iBook

THE WHAT:

The iBook app puts a paperless spin on textbook education in the classroom. iBook allows you to download educational materials and have them stored on iPads.

THE HOW:

iBook often includes books with interactive material to keep students hooked on the content. Aside from saving paper, this app also enhances the learning environment by allowing for a multitude of scaffolds. For instance changing the size of the font for visually impaired students. In some books, students may even click on words they are unsure of for their pronunciation and definition.

Tophat

THE WHAT:

Tophat is an app used by the instructor in order to survey the students in the room. Students connect with their iPhones, and participate anonymously.

THE HOW:

In the classroom, Tophat could be used to survey students on a particular topic, create genuine statistics or even to informally assess the class on their content knowledge.

Overdrive

THE WHAT:

This app allows for downloading of e-books as well as free subscriptions to the e-version of hundreds of magazines. The best part about this app is that it is connected with the Edmonton Public Library.

THE HOW:

Students can have access to free materials such as National Geographic Magazine. They can use these sources for additional knowledge and research. The apps connection with EPL allows students who have difficulty keeping up with reading the audio version of books for renting. This could be advantageous in a novel study or group read situation.

Skitch

THE WHAT:

Skitch is an annotation system which allows you to include notes and other kinds of special diction within presentations.

THE HOW:

I see this as being more suitable in secondary schooling. Students who have been absent or need a review of the lesson will find more detail in notes posted online if they have been made using skitch. The app can help to underline major ideas, add bonus material or give extra curricular knowledge.

Book Creator

THE WHAT:

More applicable at the elementary level, this app allows the students the opportunity to create their own electronic book. Students are able to engage in writing and creativity without a great deal of time required.

THE HOW:

This could easily be used in the Language Arts classroom to develop a love for writing. It could be used in a higher level classroom by having the students create a short book on a concept covered in a different subject.

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