I received my iPad on the very first day they were available in Australia. I fell in love with the beautify exterior immediately and now cannot imagine my life without my iPad. It has become an indispensable part of my work and home life
My essential Apps
Good Reader is the essential app for productivity. It allows you to open up any mail attachment, open PDFs from the web, download directly from your google docs, mobileme, dropbox or other webdav service.
Kindle for iPad – until iBooks sorts out the publishers in Australia this is my ereader of choice. Fantastic range of titles and if you check regularly you can pick up 1/2 price bargains and even some free books.
Cloud storage and access apps are essential in a device without a USB. Once you master these you will wonder why you bothered with a USB. I toggle between Idisk and Drop Box and use I Evernote as my professional reading storage.
Sometimes I need to create simple documents on the fly and edit and email them instantly, usually after a meeting. I find Office2 HD the simplest to use, however it only allows the creation of documents and spreadsheets but it saves automatically as a .doc or a .xls.
The iPad comes with the notes app but it is limited so I have a few that I use for a variety of purposes.
Whitenote – Type, write and PDF export
Daily Notes – journal, pasword protected
Sound paper – record sound and write or type notes
Write Pad – Fabulous handwriting recognition with text conversion
Mind Mapping Apps
Mind Node – this is just like the free one available for the Mac. Easy and simple to use but limited to words
iThoughts HD – VGA out so great for use on an IWB.
Adobe Ideas – more complex – would be very useful for secondary students or for adults to create more complex mind maps.
Instaviz – simple mindmapping – draw a shape and it makes it into a neat shape ready for entering text.
Photo editing and Manipulation
Colour Splash – create a black and white photo from a colour photo and then you can ‘colour’ in certain sections to create great visual effects.
Photogene – fully fledged photo editing complete with filters, cropping, red eye, frames, captions and much more.
Card Shop – create simple postcards to send as ecards.
PhotoPad – photo editing with the added advantage of creating Zagg skins for devices.
Creation Apps – Drawing and sketching
Chalk draw simple drawing app that looks like you are drawing on a chalk board
Doodle Buddy – Collaborative drawing app that works within a wireless network
Type Draw – use an existing photo and create sentences/phrases to draw and annotate the photo. Really effective.
Brushes – digital drawing package. Can be freehand or add onto photos
Sketchbook Pro – Vector based drawing app.
Whiteboard – VGA out and collaborative tool.
Education Apps beyond click and drag
Animation HD – simple animation that allows users to create picture stories easily. New frames show grey areas of previous frames.
Story Pages HD – create your own story book. Draw or add photos and then text.
Strip Designer – similar to comic life. Create comic strips using photos and speech bubbles.
Book Report – guided format to produce a book report.
Story Patch – scaffolding story creator can be used by ECE through to upper primary.
Reel Director – movie editing
iPad Apps for Work
iPad Apps for Play
Sketch Book Pro
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