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Show Me for iPad

Show me iconShowMe¬†Interactive Whiteboard is a free application for iPad. The first time you launch ShowMe, an explore page is loaded where you can view videos created by others using ShowMe. Videos are categorized into all the major content areas. Explore some of these videos to see what can be done with the free application. When you’re ready to begin, tap the create button at the bottom.

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Educreations for iPad

educreations iconEducreations is a free Interactive Whiteboard for iPad. Educreations is easy to use. When it starts you are immediately presented with a white art board. Use your finger, or a stylus to draw and write anything you please. At the top you will find a palette of four colors. This palette can be customized to house the four colors you find the most useful in your daily use. Tap on a color and you have ten other color options for each color well in the palette. Undo and redo your annotations as needed. Clear the art board and start over. Clear your ink, or annotations. At this point anything you have written on the art board is considered an ink annotation. Connect to a projector with a video adapter or wireless through an Apple TV to display your lesson or presentation.

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Mental Case Classroom Edition

This application has an interesting name to say the least. It provides a great tool for students and teachers. It brings the old index flash cards to the iPad in an easy to use application. This application has a wide range of uses in all content areas.

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iMotion for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

This week I’m looking at an application that has a variety of uses in all content areas. This application can be used for time-lapse photography and it can also be used for stop motion animation.

Time laps photography can be a very useful tool in more than one content area. There are so many things that go on around us. We often miss out on those events or moments. Time lapse photography is used by professionals all over to study the world around us. Enter iMotion HD. This application is a photography application that can be configured to take pictures at specific time intervals. These images are automatically compiled into a video.

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Single function versus multi-function devices for education

I’m often asked to provide purchasing advice to campus administrators or to the campus Instructional Technology support person. My response usually lies along the usual items like LCD projects, document cameras, Promethean or SMART boards.

Recently my response has changed to items that provide more than one function and to items that can be placed in the hands of students. My advise moves away from the typical expensive single function devices listed above to less expensive items with multi-function capabilities. In this posting I look at the iPod Touch and iPad with its multiple functions. I chose these because our district supports these devices at the campus.

In contrast to digital cameras that take great pictures and relatively good video, or video cameras like Flip that take great video. The iPod Touch is a great multi-function device. The iPod Touch has the functionality to take still images, record, edit and publish video. It can also be used to record audio, browse the Internet, listen to audio books, read ebooks, watch or listen to Podcasts and run a host of applications. The face time camera let’s students participate in face to face communications with other students or teachers. The iPod’s ability to access a network means that it can share and collaborate with other users or devices. It can be configured to access information and resource from a server configured for WebDav. It can also be used to collaborate over a network or the Internet. Collaboration is facilitated by free applications like Drop Box and Evernote. All the same functions apply for the iPad, less the camera, for now.
I have touched on some of the obvious functions. What can be done is only limited by district resources and the teachers willingness to explore the functions.

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