Ten Sites Supporting iPads In Education… A Post Of Resources!


It’s time to bring you more information on some fantastic iPad resource sites for education. As more schools discover the power of the iPad, there seem to be more educators excited about discovering apps that engage students while making classroom learning come alive! Before presenting these ten sites please take a moment to sign up by either RSS or email to this post. Upcoming articles include:

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Ten Must Visits Supporting iPads In Education

Several weeks ago I reviewed one of the most powerful iPad app sites on the web. If you missed the posting be sure to give this prior post a visit. The website iEar is an amazing site based on both teacher reviews and contributions. You may just want to become a member of iEar today! Perhaps you want to discover even more apps for your classroom iPad. Then read below and discover ten more sites that will bring out your need to keep filling the memory chip or your iPad, iTouch, or iPhone!

1.  The iPhone Application List – While this site has numerous categories for apps, I have directed you to a portion of the site that contains about 100 apps both free and for purchase. You can select between free and paid. Each app is click-able allowing the reader to view description, posting date, and a link to the download.

2. The iPad Pilot Project – A page filled with resources and so much more. This wiki has categories you will want to explore. There are three separate links leading to apps for elementary, middle, and high school. Don’t stop there! Make sure you explore other links including digital textbooks, challenges and successes, setting up carts, mobile management, other school districts, and articles/blogs. Also make sure you visit eMobilize (a sister site) where you will learn about mobile computing standards, curriculum, logistics, management, and use/care. The iPad pilot project is sponsored by the Department of Educational Technology in the School District of Palm Beach . It is administered on the department’s wiki by John Shoemaker, Melissa McBride, and John Long.

3. The iPad In Education –  A great site based in the United Kingdom and administered by Ian Wilson, a freelance Apple Distinguished Educator. When you visit the site be sure to have some extra time to visit all of the links. The pages, listed by subject area,  provide a large number of useful apps for teaching and learning. Categories include Apps - includedwith the iPad,    Artwork,  Geography,  History,  Literacy,  Miscellaneous,  Numeracy,  Music,  and Productivity. The United Kingdom “iPad In Education” is a must visit for those wanting to learn more about the iPad, its apps, and ways to deploy it in the classroom.

4. Teach With Our iPad - Have you ever been to one of those sites that was so filled with resources, you didn’t know where to begin! I suggest that you begin by just visiting this site. It really is so much more than an awsome collection of iPad Apps. You may wish to start with iPad Apps and its listing of over 500 apps, descriptions, reviews, and even apps to get started with. Or, instead, begin with the searchable data base or take a look at their cool list of projection apps.

5. The iPad Schools - This wiki is intended to be a clearinghouse of applications, lesson ideas, and experiences using the iPad in the classroom. The intent of this wiki is to give a listing of apps that have been tested and recommended by teachers who are using them. The listings in this wiki are generally created using google docs and members of the wiki are invited to update and add information. I especially like the  Creativity Apps,  Teacher Tools Apps and the VGA Output Apps. You also may wish to check out Managing a Classroom Set of iPads and This is what I did… (which is a selection of the authors’ reflections and practical applications.

6. The iPad Curriculum –  This website is a blog with in-depth articles relating to the iPad. It claims to be a collection of the best in applications, practices, and deployment of the iPad as a learning device. Upon reading, you’ll find the blog does give some excellent in-depth articles about apps, deployment, and uses. One of my favorites on this site helps innovative teachers write their own app using edupad without the need for code knowledge. A clever data base search engine that involves steps of Bloom’s Taxonomy is especially useful. While the site is relatively new, the archive dates to July 2010, it seems that this blog holds some great promise for iPad users.

7. AppAnnie – The link included brings you to the educational listings for this web site. Note that it lists about 200 educational apps which are click-able with a description and also note whether they are free or entail a cost. Visitors will also notice a button that will deliver a new page with 500 iPhone educational apps. If you are an app developer you may want to investigate the app nanny. This service  provides an App Care web service for iPhone app developers, helping them keep tabs on their apps. It’s free during the open beta.

8. ACALANES Union HS – This Google Site is maintained by dedicated people at a high school integrating mobile learning for their students. The link will bring you to 75 apps available for the iPad and education. Take another look and you will find a link that will provide 210 integrating apps for the iPod Touch. There is still more, how about an area dedicated to learning how to write an ebook with and for the iPad. Information includes using Google Doc Mobile, using Pages App on the iPad, or integrating with Google Docs on the computer. Last, be sure to visit the “Ideas For iPads” Slide show for some great ideas!

9. Apptivities - The website defines apptivities as, ” models for successful instructional practices with mobile devices”.  This is a unique site in that it is the application of apps that creates a transformation in learning.  Various apps are covered by offering suggestions of ways to use them in the classroom. There are even video examples to help further educator understanding. Apptivities is the response to a challenge  given at the ADE Summer Institute 2010 at Full Sail University, Orlando, Florida. ADE colleagues contribute apptivities, a specific learning activity using apps on mobile devices.  A key part of the vision for apptivities is to provide media resources that give a “view” into best practices in the classroom. You can even help support the challenge of  supporting teachers in using mobile applications effectively to improve student learning. A link for action will allow you to contribute your own apptivities.

10. Apple Ipad Site - Did you really think I would forget the company that made the iPad possible? This link brings you to a site where you will find all of those apps listed by category. You will find a large listing in the apps iTunes store. While you are at it, you may wish to learn about Apple app volume purchases.

In conclusion, I would like to point out one interesting iPad application and tool. It is called ProScope (starts at $429.00 US) and is a Wi-Fi digital microscope for the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The ProScope allows viewing of live video and captures stills on up to 253 devices simultaneously via Wi-Fi. Amazingly, the ProScope Mobile creates its own Wi-Fi network. Use it in the field, in the classroom,or lab. It is available with lenses from 0-10X, 30X, 50X, 100X, 200X, 400X. While I have not had a chance to see it in action or talk with a retailer, the idea seems to be an innovative use of the iPad and its wireless technology.

Thanks for joining me an another journey involving 21st century learning. As always please take a moment to sign up for an RSS feed or email. As stated earlier, you will find some great information and resources coming your way. If you have a great iPad/iTouch/iPhone site please let me know by email or comment! Remember to follow me on twitter (mjgormans) and feel free to visit my 21centuryedtech Wiki. Have a great week! – Mike

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55 responses to “Ten Sites Supporting iPads In Education… A Post Of Resources!

  1. Stuart Rosenberg

    Great resources, thanks. My favorite is still IEGEAR.org for educational app reviews. Check it out if you haven’t (I am not affiliated, just a fan

    • Stuart,
      I will definitely give it a visit! Am already looking for more sites to include in a future post! I really appreciate the share and having the chance to learn from you. Please continue to visit and encourage others to stop by! Have a wonderful week! – Mike

  2. Thanks for another thorough and useful list of resources. The iPad is such a great learning resource because it allows students to engage with learning content in ways they’ve never been able to before. That also presents an interesting challenge for teachers: to create lesson plans/projects that allow students to take advantage of the interactivity but not diffuse their focus so much they’re unable to complete a work product.

    • Matt,
      Thanks for your kind comments. I agree that the iPad has some awesome capabilities and potential. Please continue to return and I hope you encourage others to do the same. Looking forward to learning from you in the future! – Mike

  3. Also consider ipadacademy.com and ipad4edu.com

    • Awesome, two more iPad pages to look at and write about in an upcoming post! Thanks for sharing and allowing me to learn from you! Please continue to visit and encourage others to visit this visit this blog! Have a great week! – Mike

  4. Thanks for a great post. It is always good to see so many teachers sharing resources. Can I add another to your list.

    appsineducation.blospot.com

    We have tried to organise ipad apps into the different learning areas in order to make the search for appropriate apps for busy teachers a little easier.

    • Greg,
      I will be checking appsineducation once I finish replies. I am excited to take a look from your description. I will be writing another iPad App post and know it should be included! Thanks for the kind comments and please continue to return and encourage others to do the same! Have a great week! – Mike

  5. Great post! Thanks for all of the sites! We are looking to purchase iPads in the future and will utilize all of these resources. Thanks!

    • Chelsy,
      I am so glad some of the information helped you out. Let me know how your iPads work out and please continue to learn and pass this blog onto others. Have a wonderful week! – Mike

  6. Thanks for including the post on your resource page! – Mike

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    • Thanks for the repost in German. It is great to know that I am reaching people outside of the USA! Please continue to return and feel free to share with others! Again thanks! – Mike

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  11. Sue

    Thanks for this wealth of resources! Our middle school is considering the use of i pads and I am on the research committee. Please forward me anything you think may help our cause!
    thanks,
    Sue

    • Sue – Thanks for the comment and I will continue to provide information as I find it. Please forward my blog on to others that may be interested! Please continue to return and I hope I can provide you with other important resources as you venture into 21century learning! – Mike

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  13. Thanks for the article. Very informative. We also collect, review and share iOS apps here. Please check it out.
    http://techinspecialed.com/
    thx
    Siva

  14. This was a very helpful post that gave my school a lot of resources to learn from. We Crestview Elementary based out of West Des Moines, IA. We have fully integrated iPads in our school. We are continually looking for resources to help eachother better understand and use the iPads in our classrooms. The blog we set up, cvipads.wordpress.com, is filled with ideas from our staff and resources you may want to check out. We always tell each other that there is no other resource like it. Check it out and thanks for this post.

    cvipads.wordpress.com

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  16. Thanks so much! – Mike

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  19. We enjoy helping NYC schools deploy iPads in their classrooms! We’ve found iPads to be beneficial to the learning curve & offer solutions for educators.

  20. Hello,

    I just posted the first of many educational activities for the ipad:

    http://www.toytheater.com/mobile/feed-freddy.php

    Cheers,
    Joel

  21. Thanks for this wealth of resources! Our middle school is considering the use of i pads and I am on the research committee. Please forward me anything you think may help our cause!

  22. You should check out http://www.novachi.com. They have a complete instructional improvement system for free that can run from an iPad or any mobile device.

  23. Guys click this video lesson to learn how to use your ipad, its amazing!!!

  24. fantastic resource! We supply a lot of schools with ipad teleprompters and have also compiled a list of apps to use with it.

    http://www.autocue.com/ipad-teleprompter/

  25. Thanks for all the resources you have shared with us. I also recommend to take a look at http://www.ipadinstructionmanual.com , they also provide a lot of great informations for beginners that just have purchased their iPad aswell as tips & tricks. Has helped me a lot since i am relativly new to the iPad.

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