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Learning with the iPad

Yesterday we had our third workshop focusing on Learning with the iPad.  We compiled a list of our favorite apps and strategies.  Adam takes a moment to share his thoughts on curating the apps in each category.

Learning with the iPad Screenshot
A screenshot of our demo iPad we setup for the participants.


"These apps are focused around resources to learn on your own.  It's tough to make recommendations in this area because they vary in focus a great deal.  I really like using the TED app myself.  I've often pulled a good tutorial up on the app on my iPad as well." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer


"This category is difficult as well.  I really like Subtext after playing around with it a bit.  It's essentially a tool to have a shared reading experience among your students.  You can share comments, questions, and notes.  I could see this being an interesting tool in the Social Sciences and Humanities depending on the skills the instructor is focusing on." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer


"I Like this category because it opens up a world of possibilities to faculty with using screencasting to teach specific topics in modular ways.  My favorite one in this category is Explain Everything.  I find this is the simplest to use for just doing things on your iPad directly.  I've seen some really neat work that Cathy Welder is doing with Doceri in her organic chemistry lab course as well.  The neat thing with Doceri is you can use it as a markup layer on your laptop screen from your iPad.  It opens up a world of possibilities." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer

Update: Cathy followed up when she saw the post and shared this link to an example of her using Doceri -


"Nothing in this category is ground breaking.  I do however like the idea of Nearpod.  It essentially allows you in a one-on-one iPad environment with students, to cast your presentation to their iPads with engagement tools.  Very cool!" - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer


"Digital storytelling is such an incredible tool in the classroom.  In many disciplines, this is an incredible opportunity for students to present what the know and learn as well as developing the metacognitive skills they need to develop as lifelong learners.  I'm a huge fan of using tools like VoiceThread and Adobe Voice for this.  Notability is neat for annotation and audio comments on specific  media.  The possibilities are endless!" - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer


"These are great blogging tools for faculty looking to develop public facing blogs with their students." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer


"These are great tools for many different art, design, and brainstorming activities.  I use these on my personal iPad for lots of idea development all the time!" - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer

Shared Docs

"These are really great tools to develop documents collaboratively.  I have used both of these successfully depending on the case and my collaborators.  In the classroom you could imagine the possibilities of group work utilizing these tools." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer

Video Making

"Video making is an incredible tool building off the applications for digital storytelling.  This could be a great way for students to 'go public' or rethink how they communicate their understanding on a given topic.  It's incredibly easy to both capture and edit movies with these tools." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer

Exhibits and Primary Sources

"With my background in teaching history and the social sciences, I was instantly drawn to these tools.  DocsTeach, Today's Doc, and To the Brink are all produced by the National Archives.  They are incredible tools to bring primary sources into the classroom in meaningful ways.  It also invites easily and well created activities situated around critical thinking skills with the sources.  These Three are totally worth the download.  I would also add that Glogster 'Glogs' are a great way to think about student poster projects.  Imagine posters with multimedia on them.  Very cool stuff!" - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer


"These are some really interesting (but limited) Canvas apps to give a shot.  People love and hate them!" - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer

Mind Map

"Mind maps are really interesting tools for brainstorming and developing conceptual and relational understandings of a given topic or discipline.  All of these are good choice to try." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer

Interactive Whiteboard

"These are tools for interactive and collaborative whiteboards." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer


"These are a great array of different research tools that could help both students and faculty doing research on the go." - Adam Nemeroff, Instructional Designer

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