This week in Tools for Tech, my seventh graders did an app test drive. They spent time trying out various apps, rating them, and giving them written reviews. I thought I would share the highlights with you in case you’re looking for a fresh new idea for your curriculum. You can find the full unedited review results at this link.
· CargoBot: Touted as a way for students to learn coding. I haven’t seen coding, but it is very taxing on your logic skills. (Rated 2.8 out of 5)
· Doceri: An interactive whiteboard on your iPad. I haven’t used this one myself, but I see it all over the place in my reading. (Rated 3.7 out of 5)
· MaxJournal: It’s a journal. Good for taking notes or creative writing. (Rated 4.3 out of 5)
· Skitch: A drawing app connected to Evernote. Since you can save your drawings to Evernote, it has lots of great uses. (Rated 3.09 out of 5)
· Tinkerbox: A physics and engineering app and very addicting – if the kids’ reaction to it is any indication. (Rated 4.2 out of 5)
Sadly, there was one app that we all agreed needed to be deleted from the school iPads: iSwifter. iSwifter is a flash player for iPad. I won't go into the negatives. If you like it, enjoy. Personally, I prefer Rover.
What cool apps have you found lately?