Posts Tagged ‘apps for educators’
February 22 - App Review: Doceri Combines Screencasting, Desktop Control, and Interactive Whiteboard
The Doceri interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder app, like the Splashtop app I reviewed earlier, is useful to anyone wishing to remotely control a projected image from a connected computer, make screen annotations on what is displayed (you can make the annotations on a displayed image or a whiteboard), and send your creation for others to see. The thing I liked the most about using Doceri is the ease with which recorded audio and screen annotations can be made and the ability to send/post the finished product to a LMS or similar system for students to access. This app can save you the expense associated with costly classroom whiteboards and the controls in the app are easy to navigate.
As a faculty member within a School of Health and Medical Sciences at a liberal arts university, I was fortunate to participate in an initiative to increase faculty awareness and utility of the iPad as a teaching and learning tool. Each department chairperson, two faculty and two students from every graduate health science program was
iAnnotate PDF is an excellent, full-featured app for marking-up or making notations on PDF files on your iPad. The app handles PDF files in such a way that you will feel as if you are working on your desktop or notebook computer. iAnnotate is well designed, provides a wide range of tools that can be arranged in a customizable manner, and is loaded with editing options.
May 18 - App of the Week: Sketch Pad
The Sketch Pad program is a must for several reasons: it is very easy to use, has several features, and it is very nicely priced. All of the tools can be controlled from their home location at the bottom of the screen or be made to float and positioned anywhere they are convenient.
Product Dragon Dictation (Nuance Communications) Category Speech-to-text conversion Overview A good app designed to convert what you say to typed text. Learning Curve Intuitive and extremely easy to use! Rating (5 star scale) No special training and the software does well with different accents. Cost Free I have never been truly impressed with text-to-speech software
The first app up for review is Keynote, the little brother/sister to its full-blown sibling Keynote that runs on Macs and is similar in many respects to PowerPoint. Keep in mind that no app will ever run like the complete version you would use on a computer, this much you ought to know going into the iPad world of apps. That said, Keynote is easy to use and the Help section is very straight forward. In fact, you will be running your first presentation within minutes of purchasing Keynote!
February 23 - Introducing App of the Week: Getting Started
A search of the Web, specifically Apple’s website where all iPad apps are housed, suggests that there are more than 140,000 apps available for the iPad, a number that will continue to grow. That is a lot of apps! Granted, no one will ever get to use that many apps but on the other hand, I am not sure that I want to spend a lot of time running an inordinate amount of tests just to locate the apps that will make life easier for me.