For those of you who are super-confident about your iPad knowledge, I’d like to propose a challenge. Go through and see how many features and shortcuts you didn’t know about, leave a comment with the number at the bottom of the post – and be honest!
"Thanks to a moment in time--February, 2012--chief technology officers from several districts presented at two concurrent events, TCEA 2012 System Administrator Academy and Texas Chief Technology Officers (CTO) 2012 Winter Meeting. With the help of a colleague, the audio recordings from those presentations are available as a podcast series!"
"Some of these apps illustrate the power of the iPad. These Shakespeare in Bits are the perfect combination of cool graphics and slick infotainment that many teachers are looking for to get their students excited about their subject. The comic feel of these apps doesn't take away from the power of the message or the human tragedy of the Shakespeare texts but what it does do, is to provide an entry point for students that are not familiar with the language or the concepts."
"Take a glance at the App Store Top Paid Apps list and you’ll see that 7 out of 10 are games. So, if you want to CRUSH it with an iOS app…then this iOS game development course may just be your ticket."
"Instead of continuing to buy cheap learning toys that break, my husband and I decided to use an iPad or an iPod touch filled with educational apps for our younger ones. In an earlier post, I listed five apps for the pre-school group. Now, I will list five of my favorite apps appropriate for toddlers (18 months to three-years-old). If you have any recommendations, please add them in the comments."
"I am conducting a series of workshops in Florida and was asked to share a rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps as part of the workshop. In 2010 Harry Walker developed a rubric, and I used his rubric (with some modifications by Kathy Schrock) as the basis for mine."
"The Elements: A Visual Exploration, by Theodore Gray, is a simply stunning iPad app with mesmerising high-definition graphics, videos, and detailed information for every element in the Periodic Table. While users can’t copy information out of the app, it is possible to save screenshots.
This app is available in American and British English versions, and is translated into French, German, and Japanese (check the description)."
"Last week, there was a lot of press around a possible ‘Microsoft Office’ for the iPad. Microsoft said they had no announcement but they didn’t deny anything either. People are getting excited about taking their Office documents with them on the iPad. This is interesting for us because we have been… for years!"
"After Apple pushed its 25 billionth app this weekend there was nothing especially surprising about the list of all-time paid apps for the iPhone: games and novelty apps dominated it. But the list of all-time paid apps for the iPad was somewhat revealing. Pages, Apple’s word processing app, was up there at number one. Numbers and Keynote were on the list as well, as well as Penultimate, QuickOffice Pro HD, Notability and Splashtop Remote Desktop. Almost 25 percent of the list was comprised of productivity apps."
"Each of these potential features of the next iPad would definitely increase the potential of more classrooms adopting the iPad sooner than later. After all, that’s Apple’s goal. The more iPads there are… the more apps that can be downloaded… the more media can be consumed… the more money Apple can make. So here are some of the recent rumors being discussed in the run-up to Wednesday’s big announcement by Apple."
"One of the more noteworthy photography apps available on the iPhone/iPod touch is now universal. Fast Camera lets you take up to 800 photos a minute. Best of all, for a limited time, the app is absolutely free."
"Did you know that the Calculator app built into iOS has a hidden swipe gesture that allows you to delete those digits that you tap accidentally? No, neither did I until this morning, when I discovered this nifty little backspace trick by accident."
"I was fortunate enough last weekend to receive an invitation to the Sydney Catholic Schools Early Years Conference. I was interested because the conference was centred around creating a clear and coherent vision around Early Years pedagogy. I was also intrigued to see how the iPad fitted in with this vision.
"The flexible Fuze Meeting web conferencing platform already had a very solid iOS story, with the ability to schedule and start meetings from the iPad (including multiparty HD videoconferencing). Now, with the recently released version 4.0 of the app, the company is building a bridge to corporate high-end conferencing gear."
"t's no secret I'm fond of webcams from around the world, and I'd forgotten about a little gem I downloaded long ago: WorldView+. As far as these apps go, WorldView+ has possibly the best design of all of them. "
"Lately, I have discovered many cool free apps that are incredible for creating digital stories, reading stories, and interacting with stories. These apps are incredibly engaging and meet the needs of our diverse learners. They allow learners to interact with the plot, characters, and even design of the story. They also support multiple learning styles because they are visual, have sound, and animation."
"** Readability - the web’s best reading platform - finally arrives for your iPhone or iPad **
Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, iPhone or iPad. With the Readability app, you can catch up reading what you’ve saved with the free Readability add-on for your web browser."
"However, an iPad as it is wouldn’t be as useful for a student: the apps are what makes it useful. Today we’re reviewing an app that can help students keep their work, schedules and more organized. It’s called Pocket Schedule."
"The new AppleCare+ plan will cover up to two incidents of accidental damage, with a $49 charge for service. That means if you drop your iPad and shatter the screen, or accidentally dunk it in the bathtub, Apple will repair it or replace it, no questions asked, for a $49 fee."
"Here are 10 QR readers for your iPad - all bar one for Free. QR Code scanners can be lots of fun in the classroom. We have used them to generate discussion around types of data, presented classroom information as well as presenting clues to treasure hunts. The treasure hunt idea is always a popular way to finish a unit of work. We normally use QR codes to give hints to the next clue or to the location of the clues. The students have to use the information from the unit of work to solve the clues along the way. Lots of fun, lots of laughs and lots of learning.