Archive | August, 2013

A Handful of Free iPad Apps for Creating Videos

Even if they haven’t used it, most iPad owners are familiar with iMovie. Many schools buy it for all of the iPads that they distribute to students and teachers. If your school hasn’t bought it for you or you just want to try some other video creation options without spending any money, take a look […]

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A Short Guide to Using the Blogger iPad App

Last week on Free Technology for Teachers I published an 80+ guide to using Blogger in school. Today, I updated the guide to include directions for using the Blogger iPad app. Those directions are included in the PDF embedded below. You can download the PDF here. In the complete guide, available here, you will find […]

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Use Your iPad for Virtual Field Trips

Sphere (formerly known as TourWrist) is a free app designed to help you explore the world through your iPad. With Sphere installed on your iPad, you can experience immersive 360 degree panoramic imagery. Open the app, pick a location and zoom to it to view the panoramas. Move your iPad to explore the panoramas. Sphere […]

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Shake Your iPad to Generate Story Prompts

Shake-a-Phrase is a fun iPad app for elementary school and middle school students to use to start stories and practice recognizing parts of speech. Shake-a-Phrase has three basic modes; shake it, story starter, and quiz mode. Each mode has five themes; animals, monsters, fairytales, sports, and random. In “shake it” mode students shake their iPads […]

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5 Free iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Notes

One of the things that I love about the start of the new school year is that so many students have goals for making “this year the year they…” For many students that blank is filled in with “stay organized” or “take better notes.” If your students are going to be using iPads in your […]

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27 Good iPad Apps for Elementary School Students

As the new school year starts many teachers and their students will have iPads at their disposal for the first time. If you’re one of those teachers getting iPads in your classroom for the first time, you’re probably on the hunt for apps for your students. The short document embedded below provides a sample of […]

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The World’s Fair On Your iPad

The New York Public Library’s Biblion: World’s Fair app puts the wonder of the 1939-1940 World’s Fair on your iPad. Through the app you can view images, videos, and documents all about the World’s Fair. All of the media in the app is arranged into thematic stories. These stories showcase the innovations that were on […]

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Visual Poetry – Create Word Clouds On Your iPad

Visual Poetry is a nice iPad app for creating custom word clouds. The app’s name implies that it only works for poetry, but it will work with any text that you write. Visual Poetry allows you to choose from a menu of word cloud shapes. If the shapes in the menu aren’t quite what you’re […]

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Try Book Creator for iPad for Free

Book Creator for iPad is my favorite iPad app for creating narrated multimedia books on my iPad. Book Creator costs $4.99 (less with volume purchasing), but you can now try it and create one entire book for free. If you’re trying to convince someone in your school that Book Creator is worth purchasing, have that […]

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Using AirServer to Mirror iPads to Laptops

When I am giving presentations and leading workshops I like to use AirServer to mirror my iPad to my laptop. That allows me to project my iPad’s screen without being tethered to VGA cable. At $14.99 (less with volume pricing) AirServer is a heck of a lot cheaper than Apple TV too. Usually everything works […]

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