Collaboration

BLOGS: There are many tools and apps that will enable groups of students and teachers and students collaborate on projects, share their work with each other and the wider world. any subjects or topics where blogging would be beneficial. Subjects such as Media and Drama already do this, but consider a blog as a plenary activity. the advantage with the iPad is that posts can be sent and read there and then. Blogger is just one of many free services. For example, use BlogPress to post from the iPad and FeedlerPro to read posts.

SHARING RESOURCES: Use shared folders in Dropbox, Evernote etc for this. See the MFL page for an example of how this has worked. Consider signing up to a service like CloudApp for sending larger media files.

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY: One of the current challenges is to be able to connect the iPad to the PC and Whiteboard at the front of the class wirelessly. We have got this working (see SMs blog on Apple TV and Splashtop) but there is more software coming out that will be much more cost effective for mirroring the iPad screen via the PC (you can already do this if you have a Mac at the front of your class). This will really free up the teaching space. The Promethean ActivEngage App might be worth a look as well. SyncSpace and Nearpod are both screen sharing apps that are probably more useful with younger students:


Research

Web clippers like Evernote and Diigo are perfect for organising web based research. Students can also use the apps to make and organise class notes. Open up a free account on your PC and download the app. The bookmarklet that you get with the PC version can't be replicated on the iPad Safari but a very workable solution can be achieved with a little fiddling : Here's how to.
Offline readers such as Instapaper operate in much the same way. If Maths is part of your life then Wolfram Alpha is a must (see the Maths section).