My app list.
Back in April, after what felt like an age of waiting, I purchased the new iPad – needless to say, I love it – so I thought I’d share a few apps that I really like.
Explain Everything (£1.99) – This little app basically turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. You can narrate and explain presentations while Explain Everything records them and then – this is the bit I really like because let’s face it, there are a fair few other screen casting apps out there – it can export your movie straight to your YouTube channel. No separate uploading necessary. From there you can embed your movie into your class blog or do the usual things with it. I would recommend some sort of stylus to use with this app, I’ve got this one. Here’s a maths problem I made earlier.
Dropbox (free) – Dropbox is a free service that lets you access all your digital files anywhere you have an internet connection. I have the app installed on my iPhone, iPad, iMac and computer at work. Whenever I save anything to my Dropbox, I know I can get it anywhere. Even without the app you can access your files direct from dropbox.com.
iPadio (free) – I actually use this on my iPhone rather than iPad, but hey. It’s another cool free service, the iPadio app allows you to record audio clips on the go. The really cool bit, however, is that you can set it up to post the audio clip directly to your blog. I’ve used this several times on school trips and set it up so the audio clips the children recorded were posted to our class blog, creating a very simple audio log of the day, nice!
linoit (free) – Linoit.com is a website that lets you attach digital post-it notes to digital pinboards and the linoit app basically does the same thing, but on the iPad. I used it to take notes at Google Teacher Academy and it worked a treat. You can set up your pinboards to allow others to add post-it notes to them too – collaboration a-go-go.
Pearltrees (free) – Pearltrees helps you to collect and save links to things you like on the web. It’s really easy to organise the links into different ‘branches’. I tend to save links by subject: maths stuff, literally stuff, and so on, and then I organise them further within those sections. If you use Chrome as your browser of choice (hint: you really should), there’s also a very neat Pearltrees extension that makes saving very easy too.
Elements for Dropbox (£2.99) – Quite simply, this is a text editor powered by Dropbox. You can view, edit and share plain text documents on your iPad (and iPhone) and they’re all saved to your personal Dropbox account.
Notability (£0.69) – Note: this is currently on sale at 80% of the usual price so get in there quick! The diversity is the best thing about this note-taking app. Choose from lots of different styles of paper backgrounds and pens. Handwrite or type – whatever takes your fancy. If you’re a stationery fiend like myself (and let’s be honest, a lot of teachers are) then you will get a kick out of this app. You can also import PDFs and annote them.
Zite (free) – Zite is a personalised magazine. Initially, it uses your Twitter feed and Google+ feed to work out what you might be interested in and then creates a digital magazine with blog posts and articles on these topics. You can also manually add and delete topics of interest. If you come across an article you really like, it’s also dead easy to share it via Twitter, Facebook and the usual suspects. I’ve got the app on my iPhone too.
Puffin free (er, free) – This is a web browser that I use when I need to view a website with Flash elements on my iPad. I’m not sure that it always renders correctly, but it’s better than nothing.
So, there you go, some apps I like. Do you have any useful apps to share? I’m always looking to add to the collection!