Monday, January 9, 2012

iPad Deployment Journal: Updated List of iPad Apps

iPad Deployment Journal: Part 5...Adding Apps

I'm happy to report that our iPad cart is making it's way into the classroom and students are starting to use them. I have continued to search for apps and recruit suggestions from our staff. Right now, all the iPads on our cart have the following apps:

Foreign Language: BrainPop (spanish), Japanese Language Keyboard
Language Arts: Mirriam Webster Dictionary,
Social Studies: Google Earth, Oregon Trail: American Settlers *
Math: Sketchpad Explorer, QuickGraph
Science: Periodic Table, K12 Periodic Table, iCelcius, Moon Phase *, Moon *
Productivity: Dropbox, Evernote, Evernote Peek, iBooks, Diigo, UStream, QRafter - QR Code Reader
Music: GarageBand ($)

* added 1/10/2012

($) indicates that it is a paid app. I'm glad that ordering 20 copies of GarageBand cut the per device price in half. The regular price for Garage Band is $4.98, but the volume pricing is $2.49 for 20+ licenses.

As time goes on, I would like to provide descriptions / reviews, and hopefully ideas for how to incorporate these apps into classroom activities. If you would like to assist with this, please do. Please contact me if you have any experience with the apps we are using and always feel free to suggest new apps that are worthwhile.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Partners in Rhyme - Royalty Free Music and Free Music

When my students work on projects in my classes (games, presentations, etc), the question about copyrighted music and sound effects always comes up. Students are inclined to want to record a song from YouTube or elsewhere to use in their project. Partners in Rhyme is a website devoted to royalty free music. Understand, however, that royalty free music does not mean that the music is free. Royalty free means that once you purchase it, you can use it in your project. Partners in Rhyme does have a section of free sounds that you can use. This includes music, loops, sound effects, etc. This is a resource that I use with my students so that they can incorporate music and sounds without worrying about copyright infringement.

I hope that you enjoy find the site to be a great solution for the issue of using sounds in student projects!

Royalty Free Music and Sound Effects Download the music and sound effects you need for your multimedia project today at Partners In Rhyme.