iPad apps help students
The iPad offers lots of opportunities to help students learn, and well as keeping them organized and motivated.
Today’s kids are busier than ever and technology often takes a bum rap for its role as a distraction. But there’s a flip side to the coin when it comes to putting things like electronic tablets to work for kids, and many schools are now catching on, even giving out iPads to students as part of the curriculum.
In August 2012, 1,500 high school students in Illinois’s District 211 were given iPads as part of the one-to-one electronic device pilot program. Students are encouraged to watch a nightly video of the next day’s class content, communicate with teachers and other students online, and access course materials like homework and tests via online classroom portals.
It’s an approach that’s worked for many schools since the iPad debuted in 2010. One of the first high schools to give all its students iPads was Minnesota’s Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop High School. In addition to using a lot less paper, the school’s culture changed in several ways. Perhaps the most interesting was that even when kids missed school – due to a dentist appointment or family trip – they would still coordinate with the teachers when they were absent in order to keep learning.
In addition to the school’s curriculum, many students are finding the iPad’s many applications to be incredibly valuable when it comes to staying organized. This is particularly helpful to kids with attention deficit disorder, for whom keeping track of things can be overwhelming. We’ve chosen some of our favorite free and low-cost iPad applications to help kids plan, prioritize and study.
1. Notability ($1.99): Integrate handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording and organizing to take notes your way. Listed as Apple’s best-selling note-taker of 2012.
2. Evernote (FREE): Take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and make these notes searchable. Winner of the New York Times ‘Top 10 Must-Have Apps.”
3. Dropbox (FREE): Access any photos, videos or documents from any computer or smartphone by storing them in this sharable program.
4. Wunderlist (FREE): Manage and share your daily to-do lists, set reminders, and benefit from the recurring and subtasks features – then sync all your devices! Awarded “App of the Year” in Japan.
5. Dragon Dictation (FREE): Voice recognition dictation that allows you to speak naturally? You bet! Up to five times faster than typing, this app lets you instantly see your text or email messages as you speak. You can even dictate status updates to Facebook and Twitter!
6. EasyBib (FREE): Writing papers is hard enough but add in all the bibliographical information and formatting and you’ve got twice the work! But EasyBib lets you create accurate MLA, APA and Chicago style citations just by scanning a book bar code or typing in the name of a book!
7. Brainscape (FREE): This Web and mobile education platform helps you learn anything – from a language to math to astronomy – as efficiently as possible. The app allows you to create your own flashcards, rate your knowledge of each concept and learn according to your study patterns.
8. Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD (FREE) – It’s America’s favorite dictionary enhanced for iPad! The app lets you search for words by voice without needing to spell it. There are also synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, favorites, Words of the Day and more.
9. ALLEN PSAT Prep Practice Problems ($2.99): Available in a variety of subjects, the PSAT apps offer test-taking advice, tips and strategies while helping you learn from your mistakes.
10. inClass (FREE): Keep track of all your courses, organize your schedule, share your video, audio and photo notes and set reminders for upcoming deadlines. Includes great features like background recording (while you take notes!), iTunes file sharing and class recognition.
With the advent of digital textbooks and apps like these, students are less likely to misplace books, forget important deadlines or waste time digging through piles of illegible notes. And this is just the beginning! No doubt, as this tech-savvy generation includes more digital devices into its learning methods, some of these students will go into careers that help develop educational technology of the future.
If you child regularly struggles to stay organized, pay attention or perform well in school, consider having their cognitive skills assessed at a brain training center. If it’s determined that certain learning skills are weak, a customized brain training program can address the root causes of their struggles and help them learn to plan, prioritize and excel in school.
For more information: contact www.learningrx.com/shreveport-bossier or 318.797.8523 or email Shreveport.firstname.lastname@example.org
Donesa Walker, M.Ed. is the owner and executive director of LearningRx of Shreveport-Bossier City.