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TICAL Recommended Mobile Apps. For Administrators (iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Droid)

http://www.portical.org/ipad_apps_administrators2.html

This is a growing list of mobile application recommendations by practicing educational leaders. They are organized by category and can be relevant for iPads, iPods, iPhones, and/or Android OS. You can filter out any specific criteria by clicking on the drop-down arrow showing (All) and selecting an appropriate criteria. Have your own apps to recommend? See below the list to complete the short form.

 


Building Community Through Digital Media & Story

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2013-06-05.1041.M.EB2DEF4EBBD2C5406F407FB275F4AE.vcr&sid=2008350

In this Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, Thom Dunks shared suggestions for harnessing the creative power of multimedia stories and blending a variety of desktop digital media tools with mobile device apps (iPad, iPhone, & iPod apps). Educators have inspirational stories to tell. School leaders can take advantage of easy-to-use multimedia tools and strategies to communicate their vision, build community, and provide high visibility leadership in technology. (Archived recording; you may need to download software in order to view it.)

 


iPod Touch & iPad Resources

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=36989

These resources, compiled and organized by Susan Brooks-Young and Chris O'Neal, provide educators with an abundance of resources from application (app) reviews to general discussions on using iPods, iPads, and iPhones in education. The site is organized by content area and include use of the devices in each area.

 


App List for Special Education

http://www.scribd.com/doc/24470331/iPhone-iPad-and-iPod-touch-Apps-for-Special-Education

This is a comprehensive, up-to-date list of apps for iOS products, focusing on Special Education. The list is organized by subject and it is updated frequently. Each app has a short description and a link to the Apple iTunes Store. Use on iPads, iPhones, iPods, etc.

 


Mobile Learning and iTunes U

http://www.apple.com/education/

This Apple webpage provides an overview of the capabilities of the iPod Touch and ways it can be used in classrooms and to extend learning. Pay particular attention to the information about iTunes U where older students can access lectures and online courses.

 


Additional iPod Touch Resources

http://www.portical.org/boolean_results.html?all=ipod+iphone&limit=0

Use this handy link to quickly access resources in the TICAL database related directly to Apple's iPod Touch and iPhones.

 


C3 - Collect, Connect, and Coach

http://www.c3kern.org/

Are you an administrator who has moved from paper to digital teacher or classroom observations? Have you been interested in using the iPod Touch or iPhone handheld to document what is happening in the classroom and manage your observation data online? This site contains all the updates, downloads and information to warehouse the database on your server. And as of 2008, everything is free!

 


United States iPad Top 200 Education Apps

https://www.appannie.com/apps/ios/top/united-states/education/?device=ipad

This is a great site listing the top 200 paid, free, and grossing mobile apps in the United States for education rated by users. Click on the title of the app and it takes you to a description and some screen shots. Shows you which way the the app is moving in it's ranking too.

 


TidBITS - Apple news for the rest of us

http://tidbits.com/

TidBITS is an online newsletter and Web site devoted to coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but also features articles of general interest. For example one interesting piece highlighted some of the risks involved when using URL shortening services. It turns out they can be used to obfuscate URLs that point to phishing sites, malware sites, and so on.

 


iPod Touch and iPad Resources LiveBinder

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/36989

This LiveBinder is chock full of information related to iPod Touches and iPads in K-12 education. Topics covered include apps by content area, app reviews, how-to tips, and instructional strategies.

 


Quick Takes: Tablet Devices in Education

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/quick_takes/#tablets

In this Quick Take Susan Brooks-Young provides an overview of tablet devices (such as iPads and Android) that enable users to listen to audio files, watch videos, access the Internet, and use a variety of educational applications. Tablets are key in learning with mobile devices.

 


Apple in Education - Education Profiles

http://www.apple.com/education/real-stories/

This link takes you to an area of Apple's Education Profiles that explores a variety of ways the iPod Touch can be used in classrooms to enhance or extend student learning.

 


The iPod Touch Classroom

http://ipodtouchclassroom.ning.com/

This is an online network for educators around the world who use the iPod Touch in classrooms.

 


Katy ISD Mobile Learning

https://mobilelearnparents.pbworks.com/w/page/216364/FrontPage

This resource is provided to parents to support Katy ISD's mobile learning initiative. This public relations tools is to share the great things the district is doing in mobile learning.

 


Leadership for Mobile Learning - A Guide for Administrators

https://sites.google.com/site/lmlguide

This resource, a supplement to CoSN's Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, provides school leaders with best practices, implementations, reserach, resources, and more all relating to mobile learning.

 


Leadership for Mobile Learning

http://www.cosn.org/?TabId=8108

A CoSN leadership initiative, Leadership for Mobile Learning (LML), will address the capacity of district leadership to overcome the barriers and develop, plan, implement and manage policies to effectively use mobile devices for the improvement of teaching and learning.

 


Quick Take: Apple's iPod Touch in Education

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/quick_takes/#ipod

In this 6-minute narrated presentation Susan Brooks-Young provides an overview of the iPod Touch and how it can be used in and out of the classroom for learning and management purposes.

 


Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 1 of 2)

http://www.portical.org/tv/using-ipods-to-turn-students-on-to-reading-part-1-of-2/43.htm

The eCAP program at El Crystal Elementary School in the San Bruno Park School District is a unique take home audiobook program where 40 targeted students use iPods to listen to and read from several different literature books. In this TICALevision episode principal Skip Johnson and several teachers and students share the program and explain how the program has increased student achievement and motivation to read. Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how to set up a program like this in your school or district!

 


iPoddy Training on Flip Out Friday's

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/tical_conference_index.html#ipoddy

In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, you are introduced to Kindergarten students who are actively involved in the creation and production of podcasts. Come learn how they utilize the flip camera, 3 iPods and one Mac computer to transform the classroom into a digital-age learning environment.

 


Aspirnaut Initiative

http://www.aspirnaut.org/

An 'Aspirnaut' is a student who aspires, seeks, and achieves. This three-year program targets students in rural Arkansas who now face daily lengthy bus rides due to school district consolidation. Rather than allow these students to sit idly during their commute to and from school, these aspirnauts now know that school begins the moment they board their Internet-connected bus where they use laptops and iPods to study. Learn more by visiting the site.

 


Top 50 Free Education Apps

http://www.appstoreapps.com/top-50-free-education-apps/

Staying on top of iPod Touch apps appropriate for use with students can be a challenge. This webpage shows the current top 50 free apps (pulled from iTunes). While the apps still need to be reviewed for usefulness in your setting, this resource gives busy administrators a place to begin looking.

 


Using Twitter to Highlight Classroom Effectiveness

http://portical.org/Presentations/silberberg2/#twitter

In this presentation, TICAL cadre member Kevin Silberberg shares how, as superintendent, he uses a cell phone and Twitter to communicate his positive classroom observations to the community.

 


Apps for Administrators

http://itouchthefuture.pbworks.com/w/page/43629467/Apps-for-Every-School-Leader-to-Consider

This wiki page lists apps reviewed during the mini-session called I Have an iPad. Now What? Apps for Administrators. This virtual session was presented on November 3, 2011 for attendees at the ACSA Conference in Sacramento, CA.

 


Beyond Apps: Creating Content Using an iPad

http://itouchthefuture.pbworks.com/w/page/47656351/Apps%20for%20Creating%20Content%20Using%20an%20iPad

This wiki page includes a list of apps and other resources that were highlighted during a virtual mini-session sponsored by TICAL during an ACSA Conference in Sacramento, CA. The focus of the session was ways educators and students can use their iPads to not just consume content, but to create it as well.

 


Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 2 of 2)

http://www.portical.org/tv/using-ipods-to-turn-students-on-to-reading-part-2-of-2/52.htm

In this second part of a TICALevision episode you will see how El Crystal elementary school has been able to sustain the eCAP program, a take home audiobook program, for several months. You will hear how principal Skip Johnson and his teachers set-up a training program where the upper grade students trained the younger students. You will also see how easy it is to quickly add audiobooks to the iPods. Lastly, you will hear some ideas Mr. Johnson has to extend this program in the future.

 


Empowering Instruction: Leadership for Mobile Learning (Part 1)

http://www.portical.org/podcasts/empowering-learning-leadership-for-mobile-learning-part-1/482.htm

In this Radion TICAL episode, Lucy Gray, the project director for the Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative sponsored by the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) shares some key findings and approaches to mobile learning. She discusses her global work and research including analyses of schools and districts that are successfully implementing mobile learning programs.

 


Empowering Instruction: Leadership for Mobile Learning (Part 2)

http://www.portical.org/podcasts/empowering-instruction-leadership-for-mobile-learning-part-2/543.htm

In this second part of a Radio TICAL interview with Lucy Gray, the project director for the Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative sponsored by the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), you will be introduced to the next generation of mobile learning and best practices for implementation including communication to the larger community.

 


Funding Factory Recycling Program

http://www.fundingfactory.com/

Are you looking for ways to stretch your technology budget? Take a look at the FundingFactory Recycling Program. This program allows you to recycle empty computer inkjet and laser cartridges and old cell phones, turning this trash into equipment or cash. This free, all-inclusive fund raising alternative does not involve selling. What a great way to teach recycling to students and reap benefits for the school at the same time!

 


Bretford PowerSync Cart for iPod

http://www.apple.com/us_smb_78313/shop/product/HC817LL/A/bretford-powersync-d20-lightning

The Bretford PowerSync Cart gives educational institutions an ideal mechanism for distributing and updating information using the iPod and iPod nano. This innovative solution organizes, charges, and transports up to 40 iPod players and keeps them all secure behind a roll-top door. It also lets you synchronize up to 20 iPod units from a single computer.

 


Amplify

http://www.amplify.com/

Amplify is a company that specializes in mobile technology for teachers. Their mobile classroom assessment (mclass) software product allows teachers to assess and track student progress in an authentic setting using a handheld device. Teachers are then able to upload the data on their computers for monitoring and analysis on an ongoing basis. The product allows teachers to conduct assessments as part of their daily instructional process.

 


Podcasting Resources for Educators and Students

http://www.stager.org/podcasting.html

Podcasting offers educators and students remarkable opportunities for their voices to be heard in their local communities or the around world. Using software such as iPodder, you can create audio content that can be downloaded and listened to on portable MP3 players such as the iPod.

 


U3 Mobile Technology

http://www.u3.com

This smart flash drive allows you to personalize any computer with a personal browser, communications tools, and open office. The jury is still out on the value of this emerging technology because of security and privacy concerns. Take a look!

 


Cell Phones on Campus: Are they driving you crazy?

http://www.portical.org/podcasts/cell-phones-on-campus-are-they-driving-you-crazy/63.htm

In this Radio TICAL episode, TICAL cadre members Bob Blackney and Kelly Calhoun share their perspectives on the kinds of things we need to consider in crafting campus cell phone policies.

 


Everyday Wireless

http://www.everydaywireless.com

This vendor offers a wireless GPS solution that provides ongoing information (every 30 seconds) as to location of buses and passengers, and allows for the monitoring of transportation systems using either UHF or Cell technology.

 


iPod in Education: The Potential for Teaching and Learning

http://cct.edc.org/publications/reports/

How and why might educators use iPods as tools for learning? This white paper describes various ways iPods may be used in and out of the classroom by students as well as teachers. Many examples are provided. The emphasis of this Apple-sponsored report is iPod’s ability to differentiate learning for all types of students and promote independent learning via a cost-effective, handheld device.

 


What Can You Learn From A Cell Phone? – Almost Anything!

http://thinkingmachine.pbworks.com/f/Prensky-What_Can_You_Learn_From_a_Cell_Phone-FINAL.pdf

Can cell phones be used as learning tools to help students gain 21st century skills? Marc Prensky highlights many uses for the classroom including voice, Short Messaging Service (SMS or text messaging), graphic displays, downloadable programs, Internet browsing, cameras, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and video clips.

 


Using Cell Phones in School for Learning

http://www.marcprensky.com/blog/archives/000043.html

We can look at cell phones as a great distraction and annoyance or as a tool for learning. In this short entry in his Weblog, Marc Prensky takes the latter perspective. And as cell phones come with more and more features, the list of instructional possibilities is likely to grow.

 


Cell Phone and Pager Issues

http://www.schoolsecurity.org/trends/cell-phones-and-text-messaging-in-schools/

Trying to develop or revise a cell phone policy for your school or district? National School Safety and Security Services presents arguments against allowing or encouraging students to have cell phones and pagers in school.

 


UMPC Portal

http://www.umpcportal.com/

This blog is a good place to find the latest news about Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs). Frequent updates about various new products will help keep you up-to-date on this rapidly changing field.

 


Teach with your iPad

http://teachwithyouripad.wikispaces.com/

This website is very comprehensive. It takes you from, How to Set up your iPad, to downloading apps, and then a guide of various applications for administrators and teachers. It includes curriculum areas and grade levels. Also how to use iPads interactively and for group collaboration.

 


iPad Resources for Administrators

http://www.mhric.org/ipad.html

This website has both articles and iPad apps (applications) for the administrator, but not too many that it is overwhelming. The site provides a breif descriptions so it easy to navigate. Read the reviews and download apps through iTunes.

 


Social Media Policy for School Districts: SlideShare

http://www.slideshare.net/oxiem/social-media-policy-for-school-districts

As schools increase their use of Web 2.0 tools and mobile technologies, acceptable use policies (AUP) need to be updated. This SlideShare presentation by Oxiem makes the case for moving from an AUP to a social media policy. Use the slideshow with staff to start the discussion. Keywords: AUP, acceptable use policy, social media, digital citizenship

 


Mind/Shift How we Learn

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/

KQED blog, a part of the NPRnetwork on How We Learn. Sections grouped under Culture, Tech Tools, Research and Learning Methods. Blog Entries include: The Future School Day, Testing iPads in the Classroom, Three Trends That will Shape the Future of Curriculum.

 


Will the iPad 2 Make the Grade for Classroom Usage?

http://readwrite.com/2011/03/02/will_the_ipad_2_make_the_grade_for_classroom_usage#awesm=~oeBMx3XEQEhzcH

Blog author Audrey Watters explores the pros and cons of use of iPads in the classroom in this post that appeared on the ReadWriteWeb blog on March 2, 2011.

 


Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fRPd8b_lzq68C-ANkGVKyH135qtE7O2cg4Ye3kit9qU/present#slide=id.i0

This public Google Presentation provides suggestions for instructional activities using the iPad as well as tips. Educators from around the country have contributed to this resource which is still regularly updated.

 


Going Paperless: Diverse Learning with iPads and Apps

http://www.portical.org/tv/going-paperless-diverse-learning-with-ipads-and-apps/141.htm

In this TICALevision episode you will hear from the headmaster/principal, teachers, and students at Monte Vista Christian School in Santa Cruz County. This school was one of the first schools to implement iPads for one-to-one teaching and learning. Learn how the iPad is helping their school go paperless, engage students in active learning and promote autonomous learning with a variety of educational apps.

 


Doceri

http://doceri.com/

Doceri is a tool for presentations and lessons. Through the Doceri Remote iPad app and Doceri Desktop software, you can control a computer (Mac or Windows), easily launch any document or application, and annotate over them at any time. You can save drawings and play them back in the future allowing even better presentations to be created from your existing PowerPoint or Keynote slideshows. If you just want to use it as a whiteboard, you can create any handwritten/drawn content on any background of your choice.

 


Mindmeister

https://www.mindmeister.com/

A mind map is a diagram used to link words, ideas, concepts, and thoughts around a central theme, key word, or key idea. Mindmeister offers time-challenged administrators a handy, easy to use productivity tool for working alone or in collaborative teams. The strength of this tool lies in the ability to have collaborative thinking sessions in real time. The software stores change history through color-coding, allows access from many sources including mobile devices, and is visually intuitive and clutter free. Mindmeister offers the easy ability to embed URL links, videos, notes, files, images, and icons in all levels of each mind map. Interface features ensure that all users see the same map at the same time. Free trial is available for 30 days. Pricing structure varies by desired features. Low cost for schools.

 


11 Sample Education BYOT Policies To Help You Create Your Own

http://www.teachthought.com/uncategorized/11-sample-education-byot-policies-to-help-you-create-your-own/

Blog post that provides same policies to review if you are looking at beginning a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in your school or district. Whether you are just beginning to look at mobile learning or are ready to begin allowing student to bring their own technology, these examples can assist in your next steps.

 


Mobile Technology for Learning

http://www.portical.org/mobile/

Trying to get a handle on mobile technologies for learning? Mobile is where it's at. Check out TICAL's Mobile Technologies for Learning mind map. You'll find planning support, apps, sample policies, devices, and uses.

 


How Mobile Learning Works

http://www.edudemic.com/

There is mobile learning (#mLearning) than the devices. It is a combination of the user (student), the device and the social aspect of learning.

 


ClassGather

https://classgather.com/

ClassGather (formerly ECOVE) is a teacher evaluation and walk-through tool. It is available as an IPAD app that syncs with your laptop or desktop and produces reports and graphs about single or multiple observations over time. Observation tools are customizable and there are tools based on state teaching standards. Ecove can be used to customize walk-through tools based on the common core. This tool is available for a free 30 day trial and may be purchased after the trial period.

 


Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8

http://www.edutopia.org/ipad-apps-middle-school-resources

Edutopia hosts this collection of resources geared toward helping middle school educators make effective use of iPads with their students. Topics include favorite apps, best practices, and engaging activities.

 


Mobile Technology and the Common Core—Strategies for Addressing ELA Standards

http://meeting.portical.org/p7p71ub8ykm/

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Susan Brooks-Young. As a school administrator, you know that professional development is a critical piece in successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Your teachers have access to mobile technologies like tablets and laptops. How can you leverage this access to help teachers implement ELA standards in your school or district? This 45-minute webinar offers an overview of a professional development program in Arkansas where teachers of grades K-8 are using multiple mobile technologies and free or low-cost apps and web-based tools to address ELA standards through student-created e-books and screencasting.

 


Year 2 of an 1:1 with iPads

http://meeting.portical.org/p7vkqxe8c39/

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Tim Landeck, and Harendra Goonetilleke. Put Apple iPads into the hands of 35 free and reduced lunch population middle school students in a 24/7, one-to-one implementation to enhance their algebra studies. What do you get? A more than 30% increase in students becoming proficient and/or advanced on end-of-year testing and much more! Tune in to this webinar to hear about Pajaro Valley Unified's struggles and successes with this iPad implementation.

 


Quick Takes: Infographics for Teaching and Learning by Susan Brooks-Young

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/quick_takes/infographics_2015/index.html

We are drowning in data—not just in the field of education, but across our society. According to research reported in the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper in 2011, the growth in the internet, 24-hour television and mobile phones means that people are receiving five times more information every day as they did in 1986. Isn’t there an easier way to share some of this information? This Quick Take focuses on an information sharing strategy that has been embraced by the business world and is gaining traction among educators and answers three questions: “What is an infographic?,” “Why use infographics in the classroom?” and, “Where can I learn more?”

 


K-12 Schools Embrace Anytime, Anywhere Learning

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/01/k-12-schools-embrace-anytime-anywhere-learning

Educators recognize that classrooms and other traditional learning spaces need to be reconfigured. Interestingly, with the proliferation of mobile learning devices, efforts are now being made to expand learning to nearly all space on campus. Read this article to learn more.

 



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