I found out the awesome iPad app: CloudOn is available for FREE today. (I'm not sure how many days it will continue for free.). This incredible app needs to be on EVERY teacher's iPad. It allows you to edit documents using Microsoft Office. I also like how easily it integrates with Dropbox.
Has anyone else played with this app?
What other "free" apps do you recommend for ALL teachers - regardless of content or grade level?
Cloudon has reported that it has been sold out and has been pulled from the app store.
An app that I have successfully used in training is PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson. I have workshop participants use the app to select a person from a period in history and write a post card to their parents explaining where they were and describing without identifying the person in history. The descriptions were to be clear enough for the person reading the post card to be able to determine the period in history and the person being described. Lots of interesting post cards.
Thanks, Glen, for letting us know it is free again. I just got it and created a test document on the ipad and found it on my dropbox folder, openned my email and sent it as an attachment to my teacher friends so that they can get it, too. I was using my iHome keyboard with the iPad and the battery was low. When I tried to use it without my keyboard, I couldn't get the iPad keyboard to come up...I am sure there is a way to get it, but couldn't figure it out. Does anyone have a suggestion?
I am replying to myself...I figured it out. A nice keyboard did come up when I persisted on trying to type and drag my finger around. It is a keyboard with other functions. Of course, I have started trying to create a ppt...but it does not seem to allow you to insert clipart or pictures from dropbox or the iPad. I am sure that there are limits to what it can do, and I always seem to want to do more. I am going to contact the administrators of cloudon and see about inserting graphics/pictures. Anyone else know how?
Thanks for sharing this Glen! I have succesfully downloaded CloudOn (for free) and pulled up a few documents to see how it worked. I had some trouble opening a few documents. However, those that I could open, I was able to edit with ease. I'm sure like most new apps, glitches will have to be worked out.
A free app that I'd recommend for all students would be Google Earth. With this app, students can take virtual tours of places they are reading about or studying in any content area.
I am thrilled so many of my Intel Teach friends successfully downloaded and can use this app. In my opinion, for what it's worth, I enjoy sharing usefull tools like these with other educators. Please return to this discussion and provide ideas on "best practices" you have found for the app. This way we can all help each other reach more students.
I did not notice the problem of Microsoft Office installation. The computer I sync with has Microsoft Office installed on the Mac side - and runs Microsoft Office on the XP side when Parallels is running. I'm not sure how to get Office on the iPad.
Hi, Gail! The best discounted pricing on Microsoft Office that I've found was Journey Ed (http://www.journeyed.com/educators) which sells Office 2010 for $79.95 with educator or student discount. I'd love to know if someone else has found a lower price!
From my limited experience, I've not seen any significant problems due to the virtual machine. I'm not sure if anyone else could somehow "hack" through that virtual machine and access your data. It, however, is a good concern to consider with any app. Thanks for reminding us of the possibilities.