by Alan Haskvitz
Using Android or iPod cell phone applications in the classroom is easy, but finding good ones is difficult and time consuming. Since new ones come out almost daily, my recommendation is to check through these large collections using your “find” feature to locate those that have the ingredients you need Most of the apps listed are free, but some carry a charge. Use the Internet to harvest what others say about a particular application before purchasing.
Using applications in the classroom is very challenging, especially with nearly 40 students in some rooms. I suggest you only use one and hook that up to an overhead for sharing. It would be nice to build learning centers around them, but monitoring them would be a huge challenge.
Another item to consider: why use an iPod or Android version when a computer is just as easy? The answer is in the various applications and the ability for cell phones to bypass overly restrictive school board web washers. However, be sure you have previewed the material to make sure it is safe to use.
The future is clearly in your hands, pun intended, and the creation of applications is just beginning to show some maturity. For the most part, apps are silly games or material you could easily live without. But in some cases they offer a change to add depth to lessons, make individualizing a lesson easier, and save on the cost of supplementary materials. And, if you find a good one, just e-mail me your find by going to the home page and clicking on my name.
ABC Phonics – Classroom Lite Android
Apple Store for Education
Apple offers some discounts, but these may end without much warning.
Around the Corner
Android applications for teachers
Best Apple iPod Touch Apps for Science and Social Studies
Best Free Educational Softwares Available for iPhone and Ipod Touch
Read books on the web -- excellent for teachers without classroom sets or for extra credit or remedial assignments.
Turns an iPhone into a book reader
This online-based test generator allows teachers to create quizzes and more; it includes free and pay sections.
CliffNotes to Go
Read quick/simplified versions of classic literature.
This great site enables teachers to share ideas, resources and lessons -- exceptionally useful.
Send work to be checked for plagiarism; however, it takes a while to master.
eBooks by Shortcovers
Get essays, short stories and books.
Try this improvement over Twitter for teachers and students to share information -- private.
Education – App Store Downloads on iTunes
More Apple iPod apps for teachers; some of these cost, but the variety is unmatched.
Excellent site with study guides for many language arts lessons -- audio, too.
50 Educational Apps for the iPod Touch
Find millions of copies of original historical documents located in the Library of Congress and other government resources.
This sharing site for most curriculum areas offers the fun of seeing what other teachers are doing. You can make your own multimedia presentations online.
This app allows you to keep track of your calls, which is ideal for parent conferences and other matters that need confirmation.
Free application list site
Mainly encyclopedic type facts related to history
iPad Apps for Autism
iPod touch in Education
Information on all U.S. presidents
Help explain some difficult science and math principles. No interactivity.
Challenges your brain.
iPhone users can connect to a selected computer.
Watch educational videos on the iPhone
Enables you to record your thoughts
Top 50 Free Education Apps
Top 10 Apple iPod Touch Apps for English and Language Arts Teachers
Top 10 iPod Touch Apps to Use in Math Class
20 Amazing iPad Apps for Educators
How to incorporate iPad applications into your classroom routine -- some are free and some have a charge.
Helps you memorize lecturers and more.
Why an iPod Touch in education?
Top Apps for Educators--Note that this list does have applications that have a nominal charge as well.
Words of the World
Will share a new word in six different languages daily