Sunday, October 7, 2012

EdShelf

I have asked that when you check out the iPads to let me know if there are free apps you'd like to try. The problem is most of us are limited to the iPad itself for finding apps. Apple, of course, highlights the apps it wants you to see, and those recommendations are only the tip of the iceberg of education related apps. 

This is the problem EdShelf attempts to solve. It is a comprehensive site on educationally related apps for iPad, Android, web etc. They even list flash and no flash apps for the web.  No Flash web apps will work with the iPads through Chrome with few issues.

What we are interested in are the iPad apps.  Here are a few I found promising that someone might want to try.

NearPod Teacher: Nearpod enables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students’ devices. It combines presentation, engagement and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.

Zondle: Zondle is a games-based learning app that supports revision/review for school tests and exams. Students of all ages can play any topic in any game, to support exactly their learning needs.

Toontastic: Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show – simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your stories through play!

One of the benefits of the teacher iPads is the ability to explore particular apps in depth which later could be candidates to go on the iPads on the classroom cart.  Kathy Schrock has a great graphic called Bloomin-Apps which analyzes apps from Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. Kathy Schrock has also created a pdf form that allows one to critically evaluate a particular app.