iPad Apps

Apps

Buddypoke is an app that allows the user to create an avatar from a few prescribed templates. After creating, you may voice over your avatar and share the finished to an online platform. Students may take on the role of a character in a book and share perspectives in a safe way.

Affordances:

  • Easy to use- especially for students.
  • Personalize your avatar.
  • Free, no account necessary.
  • Quick to share with others.

Constraints:

  • Extra features do require purchase.

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Class Dojo is an app that is accessible from a computer, iPad, or iPhone. The app specializes with assisting teachers with classroom management based on a point system.

Affordances:

  • iDevice app allows teacher to be mobile when in use.
  • Personalize student avatars and accounts for individual accountability.
  • Add your own classroom standard and expectations.
  • Share reports with parents.
  • Free.

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Edmodo allows teachers and student to stay connected in and out of school, in a form of social media, similar to that of Facebook.

Affordances:

  • Create class groups and sub groups.
  • Add assignments and polls.
  • Make comments.
  • Invite parents to join your page.
  • Safe online environment.
  • Free.

Constraints:

  • Difficult to delete unwanted accounts.

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Explain Everything is an app that allows users to animate and narrate explanations and presentations.

Affordances:

  • Easy to draw, add, edit, delete videos, images, and text on multiple slides.
  • Record voice and add animation.
  • Easy to share/export finished products to web based sources.
  • No account needed.

Constraints:

  • Price.
  • Projects are only available on 1 device (no syncing).
  • No collaboration.

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MyScript Calculator permits a user to manually draw mathematical equations on the screen, and an answer will be shown.

Affordances:

  • Application recognizes nearly illegible handwriting.
  • Go back feature allows you to retrieve steps you’ve made.
  • Take screen shots to track progress.
  • Free.

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Nearpod is an iPad app, but can also be used on you computer. Teachers can create slides that have the capability of being locked onto a student’s iPad or computer screen, leading them through an interactive presentation or lesson.

Affordances:

  • Add video, polls, links, images, presentations, and text on multiple slides.
  • Personalize slides that are presented to students.
  • Keep students together on the same page, with minimal distractions.
  • Interactive for students during presentation.
  • Free.

Constraints:

  • Everyone being on the same slide, means no availability for individuals to go back and previous slides during the lesson.
  • Account needed.
  • Collaboration is limited.

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Slingnote is a note taking tool for iPads, that allows you to cut actual sections of a webpage and copy it to a work area for note taking purposes.

Affordances:

  • Easy to use- especially for students.
  • Use finger to outline and cut text, photos, or both from a web page, add your own notes regarding your selected piece.
  • Create multiple pages.
  • Save final note as a pdf for easy sharing.

Constraints:

  • Price.
  • Projects are only available on 1 device (no syncing).

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Splashtop allows a user to access their computer screen from their iPad. While mobile, you can interact with the screen using different tools.

Affordances:

  • Add and erase text with digital marker on webpages or software.
  • Save notes you have made to an image of the screen.
  • Mobility allows for students to interact with the screen.
  • Project screen to allow entire classes a view of what is being done.

Constraints:

  • Price.

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