ESSENTIAL APPS


MEDIA
BBC iPlayer and 4OD both have free Apps. TVCatchup lets you watch live TV. RadioBox is good for digital radio.
Fronter HD is useful for quickly viewing your resources stored there (which will become a reality as we move away from the K drive). You can't download them however from here.
If you want to read a variety of video formats (such as Windows Media) apps such as OPlayer or Falcon Player do the trick. You can even get apps that will let you work with Flash.Try Photon.

PDF
PDF readers are pretty essential as are Apps for working with 'difficult' files such as .webarchive. There are loads out there. Adobe do a free one. GoodReader is the best and is pretty powerful.

PRODUCTIVITY
Apps are legion. Depending on your needs: a scanning app eg Scanner Pro if you want to input text as pdf rather than just taking a photo; a drawing/notemaking app eg Adobe Ideas or Notability; a voice recognition app eg Dragon Dictation; Mindmapping and MSOffice apps are dealt with elsewhere. Check the newsletter for the latest finds.

Creating Content

Explain Everything is a good starting point. There are so many apps that can help to utilise mobile learning that it is really a combination of what you need to do and how you like to do it. There are always three ways to do any one task!










Books and Curriculum Apps

iBooks
Kindle
Free Books
iTunesU
BBC Bitesize have a range of Apps at £1.49
Podcasts - not Apps but are available for download from the iTunes store. Loads of educational ones e.g. GCSE History
Newspapers and magazines. Most nationals are subscription at about £10 a month. Specialists like the FT are more. Zinio is an app that has a wide range of magazines linked to it.
mzl.stfligjf.170x170-75.jpgFlipboard is a good way to create your own newspaper.

Peripherals

If you plan on making and showing PowerPoints etc directly from your iPad then the easiest way to connect to your classroom screen is via a VGA adaptor. The Apple ones are expensive but I think you can find cheaper elsewhere.
iPads are optimised for the finger but you may want to invest in a Stylus. Prices range from a couple of quid to over twenty. The new ones are pressure sensitive.
If you plan on doing a lot of typing on your iPad then it might be worth considering either a wireless keyboard or getting a USB adapter (cheaper) so that you can attach a normal wired keyboard. Some cases also come with inbuilt keyboard. If you are prepared to get someone to spend £70 on you then the Logitech keyboard Case is excellent
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