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Here at iBallz we're huge iPad fans - after all we thought up our legendary drop protection on the day the iPad was announced! Check out our posts on iPad Deployment and a list of free iPad apps for educators earlier on our blog.
Despite being inspired by the birth of the iPad, we certainly don't play favorites - after all we fit on almost any tablet on the market, be it iPad, Android, Blackberry or Microsoft - you name it! Not sure whether Apple or Android is right for you? Check out this informative rundown of the differences between the two in this article by USA Today Educate aimed at students: http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/opinion/opinion-which-works-best-for-students-apple-or-android-tablets
Already made up your mind? Are you an iFan or an Android devotee? Let us know in the comments below!
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First we hit the Google Apps for Education summit in SF, which got us very inspired about apps! Google really has a lot to offer educators and students. Since the conference we have been working with the EdTech Team (http://www.edtechteam.com), recently supporting their donation of Google Nexus 7 tablets to classrooms. More info at
Additionally in SF we attended and sponsored the integratEd SF conference. At the conference we got to attend group sessions on BYOD program implementation, using social media to engage students and parents, and an amazing iPad 101 workshop presented by Mark McWhinnie (www.markmcwhinnie.com).
Next we hit the road to beautiful Napa for the CUE Fall Conference, which we helped sponsor. We towed the iBallz camper up north and set up shop in the courtyard of the beautiful American Canyon High School. What incredible facilities! The school is beautiful and pristine, complete with a field of solar panels guarded by a friendly group of sheep which came right up to greet us. At the conference we got to hear workshops on everything from Twitter for Teachers by the ultra informative Bill Selak and we learned all about Design Thinking and it’s many problem solving applications. We were amazed by all the creative educators at the conference, fearlessly experimenting with new and innovative models of teaching!
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The most ubiquitously popular of the bunch: Evernote – Free – The most well known of the bunch, Evernote allows you to capture text notes, audio recordings, photos, and web clips and arrange them into neatly organized notebooks. Evernote offers a host of organizing features, including tagging notes with keywords and notebooks can be synced and accessed through an iPhone, iPad, or desktop app, or through their site. This app is great for those that want a scrapbook feel (great for bringing in information from a variety of sources) with high organization.
Most robust free app for taking lecture notes: Paperport Notes – Free – This great free note taking app allows you to annotate over imported documents or documents from the web, type or write freehand notes, highlight sections, and most notably dictate notes to text. You can sync notes with Dropbox, Box.net, and other apps for easy access and sharing – not bad at all for a free app!
The most visually pleasing layout: SpringPad – Free – Pitched as an Evernote-meets-Pinterest app, SpringPad gives you much of the functions of Evernote with the visually oriented layout of Pinterest. SpringPad lets you add photos, to-do lists, links, locations and more to board-like notebooks via a button on your browser or manually through their iPhone and iPad apps or web portal. You can share specific notebooks with other people or add them as co-creators, allowing you to share content on a specific subject to a specific person rather than the whole shebang. The app also has loads of other robust functions (for example if you import a location, it adds details like address and open hours), and is great for allowing teachers to share robust informational content with students, or for student paper and project collaboration, but would fall flat for students attempting to use it as a means for lecture notes.
The best inexpensive app for recording lectures while taking notes: Notability – $.99 – The most standout function of this app is that it allows you to record audio and take notes via handwriting or typing simultaneously – great for recording a lecture while taking notes. Notes can be organized by subject or category and exported and synced through Dropbox.
The best app for recording audio while taking notes period: SoundNote - $4.99 – A hefty price by app standards, SoundNote takes the audio recording function to the next level. This app not only allows you to record audio while you take notes, but you can click on a piece of text and replay the audio that was recorded while it was written. Oh if I had only had this while I was in school! Autistic, Asperger’s, and other special needs students find this app particularly useful.
For those that like to keep it simple: Simplenote - Free – As the name suggests, this is a very simple, unobtrusive, user friendly notetaking app, with well working basic functions. Only drawback here is that notes can only be exported as email text.