Geography, history, teaching, Technology

iPad Apps for the Classroom — Video Edition!

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how I’d just acquired an iPad and had begun thinking of various ways in which it could be useful in my classroom. In the time since then I’ve been able to experiment with it more extensively and have also found some other resources, particularly iPad Curriculum, that focus exclusively on integrating the iPad into the classroom.

As a way to make my experiences with the iPad thus far accessible to my colleagues (and archived for future reference, as I’m sure these musings will play a major role in my Presidential Library), I thought I’d shoot some brief FlipCam videos describing these useful apps and how I see integrating them in my own teaching.

From the outset, let me apologize for the poor quality. I shot the video in a low-light condition, and I also think my camera had a fair amount of difficulty focusing on the screen. So, if after watching these videos you’re concerned that you need an optometrist appointment immediately, you can rest easy — it’s just the crappy quality of my camera. In the future when I shoot these I’ll try to borrow something a little more powerful and full-featured.

Now, without further ado, I present my findings!

1) This video talks about tools for communicating with students, parents, colleagues, advisors, etc. — Simplenote and Dragon Dictation.

2) This video discusses tools that are more pertinent to a history or geography classroom — Google Earth and History: Maps of the World.

NB: Elisabeth Grant writing for The American Historical Association recently posted about a wide variety of history related apps for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch. It’s certainly worth a read.

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5 thoughts on “iPad Apps for the Classroom — Video Edition!

  1. Screen mirroring is possible … BUT ..

    Only if it is jail broken and download “Display Out” from Cydia (or Installous)

    This has been a life saver for me (OK .. slight exaggeration)

    … and while I’m here … lots of iDevices info on the Shambles website at

    http://shambles.net/ict/#mobile

    Hope helpful

    have fun
    Shamblesguru
    (Chris Smith)

    ————————

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