iPad Apps in the English Language Arts Classroom (Grades 6-12)

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Objectives: Participants will...

...review productivity apps (note-taking, word processing, presenting, annotating)
...review iTunes & the App Store
...ask clarification questions
...discuss iPad care & maintenance
...explore apps for the secondary ELA classroom & their integration
...participate in discussion of other apps that they have discovered




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Welcome Activity: Think-Pair-Share

Think about the productivity apps (note-taking, word processing, presenting, annotating) that are most helpful to you.
Pair up as instructed.
Share your thoughts on apps:
              1. What apps are the most useful to you?
              2. How do you utilize them?
              3. What needs do you have to make the iPad more efficient to use?
                (What do you still need apps to be able to do to increase your productivity?)



Activity 2: Review- Using iTunes & the App Store

Checklist: Do you know how to...

...download new apps using the App Store on the iPad?
...download new apps using iTunes on the computer?
...update the iPad's operating system?
...update apps?
...locate & download educational books?
...locate & subscribe to podcasts?
...use iTunes U


Activity 3: Q&A-
  • iPad Care & Maintenance
  • Clarification from topics of previous sessions


Activity 4: Explore-

Apps for productivity, reference, presentation, & annotation


Name
Grades
Description
Cambridge AL Dictionary
5-12
Students can use as a reference tool to increase/improve their vocabulary.
Classicly
7-12
This is a library of over 23,000 classic books.
Dictionary!
5-12
This app is a dictionary/thesaurus for student reference.
Dictionary.com
5-12
This app is a dictionary/thesaurus for student reference.
English Idioms Illustrated
6-12
Students explore idioms in English through visuals.
Free Exam Vocabulary Builder
9-12
Students study using digital flashcards & quiz themselves.
Free Grammar Up
11-12
This allows students to test proficiency in English grammar. (Great for ESL students!)
Kobo
7-12
This provides a variety free & inexpensive eBooks.
iBooks
K-12
Students access free & purchased books on this app.
The Official SAT ? of the Day
9-12
Students get practice with SAT questions daily.
SAT Vocab
9-12
Students use this app to prepare for the SAT or GRE.
Shakespeare
9-12
This has the complete works of Shakespeare.



Word Warp Xtreme
6-12
This app lets students create as many words as possible from randomly generated sets of letters.


Resources for Apple Users:


General Education Apps
Name
Grades
Description
BigRedBuzzer
K-12
This app turns the iPad into a 4-person quiz show.
BrainPOP
3-12
Students can view educational videos on a variety of subjects.
BubbleSheet
Free
This app lets students take multiple choice tests & quizzes through MasteryConnect, BubbleScore, etc.
Caster FREE
K-12
This app allows students to create & share podcasts.
CHALK_BOARD
K-12
Students can write, paint, & draw in chalk. Via Bluetooth, students can connect & work on projects together.
eClicker
3-12
Via W-iFi, students respond to quiz questions generated by the teacher. This must be used with eClicker Host.
eTextbooks for the iPad
9-12
This free app allows access to purchase CourseSmart textbooks.
Evernote Peek
7-12
This app only works with the iPad 2 with a smart cover. Use as a study tool & a self-assessment.
Google
K-12
This is the mobile version of Google.
HowStuffWorks
9-12
This app has podcasts & videos about how various things work.
Inkling
9-12
This app allows students to purchase/use eTextbooks. The eTextbooks aren’t free, but the app is.
IQ Test Free
9-12
Students can test their IQ.
iResponse Pro
7-12
Teachers use this app to distribute eAssessments via WiFi.
myHomework
6-12
Students keep organized with a calendar & reminders of assignments due for class.
OverDrive Media Console
K-12
Download eBooks & audiobooks from local libraries.
PBS for iPad
6-12
Access a variety of PBS educational shows.
Replay Note
3-12
Teachers & students can record instructional videos on the iPad & share them.
SAS Flashcards
8-12
Students can browse & create their own flashcards for various subjects.
SonicPics
6-12
This app allows students to make presentations using images on the iPad synchronized with voice.
Textbooks
9-12
Students can access over 70,000 textbook titles at 30-50% the list price.
Timer+
K-12
Teachers & students can set countdowns for activities.
wikiHow
6-12
This app provides info. about how to survive various situations.
Wikipanion
6-12
Students can use this app to access Wikipedia in an iPad-friendly format.
10,500+ Cool Facts
9-12
Students can learn interesting facts daily.

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Closing Activities: