School Year Kick-off Round Up: 6 More iPads Apps and Tools for Teaching

by Kelly Walsh on September 19, 2012

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Companies are always sending us apps to check out – here’s a half dozen of the best teaching related apps we looked at this summer, spanning math, history, presentations, and organizers.

A round up of some useful iPad applications for educators that were suggested to us in the last few months:

Explain Everything ($2.99 on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/explain-everything/id431493086)
This inexpensive app records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone. Import Photos, PDF, PPT, XLS, RTF, Pages, Numbers and more, and export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, and PDFs. This whiteboard-style app is highly rated (but with only a few ratings so far).

Teaching Table ($2.99 on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teaching-table/id555719443)
This iPad app lets you create interactive math lessons students are bound to find engaging. Their “manipulatives” let you increase student engagement and share fully customizable math lessons. Unique, fun, and a great opportunity to put your own spin on delivering a math app on the iPad.

Timeline Eons (Free on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timeline-eons/id433352152)
This “graphic representation of the entire natural and human history” is really cool. This timeline goes from the dawn of time out to 20 million years after the present! There are tons of facts and figures from pre-history through modern times. It’s worth downloading just to scroll around a few minutes and check out. Note: Timeline Eons is Rated for ages 9 and up for “Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence”.

Operation Math ($1.99 on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/operation-math/id487387270)
A fun, spy-themed adventure game. “In Operation Math: Code Squad, up to four players must race to disarm a series of math-busting devices, solving a series of equations before their time is up. From a spinning display screen that literally tests their math skills from every angle to rewarding ‘mission accomplished’ messages from Agent Prime, there’s a lot to like in the latest addition to the Operation Math franchise. With four virtual keypads, Operation Math: Code Squad gives every kid a seat at the table, and turns any iPad into a math-teaching power tool for four.”

Teacher Kit (Free on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teacherkit/id389584618)
This free app is a teacher’s Swiss Army knife, with tools for classroom organization, behavioral monitoring, and grading. I haven’t checked it out, but it’s rated 4+ and it’s free (so the most you have to lose if you try it yourself is a little of your time – of course, we’d love to hear back from you if you do try it!).

Geometry 4 Kids ($0.99 on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/geometry-4-kids/id446626897)
This app is built for elementary kids ages 5 – 10 and teaches a plethora of geometrical concepts. Geometry 4 Kids was designed in collaboration with teachers, parents & students.

For dozens of more in depth reviews of iPad apps that are great for educators, check out the “Apps” section of the new EmergingEdTech publication “iPads in Education: Implementations, Apps, and Insights” available on Lulu.com now for $5.99 (on sale for $5.09 if you use the coupon code “PIRATA”, thru this Friday 9/21).

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Using The iPad As A Digital Whiteboard (Plus 4 Cool Free Apps To Try It Out)
Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board
A unique classroom and teaching organizer app for the iPad (created with input from our readers!)

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Class Workshop in a Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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