Review iPad Apps Here Using a Comment

If you discover an iPad application that you really like, please write-up a quick review and leave it in the comment section.  I’ve pasted Bruce’s Google Earth review and a couple of others into the comments section. At the bottom of this post, click on comment and write or paste in your app review.

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14 Responses

  1. Google Earth

    Google Earth (free!) is amazing on the iPad. Navigate with your thumb and index finger. Spread your fingers apart to zoom in. Put your two fingers on the screen and turn to rotate the view. Hit the locate button (at the top between the North button and the tool button) and your location is in the bull’s eye. Links to restaurants, stores, etc. with reviews. And probably a lot more.

  2. Course Notes

    Found this organizational tool — Course Notes – an app that helps students write, organize, print, and share notes from their classes. Looks interesting for late middle school or high school students. It costs $4.99. I have not downloaded it yet.

  3. Seurat

    Seurat is also a fun App. You just click on a photo from your library can turn it into a Seurat like painting! Another cool free App. is draw free. It is basically a blank page that lets you create your own artwork using different tools and colors. An iPad would definitely be a cool tool to have in the art room. I would love to let the kids explore on it and also teach me what they know and what cool Apps. they have discovered!

  4. Dragon Dictation

    I found a free app called Dragon Dictation which always you to speak into the iPad mic and have an instant dictation. It isn’t perfect but I could see it being a useful app for students.

  5. iBooks

    I just downloaded the iBooks application and upon first use am very impressed! Having never read an ebook before, I can’t compare this to a Kindle, Nook, or any other eBook device, so this may just be general thoughts of reading an eBook (not specific to the iBooks app). Winnie the Pooh was a free download and it looks amazing–colorful illustrations and very clear text. You can change the brightness of the page and font and size of text very easily, and you even get to do the “turn the page” motion when moving on to the next page. You can scroll through a book quickly by using the table of contents or by scanning on the bottom bar (kind of like a movie).

    Some great features that you can’t do in a regular book are highlighting a word and then finding the definition (instant gratification!) as well as the search feature where you can look for key words in the book. I would think that could come in very handy, especially for a research paper. You can also highlight and bookmark sections of the book, and the app will keep track of it for you. I did find it was a little hard to highlight words, but probably just takes some getting used to.

    I would think my students would love reading a book on this! It would be hard for them to use the more advanced features of it but I’m sure older kids would take advantage of it. For the younger kids, I will say I think picture books will look quite striking on it.

  6. Accessing your files on the iPad with the Dropbox App.

    The Dropbox App is a great way to get access to nearly any type of file on your iPad. Word Docs, PowerPoints, Excel spreadsheets, pdfs, images in all the usual formats (jpg, gif, tiff) and even videos in the m4v format–all these files display perfectly on the iPad.

    To use this app–
    1. Download and install Dropbox on your computer (link http://www.dropbox.com).
    2. Follow the steps and create your Dropbox login.
    2. Drag any files you wish into the Dropbox folder on your computer. Dropbox gives you two Gigs of free space.
    3. Find the Dropbox App on the GDS iPad.
    4. Log in with your Dropbox account.
    5. There are your files. Tap them to open.

  7. I found a flashcard app that is user friendly and the students I have used it with really enjoy it. It is pretty simple, but it allows you to set the languages so you can translate English vocabulary into French or Spanish, and it has a couple of different ways to review the cards when you are finished.

  8. IStudiez Pro
    I found this app in an article about their top ten apps for students. I have tried to use it over the course of the past two weeks and I find it cumbersome and not terribly user friendly. I wanted something to keep track of daily schedules and homework assignments, but this is too complicated.

  9. Wolfram Alpha

    Wolfram Alpha is a fantastic app on the iPad. The expanded keyboard makes entering mathematics significantly easier than the desktop computer interface. A full menu of common calculus symbols is immediately available as a drop down, and sincee (for me) math entry tends to be a hunt-and-peck endeavor on any keyboard, the iPad doesn’t lose any points on this front.

    Wolfram Alpha’s highly visual solution displays with multiple click-through options are well served by a touch interface, and the iPad has enough screen real estate to display graphs at high resolution. This is fantastic.

    I love Wolfram Alpha on the computer and on my phone; it’s hard to say no to high-power server-based Mathematica functionality, and that’s entirely ignoring Alpha’s primary goal of aggregating and performing calculations across disparate data sets. It looks like Wolfram did an excellent job re-tooling their interface to take advantage of the iPad’s capabilities, and I would be excited about having this in a classroom for students to access in their study groups.

  10. IA Writer is a great word processing app. It helps to restructure the writing process and slows it down a bit. it would be useful to just help students get their thoughts down as there are not a lot of bells/whistles. For example, it doesn’t have spell check so this is perhaps not an app that should be used and then printed right off to hand in. It also automatically saves your progress every 2 seconds which is a really nice feature. Overall it really is just a nice, simple program that helps you just get your thoughts out and onto “paper”.

  11. Web Reader
    This app costs $1.99 but it is well worth it. I tried all of the apps that read the content of the internet for you but this one does it within the app. What I mean by that is the others you actually have to use an internet browser like safari or firefox, cut and paste the content then into your “reader” – which can be a pain and not always so easy. This is actually its own internet browser so there is no cutting or pasting involved. You simply say when you want it to start or stop. It also allows you to change the voice (male or female) and allows you to speed up or slow down the reading. It is the best reader that I have been able to find!! Well worth the $1.99

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