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iTeach - iPad Apps for Teaching

Monday January 7th

Location: QCC

Presenters: Technology for Teaching and Learning Group, Academic Technology Center, WPI Jes Caronand Erin DeSilva

So you just got a new iPad, or are considering getting one…what next? Can you actually use it for…WORK?!
This session will showcase apps for content preparation, presentation, and assessment. Each demo will include an app show & tell along with ideas you can use in each area of your teaching. Presenters, with help from the participants, will provide quick reviews on apps you can use to prepare lectures and information, present in the classroom and online, and assess your students’ work with ease.
Experienced iPad users will be invited to share their favorite apps along with successes, challenges and general customer reviews. Newbies and interested parties are also more than welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Table of Contents

Preparation Presentation Assessment Other
Notes Attendance Essay Grader Roambi Analytics
Magical Pad RemoteMouse GoodReader Creo View
Evernote Keynote iAnnotate PDF Chronicle of Higher Education
Remarks Prezi iMovie -
Bamboo Paper Haiku Deck Reel Director -
UPad AirSketch iMovie vs. Reel Director -
Jotnot Explain Everything CloudOn -
Pages ScreenChomp Dropbox -
Priority Matrix Screen Shots on your iPad SugarSync -
Popplet and Popplet LiteLovely Charts Student Response Apps Google Drive -
Lovely Charts Web Conferencing Apps Recorder Plus -
Zite Digital Magazine Tex Equation - -
Flipboard MatLab Mobile - -
Readability The Elements - -
TuneIn Radio The Chemical Touch - -
TED History: Maps of World - -
TED Books - - -
Free Books - - -

Content Preparation



Comes preinstalled on your iPad
Cost: Free
What does it do? Notepad is a basic note taking app. This app only works for type-written notes.
How do I use it? If you'd like to set it up, Notepad can sync automatically with your Gmail account (look for a folder called Notes) - pretty convenient! This setting should be on by default, however you can turn it on and off. If you are noticing that your notes do not sync, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Gmail. From there you can turn Sync on for Notes!

Magical Pad


iTunes or Vendor
Cost: $9.99
What does it do? Magical Pad is a note taking app with a ton of extra features such as the ability to outline and add checklists.
How do I use it? If you are a fan of the Cornell Note-taking System (and we are! Learn More) then this app is for you. Magical Pad helps you to easily structure your notes and add side bars for Questions, Keywords, and Action Item checklists.


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Cost: FREE
What does it do? While elephants may never forget, human memories are typically not as infallible, this is where Evernote steps in! Evernote is your way to "remember everything" in an electronic format; take notes, save images, clip from webpages anything you want to remember can be stored in Evernote.
How do I use it? Evernote can be used across platforms and comes with a number of handy plugins. On the iPad use the app to capture data from the iPad camera, web pages, or just by taking notes. Information is then stored in the cloud for later retrieval from any of your other devices! Use Evernote to organize class preparation notes and items into searchable notes!



Cost: $4.99
What does it do? Remarks is a note taking application which includes several nice options. Choices include: paper types (lined, grid, dots), writing and drawing tools, colors, and the ability to annotate images and PDFs.
How do I use it? Use remarks like any other note taking app on the iPad. However, while you can use the keyboard, Remarks is really designed to be used with a stylus pen for handwritten notes. Make notes on the fly for use later in prepping your class!

Bamboo Paper


Cost: Free
What does it do? Another in the long line of note taking software... so why do I need another one you might ask? Bamboo paper has one of the best drawing engines I have seen in a while built in. it does an awesome job following your stylus and also has some degree of pressure sensitivity built in!
How do I use it? Bamboo paper is best used with a stylus or your finger if you are drawing. If you are not a freehand note-taker (I know I am not) then this app might not be the best for you.



Cost: Light version available free, full version $4.99
What does it do? Upad is a notebook app with a variety of background and ink options. There is integration with Dropbox and GoogleDocs, and the input features include palm-rest and magnified zoom.
How do I use it? Plug in your iPad2 with a VGA or HDMI adapter and project Upad to create a virtual whiteboard. Use your finger or stylus to write as you would on the old-fashioned kind. Export to a pdf to share with your students, or archive for future use.


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Cost: $0.99
What does it do? JotNot converts photos taken with your device's camera to PDF.
How do I use it? Easily convert newspaper articles or other print materials to digital for markup and sharing.


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Cost: $9.99
What does it do? Edit text documents (works with all common Mac and PC file formats).
How do I use it? Making quick edits to documents for your students or colleagues is a snap with Pages on the iPad. This is not the full Pages you use on your Mac, but it is powerful enough to do all of the editing basics!

Priority Matrix

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Cost: $1.99
What does it do? Helps you to organize tasks that need to be accomplished. I find this to be a great way to organize my tasks. While there are plenty of task organizers out there I liked the way this one allowed you to customize the colors and quadrants as well as the “priority levels.”
How do I use it? Use this app to organize anything from projects to things you need to get done around the home and office.

Popplet and Popplet Lite


iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? Popplet Lite is a concept mapping tool. There is a full version ($4.99) that allows for collaborative editing and more than one popplet at a time.
How do I use it? Break students into small groups to create a concept map of a particular topic. If you don't have enough iPads, some groups can use paper and markers. Popplet Lite will allow students to easily create and move boxes around a topic, then export to pdf or jpeg format.

Lovely Charts


iTunes Vendor
Cost: $4.99
What does it do? Lovely Charts is a flow chart creation app.
How do I use it? Use Lovely Charts to create great graphical representations of anything you would typically use a flow chart for (concept organization, classroom organization, topics in a subject area, etc.) and for things you might not necessarily have thought of! For example have you tried taking notes as a process chart?

Zite Digital Magazine


Cost: Free
What does it do? Zite is a magazine app that creates feeds for news that is relevant to your interests.
How do I use it? Zite collects articles based on your preferences, online reading behavior, and social media such as Twitter, Google Reader, and/or Delicious. Interact with the news that Zite imports by giving thumbs up and down, and your news will becomes more personalized with each click. This is another way to stay on top of news that is relevant to your own studies.


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iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? Flipboard is a news aggregator which presents the information in a magazine style format.
How do I use it? Great for researching current news and events. Flipboard will help you to bring all of your RSS feeds into one location for easy consumption.


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iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? Saves content for later offline reading
How do I use it? While Readability is an app it is also a set of browser extensions for your desktop computer. the power of this app is much more apparent when these two are used together. Using the Readability browser extensions (you can also do this from your iPad it is just a little harder) you can mark a page for later reading in Readability. Then when you have a little more time you can open the app log in and browse what you have curated.

TuneIn Radio

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Cost: Free
What does it do? TuneIn Radio brings local radio stations to your iPad. If you like to listen to local radio this app may be for you! But there is a more practical application as well, TuneIn allows recording.
How do I use it? You are listening to NPR and hear a teaser for a story that would be perfect for your class. Now you can record that story right onto your iPad for later playback.



Cost: Free
What does it do? According to the TED website, "TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design." If you like TED, the app is great and you have access to the full line of TED talks.
How do I use it? TED talks can be found on a variety of subjects by a variety of sources. We have seen instructors use TED talks to provoke ideas in the classroom or offer a differing perspective to students.

TED Books

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iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Varies Per Book
What does it do? According to the TED website, "Shorter than a novel, but longer than a magazine article -- a TED Book is a great way to feed your craving for ideas anytime."
How do I use it?

Free Books

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Cost: Free
What does it do? Free Books provides access to thousands of books that are available for FREE in the public domain.
How do I use it? Reading the classics in class or just need to reference a salient passage from a public domain work? Now you have access to those works all in one convenient location! There is also a new in app upgrade that allows you to access audio book versions of may classics as well.


Attendance Apps

Attendance2 on iTunes

Cost: $4.99

The Attendance App on iTunes

Cost: Free



Cost: FREE for Ad version, $1.99 for full version
What does it do? Run the RemoteMouse client on your PC and connect to turn your iPad into a wireless touchpad.
How do I use it? Use your iPad to control a classroom projection computer remotely.


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Cost: $9.99
What does it do? Keynote can be used to produce and present slide shows.
How do I use it? If you think you may ever use the iPad for a presentation this is a good to have. When you are presenting from the iPad, the device itself essentially becomes a large remote presentation controller complete with presentation notes! When you are creating or editing slideshows, the feature set is limited but it is enough to make quick changes or add presentation notes.


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iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? Prezi can be used to produce and present slide shows in a different more animated way.
How do I use it? Prezi is usually billed as an alternative to PowerPoint. If your presentation could benefit from the dynamic nature of Prezi then you may want to consider this tool. I think Prezi really shines at helping to convey movement (such as drilling down into a topic or zooming in on a particular area) very well as the slides are highly animated. However, this style does not suite all presentations so choose wisely.

Haiku Deck

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iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? Haiku Deck can be used to produce and present slide shows that are focused around a visual theme with minimalist writing.
How do I use it? Haiku Deck has a great built in image search engine so if you are building a highly visual slide deck this may be of use to you. The tool is somewhat limited with the image search being the real shining point.


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Cost: Free version available, Full version $9.99
What does it do? Described by the company as a "Remote White Board," this app allows you to use your iPad as a markup input device.
How do I use it? Air Sketch provides the user with a wireless remote white board. The possibilities are endless; use it to mark up PDF files, solve out equations, or hand to students to have them diagram a process!

Explain Everything

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Cost: $2.99, or $1.49 for >20 copies
What does it do? Explain Everything is a screen recorder app. It allows you to import a PowerPoint, Keynote or PDF file, annotate with pointers and highlighters while you record, then publish to YouTube or Dropbox, as well as a couple of other options.
How do I use it? A virtual whiteboard can be used for diagrams, drawings, and brainstorming. By connecting your iPad to the Classroom PC or Laptop, you can project the whiteboard within the classroom or via a webinar.



Cost: Free
What does it do? ScreenChomp is another screen recording app brought to you from TechSmith (the makers of Camtasia).
How do I use it? ScreenChomp is an alternative to Explain Everything. This software is not quite as powerful, but may be enough to get you where you are going!

Screen Shots on your iPad

Tap the home and power button simultaneously on your iPad to take a screen shot. You will hear a camera sound and you screen with briefly flash as the screen shot is being "taken." The resultant image file will be added to your Photos. You can then interact with this image just as you would any other photo which includes sharing through email!

Student Response Apps for your iPad

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are ubiquitous. Socrative, LectureTools, iResponse, and others are available. Additionally, existing Student Response Systems often have apps which can be used in conjunction with clickers, such as Turning Technologies, iClicker, and eInstruction.

Web Conferencing Apps for your iPad

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are also ubiquitous. Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Wimba Classroom and Elluminate), WebEx and others offer apps. Some allow users only to attend meetings, others allow both attendance and hosting privileges.

Tex Equation


Cost: $6.99
What does it do? Similar to Latexit for OS X, takes LaTeX "one-liners" and creates equation images which can be copied to other apps on the iPad.
How do I use it? This is for all of you Math and Engineering types! Need to express complex functions? Familiar with LaTeX? This app will help you produce beautiful equation images for use in other apps (like KeyNote).

MatLab Mobile


iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do?MatLab Mobile allows a user to connect to an existing running MatLab session on the MathWorks cloud or a personal computer. An existing MatLab license is required.
How do I use it? Plug your iPad2 into a VGA/HDMI adapter to project a running MatLab session.

The Elements


Cost: $13.99
What does it do? The Elements provides a periodic table with stunning photo examples of each element.
How do I use it? This periodic table includes all of the basic information you would expect from a periodic table with the benefit of interactive images that bring the table to life. This app could be most useful for students who benefit from real world examples to help make the abstract more concrete.

The Chemical Touch


Cost: Lite edition - Free, Full edition - $0.99
What does it do? Provides a Periodic Table
How do I use it? This app is a basic Periodic Table of the Elements. All function, little frill.

History: Maps of World

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Cost: Free
What does it do? This maps app contains a variety of historical maps with a variety of information, from The Distribution of Principal European Languages in 1911 to the Waterloo Campaign.
How do I use it? Display, zoom and pan. Note: there is not a markup tool built in.


Roambi Analytics

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Cost: Free
What does it do? Roambi is an example of a data visualization app. This app requires you to connect to a server with your own data, but does have some sample data to demonstrate its functionality.
How do I use it? Apps for viewing and manipulating data can demonstrate context for students, breaking large problems into manageable pieces, and examining information with qualitative and quantitative rigor.

Creo View


iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? According to PTC, the developers of Creo and Mathcad, "With Creo View Mobile, you can open, zoom, pan, rotate, explode, browse, and explore product designs."
How do I use it? SHAKE IT! OK, if you actually have Creo you can do much more with it, but we highly recommend downloading this app just to see what happens when you open a model and shake it!

The Chronicle of Higher Education


iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? Brings The Chronicle to your iPad newsstand.
How do I use it? Use this app the same way your would your paper Chronicle subscription just without the paper!


Essay Grader


Cost: $2.99
What does it do? Essay Grader allows you to create rubrics with check boxes in each category. Additionally, you can type comments and email the resulting graded essay.
How do I use it? This app is used for for marking, grading, and filing student work.



iTunes or Vendor
Cost: $4.99
What does it do? GoodReader supports the reading and annotation of a variety of filetypes: PDF, Office, HTML, etc. GoodReader syncs with Google Docs, Dropbox, and other WebDAV, AFP, FTP and SFTP servers.
How do I use it? Plug in your iPad2 to a VGA/HDMI output and project your files with GoodReader, annotating and marking up for emphasis or problem solving. Another option is to use GoodReader to mark up and grade student work. Please note one complaint we've received about the use of this tool for grading because a user does need to click Save on each page when annotating.

iAnnotate PDF


Cost: $9.99
What does it do? iAnnotate PDF allows you to annotate, manage, and share PDF's from the iPad.
How do I use it? Comment, mark up and grade student work in the PDF format.



Cost: $4.99
What does it do? iMovie for the iPad is the mobile version of perhaps the most popular light desktop editor on the market. This is video editing made portable!
How do I use it? iMovie puts digital editing at your finger tips. Have a great event captured on your iPhone or iPad? Use iMovie to edit and produce a video clip you can use for class. iMovie can also be used by students to produce digital stories or by faculty who want to provide alternative types of feedback to students.

Reel Director


iTunes or Vendor
Cost: $1.99
What does it do? Reel Director is an alternative to iMovie that has been very well reviewed and received.
How do I use it? Same as iMovie, Reel Director can be used by faculty or students for a variety of video projects.

iMovie vs. Reel Director

Several people have now asked which one is better. I have to be honest in that I have not invested the money into purchasing iMovie so I have not used it. I will however refer you to a comparison review here at Geeklish.



Cost: Free
What does it do? CloudOn lets you use your iPad to create, view, and edit files directly in Microsoft Word®, Excel® & PowerPoint®.
How do I use it? Need to use your iPad to open students' work that was written in an Office application? Want to create an Office application from scratch? CloudOn syncs with Dropbox, with a user interface very similar to those us Office users are familiar with.



Cost: Free
What Does it do? Dropbox is a free application that allows you to sync files between your computers and mobile devices. Files saved to Dropbox will sync automatically. Users begin with 2GB free storage, and can purchase or earn more.
How do I use it? Dropbox works well with a wealth of other applications, including iAnnotate or GoodReader, as the storage conduit for managing files that you then mark up and return.



iTunes orVendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? SugarSync is the latest competitor to Dropbox and has been gaining some buzz. SugarSync functions similar to Dropbox, but with a few additional features such as the ability to choose which folders sync and a larger starting quota (5GB).
How do I use it? SugarSync is a great way to move files from one location to another, however it is not yet quite as integrated as Dropbox with other iPad apps.

Google Drive

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iTunes or Vendor
Cost: Free
What does it do? Google Drive is the new name for Google Docs, so if you were using Docs before this is old hat! Google Drive allows you to store files as well as manipulate basic documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
How do I use it? Google Dive can be fairly versatile as you can both store and create files using this tool. The only word of warning we have here is FERPA. Like any third party tool (especially one belonging to a search engine company) there is no real way to guarantee what they are doing with your data. If your files are private and confidential you may want to consider storing them on a university run server.

Recorder Plus


Cost: Free
What does it do? Recorder Plus, like other audio recording apps, uses the iPad microphone to record mp3 files. Bookmarks can be created, both during recording and playback. Files can be shared via wireless, as well as other export options.
How do I use it? Recorder Plus can be used for any recording need, including interviews. Students may be interested in using it to record your lectures.

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