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Northwoods Academy

Page history last edited by Roxann Nys 12 years, 9 months ago


Will you be ready for this child?


Google Docs: Skills list for Northwoods Academy Attendees


It's all about CONVERGENCE


Zamzar -free file conversion (can be used to allow you to download YouTube videos to mp4 so they can be used in your classroom)

Note: MP4 (MPEG-4) files are NOT directly compatible with iPods/iPads. The file format you need is M4V.



M4V is the common but non-standard use of the MPEG-4 file extensions. It is due to the popularity of Apple’s iPod and the iTunes Store. MPEG-4 is a multimedia container format. It is most commonly used to store digital audio and digital video streams, but can also be used to store other data such as subtitles and still images. The official filename extension for MPEG-4 *.mp4, thus the container format is often referred to simply as MP4.

Here you can find M4V converter apps (from DVDsoft.com) and learn how to burn M4V to DVD, convert M4V to AVI, M4V to DivX, M4V to MPEG, M4V to FLV, M4V to iPod and other formats. NOTE: these convert apps will work on PC's and not Macs. For Macs, my best recommendation is QuickTime Pro-cost is about $30. 


Just found and am still testing out this option: http://www.ipadvideoconverter.com/  Stay tuned! Will let you know how well it works!


AUP 2.0


Student Use of iPods/iPods

Presentation.pdf  Slides (including basic Tomorrow.org SpeakUp 2010 info on handheld use by students)

NetDay SpeakUp 2010 findings.pdf


Early Research

Canby School District data.m4v

(You will need Quicktime to play this video)


iTunes Resources

iTunes for Mac or PC


iTunes U

Apple Distinguished Educator Resources

Khan Academy Podcasts  (Many also available as iPod Apps)  Currently, most of these are math and science based, but more curriculum areas are being added regularly. (economics now!)


Creating an iTunes account that is not connected to a credit card NOTE: If you have only one email account and you have already created an account using that email address, you will need to use another email address. Creating one using Gmail or Ymail (Yahoo) are options.


iPod/iPad Settings

A good, basic guide to how to use the basic iPad/iPod settings from the MakeUseOf website, by Bakari Chavanu, who is a freelance writer, photographer and long time Mac user.


How to set up the free "Find My iPad/iPod" option


Apps demo'd (and some extras!)

TIP: Learn How to "buy" free apps from a non-US source!



Brushes (4.99 iPod/7.99 iPad)

Doodle Buddy (free)

FlipBook Lite

List of art apps in The Teaching Palette blog which is authored by art educators for art educators.


Phonemic Awareness/Phonics

Phonics Free

ABC Free

Build a Word Express (free)

ABC First Phonics-Word Families Lite (free) 1.99 full version

ABC Phonics Sight Words HD Lite (free)

ABC Alphabet Phonics- Lite (free) Innovative Investments Limited

Alphabet Car HD lite (free) $3.99 for full version

Sight Words List-Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games (free) Innovative Mobile Apps Ltd.

What Rhymes (Kindergarten.com) .99

My First Words Flashcards by Alligator Apps (free)



Dictionary.com (needs wifi) Free

FreeSaurus (Thesaurus) Free (full version .99)

LikeItSounds! (.99) Homonyms

Blanks (Free) Kai Kunze (More Blanks 1.99)

Ad Libs (parts of speech) Lite (free)

Word Cub (free)

Rory's Story Cubes (story ideas) 1.99

Epic Citadel (dynamic fantasy setting) Free

WordFamilies Free

Fozy (word game) .99

Word Warp (word game) free (ad-free version .99)

Word Pops Free (ad-free version 1.99)

Word Bingo .99 (spelling)

Grammar Girl (1.99) or free from the iTunes Store under Podcasts

Brain Blaze Word Roots 3.99



Verbally (Free)

Dragon Dictation (Free)

Dragon Search (Free)

iTalk Recorder (Free)

Talking Tom (Ben, Gina, Talking Rex,etc) Free

Speak It! $1.99



MiniMod Reading for Details Lite by E. Skills Learning, LLC ($3.99) full version 8.99
MiniMod Reading for Inferences Lite by E. Skills Learning, LLC ($3.99) full version 8.99
Question Builder by Mobile Education Tools ($3.99)
DriversEd by DriversEd.com (free) all 50 states' handbooks-built in quizzes

Not a specific app, but teacher Marilyn Williams shares: "I don't have a specific app for this but I've had good success in taking stories, uploading them to Garage Band, splitting tracks and embedding comprehension questions or reading strategy reminders. Once that's done, I export them into iTunes and then just upload them to the iPods. If you have an iPod Touch, you can also add the text by using the Lyrics option. It's some work up front but once they're done, they're always available. Teachers could collaborate on creating these, too. You can really differentiate for your students and create specific learning opportunities based on students' needs."


Digital Storytelling

Toontastic .99

Puppet Pals (Free)

Strip Designer $2.99

iMovie $4.99

Reel Director $1.99

Pictello  $14.99 (!)


Interactive Books/Book Readers

Dr. Suess -Various Stories ($3.99 ea.)

A Present for Milo (.99)

Grimm's Rapunzel-3D Interactive Pop Up Book ($3.99)

Britannica Kids: Volcanoes ($4.99)

CK12 epub textbooks-California initiative. Completely customizable (find through iBooks)

iBooks w/built in dictionary and access to Project Gutenberg (books in the public domain) iPods/iPads also include voice-over option (found in settings)

Kindle (Amazon Books) Free

Nook (Barnes & Noble Books) Free



Math Bingo (.99)

Math Ninja (1.99)

Math Bumpies (.99 ipod/1.99 ipad)

DiaMath (.99)

TouchCalc (free)

Units (free)



IdeaSketch  (free) 

SimpleMind+ (free)

iBrainstorm (free)



Side by Side (Browser w/notes) Free (pro version $1.99)

Sundry Notes (Free) pro version $2.99

My Homework (Free)

iFlash Free

Mental Case Classroom Edition (Free) a bit "techy" to set up flashcard archives

T Chart (simple pros/cons) Free

Red:Green (Free)

Spelling for iPhone (or iPad) includes audio recording  & test scoring capability (.99)

eClicker/eClicker Host (student app free, host app $9.99)



Coaster Physics (.99)

StarWalk ($4.99)

Audubon Guides (vary from $4.99 to $29.99 for a package of guides)



Additional info on iPods and iPads in the classroom


Additional info on cell phones in the classroom


Canby School District Student Data


Canby School District iPod User Group Wiki 


Additional info on Twitter


Other web resources for literacy apps (and more)

17 digital storytelling and literacy apps resources for kids

from Shelly Terrell who teaches young English language learners between 5 to 10 years-old. She's found that her iPhone as one of the best tools to help improve their English and motivate them to speak English outside the classroom.


An Australian, Greg O'Connor, shares a nicely organized charts of apps for literacy including apps for reading support, writing support, reference, study and organizational and OCR (optical character recognition). The charts include app prices in Australian dollars and Greg's comments as to how well they worked. Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of people with diverse learning needs for 29 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant and regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. Greg’s areas of interest and expertise include supporting people with complex needs, challenging behaviours and autism, and literacy support technologies for people with learning disabilities. He is passionately committed to the use of assistive and instructional technologies to support the learning of ALL students in school and post school settings. Greg is the Education Services Manager at Spectronics.


A Google Doc handout (for MN educators' conference) was created by Linda Potts, (Inver Grove Heights Community Schools) Jonathan Campbell, Bridget Gilormini (PACER Simon Technology Center) in April 2011. It includes lists of apps for five areas of literacy including Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension. Also included are apps they recommend for book reading, text to speech, and audio books.


20 Apps in 20 Minutes video resource Shared by TJ Houston, the Director of Technology at Huron City Schools.




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