Educational iPad Apps

In honor of the new iPad 3, this seems like a good time to provide information on educational iPad apps. Some of these apps may also have iPhone or other versions, so do check into other available versions if the app seems useful to you but you don’t have an iPad.

Here is a pretty comprehensive list of general iPad apps for education. A bonus? All the ones on this list are free! This is another list addressing apps for organizing schoolwork; though they are pretty inexpensive, not all the apps on this list are free.

EmergingEdTech recommends a few free digital whiteboard apps. And, if you’re using a compatible Epson projector, iProjection is a neat, free app that will allow you to project images and files from your device wirelessly.

ProfHacker weighs in on the best apps for annotation and note-taking, complete with a helpful comparison chart. Depending upon your needs (and your wallet), iAnnotate PDF ($10) is very popular and  does give you an impressive amount of functionality, but it is limited to PDFs (although there is a built-in way to convert Word docs into PDFs). Additionally, I’ve also heard great things about Penultimate, which now syncs with Dropbox and Evernote. Penultimate’s purpose is handwriting capture, so you’ll need a stylus with which to do your iPad writing. If you’re feeling a little more DIY, you might try making your own iPad stylus (remember, we present almost everything, but endorse nothing – so you’re on your own here!).

This is a list of iPad apps for MBA students. There are short descriptions of 47 apps, and some of them seem quite useful for the non-MBAs among us. Fair warning: this list also includes a few pricey apps.

For language and music learners, this is a nice overview of SpeedUpTV, an app that allows you to speed up, slow down, or loop video playback without any loss of video or sound quality. It costs $2.99, but may be very helpful learning tool, if it allows your students to expand the variety of materials they can enjoy.

What are your favorite (general or subject-specific) iPad apps?

Thanksgiving survival kit, instructional design edition

How would an instructional designer approach the Thanksgiving meal? Just like this. Now that’s some analysis – design – development – implementation – evaluation I can support! In fact, I think I hear the siren song of pumpkin pie evaluation calling my name . . . .

If you’re looking for some interesting dinner conversation topics, let me point you to Open Culture’s listing of free online courses. There’s still time to brush up on early American history, your reading of Marx, and organic chemistry (I threw that last one in there just to save us all from a total mealtime family fight; you’re welcome). If music is more your thing, here’s a link to download (for free!) Bach’s complete organ works. For your post-meal stupor, you can also check out this amazing library of mathematics clips from movies. Let it never be said that I don’t come bearing gifts!

Thanksgiving also marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Considering a new camera or other gadget? Here’s a quick rundown on cameras and camera types – perhaps you’ll soon be using your own pictures to illustrate points in your lectures and slides, thereby avoiding cheesy stock images and impersonal clip art. Considering something from the kindle family? Both ProfHacker and the New York Times’ David Pogue have written about the latest releases – reviews worth reading, indeed.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!