generate a graded evaluation form.
Each step can be (and should be) personalized for the student with more specific comments. It walks through
a paper from introduction to conclusion, and allows for in depth commenting through a checklist system.
While this app is preloaded with more secondary feedback items, each comment can be adjusted to your
specific criteria, which means it could be used at many levels with consistency throughout. The app then
allows for exporting to your computer and you can send students their feedback directly through email,
based on the details you have set up for each student. If you teach a subject with serious writing
assignments, Essay Grader for iPad could save you time and enhance the feedback to your students. This app
clearly has had a great deal of thought put into its development, and is very detailed. There is also a separate
version for the iPhone. Cost: $5.99 Lite version FREE

gFlashPro
Dedicated to the distribution of knowledge anywhere, any time, gFlashPro serves students, teachers, and
trivia junkies alike. Download flash cards assignment, quiz, and test inspiration, store images and audio for
reference or incorporation into a lecture, and much more. The little quizzes even allow educators to test their
own proficiency in the fields they teach and help them build up on the areas where they could use a nice,
quick boost. When using this function, gFlashPro also keeps track of progress made when testing oneself!
Works with iPad and iPhones. Cost $3.99

Good Reader
I use this one all the time! You can save, view, annotate, and organize PDF, Office, iWork, HTML, audio, and
video files using Good Reader. I frequently find files online that I would like to save for later. All I do is open
them in Good Reader and I have it on my iPad for good. The files are easily organized and you can connect to
DropBox, MobileMe, or other cloud services. Cost $4.99

HP ePrint
Print to any HP printer on the same network as the iPad. NOT AirPrint! Yes, that’s right, you read it right, no
need to buy a new printer just to print with your iPad. HP ePrint will print PDFs, .txt, .jpg, .png, .tiff, and .bmp
files on any HP printer. I print to a 7 year old HP LaserJet 1320 with this app! It is sloooowww…but it gets the
job done. Cost: FREE

iCram
Ostensibly for students, iCram actually offers quite a few benefits for instructors as well. The multiple choice,
flash card format saves resources, time, and energy when it comes to whipping up a quick assignment, quiz,
or test. In addition, users are granted the ability to access an online database of questions as well as pre-
established assignments. iCram boasts its own benefits for all elements of education, though, making it a
well-rounded application to download and use. Cost $2.99

iPAD Audio/Video Podcast Studio Apps
Students can use iPrompt Pro on one iPad and DJ SoundBox Pro on another iPad near the recording device
(iPad using iTalk Lite if creating an audio podcast). The iPad with iPrompt Pro acts as a teleprompter with the
text that scrolls on the screen. DJ SoundBox and Soundbox Pro (more effects) plays sound effects such as
radio news breaks and other sounds. The podcast can be recorded and uploaded to a storage site. iPrompt
Pro Cost: FREE DJ Soundbox/Pro Cost: $0.99

Keynote
Teachers looking for a few visual aids to go along with their lectures would do well to explore what Keynote
has to offer them. For ease of use, they can choose from 12 premade themes and sprinkle their notes with
animations, pictures, tables, charts, videos, and other multimedia touches. Keynote offers a tutorial to
explain how to create a presentation file, but Keynote is very intuitive and user-friendly. There are only a
handful of themes to choose from, but they are all classic and aesthetically pleasing. The iPad hooks up to
external displays, projectors, desktops, and laptops so the presenter can reach a large audience; nobody has
to crowd around the tiny display screen, though files can easily be bounced from machine to machine via e-
mail and PDF files. Keynote offers standard editing capabilities, including animation. It is also compatible with
PowerPoint, so you can open and edit PowerPoint files — and the presentation can be emailed in Keynote,
PDF or PowerPoint formats. Cost: $9.99

Kindle
Lets you read all Kindle books on a very clean and user-friendly interface. It automatically syncs your last page
read, bookmarks, notes and highlights. Read over 775,000 books. Get free book samples. Search for
something specific in the book: A character, a topic or a section. Cost: Free

LanSchool Teacher’s Assistant
With technology and internet access becoming more and more mainstream in the classroom, one of the
more pressing concerns involves how to monitor computer use to curb abuse and distractions. Fortunately,
LanSchool’s extremely valuable Teacher’s Assistant application caters to these issues, providing educators
with the ability to black out any distracting or offensive screens, limit what their students can and cannot do
on their machines, send messages to students, allow silent, individualized help sessions, and take quick polls.
Allowing teachers to monitor computer usage helps bolster productivity for all involved. Cost: Free

Mathematical Formulas
For only $0.99, math teachers (or even those involved with sciences requiring the manipulation of numbers)
have a quick conduit for referencing the various formulas from various disciplines. Students can throw their
educators for a loop sometimes, so it helps to have the information on hand to answer any questions that
crop up during a lesson. Users also have access to examples that illustrate how the equations work, making
this a handy tool for cranking out quick assignments, quizzes, and tests as well.

Mobile Air Mouse
Turn the iPhone or iPad into a viable wireless remote or track pad using Mobile Air Mouse, which fortunately
sports far more uses than these. Instructors with a love of incorporating technology into the classroom will
appreciate how it functions as an all-in-one tool with a number of excellent remote control, trackpad,
keyboard, and foreign language functions – they can even place a computer into sleep mode and wake it back
up! The application comes very much in handy for controlling the visual aids during lectures by reducing the
amount of necessary equipment. Cost iPhone: $1.99; Cost iPad $2.99

Noterize
Taking Notes on Notes. Most instructors have their notes in a downloadable PDF format. Open the PDF in
Noterize app. Students can highlight and place comment notes on the PDF. Files can be saves to a device or
back to a cloud storage. Noterize gives similar functionality to Adobe Acrobat Reader 9. Cost: Free

Outliner for iPad
Outliner serves a couple of different uses for instructors, who can also discover their own creative
applications the better acquainted they become with the interface. Users create and streamline lists and
outlines for various projects, making this an excellent resource for writing up lecture notes, keeping grade
sheets, drawing rubrics, and more. Because education is a dizzying field with much to organize and track, any
workers with access to an iPad should take advantage of Outliner’s offerings to stay on top of everything.
Cost $4.99

Pages
Create gorgeous and effective handouts, tests, quizzes, assignments, notes, and presentations using Apple’s
own word processing application. With 16 templates for everything from cards to fliers, users start working
on what really matters right off the bat. Teachers who take advantage of everything it has to offer can
incorporate graphs, charts, videos, and photos into their projects to add interest and better illustrate
information. Capable of file sharing, Pages also allows for saving files in convenient Word and PDF formats as
well. Cost $9.99

Penultimate
This is a great app that allows you to make freehand notes, draw diagrams and stores your work in handy
'notebooks' that you can rename to keep your work organized. One of the great parts of this app is the 'ink'
that it uses. As opposed to other drawing apps, the developers have created a realistic flow to the pen that
makes it feel very fluid and realistic in its movement. I really enjoy drawing in this app, and it has also spurred
similar apps to include some of the same features. I really like this app for taking notes, particularly in
meetings where I am not writing a great deal. It is comfortable and works without setting up a 'keyboard'
orientation. It's even better if you pick up a Pogo stylus for more control, and realistic writing. Cost $1.99

Planbook
Lesson Plan app! Create lesson plans that can be emailed or printed. One reason I promote this app is the
developer is very responsive to suggestions and requests. I “liked” his Planbook page on Facebook where I
have found he answers all questions. The app is not perfect yet, but it’s close. There are 6 customizable text
fields which I have named: Overview, Standards, Objectives, Opening/Explicit Instruction/Modeling, Guided
Practice, Close/Review/Reflections. Cost $9.99

Power Presenter
Power Presenter lets you display a presentation (Keynote and PowerPoint included) that's been converted to
a PDF file. There are two ways to open the PDF file on your iPad—you can upload it via the file sharing
function in iTunes or you can upload it from an e-mail by holding down the attachment icon. Once the file is
uploaded, you can present it, mark on slides using the pen and erase markings, and email the marked-up
slides to your audience. The app also has a whiteboard feature and provides access to the web with one tap.
Cost: $1.99

Shhmooze
An app that helps you find and connect with useful and interesting people at conferences and events. Use it
by creating your professional profile on Shhmooze and share with other colleagues on Shhmooze. Check into
the event, check out who else is attending, wave or send a message and then meet up for a chat. Cost: Free

SG Project
SG Project is Simple Genius for project schedule management. Most of us manage projects of one form or
another, whether at home, at work, or at school. For professionals, Project Management is a discipline that
takes years to learn and the requisite tools can be daunting to use. SG Project was designed specifically to
take advantage of the unique features of the iPad platform and deliver a touch-based, easy-to-use tool for
both professionals and non-professionals. The app has been featured in New and Noteworthy, What's Hot,
and has been on the Top Charts of the Business category since it was introduced.

SG Project 3 takes mobile project management to new levels by introducing Dropbox integration, VGA
projector support, data sharing with SG Project Go for iPhone, and a refined user interface. It also addresses
the other top requests including tasks in hours, ability to assign multiple people to a task, parent task
expand/collapse, and more. Cost: SG Project (one project) $9.99; SG Project Pro (multi-projects) $39.99 SG
Project features:

           Create multiple projects and quickly switch between them
           Create tasks with a start date and duration for each
           Rearrange task rows using standard iPad gestures
           Set Start Date, Duration, People, and Percent Done for each task
           Group child tasks underneath a parent task and expand/collapse the list
           Set predecessor dependencies between tasks
           Table and Gantt-style Views with 3-Position split view and zoom in/out
           Use integrated Dropbox support to share project data with teammates
           Share data on a projector using VGA support
           Export to PDF or XML and email directly to the project team from within the app
           2-way integration with MS Project using XML
           Schedule projects using an 8-hour Monday - Friday, All Days, or 24x7 schedule

SimpleMind
This is an amazing mind mapping software for the iPad that reminds me of my excitement when I first used
Inspiration. It is that user friendly. It is not as robust as the desktop program, but it certainly takes mind
mapping on the go to the next level. Varying colors, levels and export options make this an app to watch for.
I am so glad I found this, as it was the 'missing link' from the desktop brainstorming. Cost: Free; Pro version:
$6.99

Sundry Notes
Not only does Sundry Notes serve a valuable organizational purpose, it also costs nothing as well! With the
ability to import PDF files, format writings, make quick drawings, run searches of Wikipedia, Google, and
Google Books, snag images off the Internet, make recordings, and much more. Instructors need to download
this application to help keep everything they need for class organized in one place. You will especially enjoy
the ability to work on virtual graph paper. Cost: Free; Pro version: $2.99

TeacherPal
Since taking attendance and keeping a grade book is a regular task for all teachers, having a great solution on
your iPhone or iPad is a must. This simple, effective, free, universal app belongs on every teacher's iDevice.
Take attendance; track grades and behavior for your students. Set up a profile for each student that can even
include information such as allergies. You can email parents and/or students directly from the app. Import
csv files. You can link and back up to your Dropbox account. With the iCloud will come an option for syncing
information between your iDevices. Why not try this app out before you try any of the paid options? Cost:
Free

TeacherTool
If the free TeacherPal isn't enough for you, there is TeacherTool -- a complex grading and classroom
management app for iPhone. This is a five-star program. Options and settings are a plenty and if you want
more than just simple attendance, assignments, and grading, look no further than TeacherTool. In addition to
the standard grading features, you can set up of checklists for events, such as tracking which students have
paid for the upcoming field trip. Data is easily exported for Excel via email attachment. However, app lacks
the ability to send out mass emails to students and parents, and the complexity of the interface will be
daunting to some. The app comes in three pricing structures. The free version allows for only one class; the
"flex" version is a pay as a you go through in-app purchase, adding features as you pay; and the full multi-
course version is $30.99. We would certainly recommend trying the free version first to see if this app suits
your teaching style.

Obviously, many more iPad applications exist to make the lives of instructors that much easier and creative.
Take advantage of what they have to offer as well in order to provide students with well-rounded lessons that
nurture them both inside and outside the classroom.

				
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