"With over 300,000 apps from which to choose, how does one find useful, well-designed, really great apps with which to learn and to teach? If you have an iPad and have begun using it in your classroom, you already know how apps for the iPad transform a fantastic mobile device into a miraculous learning machine. Many of the apps that can be found in the iTunes store are free.
If you have and iPad or are thinking about purchasing one……..
………………..and if you are allowing your students to use their SmartPhones during your teaching class time, you might want to review the following FREE apps that provide great resources covering numerous subjects:
3D Brain - Interact with 29 structures of the brain to learn the associated functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to contemporary research.
Air Projector - Connect the iPad to the computer wirelessly, connect the computer to a data projector, and project the iPad screen.
Converts Units HD - Regardless of your occupation, chances are that you will need to convert temperature, area, or some other unit. The Convert Units app has thirteen ready-to-go categories with conversions and the ability to create a personal one. Categories include angle, area, data, energy, force, length mass, power, pressure, speed, temperature, time and volume.
Earth Observer - Explore the ocean floor, terrestrial landscapes, frozen icecaps, as well as many other exciting places on our Earth with the Earth Observer app. Images collected from satellites and research ships feature world and north/south pole views. Other data from: the ocean surface, hydrology, natural hazards, atmosphere and clouds, snow, ice and water and shorelines and political boundaries.
European Exploration: The Age of Discovery - Learn the impact of the European Age of Discovery and the expansion into other continents (Americas, Africa, and Asia) by learning about the explorers.
Formulas Free - Formulas for Calculus - Provides help for secondary math: algebra, geometry, properties, graphing, series, trigonometry, equations and many more. Look up the formula, or get help with the syntax for expanding an equation.
Periodic Table of the Elements for the iPad - Traditional representation of the elements with added features. Click on an element and the chemical traits appear in the upper left corner with a representation of atom's electron shells in the upper right corner. Details and additional information also displayed about the element; view using atomic number, group, metal, electronegativity, radioactivity, melting point, boiling point, and state.
Quick Graph - Powerful, graphic calculator that takes advantage of the iPad's multitouch screen. Graph Cartesian and Polar coordinates in 2D and Cartesian, Cylindrical, Spherical coordinates in 3D.
Math Ref Free - Contained in the free app are over 600 of the 1,300+ math and science formulas, figures, tips and examples included in the full version. Topics include algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, statistics, physics and the Greek alphabet.
Planets- Assist in the location of the sun, moon, stars, constellations and planets in the sky. 360 degree views available.
Grammer Up - A multiple-choice quiz system for English, contains over 1800 questions in 20 grammar categories. Students improve their word selection, vocabulary and grammar when they use learning games with real-time feedback. Test results can be emailed.
Public Speech- Practice, time and record your speeches with this app. Refine the cadence and delivery of your speech. Timer and information of speech recorded.
Wolfram Alpha 5 - (1.99) An amazing knowledge database, is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone, any place, anytime, anywhere. Today, it contains 10+ trillion pieces of data and 50,000+ types of algorithms and models stored in a supercomputing cloud. See examples at
Greek Mythology- Contains 25 important Greek Mythological figures; the full version contains over 600 gods, heroes, places, demogods and titans.
Molecules - View and manipulate 3D renderings of molecules with this app. Move your fingers across the screen to rotate the molecules. Pinch the screen with two fingers to zoom in and out on the molecule. Detailed information about the molecule, the researchers, the amino acid or nucleotide sequence, and the full name can be viewed. Double tap on the screen to switch to different visualization modes.
World Book- This Day in History for iPad - Interactive multimedia app displaying events occurring on the current day or any selected day in history.
Science Glossary - Bilingual (English/Spanish) glossary that includes definitions of many scientific terms, as well as mini-biographies of key scientific leaders. Many of the terms are linked to the Visionlearning website (http://www.visionlearning.com/) where one might find learning modules in biology, chemistry, earth science, general science, physics, trigonometry, toxicology and pharmacology. http://visionlearning.com/
iAmerica - Keep current with the government of the United States. Learn about all of the U.S. Presidents and the history of the White House. In the White House section, visit the White House daily blog, the President's weekly address, press released, press briefings, and official statements. Read speeched made by the Presidents, the First Lady, staff. See White House nominations and appointments; the current budget; information about the Cabinet; and the history of the first Ladies.
Idea Sketch - A brainstorming, concept mapping and idea generating application that allows for the data to be enetered in a text outline or by drawing shapes on the screen. The shapes can then be connected with a curved or angled line. Storyboard or plan presentations or digital stories with this app.
Free Books - 23,469 classics to go. Read on the go! Collection includes letters, plays, philosophies, autobiographies, fiction and biographies.
Art - Enjoy great art and learn about 15 artists (300 artists and 6000+ pictures in the upgrade) and their biographies. Links to external web sites are available to learn more about the artist. Quiz game is included.
Civil War: Hidden Mysteries - A civil War reenactment game where the player searches battlefields, bars, and other places for artifacts left by members of a secret society.
Clock Pro HD Free - Digital or Analog clock; world clock; Timer; Stopwatch: Count Down; Nature Times; Project Clock; Metronome
.....and that's only a FEW!
The above information was received at the workshop: iLearn iTeach:Apps for iPad. Material was furnished by Patsy Lanclos of Visions Technology http://www.toolsforteachers.com/
"CHECK IT OUT"!If you would like assistance in researching, downloading, updated apps for your iPad, iPhone, etc., please feel free to send me an email. I will be happy to arrange a time when I can work with you on that. Thank you!