University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Check out a Webinar from an Arkansan on Educational IPAD apps

In The View from the OEP on September 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

If you’re a smart phone user, you’ve no doubt downloaded an application or thirty for your own entertainment. However, what may go unseen in the “app stores” of the world are the numerous apps that do not involve knocking down glass and wooden structures to smash green pig-like creatures (see Angry Birds for a review). In fact, there is an entire market in the education landscape that develops apps used for the academic benefit of its user.

There is also a concerted effort to inform educators about these apps and their benefit. For example, Arkansas’ own Harry Dickens will be hosting a webinar Thursday October 11th that will showcase his favorite iPad educational apps, from those apps that enhance lessons and engage students in the classroom to digital storytelling and other audio and video-creation apps. For example, earlier this year, Apple released 2 tools, iBooks Author and iTunes Course Manager, which have quickly been adopted by districts and schools around the world. Mr. Dickens, who is the Director of Technology with the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, will give participants an overview of how both programs can be used for daily instruction as well as for student creations.

Mr. Dickens has selected tools that will help you meet some of the major goals of the Common Core State Standards. You’ll leave the webinar with classroom-tested apps you can use immediately to increase student learning and personal productivity.

These are among the apps you’ll learn about during this 2-hour webinar:

  • Tools for creation
  • Tools for sharing and collaboration
  • Tools for assessment
  • Productivity tools for teachers
  • Whiteboard tools
  • Tools for building courses
  • Book-creation tools
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