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QR Codes in the classroom


45 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes to  Support Learning - great slide presentation by Tom Barrett

101 Uses for Quick Response (QR) Codes

Giant QR Codes in the Classroom 

Hot QR Codes in the Classroom- super blog post by the Daring Librarian 

How to Customize QR Codes with Your Brand's Identity 

How to Use QR Codes in Student Projects
- from SimpleK12

Instructions for a QR Code Book Report

Make Your Own QR Code Scavenger Hunt- from Kelly Tenkely's iLearn Technology blog

Mystery Math QR Code Scanning- for first graders 

The Periodic Table of Elements with QR Codes

QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide- excellent resource from Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher

QR Code Comic Tutorial- excellent design by the Daring Librarian

QR Code Uses in Libraries- nice long listing for teacher-librarians! 

QR Codes in Education- LiveBinder written by Steven Anderson

QR Codes in Education- explained with Glogster 

QR Codes Explained by Common Craft- video

QR Codes and How to Use Them- Prezi by William King

QR Codes in the Classroom- interview with Wyoming science teacher London Jenks, about how he uses QR codes in his classroom

QR Codes: Lessons and Resources- for grades 7-12 

QR Codes LiveBinder

QR Literature Quests- 14-slide presentation

TagMyDoc- "TagMyDoc allows you to apply a tag on a document which can be scanned and retrieved as a virtual copy."

Tell a Story with QR Codes- interesting blog post 

Top 5 Creative Ways to Use QR Codes

Using QR Codes to Expand the Reading Experience 

NeoReader- for iPhones

Quick Scan Pro for iPhone- scans barcodes and QR codes 

QR Barcode Scanner for Android

QR Code Readers- huge listing of smartphones; choose your phone and the site matches you with a QR reader 

QR Droid- rated 5 out of 5 stars

QR Reader for iPhone 

QR Scanner- iPhone 

Kaywa- choose content type, content, size

QR Treasure Hunt Generator- in four easy steps

QR Voice- when your code is scanned, a recorded audio message plays

QRpedia- paste any Wikipedia URL in the box and a QR code will be created for you

SnapMaze QR Code Generator and QR Code Reader- choose your content and the color of your code; very simple free QR code generator, short URL  and tracking service

Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes- by Andrew Miller; on Edutopia's site - Curated Apps for Learning

Free Apps

Free Graphing Calculator - A powerful, flexible graphing calculator . . . and it's free!
Does way more than most of the paid calculators out there . . . let alone the free ones



3D Brain3D Brain - Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research

The Official SAT Question of the Day - Can you answer today's SAT question? Tease your brain with real SAT questions and SAT preparation materials from the test maker.

Edublogger App

The popular student blog provider Edublogs released a new free iPad and iPhone app today. The free Edublogs app will allow you to write new posts, edit posts, upload images, upload videos, and moderate comments from your iPad or iPhone. You can even start a new blog from scratch using the app.

from Free Technology for Teachers

48 Free Apps for Education

Education Apps

Symbaloo 25 Apps in 25 Minutes

                                Allows teachers to synchronize iPads 

85 Best iPhone & iPad Apps Of Year 2011 [Editor's Picks]  from Addictive Tips

 One of the iPad's more intriguing business uses is making presentations before a live audience. The device is portable and fun to use, and the swipe and pinch gestures can make for some dramatic presentations. This app makes presentations much better!

Cell Phones as Learning Devices

Cell Phones as Teaching Tools: 26 Places You'll Find Resources and Lesson Plans

Ever since cell phones became available to everyone, the issue of using them in the classroom has been debated. Some administrators have been wary of allowing them into the classroom, yet others like New Jersey principal Eric Shenenger have been very open to having them in his school. If you aren't able to have cell phones in the classroom, why not assign homework, where kids can explore its other uses? Yes, Johnny, your phone does more than text........ 

Cell Phones in the Classroom- slide presentation by Vicki Davis 

Cell Phones in School Pros and Cons- from Buzzle 

Cell Phones: Why Not Use Them to Teach?- New York Times article 

Educators Eye Cell Pones as Teaching Tools- article from Newsday 

From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning- blog 

Going Mobile: Debating and Using Cell Phones in School- New York Times article

How to Use Cell Phones as Learning Tools 

Lift the Cell Phone Ban- article from Scholastic  

Making the Case for Cell Phones in Schools- by Cool Cat Teacher Vicki Davis

Mobile Motivation: Learning with Mobile Devices- this is a terrific LiveBinder by Shelly Terrel

The Pros and Cons of Having Cell Phones in High Schools 

School Gives Cell Phones as a Teaching Tool- CNN article with accompanying video

Teachers Use Cell Phones in the Classroom- article from US News and World Reports 

Teaching on Mobile Devices

Tool for Learning or Distraction?- New Jersey Principal Eric Shenenger's article for the Huffington Post


Algebra: Cell Phone Plans

Bringing Cell Phones into the Classroom- lesson for grades 7-12  

Cell Phone Safety Lesson- grades 7-8

Cell Phones Lesson Plans- Lesson Planet's list of 757 ideas

Mobile Learning Lesson Plans- from Scholastic

No Phone Zone Lesson Plan- teaches students about the dangers of texting and driving

Reading Lesson Plans- from OneStop English; for elementary and upper intermediate grades

Using Cell Phones for Learning- Q and A with authors Lisa Nielson and Willyn Webb


Why Mobile Learning?

Mobile Computing at Trinity Intermediate School

Fifty IOS 5 Tips

iPad Apps to Support Bloom's Taxonomy by Kathy Schrock


The Minds of Modern Mathmatics iPad App

iPad Learning Objectives (Learning Exchange)

Evaluating Educational Apps


Apps in Education

iPads Apps by Blooms Taxonomy

Ebook App reviews

iPads for learning

Department of Education and Early

Childhood Development, Victoria


Teach with your iPad


Discovr Apps

Learning and Teaching with iPads

iPad Lesson ideas

iBooks for Schools

iPads in learning research

iPads in Schools: Use Testing

10 Apps for Curation (Reg Swanson)

10 iPad Apps for Web Curation

Curation vs. Aggregation? Curation is such a necessity these days. The overwhelming wave of information we are exposed to is drowning us in facts and opinion. Not only do we need to be curating the information that we are consuming but we need to be insisting that our students have the skills and necessary tools in which to curate their own world. Here are a number of capable curation apps that can help to do just that. Have a look at the ones that might feel right for you. The author has a soft spot for Flipboard but only because it was the tool that first opened their eyes to the potential of the iPad in a classroom. Enjoy!

Pearltrees: FREE Pearltrees is a place to collect, organize, discover everything you like on the web. The unique visual interface lets you keep everything you like at hand so you can organize it your way. Collect web pages and turn them into pearls. Organize your pearls into pearltrees based on your interests. Share all of this and start to cultivate your interests with Pearltrees.

Flipboard: FREE Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you, from Instagram photos and Facebook updates to Tumblr posts and articles from your favorite publications. Connect Flipboard to all your social networks, and you'll have a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you.

Zite: FREE Zite is a free personalized magazine for your iPad that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it. Zite delivers all the great news, articles, blogs, and videos you want – and helps you discover new stuff that you'll love. Get a head start on finding amazing content tailored just for you by automatically syncing Zite with your Twitter and Google Reader accounts. FREE lets you easily publish online magazines by curating content on your favorite topic. Curate on the go with the iDevice App. Select, edit and publish posts in the same engaging visual format as from the Web site. Review your suggestion list or add posts from Safari mobile then share on all your connected Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr... accounts.

HitPad: FREE Hitpad delivers bite-size information snippets about the most important and worth-knowing topics of the day, highlighting why they are important and may be of interest, so you become current in no time and with very little effort. As you use Hitpad, it learns your interests in order to deliver you the most important information snippets in the areas that you care about.

Feedly: FREE Feed your mind. Get the best content from your favorite websites delivered to your iPhone and iPad. Powered by Google Reader, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instapaper and Read it later. If you are an existing Google Reader user, you can think of feedly as a fast/visual overlay with lots for sharing options and seamless 2-way integration.

Pulse: FREE Pulse takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article to see a clean and elegant view of the news story. Save stories for reading later across all platforms or sync them with Instapaper, Read it Later and Evernote. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter and email is as easy as two taps. Apple Design Award Winner 2011!

Flud: FREE Beautiful design, simple user interface, and integrated social settings make Flud a great place to read your news. Customize Flud to your personal tastes. Follow all your favorite blogs and news sites, save stories to read when you have time or offline, connect with friends and other Fluders who share your interests.

Google Currents: FREE - Not currently available in Australia Google Currents uses Google search technology to build editions tracking the five most recent trending stories in categories such as world, entertainment, sports, science, and more. Each story is presented through a fresh edition of articles, videos, and pictures.  Instantly, turn your Google Reader subscriptions, or any of your favorite blogs/feeds into a beautiful edition with a magazine feel.

News360: FREE News360 for iPad aggregates more than 7000 different news sources around the web to bring you news stories in a concise and useful stream. The semantic analysis technology behind News360 allows you to get background information and dossiers about all the companies, people and locations that make the news, and to personalize the news based on your specific interests.

iPad Tips from Redlands College

Tutorials for iPad

Keyboard Shortcuts for the iPad

40 Super-Secret iPad Tips

50 Tips iPad site

Tips and Tricks Guide

Art Apps

    • iPad Apps for Art Ed
    • The Jackson Pollock App
    • Art Apps Showcase
    • Art Talk  
    • 12 Museum Apps From Around The World
    • NSW Art Apps
    • Apps in Education - Art
    • 30 Best iPhone Apps for Art Teachers
    • Love Art-Natl Gallery London         From The Teaching Palette Blog
    •  This is an absolutely beautiful museum app that integrates audio and video presentations based on the collections in the museum.  A great learning tool containing snapshots of a wide range of art history.
    • Brushes Familiar with the New Yorker Cover that was created using an iPhone app?  It was created with the Brushes painting app and tops our list. Easy to use beginning with the very young. Watch a speed portrait here.
    • TypeDrawing Draw with text. This fun app uses a single letter or phrase as the drawing tool. A completely new way of drawing (and thinking about drawing). See some examples in this Flickr pool.
    • TanZen Familiar with Tangrams?  This app combines math and art concepts together.  Move, rotate, and flip shapes to form a larger image. Great for improving spatial intelligence.
    • Art (Lite version) This art history game features five famous artists.  Can you identify which artist created each work of art? Master this app, then upgrade to the paid version of ArtAnother nice feature of this app is the option to load images into your photo gallery for use in other applications.
    • Art2Go This app is an engaging and useful presentation of 19th and early 20th century artists and their work using audio commentary. Useful for all grade levels and art backgrounds.
    • Color Splash This is an extremely simple app to use with some amazing effects.  Teach the principle of emphasis by isolating a single image in color while the remainder of the photograph stands in black and white. See how easy this app is to use in this video tutorial.
    • Animoto Near identical to the traditional web-based version, Animoto coordinates your images to the beat of music.  Great for artist presentations or student portfolios. Completed presentations can be downloaded or emailed.
    • FlipBook (Lite version) This is one of the best animation apps available.  Features allow for replication of images and transparency effects to see previous slide. Click here for a guided tour of the app.
    • PixPop Art – This is a challenging and very fun detail detective game. Utilizing fine art, detail images line the right side of the screen while you search for the match. Work in competition mode timing yourself or work at your own pace in Zen mode.


    • 3D gallery Be a curator of your own museum.  Enter this 3-D room and rearrange the paintings or choose your own images from photo gallery.  This would be a great tool to display artwork created throughout the year or to focus on an art time period or genre. Note: There is currently no “save” feature, but if you click your on/off button at the same time as the menu button, you can create a screenshot that saves in photos on the camera roll.
    • Comic Touch (Lite version) Add some humor to art historical images or commentary to student artwork with this single pane comic creator. Save to photo library or email. Upgrade to the paid version of Comic Touch and get interesting special effects and fonts. Watch an intro video here.
    • Life Strips This is a great tool for creating comic strips.  Utilizes a wide variety of comic strip templates and speech bubbles. Add photos and utilize filters to for adding special effects. Even add a Google map!
    • Light Painting Have you ever created a photographic light painting?  While standard flashlights and LED lights work fine, this app offers additional light features otherwise hard to replicate. Use these tips and tricks to get started.
    • Open Culture - Find a nice group of audio and video podcasts from well known art museums in the “ideas and culture” category.  The same category also contains animated New Yorker cartoons.
    • AP Mobile Create a search for “Art” and get the latest news articles from around the world.  Useful app for older students to reflect on culture and current events.
    • Jazz Sculptor Utilize a wide variety of virtual materials and textures to carve a sculpture from a variety of forms.  Rotate image to view at a 360 degree angle.  Nice exercise to understand the subtractive carving process. See the Jazz Sculptor gallery for inspiration.
    • ScuptMaster3D Create three-dimensional art using a variety of colors with this virtual material that appears inspired by Henry Moore.  Great way to introduce and reinforce positive and negative space concepts. View thisvideo tutorial for an overview.
    • Architect Envi Deluxe – This app organizes architecture by building name, architect, or century created.  It is presented in a slide-show format with the option to learn more about the building and save in the camera roll for use/manipulation in other applications.  Yet, the best feature of this app is the option to view each architectural structure in Google Maps.
    • Color Sudoku Forget the numbers – this is Sudoku in color!  Game has a different levels of difficulty and color schemes.


  • Eyetricks
  •  This app has a nice collection of optical illusions.  Good for early finishers or as intro to an OP Art unit.
  • Color Wheel -This color wheel uses advanced color theory concepts to reinforce color understanding. Useful interactive app for older students.
  • Brooklyn Museum Tour the collection of art at the Brooklyn Museum.  ”Randomize” is a nice feature to view artwork you might otherwise miss.
  • Symmetry Useful tool for teaching symmetry to younger students. Watch this video for a quick demo.
  • MovieMaker This is a great tool for creating stop-motion animations and time-lapse movies. Since it requires the camera on an iPhone, this app is perhaps most useful as an extension for students who have access to iPhone technology.
  • PotteryWheel While this is certainly not a a replacement for the hands-on wheel throwing experience, this pottery wheel gives the basic idea of the cause and effect.
  • Artist’s Touch This app requires little artistic talent but is useful when teaching about abstract art.  Non-objective to representational- reveal your image using a variety of textures and paint tools. Be sure to watch video tutorial to get started.
  • Google Earth This is a great app to integrate geographic locations of artists or cultures. Watch this video tutorial to get started.
  • Gallery of Painters Contains a large collection of artists that can be searched alphabetically, by century, or nationality. View basic information or link directly to Wikipedia for detail information.  Useful for research.
  • Juxtaposer and Juxtaposer Lite This is a fun tool for teaching about Surrealism. Reinforce juxtaposition  by taking a photo of your classroom and a selecting objects from a second photo to create a Magritte-like composition. Watch this video review to see what this app can do.
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