Curriculum App Reviews - Other Apps (7-12)
Title: Al Gore - Your Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis
Publisher: Push Pop Press
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:  This is what an interactive book should look like.  Our Choice is an amazing look into the issues of global warming.  This book is full of amazing pictures, stunning videos and awesome graphics.  If all future books on the iPad are this amazing, the future looks bright. 
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:  American Sign Language Mini Dictionary
Publisher: Everyday ASL Productions
Available For:  iPad, iPhone, iTouch, Android
Cost:  $1.99
Review:  This is an excellent app for ASL!  There are thousands of words that you can look up to learn the sign.  When you click on the word it will show you a video of someone doing the sign which is very helpful!  I highly recommend this app if you would like to learn ASL.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  AT&T Code Scanner
Publisher: AT&T Services
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:    QR codes are interesting for many reasons.  This app was designed to scan QR codes and bar codes on products in stores.  The scanner allows you to look up information about the product such as reviews and prices.  This app, however, can also be used to scan teacher created QR codes.  I have used QR codes as worksheets.  Kids scan the codes, go to the website and learn the information I want them to learn.  Kids will never look at worksheets the same again.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Attendance
Publisher: David Reed
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:   Attendance is an app that allows you to take and keep attendance records. Its main intended use is for teachers to keep track of records for their classes, but it can also be used for meetings and group gatherings. Features include; unlimited courses, move students from one class to another , photo recognition, customizable attendance statuses.  This app makes taking student attendance an easy part of any classroom routine.
Submitted By:  Jamie Kunz, Hamilton City Schools
Review:   A great & easy way to take attendance. Put your student list in a Google Spreadsheet, and this app takes care of the rest. There is no need to enter total absences into a spreadsheet at the end of the semester because all absences/tardies are calculated in your Google spreadsheet each day you take attendance.
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: AudioNote
Publisher:  Luminant Software
Available For:  iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Android
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $4.99
Review:  This app records audio notes and typed notes.  It is helpful in the classroom for recording conversations or things to study.  It is nice to have in a meeting if you don't want to miss anything.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: BehaviorTrackerPro
Publisher: Marz Consulting
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $29.99
Review:   BehaviorTrackerPro is an amazing app that allows anyone to track specific behaviors for your students.  This app makes it absolutely easy to track frequency, ABC data, high frequency behaviors and interval recordings.  The price is a little steep but the results are worth it.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: BenchPrep
Publisher:  Watermelon Express
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Main app is free, Test packs are $99-$149
Review:  I purchased the ACT Math prep program from BenchPrep.  If you sign up to receive emails from their website, they will send you coupon codes periodically.  I bought this program for $15 so do not spend $100 if you are interested in it because you can get a code.  It is a very detailed app that focuses on the math section of the ACT test.  It breaks down the test into 20+ different concepts and topics and it has multiple practice problems (with answers/explanations).  It has quizzes and practice tests available.  There is a bookmark function that allows you to flag sections that are difficult for you.  A feature I really like is a summary of the various sections that can made into study flashcards.  This program has been helpful for my students taking the ACT Math.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Bento for iPad
Publisher: Filemaker
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:  Bento is an app that allows users to organize contacts, track projects and plan events.  It is an app for managing just about everything you can think of.  You can use it as a standalone app or sync it to your Bento 4 for mac.  I have used this app to create a database of behaviors and classroom checkmarks.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:  Blogger
Publisher: Google Mobile
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Do you have a blogger blog?  Well, if you do, this is the app for you.  Keep track of all your blogs in one place.  This app only works with Google Blogger blogs.  The app allows you to create posts with pictures, labels and location information.  If you want your students to write more, create a blog and have them manage it from this app.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Caster: Mobile Studio
Publisher:  Gregory Maculo
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free version available, Full version $4.99
Review:    Caster Mobile Studio allows teachers and students of all content areas to create podcasts.  Podcasting is an engaging way for students to explain what they know through easy audio recordings.  This app makes this even simpler with the use from either an iPod Touch or iPad.  Podcasts can be shared via email, Dropbox, or your own school's server.  Tired of giving the same old paper and pencil tests?  Have your students create a podcast instead!
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:  Cloud On
Publisher:  Cloud On, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Cloud on is a free app that allows you to create, view, and modify Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly on your iPad. There are many other apps out there that allow you to do this but I have not seen one that is free. The documents you create are easily shared to a Dropbox account (which you will need to set up). This is also free. This app could be used in any class that creates documents. Awesome app for creating those digital portfolios.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: College FAFSA Finder
Publisher:  Turbo Tuition, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This app allows you to search for colleges based on SAT/ACT scores, GPA and cost.  It gives you the federal school code and more information about the college that would be beneficial.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: College Savings
Publisher:   Apps Rocket
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  This app covers all aspects of current and future costs of college.  It shows you how much you need to save monthly based on current savings and inflation costs based on the school you want to go to.  It also breaks down cost based on having your money in various types of portfolios. 
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Comic Touch
Publisher: Plasq
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $2.99
Review:  Comic Touch is another comic creation app for the iDevices.  If you are familiar with Comic LIfe, Comic Touch is it's little brother.  Comic Touch is still my go to app when it comes to creating comics to explain content area materials.  It is simple and fun to use.  Kids love it.  There are other comic apps on the app store that have more features, but this one is fun and easy to use.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:  Common Core Standards
Publisher:  MasteryConnect
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  As an administrator and former teacher, the Common Core Standards app has been a great reference to easily read and understand the core content standards in the areas of Mathematics and Language Arts.  This app includes standards for grades K-12 and are integrated & synthesized with corresponding college and career readiness standards.
Submitted By:  Jamie Kunz, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Dexteria - fine motor development
Publisher: Binary Labs
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:   Dexteria is an app that contains therapeutic hand exercises that improve fine motor skills for children and adults.  I have used this with children who have difficulty gripping a pencil, handwriting and writing speeds.  Dexteria also creates performance and usage reports that can be emailed to anyone.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Dragon Dictation
Publisher: Nuance
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This app allows you to speak into the iPad and it will type your speech into text. This is great for those students who struggle with typing, but they have to be able to speak clearly for it to translate properly.  The app turns speech into emails or it can be cut and copied into a document.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Dropbox
Publisher: Dropbox
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   Dropbox is a free service that allows you access to your documents, photos, and videos whether you are online, on your computer, or your mobile device.  Not only can you take your files with you, but you can also share files with others.  It's easy to save photos and videos from your mobile device to your Dropbox as well.  Email attachments can be saved straight to your Dropbox.  Download this app and create your account to find out how easy it is to have the files you need on your mobile device.
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title: eClicker Host
Publisher: Big Nerd Ranch
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   eClicker Host is a wonderful app that turns iPods into a classroom performance system.  Students will beg to take tests on their iPods.  Students will get instant results after each question.  Teachers can create their own questions that correspond to their own curriculum.   You will also need to download the eClicker app (free) for each iPod. This is a wonderful app and one of my most used and highly recommended apps.  I love it.  Kids love it.  You will love it!
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Edmodo
Publisher: FusionProjects, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   According to the manufacturer, "Edmodo for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information. Use your iOS device to send notes, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom. Teachers can post last-minute alerts to their students and keep tabs on recent assignment submissions. Students can check their latest grades and what assignments they still need to turn in."  Many teachers who use iPads in the classroom have made Edmodo a key tool for communication with students and their families.  This program allows teachers to announce projects, assignments, and interact with students using iPad technology on a regular basis.  A great tool for any educator in the 21st century!
Submitted By:  Jamie Kunz, Hamilton City Schools


Title:
Evernote
Publisher: Evernote Software
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Evernote is a great app for storing information in the "cloud".  My class uses Evernote to store our digital portfolios of student work.  Students create screencasts and pencasts using the iPad or a Livescribe smartpen.  These "casts" are then uploaded to the Evernote app.  Students then have access to their digital portfolios whenever and wherever they are.  Evernote is also available online.  This app works great on iPods, iPhones and iPads.  I highly recommend this app as a way to store information for easy sharing.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Explain Everything
Publisher: MorrisCooke Software
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $2.99
Review:  Explain Everything is an amazing app that allows users to simply explain everything.  Students can use visuals and their own voices to explain math problems, diagrams, pictures and everything in between.  I have used this app in my classroom of special education students to explain many things in multiple subject areas.  Engagement at its finest!  Students are so excited to show and explain what they know.  This app connects to Evernote for amazing online digital portfolios of student work.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Eyejot
Publisher: Eyejot, Inc.
Available For:  iPad2, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $3.99
Review:      Have you or your students ever wished you could share something interesting with parents immediately?  Well, look no further.  Eyejot is an app that allows you to record short videos (5 minutes or less) and send them to anyone. Parents get a kick out of videos of their children explaining that they got an A on a test.  This app can be used to email parents a video of their child reading, the school play, etc.  The possibilities are endless and can be done in any type of classroom.  Administrators can use the app to send quick video memos to the staff.  Eyejot also has the opportunity to create video business cards.  I highly recommend the Eyejot app.  Simply amazing.  Unlike other video apps, Eyejot sends all videos to their servers.  Nothing is stored on your iDevice.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Flashcards
Publisher: Jeff Holliday Software
Available For:  iPad, iPhone, iTouch
Cost:  Free
Review:  Basic flash cards for memorization.  You can make your own and save or choose from a submitted list.  Would be great to use in small group reviews, or for whole class games if you have projection ability.
Submitted By:  Thomas Marshall, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Flash Cards Maker Pro
Publisher: Great White Software
Available For:  Android
Cost:  $4.95
Review:  Great app for reviewing concepts in any subject.  This is a great way for helping students retain information.  Great for helping students prepare for a test, quiz, or exam.  It also has text-to-speech capabilities.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Google Earth
Publisher: Google
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  Wish you could take students on a field trip to see historical places?  Don't have the money?  Well, Google Earth could be the answer for you and your students.  Google Earth will take you on a virtual field trip to any location on earth.  This is a great app for social studies and science class but can be used in all subject areas.  Are you learning about the pyramids?  Take your students to see the pyramids.  Want to visit the birthplace of a famous writer?  The possibilities are endless.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: iAnnotate PDF
Publisher: Aji, LLC
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:  This app has been very beneficial as a means of presenting information to the class in a very visual manner. With iAnnotate, you are able to mark-up, highlight, edit and annotate PDF documents. I have used this as a tool for presenting new material, reviewing homework and have even uploading a PDF version of my textbook and use it as a means of creating classroom notes. iAnnotate is very user friendly and has a neat and polished format to it. This app could also be used by administrators in regards to observations and evaluations. Well worth the price. I use it everyday.
Submitted By:  David Knapp, Hamilton City Schools
Review:  'm a big fan of iAnnotate.  I use this app in math class for note taking.  It allows me to use cloze notes to fill in blanks, highlight important topics, and zoom in so students are focused in on one specific problem.  You can pick up any PDF file on the web and annotate it with the iPad.  This app would be useful in any classroom in which students need to follow teacher's scaffolding.
Submitted By:  Thomas Marshall, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  iBooks Author
Publisher: Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  iBooks Author is not an iPad app but an app for your Mac computer.  This app allows you to create your own digital books to be sold in the iBooks store.  It is easy to use and amazing.  If you can make a PowerPoint, you can use this app.  Books can become interactive with the addition of video, music, and photos.  You can even insert quizzes into the books.  My 5th grade special education students loved making their first book:  THE TWO KIDS AND DESERT TOWN.  Want to make money?  Sell your book.  Want to give it away...then give it away.  My students are begging to make the sequel to our class book.  This Mac app has millions of possibilities.  Make your own books. Make your own textbooks.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: iMovie
Publisher: Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:  iMovie is an amazing app from Apple that allows users to create movies on their iPods and iPads.  This app makes it easy to import photos and movies to create your very own.  It's like having a movie editing studio in your pocket. I have used iMovie in class to have students create vodcasts of concepts they have learned in class.  Students can take pictures of things around the school and then make movies.  Students can also take video clips and edit them on the iPods.  Wow.  Kids will be so engaged in the learning process that they won't want to leave.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: iTunes U
Publisher:  Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   Ever feel like you need an academic refresher course or want to learn something new? iTunes U gives the user access to thousands of free courses from leading universities and schools. Follow along with the lecture or download course materials and complete them at your convenience. iTunes U also gives you access to iBooks that go along with the courses offered. Being a teacher is a lifelong learning journey that never stops. With iTunes U, you have continual educational experiences at your fingertips.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Jumbo Stop Watch
Publisher:  Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   This app is simple.  It is a jumbo stopwatch that records time.  I have used this to time students on tests and quizzes.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Keynote
Publisher:  Apple
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   Keynote is Apple Inc.'s version of Powerpoint.  Keynote on the iPad is so user friendly you won't want to make presentations on any other device again.  Take pictures and videos from your iPad2 camera and add them to your presentations just like that.  Simple is the key phrase here.  Kids will love making presentations on the iPad and sharing them with others.  This app can be used for assessment in every subject area.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Layar Vision
Publisher:  Layar
Available For:  iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   Best used out of the classroom on a class trip to a historic site or the like. Students can use the application to learn more about the world around them, visiting points of interest and areas of further research. Students (or teachers) could prepare a layar in advance for students to view on a trip as well. 
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  Memory Trainer
Publisher:  Urbian, Inc.
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  This app is designed to "work out" your spatial memory, working memory, as well as focus and concentration skills.  This could be a great way to increase a student's performances on tests by increasing their working memory as well as increasing their attention span. 
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: MindNode
Publisher:  Ideas On Canvas
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:    MindNode is a very cool app that allows users to create graphic organizers on the iPad.  These organizers can be shared on a TV or data projector using the iPad to TV adapter.  Kids will never look at graphic organizers the same.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Mover+
Publisher:  Infinite Labs
Available For:  Android
Cost:  $1.99
Review: Mover+ is similar to the Bump app but is more customizable for the user. You can transfer documents from iPhone/iPad A to iPhone/iPod B with the flick of your finger. The Mover+ app has a transfer table that you can load and then connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to easily move photos, contacts, and documents. The unique feature that Mover+ has is the ability to share multiple file types, other similar apps only allow contact information to be shared. If your classroom has iPads this app makes sharing information seamless.  
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: neu.Annotate PDF
Publisher:  neu.Pen
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  This tool is great for reviewing and grading documents.  You can easily read and annotate PDF documents.  Add drawings, text, stamps, and photos.  What a great way for teachers to grade papers on their iPads!  You can also use neu.Annotate to fill out forms and sign documents.  Open files directly from your DropBox.  Once finished, you can email the document, save it to your photos, open it in another app, or send it to iTunes.  There is also a paid version, $4.99, that will allow you to import/export from/to DropBox among other things. 
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title: Nike+ GPS
Publisher: Nike
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $1.99
Review:   The Nike+ GPS app is a great app that tracks running and walking miles.  The Nike+ GPS app is designed for iPhones.  The Nike+ app comes with all iPods standard and costs nothing.  If you use the Nike+ app that is free, you will need a receiver to get the app to work ($20).  I have used the app in school as a reward for good behavior.  Students who were well behaved were allowed to take the receiver and iPod outside at recess to see how far they could run.  Before I knew it, there was a class competition for running miles.  When runs/walks are uploaded to the NIke+ website, data of all runs and calories burned is shown.  This is a great data analysis activity.  Students will never look at data analysis the same way again.  I highly recommend getting this app.  This is truly an engaging way to put a real-life spin on math.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Numbers
Publisher:  Apple, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:   Numbers is a great spreadsheet app from Apple.  This app on the iPad makes creating spreadsheets easier than ever.  I use this app daily in my class to keep track of grades, skills, and other information on my students.  The user interface is simple and elegant.  This is one of my favorite apps ever.  Kids in math class could use this app to create many types of tables and graphs.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools
Review:  Numbers is the Apple version of Microsoft Excel.  You can make charts, graphs and spreadsheets.  You have to become familiar with the program before you can do much so spend some time learning it first.
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Pages
Publisher:  Apple, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $9.99
Review:    Pages is a word processing app from Apple.  Pages is a great word processor with one major issue.  Typing this much information on the iPad becomes difficult and time consuming.  If you add a wireless keyboard to the iPad, then pages is awesome.  I love the way that text automatically wraps itself around images inserted into the documents.  Students will love to write on the iPad with this app. 
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: PaperHelper - Easiest Essay Writer
Publisher:  RumbleApps
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $1.99
Review: PaperHelper is an app that allows iPad users the ability to split their screen in two. Instead of flipping back and forth from your browser to document writer, PaperHelper allows you to have both on the same screen. If you are a student doing research, a teacher who blogs, or someone who journals this app will make your life easier. Included with this app is the ability to keep track of your sources used, simple e-mail features, and AirPrint.   
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Pencast Player
Publisher:  Livescribe
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Do you have a Livescribe smart pen?  If you do, then you need this app.  This free app from Livescribe allows you to view your pen casts on your iOS device.  Nothing fancy here...just a player app.  I have used the smart pen in conjunction with this app in my classroom to allow students to show and speak what they know and then to play it back for reference later.  The pen and this app can be used for so many different classes and situations.  Check out their website (www.LiveScribe.com) if you are not familiar with all the pen can do.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Power Presenter
Publisher: Kijian Jin
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $1.99
Review:    PowerPresenter is an app that lets you display local PDFs, websites or even draw on the screen as a white board. Through the Web, you can display not just HTML but PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, RTF files and iWork files.  It is a great tool to create interactive white boards for those teachers who do not have SMARTboard technology.  *This program requires an Internet connection.
Submitted By:  Jamie Kunz, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Quiz 15
Publisher:  Pro Aniware
Available For:  iPad, iPhone, iTouch
Cost:  Main game free, Question packs $.99-$4.99
Review:   This app is an entertaining game for 2-5 players.  It is a game where you answer general knowledge and popular culture questions.  You have to know the answer, but also be quick to respond.  My students love this game because it allows multiple people to play together with the iPad instead of the typical one student using it alone. 
Submitted By:  Sarah Distler, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Qvik Sketch Pro
Publisher: Qvik
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $.99
Review: Sketch Pro is a fun little app that allows users to sketch on your iPod or iPad.  Ability level does not matter in this app.  This app is fun for children of all ages and ability levels.  I use this app as a reward for good behavior but it can also be used in art classes to create digital artwork.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: Rover
Publisher: iSwifter Learn Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   The iPad has always been criticized for its inability to play Flash materials. Teachers, especially those in the younger grades, use game sites with their students that require Flash (i.e. funbrain). Now, Rover offers teachers the ability to use Flash based content on the iPad. Rover’s main page opens up and displays over 40 other Flash-based sites that have teamed up to offer teachers the ability to use Flash based materials with their students. Discovery Education is a partner of Rover; they are offering Flash-based learning apps and lesson plans to teachers that can be used in coordination with Rover.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Schoology
Publisher: Schoology, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   Schoology offers threaded discussions, a Dropbox, profiles, and even a grade book.  The teacher receives email updates about activity to help monitor online behavior.  Several classes can easily be created, supporting communication and collaboration among users.  The App works with the web-based version, helping users stay connected in the classroom and on the go.  (Students can submit homework from their phone!). I use Schoology with my 8th grade Science class.  One use is to post the assignment, including links to resources.  The site looks and works similar to Facebook, which is familiar to many students.
Submitted By:  Kathleen Wheeler, South-Western City Schools


Title: ScreenChomp
Publisher: TechSmith Corporation
Available For:  iPad
Cost:  Free
Review:  This app is like a portable “smart board” with markers and tools for sharing materials in your classroom. There is a feature that allows the user to copy/record drawings, doodles, and your voice to share online or as a downloadable file. Teachers could use this feature to record lessons for future reference or for students who might miss important class materials. ScreenChomp is very easy to use and offers features to share your material on Facebook and Twitter. If you are using an iPad in the classroom this is a must have app.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Shared Paper
Publisher: Dazzle Labs Ltd
Available For:  iPad
Cost:  Free, Full-Version $4.99
Review: Shared Paper is a virtual whiteboard app.  It reminds me of the internet based presentation tool called Prezi.  This app allows you to make presentations and share them easily.  You can even connect up to 3 more iPads and share the whiteboard space.  Presentations can easily be emailed as well.  Cool little app.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard
Publisher: Learnbat
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:    Students often benefit from reviewing information presented in a lesson.  In addition, parents sometimes need a little instruction so that they can then help their children with homework.  ShowMe turns your iPad into an interactive whiteboard.  Import images to display and annotate.  Record your lesson and upload it to ShowMe.com.  You can share your ShowMe publicly or with those who have the link.  There are so many possibilities with this free app!
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA
Review:    Showme is basically a recordable whiteboard.  I use it in class as a basic whiteboard to show examples of problems students have questions on.  It can also be used to record your voice as you draw, which can be uploaded to the Internet.  This could be useful for absent students who want to catch up, or students who need extra help on homework.  Also students could create their own lessons to share in class.
Submitted By:  Thomas Marshall, Hamilton City Schools
Review:   If you have an iPad and don't have this app YOU ARE MISSING OUT!  This application was shown to me by another colleague and I had to get it.  The app lets you screencast by recording your voice and the activity on your screen.  It is an awesome tool in my math class and this is an app that would be awesome for any instructor that wants to implement technology in the classroom.  Download this app!    
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Socrative
Publisher:  Socrative, Inc.
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free for Teacher and Student versions
Review:   This is a great way to get the whole class engaged with the material.  Teachers can create their own "quick quizzes" with a built-in feature or import them using an Excel template.  As students answer the questions, the results can be displayed on the projector and then results can be exported as a report for the teacher.  Teachers can use these quizzes in order to assess student's comprehension of the material.  This would be a good idea to do at the end of the class in order to get a pulse for student's understanding of the material. 
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: SoundNote
Publisher: David Estes
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $4.99
Review:    As a school administrator, I have used this app to help record and document teacher observations in the classroom.  Using SoundNote, you are able to type notes, draw diagrams, and record audio all at the same time.  This app is wonderful for data collection and documentation, allowing my observations to be detailed and specific.  I have also used SoundNote effectively to document team meetings, IEP reviews, and more!
Submitted By:  Jamie Kunz, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPhone and iPad
Publisher:  Splashtop Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $2.99
Review:  Splashtop app is a great way to gain remote access to your computer from your iPhone or iPad. You can stream video and audio from your PC or Mac and it allows you to interact with PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. Uses Wi-Fi or 3G/4G networks to connect. This app makes computer access so much easier for teachers who are constantly on the go.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title:  StoryKit
Publisher:  ICDL Foundation
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android
Cost:  Free
Review:   Have you ever wanted your students to create a storyboard or comic strip as an assignment but not had the materials?  With the StoryKit app students can create a storybook with pictures, text, and sounds all from the iPad or iPhone. This app can help bring assignments alive to students and make learning fun. An English teacher could have their students illustrate a segment from a book reading assignment or a History teacher could have students illustrate George Washington’s winter at Valley Forge. There are too many options to mention for in-class usage. Try it out, it’s free!
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: Strip Designer
Publisher: Jens Egeblad
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  $2.99
Review:  Strip Designer is an easy to use app that allows users to import their own pictures and create comic strips.  I use this app to do digital scavenger hunts of math concepts, social studies terms and many more.  Kids take pictures of the terms and then describe them in the comics.  I have also taken pictures and had kids create the comic as an inference activity.  This is a great app.  Comics can be exported in PDF format for easy sharing.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title: TeacherPal
Publisher:  ITWorx
Available For:  iPhone, iTouch, iPad
Cost:  Free
Review:   TeacherPal is a personal organizer for the teacher. It enables the teacher to organize classes, and students. Its simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of students. Very user-friendly and a great way to keep organized.  
Submitted By:  Josh Margerum, Hamilton City Schools


Title: TeacherTool
Publisher: UDO Hilwerling
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Lite version free, Full version $30.99
Review:   TeacherTool saves grades and makes suggestions for grades. TeacherTool saves your remarks about students and presents them to you in the upcoming lesson. It remembers the date of any grade and lets you store comments along with it. TeacherTool also keeps track of your students‘ absences. It is much safer than your traditional mark-book, as with every synchronization on your Mac, you save an up-to-date backup copy of all your data.  While costly, it is a nice app for keeping all administrative record keeping at your fingertips in the classroom.
Submitted By:  Jamie Kunz, Hamilton City Schools


Title: TED
Publisher: TED Conferences
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:   TED gives you access to a variety of presentations and talks by knowledgeable people from around the world.  It's a great way to bring information from professionals directly to your students.  It's a fantastic resource for teachers as well for their own professional development.  The iPad app allows you to download talks to view at a later time, even while you're not online.  Take some time to look through the featured talks or browse the themes and tags. You're sure to find something interesting for you and for your students!
Submitted By:  Deb Tschirhart, SOITA


Title: Twitter
Publisher: Twitter, Inc.
Available For:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone
Cost:  Free
Review:  Twitter is a great app for letting parents know what is going on in your school or classroom.  We use our school Twitter account for lunch menus, school newsletters, classroom updates and photos.  This is an amazing way to keep in touch with your parents and students.
Submitted By:  Jonathan Smith, Canton City Schools


Title:  World HD Atlas & Factbook
Publisher: Opicury Software
Available For:  iPad, iPhone, iTouch
Cost:  $2.99
Review:  The World HD Atlas and Factbook has the best of both worlds: access to lots of maps and the largest world fact book. So while you are looking at any map you want to access, questions that come up can be answered with the fact book. The interface is animated and interactive so navigation isn't a problem and student's can use this app for geography lessons. All maps are high resolution, so the detail on each map is amazing and easily readable.
Submitted By:  Scott Dickerson, Hamilton City Schools


Title: World Newspapers
Publisher: Abhishek Kumar
Available For:  Android
Cost:  Free
Review:  This is a great application for current events.  World Newspapers contains worldwide newspapers, magazines, and websites.  From local to international, this app covers it all.
Submitted By:  Sam Young, Hamilton City Schools