This year we brought second and third grade into our 1:1 iPad program. Now all students grades 1-12 in Burlington have their own iPad to to work with.
Another year in, we’ve fine-tuned our choice of apps. We’ve trimmed the list a little from last year. This year we’re focusing on:
- Google Drive (including Docs/Sheets/Slides)
We use Drive for sharing anything we create on the iPads.
Notability is a note-taking and annotating app. It’s primarily used in the upper grades.
- Explain Everything
Explain Everything is a screencasting app. It allows students to record live screen manipulations (Drawings, etc) while layering their voice over it. This is a great, and very powerful, app.
- Book Creator
Book Creator is a very versatile app for creating digital books.
Socrative is a polling/quiz app.
Blogger is the app we use for the students’ digital portfolios.
- Drawing Pad
Drawing Pad is a great drawing app that integrates nicely with other apps (such as Book Creator, Explain Everything, and iMovie).
iMOvie is Apple’s video creation/editing app. The iPad version is very user friendly.
The district has also installed the following apps on all the student devices.
Elementary Essential Apps:
- BB Clock
- BryteWave K-12
- Destiny Quest
- Door 24 Math
- Genius Scan
- Google Earth
- Lexia Reading
- PCalc Lite
- Piano Partner
- Read Naturally
- ST Math
- WWP Vocab
Teachers also have the ability to add apps to support what they are doing in the classroom. Common apps include:
- Accelerated Reader
- Reflex Math