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top 10 iPad apps
The following apps have been selected as the most creative and productive apps in their various classifications.
FlipBoom Lite - Free
A high quality and intuitive app for animating line drawings. Basic tools in the free version are more than enough to get started.
Dragon Dictation - Free
Speech to text audio recording allows students to collect thoughts and ideas which, after editing, can then be emailed or pasted into other programs.
Comic Strip Creation
Comic Life - $5.49
Not as feature rich as the computer version but still a highly creative and versatile, large scope for building stories and narratives with a visual focus.
PuppetPals Director's Pass - $2.99
Give a speech as an historical figure, produce a video travel log, explain a mathematical concept, recreate a dramatical play, etc, etc, etc.
Drawing and Art
SketchBook Express - Free
A lot of apps in this category but this is intuitive with the basic features for drawing, annotating over photos or to create line or instructional drawings.
iBooks - Free
Reads ePub and pdf formatted files that can be purchased from the iBook store, created by students or transferred via iTunes.
Google Earth - Free
Excellent satellite imagery brings the Earth to life as the user navigates with the swipe of a finger. Access millions of geo-located photos.
iBrainstorm - Free
Record ideas on sticky notes which can be moved and reorganised around a virtual noticeboard. A good collaborative tool.
OPlayer - $5.49
The standard iPad movie app needs supplementing to access a wider variety of media types. This will play virtually anything as well as stream video.
Music and Podcasting
GarageBand - $5.49
Highly regarded app can create up to 8 track music and audio recordings with a high featured mobile recording studio.
SoundNote - $5.49
Matches an audio recording to your notes and can replay at any given point. Great for meetings, and taking lesson notes.
Photogene - $2.99
There are many apps worthy of this position. Photogene was selected for its ease of use, wide selection of editing tools and export options.
Keynote - $10.49
Fully featured presentation tool with simple but effective controls. Exports files compatible with PowerPoint format.
Book Creator - $5.49
Simple interface to create high quality ePub format books right on the iPad. Great for building class anthologies or any literacy project.
Dropbox - Free
A web based service that allows easy sharing of a wide range of files between multiple mobile and desktop devices.
HootSuite - Free
Twitter access tool that sets up multiple tracking columns to monitor keywords, #hashtags and lists. Translates to/from 50 languages.
Stop Motion Animation
iStop Motion - $5.49
Amazingly simple tool to create stop motion animations (including claymation) or time lapse recordings. Has a free remote camera app.
iTranslate - Free
Translates written words, phrases and sentences to and from over 50 languages and spoken phrases to and from 16 languages.
Skype - Free
Video call or instant message other Skype users anywhere in the world. Talk face to face with front or back facing camera.
iMovie - $5.49
Not as fully featured as the computer version but has all the editing functionality needed to create a HD quality movie.
Safari - included
Now that it has tabbing, the Safari app that is installed as standard on the iPad is as good as any of the other options in the app store.
Pages - $10.49
Seemingly expensive for a word processing app but it is the most feature rich. Works very well across all IOS devices and will export to Word format.
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