I’ve installed and used all the apps below as part of an appraisal of what might be good apps for teachers and students. Just presenting them here as a grab bag, ranging between good and great. I’ve left out other apps that I’ve found to be useless. Also tested by 5 and 8 year olds….
You can get by without them, but it’s better if you have them:
Keynote, Pages and Numbers
Books for younger kids:
Little Red Hen – from Stepworks company
Beatrix Potter – looks exactly like the old book
Wheels on the Bus
The Dr Suess books are excellent.
Books for mid to upper primary:
Alice in Wonderland – there are a few out there – the one I chose cost about $11 and is full colour with some animation. My tip would be buy it only if you have a student who is about to read it anyway.
Pedlar Lady – to me this is the best mix of graphics and text on an eBook so far
Animalia – fantastic!
Games for infants:
Drawing pad – older kids too
Cupcakes! and More Sundaes! – for some reasons kids will make cupcakes and sundaes for ages….
Chipmunks – kids record and remix their voices
The land of UM
Live Mathletics (if you like Mathletics that is)
Haven’t really seen any maths apps that grab me yet
I Write Words (letter formation – young kids)
Complete works of Shakespeare – free!
Crosswords – this gathers crosswords from newspapers around the world and updates them every day
Puppet Pals – if people tell you that the iPad is no good for content creation, this is the app that will prove them wrong. Best app on the iPad!
Touch Physics – great
Arrriving HD – like Touch Physics but very stylish graphics
Jelly Car 2 – kids get it more than I do
NASA – great pics and kept up to date
Etch a Sketch – it’s OK, you might find a use for it
National Geographic World Atlas
Kid Art – this is good! Like Kid Pix for the iPad….
Voice Memos – simple way to get kid’s talks, discussions onto the iPad
VLC – play different types of video files
Align 4 – the old Connect four game – there is a free version
OZ Weather HD
Audio Boo – after you get your Audio Boo account, this is a very quick way to upload simple podcasts
Tweet Deck – if you’re into Twitter – get your favourite feeds in columns – the size of the iPad makes this possible (compared to the version for the iPhone and iPod Touch)
Good Reader – the BEST app for reading pdfs and other files on the iPad
For teachers and techies:
TED – The TED talks app – great presentations by leaders
Speed Test X HD – check download and upload speeds on your iPad
My Devices – see devices on your network
Keynote remote – control your presentations from your iPad
App Shopper – see what’s on special or free..
ABC iPad app – that’s the Australian Broacasting Corporation – view TV, etc
SMH – Sydney Morning Herald – if you have a teacher’s subscription you get the app free – a bit of setting up to do though…
Great timewasters……. I am not responsible for how much of your life you waste on these……
The Incident – this is a retro style classic
Smileys – great for pattern recognition and manipulation
Cut the Rope – this is from the people who made Angry Birds – you have been warned….
Cro Mag rally
Crash Cart Bandicoot
Enigmo – this has the potential to drive you nuts very quickly….
The Impossible Quiz