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My latest five iPad favs

I love my iPad.

I used to love Google. Really love it. A lot.

But I’ve moved on. It’s now all about my iPad.

I truly use it all the time. Reading the paper, checking weather, viewing primary sources, reading email, checking sports scores, Facebook and Plurk updates, RSS feeds, fantasy football, finding great history blogs and articles, watching videos, streaming movies, creating presentations, taking and saving notes and, yes, Shake and Spell.

And one of the guiltiest pleasures is spending time browsing for great iPad apps. So in no particular order, my latest five finds:

I’ve had ScreenChomp for a while but really haven’t done anything with it. But I had the chance to talk with Dave the TechSmith rep a couple of days ago and I fell back in love with it. The app is a simple doodling board with markers and tools for sharing your stuff. But it’s a cool recording feature so you draw and record your voice and ScreenChomp makes a web friendly video that’s easy to share both online or as a downloadable file.

Students can help each other with homework and work together on projects. And teachers can create quick and easy review videos, reminders, lessons and tips that are accessible anywhere.

American Presidents
American Presidents is a beautifully designed, well-written overview of the history of the United States seen through passages on every American President’s life. You get biographical essays on all the Presidents from Washington to Obama. Each is approximately 1,500 words with fun, cartoonish-like graphics and an engaging interface. You start with a detailed time line that provides a valuable context, including small passages about some of the more important events. There’s also great maps, photos, quizzes and speeches.

This fun geography app is a bit like Traveler IQ. It includes an atlas and eight games with high resolution maps. Interactive and fun, Geomaster puts your geography knowledge to the test. More than 40 levels featuring world capitals, European countries, Asian countries, African countries, South American countries, US cities and states.

Today’s Doc
Explore American history with 365 of the most fascinating documents and photos from the collections of the US National Archives. Today’s Document is an interactive gallery that displays a significant historical document or photo for each day of the year. You can learn what happened on your birthday, search for a document by keyword, or just browse at your leisure.

Featured documents have included popular documents like the Declaration of Independence and Emancipation Proclamation as well as lesser known (but equally fascinating) documents like the Zimmerman Telegram, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell address, and a handwritten draft of President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address.

GroupMe is the best way to chat with everyone you know. It’s absolutely free, whether you’re talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone, via push or SMS. With GroupMe, it’s easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere.

On GroupMe, you can connect with a group of students or athletic team, get a group together for a study group, coordinate with co-workers, have virtual office hours or use it it to chat with fellow teachers. Think about it like your own private Twitter, just for the people you really know. Or like a faster, better reply-all email.


(And you know I was just kidding about not loving Google, right? That’s just crazy talk.)

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