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iPad for Education; Best free Apps to Boost your student’s Learning

iPad for Education; Best free Apps to Boost your student’s Learning

With the launch of the new iPad 5th Generation it has never been more cost effective to introduce technology into the classroom. Using Virtunet, you have the ease of mind knowing that support is there for your staff. Virtunet offer a wide variety of education iPad bundles that you can take advantage of to ensure you save money and time! You can also build your own bundle with a wide selection of items, anything from the iPad itself to charging/store cabinets, cases, drones, and many more!

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But what’s next? How do you ensure you get the most out of your new iPad in the classroom? There is much controversy around paid vs free apps for the classroom. Some believe that quality educational Apps are expensive to build and hence should cost lots of money! This is far from reality. There are lots of free educational Apps that are designed for use in the classroom by some of the top tier corporations to ensure that you get the most out of your investment.

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Apple Teacher is a free professional learning program designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. The program helps educators build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with their students, and earn recognition for the new things they learn. The program is open to all educators and is a great way for schools to offer free professional learning that their staff members can work through together.

When teachers sign up for Apple Teacher, they start a self-paced journey through the Apple Teacher Learning Center and Multi-Touch starter guides for iPad and Mac. Whether the teachers are new to Apple products or have been using them for years, and whether they have a single device or one for every student, Apple Teacher has the tools educators need to use iPad and Mac to connect with all learners.

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As an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn and be rewarded for the great work you do every day. Learn more about Apple Teacher at www://appleteacher.apple.com

Call us today to discuss your Apple professional development and training needs on 02 9662 5262 or email education@virtunet.com.au

 

 

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Google for Education is an ecology of digital tools from Google designed to host and distribute digital documents, communication, and collaboration through cloud-based technology.  
 6 Google Maps – Developer Description: View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with  Street View; View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.
 

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Best Books for Tweens Developer Description: “This app is a fun way for parents, teachers, librarians, and readers to get more information about top rated books at the fifth and sixth grade level. Tag a book as “I want this” or “I’ve read this” to add it to your list. You can email your list out for an easy way to  show which books you’re interested in getting and which books you’ve already completed.”
 

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Video Science Developer Description: “A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.”
 9 Evernote Developer Description: “Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember  everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.”
 

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See.Touch. Learn Developer Description: See-Touch-Learn. to build custom picture card lessons and automatically track their child’s responses. Includes a starter set of stunning, high-quality  images and 60 exercises created by a certified assistant behavior analyst!
 

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Sight Words for Reading HD Developer Description: “This app helps students learn sight words, the most common words in children’s literature. It covers a few words from both the Fry’s and Dolch lists. Words are presented in context in fun videos. This helps learners understand the meaning of the words, which aids in reading comprehension.”
 12 EarthViewer Developer Description: “What did Earth’s continents and oceans look like 250 million years ago, or 1 billion years ago for that matter? Can we say anything about Earth’s climate as far back as our planet’s origin? Use your fingertips to scroll through Earth history for the last 4.5 billion years.”
 

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Phrasal Verb Machine Developer Description: “At Cambridge University Press, we know that Phrasal verbs are complicated for non-native English speakers to learn and use. We also know that it’s essential to use them if we want our writing and speaking to sound natural. However, studying unending lists doesn’t seem to be the best way to learn and use them efficiently. Phrasal verbs are, more than anything, action. And action must be visual. The more visually stimulating the learning, the better we will understand and assimilate the phrasal verbs.”
 

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SkyORB Developer Description: “SkyORB features many functions as a 3D real-time representation of the planets position around the sun, the ability to hold your device and point toward a visible star and planet and reveal the name by tracking the GPS position, compass orientation, the elevation from the gyroscope, warn the user when a phenomenon is occurs as a full moon, a planet really visible, which is worth the observation.”
 

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Edmodo Developer Description: “Edmodo makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information. Use your iOS device to send notes, submit assignments, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom.
 

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Kindle Developer Description: “The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface.
 

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Duolingo Developer Description: “With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free, without ads or hidden charges. You have fun while you learn, leveling up and competing with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning, and in doing so, help us translate the Web into other languages”
 18 Virtual Manipulatives Math with visual, digital objects that represent meaning!
 

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Google Earth Developer Description: “Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more.”
 

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Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries Developer Description: “Soar through the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, exploring discoveries from dark energy to colliding galaxies. This highly interactive eBook features video, image galleries and more to reveal the record of scientific breakthroughs behind Hubble’s stunning images of the cosmos.”
 

 

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Common Core Standards Developer Description: “View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math standards include both traditional and integrated pathways (as outlined in Appendix A of the common core) and synthesizes Language Arts standards with the Corresponding College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR’s).”
 

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Exoplanet Developer Description: “The Exoplanet app is a highly visual and interactive catalogue of all known exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets orbiting stars beyond our own Solar System. It is frequently updated whenever new discoveries are confirmed. An amazing model of the Milky Way lets you explore our universe all the way from the Solar System to the cosmic microwave background.
 

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ABS Magic Phonics Developer Description: “This app will help your child learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, which are necessary for reading. Learning the sounds of the letters gives your child the tools for reading and helps them become better readers. A matching phonetic photo image is matched with each letter to help your child learn the sound of each letter.”
 

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MyScript Calculator Developer Description: “Easy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.”
 

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Khan Academy Developer Description: It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology; Khan Academy’s materials and resources (over 3500 videos) are available to you completely free of charge.”
 

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Orbit Architecture Developer Description: “Orbit Architect allows you to interactively design and explore satellite orbital geometry through the multi-touch interface of the iPad. You can manipulate a satellite orbit using pinch and rotate multi-touch gestures, see the effects on the orbit and its ground track in real-time, and animate the results. As you change the orbit, dynamic diagrams will illuminate the meaning of each orbital parameter.”
 27 Agnitus Games for Learning Foundational early learning skills through play.
 

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TeacherKit Developer Description: TeacherKit 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.

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