Apps Sampled for Hooker Grant (FCIS) review

This page summarizes some apps that were reviewed for the FCIS-Hooker Technology Grant for 2012. Awarded jointly, this grant gave Chad Lewis of Tampa Prep and I an opportunity to test some apps and we put together the following table of our recommendations. Please note that these are a sampling of apps we liked, there are many more available, and more come on line each day. In order to get ready for the convention, we had to “pull the plug” so here are our favs –

Store Link  Name Subject Description Free Grade Levels Assesment
247 24/7 Tutor Learning Spanish Spanish Foreign language tutorial x 6-12 very basic vocab review for beginners
3dcell 3D Cell Stain Biology 3D Cell Image x HS 3D image of the cell, each part can be labeled in a different color
anatomy Anatomy 3D: organs Biology/Life Science/Anatomy 3D images of body systems & organs HS Great 3D images. Has audio and video. Includes information on the cell and types of tissues
apworld AP World History World History AP World HS Very AP specific, but because of that a very useful study aid.
ask3 Ask3 All communicate with class x 6-12 class code to share videos and explanations through ipad
bamboo Bamboo Paper All app to write and take notes x 6-12 create virtual notebooks from your own handwriting
blurb Blurb Mobile All Storytelling x 6-12 Nice app, but is limited in space. Good for small projects.
brushes Brushes All drawing program x 6-12 version 3 now free but requires in app purchases older version was full and better
chemform Chemistry Formula Practice Chemistry practice for naming compounds and writing formulas HS Allows a wide variety of ways to practice, including time lengths and competitions with other students in the class.
chemformalt Chemistry Formulas by Alterme Inc Chemistry Chemistry reference HS Very useful reference table for properties of and additional information about chemical formulas and elements. Additionally provides short, written tutorials about all topics related to chemical formulas and bonding. Additionally, you can make your own pages of notes about chemistry or add your own notes to the information in the app itself.
clickerschool Clicker School All teacher resource x All teachers may have two courses free, can create quizzes online and then run from this app
cloudon Cloud On All Brings MS Office applications to the iPad and links to Dropbox account x 6-12 Easy to use to create Microsoft office files.  Can edit documents you have in your dropbox using familiar tools and format.
color Color Uncovered Physics interactive book about color x 6-12 interactive book about color from exploratorium exhibit contains videos
comicboot ComicBook All puts images into a comic-book-like format 6-12 You can take regular pictures and add effects to make them look like old-school comics or even current comics. You can lay out the pictures in a comic-book format and add thought bubbles.
completeclass Complete Class Organizer All Online Notebook. can upload from dropbox, organize notes and calendar 6-12 provides way to keep track of assignments and grades for all of a students classes
creativebook Creative Book Builder All epub (ebook) creator 6-12 Is very easy and intuitive way to make your own eBook. However the book is very simplistic. isn’t sophisticated enough for teachers to use for making ebooks to use in the classroom.
daisy Daisy the Dino All computer programming x 6-12 simple game to learn basic computer programming commands
doodlecast Doodlecast Pro All whiteboard and note capturing app x 6-12 Allows creation of videos and audio notes can include items from camera roll
venn Draw Venn Math create venn diagrams 6-12 creates outstanding venn diagrams with lots of colors and options
dropbox Dropbox All file sharing app x 6-12 Extremely useful collaboration tool. You can drop any file into the dropbox on any computer and open it on any other computer or iPad.
eclicker eClicker Host, v2.2 (4+) All allow teachers to see  feedback from students on questions 6-12 Looks good, but haven’t been able to use it yet b/c the app is designed for multiple users (students)
educreations Educreations Interactive Whiteboard All Presentation tool allows you to record and present and then post x 6-12 recordable white board to record lesson and explanations. Sometimes glitchy
telements Elements Chemistry Periodic Table app x HS Color-coded. Reference chart with atomic number and weight. Can go to Wikipedia page of each element with easy button. Includes a free symbol quiz and atomic number quiz.
eleMints EleMints 2 Chemistry graphing program with periodic table HS Has amazing functionality. Makes wonderful graphs of 13 different elemental properties so you can see trend across the table. It also lists information about all the elements and provides a color coded period table. It also contains reference articles.
evernote Evernote All note taking app x Great app that syncs flawlessly between devices has great search capabilities
explain Explain Everything All whiteboard and note capturing app x 6-12 Allows creation of videos and audio notes can include items from camera roll
flowhistory Flow of History history history charts and info HS charts and graphic organizers to help students understand how history events “flow”
frog Frog Dissection Life Science/Bio Virtual Dissection 6-12 Great features besides dissection. Life cycle video, 3D images of organs,
GarageBand All makes audio files and podcasts 6-12 Create sound tracks and audio files
geopad Geometry Pad Geometry geometry x 6-12 create manipulate and measure geometric figures
geotest Geometry Test, v2.5 (4+) Geometry Geometry Problems App HS Self grading practice problems, multiple levels…CON cant send result to teacher
goodreader GoodReader All reader and annotator for PDFs 6-12 App for reading and annotating pdf files and notes, interfaces with google drive
googledocs Google Docs Manager, v1.0 (4+) All organize their Google Docs on the iPad 6-12 App designed to help users organize their Google Docs on the iPad
googledrive Google Drive All Google Doc editor x 6-12 Google drive lets you keep all your stuff in one place. upload files from your computer and you can access between ipad and computer.
grafio Grafio Lite All make diagrams x 6-12 create diagrams and flowcharts
ibooks iBooks All ebooks 6-12 ePub reader for access to books and pdf’s can annotate and highlight. Drawback is no iBooks on computer, have to use Adobe Digital Editions or similar
imovie iMovie All movie maker x 6-12
movie making, contains a small subset of the computer desktop version, fairly intuitive
inclass In Class All note taking and class organization app for students x 6-12 basic app to take class notes and organize their schedules
inspiration Inspiration Maps Lite All mind mapping app x 6-12 Easy to use and makes nice mind maps. Worthwhile for students looking to study with mind maps
iphoto iPhoto All pictures 6-12 browse edit and share photos also easy journal creation
jognog JogNog All Create self-quizzed to practice ALL x 6-12 multiple choice test question creation links to computer for ease of test creation, etc.
keynote Keynote All Keynote app for the ipad 6-12 Presentation slide creation similar to PowerPoint
khan Khan Academy All Tutorials on almost any subject x 6-12 organized by subject. Use to view Khan academy content. You can save your spot by logging in using a Google account.  There is a rolling transcript for each video, so you could watch without earphones
kindle Kindle All ereader x 6-12 extremely stable ereader. Notes taken can be stored in the cloud for access from any device
lifecycles Life Cycles Life Science/Bio Life Cycles of Frog, Butterfly, Phases of Moon, etc x MS Explains each step of the cycle.
lino lino All shared notes x 6-12 sticky note and bulletin board sharing
math Math V Zombies Math math skills x MS simple review of basic math skills game
mathmagic Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks, v3.0.1 (4+) Number Sense math skills HS Good for remediation with number sense, helps those remove need for calculator…has lesson, practice and games
mindmeister MindMeister All Mind Maps HS create mind maps. Requires access of online account created with email
motionmath Motion Math Math math skills MS game to review basic math skills
turtle Move the Turtle Computer Programming computer programming x 6-12 basic programming skills like logo turtles
nearpod Nearpod All teacher classroom resource x 6-12 interactive allowes polls, quizzes, embed video, controlled by teacher
notability Notability All note taking 6-12 excellent note taking app allows audio and pdf editing
notemaster NoteMaster All note taking app 6-12 allows editing and inserting pdf files
noterize Noterize All note taking app x 6-12 allows modifying pdf files, resaving and sending
novaelements NOVA Elements Chemistry Periodic Table app x HS Chart is color coded based on classification. Shows symbol and atomic number, weight and orbital info along with a picture of the element and a brief paragraph about the element. Some elements even have clips about them that you can watch (from NOVA video Hunting the Elements). If you click the “build” button up pops a screen where the student can attempt to build the atom by adding protons, neutrons and electrons. Auto Build button will build the atom for you. game that shows which elements are part of everyday molecules. Can watch entire NOVA video Hunting the Elements.
numbers Numbers All spreadsheet 6-12 spreadsheet
pages Pages All word processor 6-12 complete word processing
photo101 Photography 101 Photo, Yrbook intro to photography basics x 6-12 resource for teaching basics of photography
photoshop Photoshop Express All picture editing x 6-12 photo editing software easy to use
pinnacle Pinnacle Studio All movie maker 6-12 Very powerful movie creation app. Works a lot like iMovie on a laptop. Allows you to have complete control over the creation of a movie on your iPad.
pixlermatic Pixlromatic Photo, Yrbook picture effects x 6-12 quickly apply special effects to pictures
pocket Pocket All Saves web pages etc to view offline x 6-12 saves articles from browsers/twitter. Great for creating docs to attach or read from Computer etc. More easy to find than bookmarks in browser allows offline viewing.
popplet popplet lite All mind maps x 6-12 create simple mind maps
prezi Prezi Viewer All view Prezi on ipad x 6-12 User can view prezis on iPad
project Projectbook All project manager 6-12 manage projects and keep notes and todo lists
puffin Puffin All web browser 6-12 browse the web, flash will run on this browser. Note blue version is paid, green version is free for 14 days. (Used to be unlimited with adds)
puppet PuppetPals All puppet show x 6-12 create short puppet show
qrcreator QR creator All create QR codes 6-12 create QR codes for QR readers
qrafter Qrafter Pro All QR code generator and reader 6-12 A good QR reader that also allows you to create your own QR codes. You can change the colors of the QR code and save/share the QR code in a variety of formats.
science360 Science 360 Science science videos and images x 6-12 Created by NSF, this tool congregates video and pictures related to science. Beautiful images and high quality videos. It’s fun to just click and see what you get!
showme Show Me All Drawing / Presentation x 6-12 This app is similar to an electronic blackboard tablet. It can be used for any type of classroom presentation by students.  Users can post finished products online, and view online content but not reviewed, so be careful
simplemind Simple Mind+ All concept mapping x 6-12 Simple way to make intuitive mind maps can be a useful study app.
sock Sock Puppets All sock puppet videos x 6-12 create short sock puppet movies choose backgrounds and characters
socrative Socrative All Smart clickers x 6-12 Engages students with games and activities while capturing real time responses. Polling and quiz questions students join by pin. Separate apps for teacher and student
sonicpics Sonic Pics All create short video 6-12 narrate and share a series of images/pictures
soundnote SoundNote All Note taking app 6-12 Audio note taking app. Can do some typing, but really more for recordings.
splashtop Splashtop Whiteboard All whiteboard note capturing 6-12 works as mobile interactive whiteboard
stripdesign Strip Design All create comic strips 6-12 create different size and shape comic strip freehand or from photos
ted Ted All Ted x 6-12 access Ted content
revolution The Revolution history study revolution history x 6-12 interactive lessons on revolutions
toontastic Toontastic All create cartoons x 6-12 create comic strips with various backgrounds and characters
westward U.S. Westward Expansion History history of the west x MS games of Lewis & Clark,territories, causes and effects of expansion
vernier Vernier Video Physics, v1.1.3 (4+) Physics, Math Records motion, then allows user to graph movement, speed, position, etc. 6-12 Works well, no easy export as images, can as video to your camera roll. Then I use the above app to extract the images…bit of a process, but it works
visualize Visualize All create posters 6-12 turn any picture into a poster easy to add and layer elements
voicethread VoiceThread All Haven’t used this in a while.  Used not to be compatible with Macs.  Obviously different now. x 6-12 Allows for student to use audio well. Probably excellent for languages
wolfram WolframAlpha Math, Science Reference tool, more science but still of use HS content for math, chemistry history lots of information
worldfact World Factbook for the Ipad Social Sciences The CIA trove of incredible information…. HS Facts and demographics for the world

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