Tips2012 iPad App Guide #14: TED Talks

The official TED Talk app puts talks from the world’s leading thinkers, education radicals, tech geniuses, business gurus and music legends … at your fingertips.

TED presents ideas to inspire, educate, and inform … in 5-20 minute videos – which you can watch, or save, on your iPad. Click here for a sample of Education themed talks.

For: Teachers, Secondary Students, Administrators

Cost: Free (Download)

Requires WiFi?: Yes

Educational Applications

  • Use as springboards for classroom discussion
  • Teacher Professional Learning
  • Great models of presentation skills.

Further Reading

Tips2012 iPad App Guide #13: Keynote

Keynote for iPad, part of the iWork app suite, is a beautiful and powerful presentation tool, which is almost as good as the Mac desktop version. Users can create slideshows for projects, professional presentations, etc using the built-in templates, graphics, and animations.

Presentations can be shared on external displays or projectors using a VGA adaptor and Keynote Remote ($0.99). Presentation files can be synced to your computer via iTunes, or sent via Email.

For: Teachers, Students, Administrators

Cost: $10.49 AUD (Download)

Requires Wifi?: No

Educational Applications

  • Presentations for projects, school assemblies, PD workshops
  • Animate slides to share thinking, research, science experiment results, and persuasive writing presentations (@MsMagiera)

Recommended Reading

Tips2012 iPad App Guide #9: Diigo

Diigo is a connected teacher’s best friend!

Diigo provides a simple way to bookmark, annotate, and search the hundreds, if not thousands of websites that we bookmark from our Twitter feeds, web searches, and collegial recommendations. It allows users to tag, highlight, and add sticky notes to ANY webpage, and because they are stored in the cloud, they can be accessed on almost any device. And it’s available as an iPad app!

We highly recommend the Diigo for Educators account (free, but requires a school email address), which provides teachers, and their students, with a powerful research tool at their fingertips. To find out how you can use Diigo in the classroom, please review the links below.

Don’t forget to install the web highlighter / toolbar for your browser!

For: Teachers, Students, Administrators

Cost: Free (Download)

Requires WiFi?: Yes

Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

Educational Applications

  • Research / Inquiry – share useful links
  • Collate favourite classroom games
  • Professional Development (Curate favourite websites)
  • Join Diigo education groups (examples)

Examples of Diigo Libraries

Further Reading

How do you use Diigo? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Tips2012 iPad App Guide #7: Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is an speech-recognition app that allows users to instantly dictate text, emails, tweets, etc on their iPad, up to five times faster than typing on a keyboard.

While it takes time to ‘train’ Dragon Dictation to recognise your voice, this app can be very helpful for students with dyslexia, and struggling writers. It’s worth experimenting with.

For: Students, Students with Diverse Needs, Teachers, Administrators

Cost: Free (Download Link)

Requires WiFi?: Yes

Tutorial: Dragon Dictation from Jessica Pack on Vimeo.

Educational Applications

  • Practicing fluency and pronunciation in LOTE, or English as Second Language classes
  • Supporting struggling writers – note-taking, brainstorming
  • Dictate memos, short documents, etc (productivity)

Recommended Viewing

Dragon Education Case Study
Dragon Dictate on iPad – Video Tutorial

Tips2012 iPad App Guide #1: Evernote

What it does

Evernote for iPad is a cross-platform app for recalling / remembering information. You can use this app to save website screenshots, notes, pictures, and audio comments; which are instantly synchronised between your computer, mobile device, and web Evernote account. (It is also available for Android devices).

For: Teachers, Administrators, Students ( Upper Primary / Secondary)

Cost: Free –  Download Here

Requires WiFi? Yes

Educational Applications

  • note-taking
  • research
  • references
  • to-do lists
  • organising information

Video Tutorial

Further Reading