Thursday, February 3, 2011

App Corner: iPod and iPad Resources

App has been used as a shorthand term for "applications" and has recently become popular to indicate specifically a mobile application. App as a term grew even more in popularity with the opening of Apples App Store which can be accessed through iTunes. In our new "App Corner" in Tech Notes we have highlighted mobile applications This month we will highlight app resources to help you learn more about using apps both at home and in the classroom.

Learning with the iPod Touch and iPhone -
Learning with the iPod Touch and iPhone is information brought to you by Apple, the makers of the iPod Touch and iPhone.  They devote a section of their website to Apple Education.  The page discusses not only apps for education but highlights a variety of features built into the iPod Touch/iPhone that make it a classroom solution including iTunes U where video and audio podcasts are available from a variety of universities.

Moms with Apps -
Moms with Apps is a group of parents who develop parent and family friendly apps.  They also develop relationships with companies that develop family friendly apps and feature them on their site.  App Friday is a popular event where they feature a free or reduced price app, available for that free or reduced price only on that Friday.

This Week in Tech (TWIT): iPad Today -
This Week in Tech or TWIT has its roots in cable television with a show that featured the latest in technology news.  Using new and cutting edge technology and at the request of their many fans they started recording video and audio conversations about what was new in technology.  iPad Today is one of several shows that they feature.  iPad Today show hosts share their opinion on the best apps and the most helpful tools.

Connsense Bulletin - Apps for Education May 2010 -
This listing of apps was compiled by Carolann Cormier, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP from Cromwell, CT as a handout resource.  The resources features apps which are llisted by category. The resource list also includes a listing of resource sites.  There are no hyperlinks so you will have to look up each app you are interested in through iTunes.  The handout is also a reminder to read the reviews and ratings of other users before making a purchasing decision.
Speech Language Pathology Sharing -
Speech Langauge Pathology Sharing is a blog written by Speech Language Pathologist Eric Sailers. A portion of his blog is dedicated to app resources including some that he has developed.
Geek SLP -
Geek SLP is another blog and app resource brought to you by self proclaimed geek aficionado  Brenda Fernandes.  She writes about speech/language and technology via a blog and video cast. A section of her blog is devoted to app recommendations including ones that she has developed through her company Smarty Ears.
The Top 30 Free Google Android Apps 2010 -
This article from PC magazines features 30 free Google Android apps for mobile phones such as the HTC Evo 4G, the HTC Incredible and  the Motorola X.  There are not as many android apps available compared to iPod/iPad apps but the list continues to grow.
Best Kids Apps -
This site has a playful headline "We play all the iPhone and iPad games so you don't have to" which says it all.  But playing and reviewing games is not all they do.  They have a tab just for educational apps.

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