My existing iPad is overrun. Anytime I want to download something, it’s a negotiation of what goes. Now with a chance to start fresh and a goal of moving up the SAMR scale, I’ve got some priorities.
Here are my picks that I know I’ll use on a regular basis:
- Dropbox = file transfer
- Google Drive = viewing
- Google Docs = editing
GoodReader 4 ($2.99) = PDF reader/annotation appNotability ($2.99; after talking with Carol and seeing it in action, I’m sold.)
- Flipboard = news, blogs and social media aggregator
- Twitter = tweet feed
- TED = TED Talks
And these are the ones I have been meaning to use and now have a nudge to do so:
- Evernote = notes, photos, links, to-do lists, etc.
- Feedly = RSS aggregator
- Skitch = image annotation
- Penultimate = sketchbook
- Pocket or Instapaper ($3.99) = save articles to read later
- Dragon Dictation = voice to text, faster than typing
For the wow factor on an iPad, I recommend the following:
- WWF Together
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore ($4.99)
The above lists don’t even touch the surface of content creation tools, games or discipline-specific apps. Go explore and have fun.
And because some of us do have kids at home, these are my favorite picks for the little set (my boys are 2 and 5):
- Peekaboo Barn ($1.99)
- Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($1.99)
- Sago Mini Forest Flyer ($2.99)
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! ($5.99)
- Draw a Stickman (Episode 1 & 2 are free; EPIC is $2.99)
- any TocaBoca app: Toca Hair Salon ($2.99), Toca Robot Lab ($2.99), Toca Kitchen Monsters
- any Originator app: Endless Alphabet ($6.99), Endless Reader, Endless Numbers
- The Three Little Pigs (Nosy Crow, $4.99)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (Loud Crow Interactive, $4.99)
Yes, these are worth every penny. I’d be happy to demo if you’re not sure.