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Apps for Administrators

This wiki page lists apps reviewed during the mini-session called I Have an iPad. Now What? Apps for Administrators. This virtual session was presented on November 3, 2011 for attendees at the ACSA Conference in Sacramento, CA.

Beyond Apps: Creating Content Using an iPad

This wiki page includes a list of apps and other resources that were highlighted during a virtual mini-session sponsored by TICAL during an ACSA Conference in Sacramento, CA. The focus of the session was ways educators and students can use their iPads to not just consume content, but to create it as well.

TICAL Recommended Mobile Apps. For Administrators (iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Droid)

This is a growing list of mobile application recommendations by practicing educational leaders. They are organized by category and can be relevant for iPads, iPods, iPhones, and/or Android OS. You can filter out any specific criteria by clicking on the drop-down arrow showing (All) and selecting an appropriate criteria. Have your own apps to recommend? See below the list to complete the short form.

Teach with your iPad

This website is very comprehensive. It takes you from, How to Set up your iPad, to downloading apps, and then a guide of various applications for administrators and teachers. It includes curriculum areas and grade levels. Also how to use iPads interactively and for group collaboration.

iPad Resources for Administrators

This website has both articles and iPad apps (applications) for the administrator, but not too many that it is overwhelming. The site provides a breif descriptions so it easy to navigate. Read the reviews and download apps through iTunes.

iPod Touch & iPad Resources

These resources, compiled and organized by Susan Brooks-Young and Chris O'Neal, provide educators with an abundance of resources from application (app) reviews to general discussions on using iPods, iPads, and iPhones in education. The site is organized by content area and include use of the devices in each area.

United States iPad Top 200 Education Apps

This is a great site listing the top 200 paid, free, and grossing mobile apps in the United States for education rated by users. Click on the title of the app and it takes you to a description and some screen shots. Shows you which way the the app is moving in it's ranking too.

TidBITS - Apple news for the rest of us

TidBITS is an online newsletter and Web site devoted to coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but also features articles of general interest. For example one interesting piece highlighted some of the risks involved when using URL shortening services. It turns out they can be used to obfuscate URLs that point to phishing sites, malware sites, and so on.

App List for Special Education

This is a comprehensive, up-to-date list of apps for iOS products, focusing on Special Education. The list is organized by subject and it is updated frequently. Each app has a short description and a link to the Apple iTunes Store. Use on iPads, iPhones, iPods, etc.

Mind/Shift How we Learn

KQED blog, a part of the NPRnetwork on How We Learn. Sections grouped under Culture, Tech Tools, Research and Learning Methods. Blog Entries include: The Future School Day, Testing iPads in the Classroom, Three Trends That will Shape the Future of Curriculum.

Will the iPad 2 Make the Grade for Classroom Usage?

Blog author Audrey Watters explores the pros and cons of use of iPads in the classroom in this post that appeared on the ReadWriteWeb blog on March 2, 2011.

iPod Touch and iPad Resources LiveBinder

This LiveBinder is chock full of information related to iPod Touches and iPads in K-12 education. Topics covered include apps by content area, app reviews, how-to tips, and instructional strategies.

Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom

This public Google Presentation provides suggestions for instructional activities using the iPad as well as tips. Educators from around the country have contributed to this resource which is still regularly updated.

Quick Takes: Tablet Devices in Education

In this Quick Take Susan Brooks-Young provides an overview of tablet devices (such as iPads and Android) that enable users to listen to audio files, watch videos, access the Internet, and use a variety of educational applications. Tablets are key in learning with mobile devices.

Going Paperless: Diverse Learning with iPads and Apps

In this TICALevision episode you will hear from the headmaster/principal, teachers, and students at Monte Vista Christian School in Santa Cruz County. This school was one of the first schools to implement iPads for one-to-one teaching and learning. Learn how the iPad is helping their school go paperless, engage students in active learning and promote autonomous learning with a variety of educational apps.


Doceri is a tool for presentations and lessons. Through the Doceri Remote iPad app and Doceri Desktop software, you can control a computer (Mac or Windows), easily launch any document or application, and annotate over them at any time. You can save drawings and play them back in the future allowing even better presentations to be created from your existing PowerPoint or Keynote slideshows. If you just want to use it as a whiteboard, you can create any handwritten/drawn content on any background of your choice.


ClassGather (formerly ECOVE) is a teacher evaluation and walk-through tool. It is available as an IPAD app that syncs with your laptop or desktop and produces reports and graphs about single or multiple observations over time. Observation tools are customizable and there are tools based on state teaching standards. Ecove can be used to customize walk-through tools based on the common core. This tool is available for a free 30 day trial and may be purchased after the trial period.

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8

Edutopia hosts this collection of resources geared toward helping middle school educators make effective use of iPads with their students. Topics include favorite apps, best practices, and engaging activities.

Year 2 of an 1:1 with iPads

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Tim Landeck, and Harendra Goonetilleke. Put Apple iPads into the hands of 35 free and reduced lunch population middle school students in a 24/7, one-to-one implementation to enhance their algebra studies. What do you get? A more than 30% increase in students becoming proficient and/or advanced on end-of-year testing and much more! Tune in to this webinar to hear about Pajaro Valley Unified's struggles and successes with this iPad implementation.

Building Community Through Digital Media & Story

In this Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, Thom Dunks shared suggestions for harnessing the creative power of multimedia stories and blending a variety of desktop digital media tools with mobile device apps (iPad, iPhone, & iPod apps). Educators have inspirational stories to tell. School leaders can take advantage of easy-to-use multimedia tools and strategies to communicate their vision, build community, and provide high visibility leadership in technology. (Archived recording; you may need to download software in order to view it.)


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