Great New Resource for iPad Apps in the Classroom

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iPad Apps for School

 

 

 

Richard Bryne, the educator that runs the amazing freetech4teachers.com site started a new blog devoted to iPad apps for education. His new blog is titled “iPad Apps for School“, and if it’s anything like his freetech4teachers site, it should be an amazing resource.

Take a look at it to see if there are any apps you could incorporate into your classroom. Are you using any apps in the classroom currently?

Wunderlist – A great way to manage you to-do list

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I’ve been looking for a simple yet powerful to-do list for some time. I’ve played around with several and they have either been to complicated, ugly, or just clunky. Well I think I’ve finally found a winner in Wunderlist.

It’s interface is simple and clean. I can easily add new tasks and then easily remove them when they are completed, because really isn’t that supposed to be the point in a program like this.

You can create Lists where you can group your tasks, or just have them all collected in one “Inbox”.  Again, simple and to the point. But as simple as Wunderlist is, it still has some pretty cool tools under the hood. You can:

  • Add notes to tasks
  • Collaborate with friends and co-workers on tasks
  • Change the look of the app
  • Print your lists out
  • Share them with the cloud

The other thing that makes this app a winner is that its free for all mobile devices, Android, iOS, and can be downloaded to your Mac or PC. You can then sync your lists to any and all devices once you sign up for a free account.

Overall I’m very pleased with this to-do app. Now if you will excuse me, I see by looking at Wunderlist, I have a lot to do today.

Video From Wunderlist

Haiku Deck-Create Clean Simple Presentations on Your Ipad

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Haiku Deck is a fantastic app that allows you to create simple, well designed presentations. The main problem with most presentations are that creators always add to much text. Haiku intentionally limits how much text you can put on each slide. This makes the visual more important, and allows you to talk to the client, teacher, or student about your idea, using the image as the anchor. The photos can come from ones you took with the iPad’s camera, or images you transfered. One of the most helpful features in Haiku Deck is the ability to search for Creative Commons licensed images on the web. You just type in a word or phrase and Haiku searches for Creative Common images you can then choose to put into your presentation. The best news is Haiku deck its free.
Some Haiku Deck Presentations

Haiku Deck in Action

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Projeqt.com – Very Cool Web-Based Presentation Software

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While reading news from South By Southwest I saw a post about a new site that allows you to create free presentations that can store images, videos, documents and even social media feeds. The ability to add social media feeds allows the presentation to stay fresh. Image you create a presentation about the presidential race, you could add candidate YouTube feeds, Tweets, Facebook page along with your images and research. Its super easy to use and looks great. I created a series of videos that show how to create a Projeqt and how to embed it into Angel.

Below the videos I embedded the Projeqt I created.



 


 


 


 


 

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https://projeqt.com/embed/kevinv/book-cover-assignment

Google Currents – All in one news app, very cool

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Google has rolled out Google Currents, a centralized location for Android and iOS users to get all their news and social media and the cool thing is 150 publishers have already signed up to display their wares. As of today Google Currents carries over 150 publishers, including Cool Hunting, MacLife, Forbes, Slate, CNET, Fast Company, Huffington Post, and PBS.

Users can flip their way though Currents stylish interface and find great full length articles from publishers that are currently on-board with Google Currents. But Currents doesn’t stop at print articles, publisher also include audio and video content that make using Currents a dynamic experience.

Another interesting option is Currents “Trending” function. As Currents is pulling in all these different news and entertainment stories it is analyzing them. It is trying to determine any trends that are forming in stories. When you hit the trending button it groups stories that Google sees as fitting a trend, or are hot, for that particular section of news. For example, while writing this, I pressed trends, and under the Trends-Technology heading I see the following headlines:

  • Apple rushing to finalize apps for iPad3 announcement
  • Tesla takes wraps off “falconwinged” Model X SUV
  • Google is Testing Wireless Entertainment Device
  • Window 8 bundled Metro apps reveled

This is a great app for anyone who likes to stay up on news and events from many different areas of interest. The interface is very cool and easy to use and the addition of multimedia content is great.

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In a blog post, Google said:

Ready for consumers
We’ve worked with more than 150 publishing partners to offer full-length articles from more than 180 editions including CNET, AllThingsD, Forbes, Saveur, PBS, Huffington Post, Fast Company and more. Content is optimized for smartphones and tablets, allowing you to intuitively navigate between words, pictures and video on large and small screens alike, even if you’re offline

To get started, simply download the app and choose the publications you want to subscribe to for free. You can also add RSS, video and photo feeds, public Google+ streams and Google Reader subscriptions you’re already following. In addition to consuming your favorite media, you can also use the trending tab to discover related content that matches your tastes.

We strive to give you beautiful and simple ways to experience all the content the web has to offer, such as sharing photos on Google+, watching YouTube videos and discovering books, movies and music from Android Market. Today we’re expanding our content offering with the introduction of Google Currents, a new application for Android devices, iPads and iPhones that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger.

 

TED for your ipad/ipod

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TED Talk App

Like many video sites, TED Talks do not play on you ipod and ipad through Safari. Luckily TED Talks has a handy app for that. Download it and enjoy all the amazing speakers this organization has to offer.

On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.