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Dear Otto: What iPad Apps Do You Recommend?

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Here’s a great question I got from Christine:

Q: Hi,  I teach 8th grade Physical science and next year all of my students will be issued their own ipad.  Any tips on how to find good apps and examples of lessons that use the ipad? Thanks!

A: There are any number of websites that promise a list of iPad apps for education. Some are free, some not and in my experience, they’re particular to a teacher’s interests. Instead of those, I’d recommend going to the Twitter hashtag #ipaded. This stream highlights realtime iPad apps that are recommended by active educators. For example, there’s one called SimplePhysicsyou might enjoy.

Here are some more from my e-colleague Tony:

  • Quixeya search engine of all apps – for Android as well as iPhone & iPad
  • Appiticone of my favourites – collections of apps by theme
  • Appolicious: probably the largest collection of reviewed apps – well worth a look!
  • iPad apps perfect for ES: a selection of apps that come highly recommended by ‘experts’
  • iKidAppsyou can search by age or subject and you’ll find great reviews on a load of different apps
  • iPad Apps used in school–the list Tony uses. I love it.
  • iPad Apps for Education--a comprehensive list from Kathy Shrock

What iPad apps do you recommend?

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.coman Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, an IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab.

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5 thoughts on “Dear Otto: What iPad Apps Do You Recommend?

  1. Sorry this is off topic. I have been following you faithfully for almost a year and respect you expretise and opinion. I have a question for you. I am writing a paper (for my master’s in educational technology) on the use of wikis in classroom settings and need to research any findings on student achievement. Do you know of any studies that have been done that documents student growth? This seems so tough because wikis are used for so many things and are often collaborative.
    Thank you for taking the time to think about this for me.
    Anne

    • Ah… That is tough. I don’t have an answer for that one. They’re great to encourage interaction and communication. they’re wonderful digital portfolios to assess student progress over time. I know all this anecdotally, but not statistically. I’m sorry. I have a colleague over in Texas who might be better tuned into that–Sandy. You might also try the folks over at iLearn. They seem to know a little bit about everything.

      Good luck on your research.

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