Today the Salem teachers received Asus EE Pad Transformers to experiment with for the remainder of the summer. If anyone has any specific ideas regarding these tablets, feel free to share.
Here are some education apps I've started playing with that other members of the Salem group might want to try and about which others out there on this site might want to provide thoughts:
Math Comp: Very simple but we have some low-level math students that would benefit from this type of elementary activity
Polynomials Math Calculator: Looks useful
Math Pack: Looks like these cards could apply to even some strong high school math students
Math Attack: similar to Math Comp but maybe more interactice
Math Forumulas: Could be a useful resource to have handy
Mental Arithmetic: Another flash card game with its own twist
Trigonometric: Nice resource. I think my daughter would have liked this last year. Interactive
Formulas Lite: Good resource for Math, Physics, Chemistry
Perfect Chemistry: Paid version looks better, but this might be useful
Google Sky Map: There has to be a way to use this!
Chemical Equation Balancer: Perhaps this is "cheating"?
Hubble Space Telescope: Photos from Hubble
Free Dictionary: Very handy
Spanish Verbs: Looks like a great resource
SAT Vocabulary: Flash card activity
Words Words: Great for Word of the day type activities
Google Translate: Cheating? Helpful
Multi Language Dictionary
Talk to Me: Fun - could be used creatively to connect with ELL students?
Countries of the World: quiz game
The US Presidents: quiz game
United States Constitution: phenomenal resource for Gov't
Flags of the World: quiz game, cool
50 states: quiz game
World Wonders: neat resource with great pictures
Edmodo: I think we learned about this one in an in-service
Ankidroid: perhaps use to create own flashcards?
myHomework: interesting. replace agenda books? Is Google Calendar better?
Convertpad: very handy resource for all sorts of classes
scientific calculator: found several of these
Sooo ... I tend to be a bit picky, and I'm not a huge fan of some of these math apps. For example, Trigonometric gives angle radian measures in decimals - Mr. Armistead requires students to know exact values, such as pi/4, instead of their decimal approximations (in this case, 0.785398...). It's fun to look at, but I'm not sure it would be helpful to a Trig student.
I do like the idea of having some accessible math formulas. However, many of these apps seem to have broken links (Math Formulary, for example) ... unless I am doing something incorrectly! Also, the real benefits of a tablet, in my opinion, come into play when apps are interactive. I could easily put a list of the important formulas for my classes on my webpage. They could potentially access this list using a tablet.
Our school calculators are "better" than any app calculators I have seen so far. But, if students were ever to have tablet access at home, it would be awesome for them to have access to a graphing calculator outside of school!
I stumbled upon an app called Statistics Review, and I really like it! More importantly, it reminds me that I want to look for "quiz creator" type apps. I want students to review, and, while I don't want to recreate the wheel, it's unlikely that there will be the PERFECT app out there that quizzes exactly what I want to quiz. But, if I can create my own review games or quizzes, students might be more likely to access them in app form than they would be to answer practice questions on a worksheet. So, I'm looking for suggestions on apps that can be tailored to individual teachers' needs. I need to check out Ankidroid. Other ideas?
Scott - I have been downloading apps from the Android market so far. I have been trying to download free apps from the Amazon appstore, but it's saying I need to enter credit card information. Is this what you recommend?
I'm feeling the same way about the apps out there for English and grammar, etc. It seems that most grammar apps are for English Language Learners and there are not of other apps that really would replace something that I already do instruction-wise. There are many that I could use to enhance curriculum and many that could make for some fun technology projects, but as far as changing the way I do something completely, I'm not so sure.
I do, however, love the idea as a tablet as a reader (replacing textbooks including the novel studies we do). I love that the Kindle app has the ability to give definitions for every word just by putting your finger over it, which would be great for struggling readers. I also like the way it allows you to highlight and make notes on what you're reading. I've played around with downloading ebooks from some of the free sources that are out there including the local public library! That could be a great thing for many of my independent readers. I love the idea of students having one tablet with all their resources on it, instead of having to carry around tons of stuff.
I, too, am experimenting with the iPad. I am going to incorporate these apps: iMovie and Pages
The students will be creating their own news broadcasting companies, so iMovies is the perfect app to use. The app Pages, allows students to write their own stories, add sound, and pictures. Like I said, I'm just experimenting with it and trying to see all its possibilities. I'll take any help!
As we explore the use of tablets in the classroom, here's an interesting article about textbooks in South Korea: