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  • Evernote: an excellent task organizer. Free. (Linda Vasu)
  • Penultimate: Handwriting | notetaking App. $1.99 This is fun, inexpensive, and a wonderful tool for making notes, drawing, or mapping. I've just done a diagram for the shape of an essay. Will take a picture of it and upload to Moodle :-) (Linda Vasu)
  • Skype: Call | video call. Works nicely on iPad2 because the portability allows you to show many aspects of your environment: babies, children, dogs, etc. Free. (Linda Vasu)
  • neu.Notes (take notes, draw, mindmap) | neu.Annotate (read and annotate PDF docs) | neu.Draw (draw illustrations, icons, vectors) A suite of helpful , user-friendly Apps. Free. (Linda Vasu)
  • Mental Class: Great notetaking/flash card app. Students can take advantage of the camera to take photos with iPad and and convert the images into flash cards. Can also record audio and organize all their ideas in a neat user interface. Teachers can also create a set of notecards and send them to the class. (Joel Padilla)
  • Flipboard: Extremely well laid out application for keeping up with current information.
  • Here's a link to a list of 15 "essential" apps for students that includes note-taking, mindmapping, annotating, time management, research organization etc. (Linda Vasu)

  • Connect Me: I haven't been able to get it to work, but it says it allows for users to wirelessly connect and display information, and would allow for student participation in instant polls and audience responses. If this works, it could allow iPads to be used like "clickers". (Victoria Landry)
  • Inkling: platform for e-textbooks within iPad. They don't have many titles yet, but it says they just signed a deal with McGraw-Hill, so they might have more soon? Very attractive interface. (Victoria Landry)
  • Splashtop: Remote desktop utility allowing you to essentially control and write on the SmartBoard from anywhere in the room. Can be helpful if you want to be somewhere besides the front of the class and write notes on the board. You can also control other functions of your computer like browsing the web and playing video files remotely. (Joel Padilla)

  • Biblion: The Boundless Library, from the NY Public Library. Free. Exploring the 1939-40 World's Fair through the collections and arcives of The NY Public Library. Might be fun to use this as background material for my AmLit course. (Linda Vasu)
  • Kindle: New version of Emerson's Self-Reliance by The Domino Project www.thedominoproject.comwhose aim is to develop innovative ways to build books. This is in the form of a manifesto. Will very probably use this version with American Lit College Prep students. There is note-taking functionality. Books in the public domain can be downloaded free to the Kindle for iPad App. There's also free sampling, so I've loaded up on first chapters to preview. (Linda Vasu)
  • ebook: Al Gore's Our Choice, the climate crisis. $23.95. This TED talk explains it better than I can. (Linda Vasu)

[Science apps from the GA wiki page ]
  • The Elements: a visual exploration: beautiful periodic table featuring photographs of each element and interesting explanations, kind of expensive, though at $14.99. I will update when I've used it further. (Victoria Landry)
  • Doodle buddy: fun, free, easy to use tool for sketching, could be used for drawing molecular structures, figures, crude graphs, etc. (Victoria Landry)
  • EarthObserver: compilations of ocean floor relief + land elevations. World, North Polar, and South Polar views. Developed by Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Looks like this is for map and contour and data-viz fans. $2.99 (Linda Vasu)
  • iMatter - Kids vs. Global Warming: good potential, but not realized. It's intended to be a social networking app to connect teens interested in environmental action. You can post an event that you're organizing (such as beach cleaning or planting trees) and others will be able to see your event and write to you about it. A map of the U.S. let's you see any events that are being organized around the country - however they have no dates! The few postings that have dates are from 2010, so it seems that this app has not been used much since its' creation. (free). Possible format for a Sacred Heart networking app? (Kristina Gremski)
  • Molecules: awesome free app that renders 3D structures of any molecule from PubChem or the Protein Data Bank. Structures are rotatable, and the rendering is very pretty. Would have been great for students to use when we were working on our "molecular" sculptures this year. (Victoria Landry)
  • Ball and Stick: another app for 3D visualization of molecules, but this one costs $2.99 and doesn't seem to have any advantage over "Molecules" which is free. (Victoria Landry)
  • DataAnalysis: very powerful free app (with accompanying tutorial) allowing students to enter and graph x,y data, then check for fit with a wide variety of functions. Graph generated can be exported as a PDF or PNG. Would probably be best for higher level physics or math students. (Victoria Landry)
  • Xperica HD: free lab simluations including law of moments, finding the specific heat of water, resistance in circuits, spring and bob oscillations. For another $3.99, 6 more physics experiment simulations can be purchased. Interface is very attractive and works smoothly. (Victoria Landry)
  • SPARKvue: from PASCO scientific allows students to use the PASPORT AirLink 2 Bluetooth interface to connect to PASCO sensors and record real-time data. Acceleration data can be collected using the iPad's built-in accelerometer. (Victoria Landry)
  • SciFri: database of NPR's wonderful Science Friday broadcasts. Could be useful for science students to hear about current events in science, or for science research students to hone in on a topic of interest. (Victoria Landry)
  • 3D Brain: cool free app that shows 3-dimensional image of the brain. You can select a specific part of the brain from a drop-down menu and it gets highlighted on the 3D model and can be rotated to see the structure from all directions. There is also text information about the function of each part of the brain, relevant case-studies on injuries, and relevant journal review articles. This could be a great app for the psychology course or if we ever offer a human anatomy course. (Kristina Gremski)
  • Our Choice: This is an electronic book written by Al Gore about climate change and related issues. I have only read a part of the text so far, so I can't comment on that. But the features of this book are amazing! It is very interactive with embedded animations and photos with audio descriptions. It truly highlights where electronics books can go in the future. It costs $4.99, but should really cost 10 times that much for the amount of work that went into it. (Kristina Gremski) The complete ebook version: $23.95. This TED talk explains the features of the eformat, which expects to produce more books in the future. (Linda Vasu)
  • Video Biology: This is an iPhone/iPod app that delivers video lessons on various topics in biology. The teacher giving these lessons is very enthusiastic and fun to watch. A few lessons are available for free. To watch the remaining lessons, one must purchase a subscription that can be anywhere from 30 days ($2.99) to 365 days ($24.99). (Kristina Gremski)
  • Biology Buddy: This is the app that I created for the iPhone/iPod. It includes over 1100 flashcards of biology terms and concepts. My favorite feature are the embedded hyperlinks - when the description of a specific concept includes other biology vocab words, the student can click on any of them to be taken to their definitions. $3.99 (Kristina Gremski)
  • Genome Wowser: Building on the original work at UCSC, the Center for Biomedical Informatics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia presents this new app. The goal was to make traversing the human genome easy, like a Google map. One use of the tool is entering the name of a gene in the app's search box. It then finds the gene on one of the 23 human chromosomes, displaying an interactive image with the precise location. Annotations added by researchers serve as guideposts, offering insight into genes’ particular known or supposed expressions. There’s also information embedded about epigenetics--how genes are modified by chemical processes, and all of that information is updated regularly. Factor in the upcoming versions that will include more than three dozen other species--including cats, dogs, chimpanzees, and 11 species of fruit flies--and Genome Wowser is a pretty powerful tool for geneticists and the scientifically curious alike. Free. (Linda Vasu)
  • Unit Conversion Pro: Tool that converts measuements of length, weight, area, volume, acceleration, velocity, force, and angles from lots of obscure units to lots of other obscure units... it would be nice if students could do these conversions themselves, but then use this tool to check their work? Lite version is Free. (Victoria Landry)
  • PLoS Reader: Reader for research articles from the Public Library of Science, up to date and attractive interface, may be a fun way for Science Research students to do some high level reading... though the quality of PLoS is sometimes in question. Free. (Victoria Landry)
  • Touch Physics 2: Incredibly fun and creative physics puzzle game that involves drawing shapes to move a sphere around a gameboard. $2.99 (Victoria Landry)
  • ClimateCounts: Free iPhone app, which rates various companies on their environmental actions or lack thereof. You can sort alphabetically or by industry type. I believe it also lets you post on facebook or twitter, whether the rating has affected your future choices. Not all companies are included, but it is interesting to browse through. (Kristina Gremski)
  • iCarbonCalc: This app is meant to allow you to calculate your carbon footprint. However, I had trouble figuring out how it works and would need to spend more time with it to learn how to use it. Even if it works well though, it would likely not be realistic for use in the classroom, unless every student had their own personal iPad. Free. (Kristina Gremski)
  • Biology for iPad: A nice reference tool for high school level biology. It could serve as a review guide for students and does include a few multiple choice quizzes. However, it does not have interactive features for use in the classroom. $1.99. (Kristina Gremski)
  • Frog Dissection: This is a very nice interactive app for doing a virtual frog dissection. Could be great in the middle school! In addition to the virtual dissection, it includes information about different organs and a few cute videos about the frog life cycle and feeding. $3.99. (Kristina Gremski)
  • Science360: Collection of mini-articles and videos about a wide variety of science topics; updated science news stories; visually gorgeous. Could be fun for Science Research students. Free. (Kristina Gremski)
  • 3D Cell Simulation: You can choose a variety of stains to visualize different parts of the cell. Created by a biotech company to sell their stains. Could be fun for students. Free. (Kristina Gremski)
  • Mitosis: Tutorial of the stages of mitosis. Mostly good as a study tool for student outside of class. Free. (Kristina Gremski)
  • Living Earth: 3D simulation of the view of Earth from space. Can visualize cloud cover, which is updated from satellite cloud data. Can visualize which parts of the planet are experiencing night and day. This app wouldn't add a lot to lesson planning, but it is beautiful and could be fun for students to briefly play with. $0.99 (Kristina Gremski)
  • Seafood Watch: Contains a lot of information about how sustainable the fishing of different fish and shellfish species. Easily searchable. Free. (Kristina Gremski)

  • Tracing...Lite: has a nice graph paper background (scalable). It's meant for drawing, but without a stylus it doesn't work well enough for student graphing purposes. I'll keep looking... Free (Bryan Knight)
  • DataAnalysis: very powerful free app (with accompanying tutorial) allowing students to enter and graph x,y data, then check for fit according to a wide variety of functions. Graph generated can be exported as a PDF or PNG. Would probably be best for higher level physics or math students. (Victoria Landry)
  • Video Calculus (ThinkWell): good potential for all-inclusive video tutorials on calculus. Professor Edward Burger is dynamic and explains the concepts in an easy to understand way. The course seems well organized, videos are categorized by topic, and the consistency is nice over random YouTube videos providing essentially the same thing. Students can get a 180-day pass for about $15 or a 360-day pass for $20. (Joel Padilla)
  • HMH Geometry/Algebra: while not fully developed, these are textbooks that are being released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a complete package for the iPad. The app includes the entire textbook, video tutorials, scratchpads, tools and much more. What I like best is the interactive tools that this app offers for students to explore various concepts. The mouse on the computer often gets in the way of their exploration and mobile device screens are too small. The iPad is the perfect vehicle to explore the ideas presented in the app! While it still looks like they are experimenting with this app, the word is that the publisher will be charging about $50-60. (Joel Padilla)

World Languages
  • Arabic I and Arabic II classes are using e-text for the first time ( 2011-2012).( Mimi Melkonian)
  • Arabic III and Arabic IV classes will read The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani in e-text form. (Mimi Melkonian)
  • Arabic Keyboard for iPad الكيبورد العربي is the best Arabic/Persian/Urdu keyboard for iPad $3.99. (Mimi Melkonian)
  • Changing the Language of your iPad: Go to Settings, press on International, press on Language, choose any language and the Ipad will be in the chosen foreign language. (Mimi Melkonian)
  • Google with a Foreign Language: Press on Safari icon, then press on the Google search, the keyboard will show up, on the left hand side of the space tab there is the Globe logo, click on it and you will have any other language than English Keyboard on the iPad. Then you can google through the French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Latin or any other foreign country domain. (Mimi Melkonian)
  • Learn French, Learn Spanish, Learn Latin, Learn Arabic, Learn Chinese : Please type them in the App search and there are many language Apps available and choose one that can be integrated in your curriculum. (Mimi Melkonian)
  • Google Earth: A pwerful tool for all language teachers to demonstrate cultural, geographical, historical aspects of each country. (Mimi Melkonian)
  • iRecorder- Voice Memos, Audio Recorder and more: Record your language Practice Sessions, Lessons, record anything, anywhere, at any time. All entries are tagged and sorted by date. Recordings may be exported to a computer via iTunes file sharing. Easy to use and it's free. (Mimi Melkonian)

-France 24: Wonderful to hear French in context. Offers latest daily national and international TV news as well as articles linked to a world map. All subjects: politics, economy, culture, etc. (Veronique Baloup-Kovalenko)
-TV5Monde: Learn French with 7 jours sur la planete. On a weekly basis, offers several news clips with a list of vocabulary that pertains to them. Also has exercises linked to the vocab of these clips. For age 12+. Not all subjects are appropriate. Again wonderful to get used to hear French and to learn vocabulary in context. (Veronique Baloup-Kovalenko)
-Hello Hello French. $ 14.99 -Created by ACTFL. Great app. 3 levels with many lessons. Dialogues, scripts, pronunciation and voice recording, writing of what you hear, vocabulary build-up with alternative words and expressions and opportunity to communicate with native speakers through audio, video and text with liveChat. (Veronique Baloup-Kovalenko)
-Hot Radio France. Free. Has all the regular French radio channels and more. (France Culture, France Musique, RTL, etc) (Veronique Baloup-Kovalenko)

History: Maps of the World
World Documents -This app offers interesting documents from world history. Includes audio and video of famous and historically significant speeches.
This Day in History for iPad is an interactive multimedia calendar that displays historical events for the current day or any selected day, along with related media such as photos, illustrations, music, and speeches.

This is a short overview of some of the sites I explored over the summer. I did spend time researching apps other history teachers found interesting. This Day In History and World Documents came up a lot as did the Geography sites - History: Maps of the World and The National Geographic World Atlas are great. There is something really appealing about being able to spin the globe around with your fingers and zoom in sections of maps. World Geography Challenge is also a good site to teach students geography interactively. I downloaded a few sites with good information such as Greek Gods and Islamic Inventions. I don’t think that these sites offer much more than using a laptop would offer. It seems to me that the most exciting use of the iPad is the ability to put together information from these sites and create presentations in a variety of formats or store the information better. I downloaded a few programs like Dropbox, Flipbook, Evernote, eClicker, etc. but need help in learning how to use them. There are many academic sites that just let you download books. There seems to be a lot of good stuff on iTunes but I couldn’t download it. I opted for the free sites or a couple of very cheap ones but there are many sites that cost a little more that may be interesting to explore.
(Jura Mohen)