Monday, 21 January 2013

Week 2 2013 - Apps, Apps, Apps?

As the second week of the journey starts we are looking at appropriate apps for Tablets.

Most Students have opted for the iPad as their choice of device, however we do need to cater for the Android and Windows market. Just to note that the students are required to manage their own devices and apps.

As a school we believe in using the Tablets to create content and not as consumer devices and so we are recommending the following sorts of apps:-

Type of App  iPad  Android
Presentation  Keynote  Quick Office
Word processing   Pages Quick Office
Spreadsheet  Numbers  Quick Office
Movie making  iMovie Movie Aid, AndroVid
Video Trimmer
Mind mapping Popplet SimpleMind 
Word clouds Tag cloud (Not sure) 
Tracking apps  Find my iPhone  Prey
Annotation  Good notes, notability, skitch Skitch
Browser   Safari, Chrome Chrome
File Sharing  Dropbox, Box, iFiles  Dropbox, Box
Research  Qwiki, HowStuffWorks  TellMeAbout,
Books  iBooks, Kindle  Kindle
Drawing/Writing  Bamboo Paper Bamboo Paper

There is also an iPad app called Pocket (read it later) that will allow students to view web content offline at home, I really hope the equivalent exists for Android or Slate, remembering the Windows Slate is still very new and we have started research on matching apps for these devices.

The most exciting part of all this is the excitement and ownership of the students, they are not only getting on board but are already finding, and using, alternatives that are cheaper or free.

Lets hope the excitement continues!