Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Great iPad Learning Apps you Should Not Miss

iPad is making a huge revolution in education. It is even reshaping some of the old notions about learning and teaching giving more prominence to the  collaborative and student-centered approaches to instruction. I know it is too early to evaluate its presence as a learning tool inside our classroom but the omens of a good reap are in the horizon. More and more students are using it in their learning. Some schools have even started adopting it  as alternative to hard cover textbooks .

I know many of you have some kind of reserve as to the use of such gadgets inside an educational setting especially that there is still up to this moment no scientific and pedagogic studies in favour of  this usage. But the point here is that we are the practitioners and it is us who know what works well and what does not, we wont wait for some disengaged educational researchers to come and start theorizing about what will work for our classrooms . We have had enough with their useless theories, what and how we use such gadgets will have to inform any study that should be done in this field and not vice versa. I have more to say about the loose relationship between educational research and the teaching practice but I will leave it till another post.

TOday, however, we are providing you with some great learning apps for your students and kids. These apps are highly rated and have great educational value, of course since you are here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, then it is taken for granted that what we post has a direct relevance to education.

Check out this list and let us know what you think :

1- Replay Note

ReplayNote is an app that records your writing and voice, then converts it to YouTube video. (screencast)
You can create a video and share it just by clicking a few buttons. ..."

2- Writer

iA Writer makes sure that your thought goes into the text — and not into the program.........."

3- Paper by Fifty Three

Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web......"

4- Doodle Cast 

Doodlecast Pro is the easiest way to create presentations on your iPad. The app records your voice as you draw to create quick presentations. ......"

5- Easy Bib

Just like our iPhone app, you can create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book...."

6- Bambo Paper

Bamboo Paper, a seriously fun new app from Wacom, provides you with the ability to create virtual notebooks for your iPad, letting you share your ideas visually with handwritten notes, sketches or doodles......."

7- Simple Mind

Mind mapping tool that turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device............"

8- iStudiez

 Take charge of your schedule and put iStudiez Pro to work for you! Take advantage of iStudiez Pro easy navigation and never miss another course, lecture and lab, track tasks and deadlines, plan homework, arrange assignments and much more!......."

9- Good Reads

Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations..........."

10- Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations..........."

11- Draw on Slides

Draw on Slides lets you show your iPad photos to family, friends, and business associates and draw attention to specific details about each one....."

12- Evernote

" Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work........"

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