Wednesday, June 15, 2011

10 great apps which you may like

     A few days ago, I introduced 15 free apps which I find useful. Unfortunately, not all the great apps are free so here is a list of paid apps that you should consider getting. I have downloaded these on my iPad but many are also available for other mobile devices as well. 

1. iWork (iPhone, iPod and iPad) 

     Apple's iWork products (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) are essential for helping your students produce great work and the versions for your mobile device are even easier to use  than the Mac versions. They aren't quite as powerful but are great for making stunning presentations. Each is available on the App Store for $9.99.  Editing and sharing your work is easy and should be made even easier once iCloud is introduced.  

2. GarageBand 

     Here is another great product from Apple which I think is even better to use with the touch interface. It isn't great for making podcasts but playing instruments feels far more authentic than on a computer with a keyboard. This app is available on the App Store for $4.99. 

3. GoodReader 

     This app which is available on the App Store for $4.99  is a great reader which supports multiple document formats. You can also use it to annotate on your saved documents. 

4. iMovie 

     Here is yet another great app from Apple which allows you to make your own movies on your device. It lacks the power of the Mac version but is still great for putting together a great little home movie from your photos and videos. You can get the app for $4.99 on the App Store

5. Drawing Pad 

     This is one of the nicest drawing apps I have come across for kids. It shows a virtual drawer which children can open to choose practically any tool they would need to create beautiful work which can easily be shared. A fun way to get them to express themselves creatively while saving tons of paper and expensive art supplies. The app is available on the App Store for $1.99 

6. Toontastic 

     This is a fun way for students to create their own digital stories while also learning plot elements. It is available on the App Store for 99 cents. You can also read my earlier review of this app. 

7. Frog Dissection 

     This is a great educational app for doing a virtual frog dissection. Some children will likely squirm as they do it at first but it is certainly more humane than dissecting real frogs. I would not recommend this app for younger learners since the content provided would be too difficult. You can get the app for 3.99 on the App Store and also read my earlier review. 

8. Our Choice by Al Gore 

     This book is a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth and uses great ebook technology to show just how multimedia can be used to enhance ebooks. The coolest part is a page where you can actually blow into your device to make a windmill turn. You can get the book for $4.99 on the App Store and also read my review. 

9. 360 Panorama 

     This is an easy to use camera app which allows you to quickly take 360 panorama photos to share. You can also try Photosynth which is free but I found this one harder to use. This app is available on the App Store for 99 cents. 

10. Air Video 

     Air Video is a great app for remotely streaming your video collection to your device. The great thing about the app is that it will also convert your files for you on the fly so that you can easily transfer your files to a suitable format. The app is available on the App Store for $2.99.