iPad Apps For Administrators
The following is a guest post from our good friend, Steven Anderson, who is a District Instructional Technologist in Winston-Salem, NC. Steven works with district and school administrators on how to harness the power of technology to enhance learning.
iPad Apps for Administrators
When it comes to mobile learning there are loads of great sites for apps for kids and teachers. Everything from apps organized by Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to apps organized by grade level and subject area. But what you might not know, especially if you are an administrator is that there are some great apps out there for you.
What are they? Well my administrator friends, here are my Top 9 Apps For Administrators
- Google Docs - Where would I be with out Google Docs? Lost I am sure. My life is spent editing and creating documents, presentations and spreadsheets. And the ability to share those easily makes Google Docs my go-to app for editing, not only at the computer but on the go as well. I can edit, comment and view all my documents from this app, no matter where I am. So for the administrator, editing or viewing your school improvement plan, meeting agenda or walkthrough data can really increase productivity.
- Dropbox - For those items I can’t keep in Google Docs, I use Dropbox. The app gives you access to all your files stored in the cloud so you can retrieve them, email them, view them, and show them, again, no matter where you are.
- Adobe Ideas - You never know when a great idea is going to strike. Adobe Ideas is always at the ready to capture a drawing, sketch, list or what ever you need.
- ReadItLater - I am a huge, huge fan of this app. Whenever you are reading a blog or come across a webpage that you just don’t have time to check out or don’t want to save it to your booksmarks before you have a chance to look at it, you can ReadItLater. Adding items to your list is easy as a checkmark in the address bar and the app gives you online and offline access to your entire list.
- Skype - Desktop video calling is now available on the iPad. You can chat, make calls and even do free video calling, no matter where you are. Participate in a faculty meeting when you aren’t at school or meet virtually with other administrators to build your network. All on your iPad!
- Zite - This is a Social Aggregator that takes topics you decide and pulls the most relevant stories related to those topics. They are then presenting and a pretty neat magazine format. And you can share what you read via Twitter, Facebook and email. So you can keep up with topics in education and share with your staff with ease.
- Google Translate - In many of our schools English might not be the main language spoken. The Google Translate app is great for helping to break the language barrier with students and staff and you can put in text and get instant translations for emails and documents.
- TED - These are inspiring talks given from some of the brightest minds on the planet. This app gives you access to the entire directory. You can use the TED talks to inspire and challenge the thinking of your staff and students.
- Dragon Dictation - Let’s face it, sometimes typing on the iPad can be challenging. Dragon Dictation does it all for you. Using the built-in mic you can dictate memos, documents, blog posts and more.
There are loads more apps out there for all different sorts of uses. Check out this post to learn more about how you can get more mileage out of your mobile learning device.
About the Author
Steven Anderson is a District Instructional Technologist in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a strong advocate for incorporating social media into education. You can connect with Steven via Twitter by following @Web20classroom and subscribing to his blog, Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom.
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