12 Days of App-mas Review

In the spirit of the holidays we will bring you 12 Days of App-mas. Each day we will offer an app for education. We will  offer suggestions for how the app can be used in a class. Comment with ways you have used these apps.

Here is a review of all the Apps presented during the 12 Days of App-mas.

Reflector

Notability

Baiboard

Google Drive

Duolingo

CK-12 Study Now

Padlet

Raising Modern Learners

Explain Everything

TeacherKit

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12 Days of App-mas: Reflector

In the spirit of the holidays we will bring you 12 Days of App-mas. Each day we will offer an app for education. We will  offer suggestions for how the app can be used in a class. Comment with the ways you have used these apps.

App: Reflector .dmg Download from the Air Squirrel Online Store
Cost: Free Trial – $12.99 for the full version
Description: Reflector is an AirPlay receiver that allows you to wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone on your computer. Mirror your device on a big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo apps or present on the big screen from your iPhone or iPad. With Reflector, everything you do on your mobile device is wirelessly streamed to your computer in real time!

Reflector is not an app that you need to download onto your device but rather an app you download to your computer to wirelessly project your iOS device. Once you download the application to your computer you will be able to use AirPlay (built in to all iOS devices).

The great thing about Reflector is that students can project what they are looking at on their iPad to your computer. You could also connect your computer to a projector to give iPad instructions.

12 Days of App-mas: Notability

In the spirit of the holidays we will bring you 12 Days of App-mas. Each day we will offer an app for education. We will  offer suggestions for how the app can be used in a class. Comment with ways you have used these apps.

App: Notability Download from the App Store
Cost: $2.99 *40% apple editor’s choice *
Description: Welcome to Notability, the best-selling note-taking app on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Notability is so powerful that it will transform how you work: sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, jot travel notes, teach a class, make a presentation and much more. With iCloud support, your notes stay up to date on all your devices!

Write, illustrate and annotate using gorgeous retina ink. Notability’s zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail, while the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Choose the right pen and paper for any project. 

Import forms, contracts, worksheets, documents, presentations, and even books; then use the same tools that help you take beautiful notes in Notability to mark up PDFs. Do you have files in other formats such as doc or ppt? Notability can import these too thanks to Google Drive.

Type an essay, create an outline, fill out an application, or make a list with Notability’s advanced word processor. Choose a font, style, color, and size that enhances your work. Even place text exactly where you want using text boxes. 

Record lectures and meetings, your own voice practicing a speech, or help a child learn to read with a recording. Also, audio recordings are an excellent review tool as they are linked to your notes; during playback, tap a word or picture and hear what was said at that moment.

Finding information quickly is an important part of note-taking. Use search to quickly locate notes by title or content. On iPad, bookmark pages of a note, filter a PDF by annotated pages, or search your note for a keyword in the page navigator.

Organize your notes by subject in the library and automatically backup all of your work to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or webDAV. Also, use these services, plus email, Airdrop, and twitter, to share your Notability files with colleagues, classmates, students or teachers. iCloud will ensure that all of your notes are automatically up to date on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Notability gives life to your ideas, stores your notes, and improves your memory and organization. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we do.

12 Days of App-mas: Baiboard

In the spirit of the holidays we will bring you 12 Days of App-mas. Each day we will offer an app for education. We will  offer suggestions for how the app can be used in a class. Comment with ways you have used these apps.

App: Baiboard Download from the App Store
Cost: Free
Description: Create, Share and Collaborate your education content.

Synchronous and Asynchronous collaboration – 
1. Zoomable multi-page whiteboard.
2. Collaborative annotation on PDF docs.
3. Screen Sharing from iPad to web browser.

12 Days of App-mas: Google Drive

In the spirit of the holidays we will bring you 12 Days of App-mas. Each day we will offer an app for education. We will  offer suggestions for how the app can be used in a class. Comment with ways you have used these apps.

Google Drive – Free

App: Google Drive Download from the App Store Cost: Free Description: Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever you go, on any device. Get going with up to 15GB of storage.

The app I use the most with my classes is Google Drive. Students are able to upload and share files, photos, presentations, and more. If they take photos using their iPad they are able to upload them to Google Drive and access them on a desktop computer by simply logging in with their Google account. They are able to collaborate within a document that is being updated in real time. No waiting for someone to email you the “most recent version” of a project. Right now art and biology students at AC are using Google Drive to collaborate, share, comment, and create a document describing the scientific accomplishments of Dr. Hitomi Mukaibo. Students are able to turn in homework and assignments paper-less-ly using Google Drive. As an advanced user you can even automate the way students turn in their homework using a Google Script called Doctopus.

12 Days of App-mas: Duolingo

In the spirit of the holidays we will bring you 12 Days of App-mas. Each day we will offer an app for education. We will  offer suggestions for how the app can be used in a class. Comment with ways you have used these apps.

App: Duolingo Download from the App Store
Cost: Free
Description: Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.

I have used this at home with my daughters and they both enjoy playing the “games” while learning. We have introduced the app for students in both middle and lower school as a supplement to their classwork. Students can learn at their own pace and move ahead by testing out of the different sections. Duolingo also supports Google Apps For Education so our students can use their school email to create an account.

12 Days of App-mas: CK-12 Study Now

In the spirit of the holidays we will bring you 12 Days of App-mas. Each day we will offer an app for education. We will  offer suggestions for how the app can be used in a class. Comment with ways you have used these apps.

App: CK-12 studyNow Download from the App Store
Cost: Free
Description: studyNow is an intuitive app designed by CK-12 Foundation that helps students learn, do homework, and research for projects . The app helps students find and learn K-12 content in an easy and intuitive manner. Students can now learn at their own pace and in their own way (Video, Interactive Objects, Read, etc.). Teachers can use this app to help keep their kids engaged within the class room and find supplemental material for their class. The app can also be used as a companion tool to the CK-12 site (www.ck12.org).