Over the past year many teachers in Baldwin County have received or purchased some type of iDevice (e.g. iPad2, iPod touch). As teachers start using these devices, one of the most common questions that arises is “What applications do I need to download for my device?” While each teacher might have different ideas about what Apps might work with their students, there are five Apps that can be used by every child using an iPad2 or iPod Touch.
Pages: Pages is a combination of a word processor like Microsoft Word and a desktop publishing program like Microsoft Publisher. With this App students will be able to create any type of written document just like they were sitting at the computer.
Keynote: With Keynote, which is similar to PowerPoint, students can create presentations that are visually stunning and allow them to communicate their knowledge gained from a lesson.
Numbers: Spreadsheets can be a scary topic for most teachers let alone students. With Numbers for the iPad students can enter data, run calculations, and graph results. It’s a fantastic App for teaching students how to interpret data.
Garageband: Garageband allows students to record their voice to make a podcast or create music for their own songs. This powerful App has great editing features that allow you to make precise changes in projects. With Garageband you can now give students more choices when deciding what type of project they would like to do for an assignment. If they are tired of making “PowerPoint” type presentations maybe a podcast would be more up their alley.
iMovie: iMovie allows students who have iPad2’s to create movies using only the iPad2. Before having the iPad2, you typically needed a separate video recording device, such as a camera, and then a computer to import the video files for editing. The iPad2 now combines all that into one. The video you shoot can be put into the editor in one simple step.
All of these Apps do have a price. While there may be Apps out there for free that do the same thing, I have not found any that perform as well or give you as many options as these five. You can find out more about each App by clicking the links below.