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Monday, March 26, 2012

iPad Productivity Apps (for Principals & Administrators)

I am going to be training our principals (and other administrators) on productivity apps for better utilizing their iPads.  I have talked with several people, who have given some great ideas and many people across the state have contributed ideas through the TECSIG email list.   So far, here is the list of iPad apps for productivity (this list would probably work for more than just educators):









iPad Apps for (Principal and Administrator) Productivity
Stock iPad Apps
Safari
Web Browser
Included with iPad
Contacts
Syncs with Exchange (Outlook)
Included with iPad
Email
Syncs with Exchange (Outlook)
Included with iPad
Calendar
Syncs with Exchange (Outlook)
Included with iPad
Camera
Takes pictures
Included with iPad
Photos
Email, tweet, your photos..
Included with iPad
FaceTime
Real time video conference with other iOS users
Included with iPad

Notetaking Apps
Evernote
The e-filing cabinet of choice – use as your memory.  Stores emails, text notes & audio.  Syncs across many devices and web.  Great search!
Free
Notability
Any easy to use simple text, written, audio and photo note app – email or PDF notes
$9.99
GoodReader
Great PDF annotation and reader software
$4.99
PDF Expert
Simple PDF annotation with WiFi transfer and Box support
$9.99
Audio Memos Free
Voice recorder, email up to 3mb files, WiFi download
Free
Dragon Dictation
Voice to text transcriptions
Free

Office Apps
Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
Apple’s GREAT office apps for Word Processing, spreadsheet, and presentations.  These are the apps to use if using iPad for content creation.
$9.99 each 
QuickOffice Pro
All in one office suite – edits Microsoft Office docs and syncs with Box.net and WiFi file transfer.  This more affordable suite is geared towards just editing.
$14.99
CloudOn
Cloud-Based MS Office with Box synchronization
Free
Digits Calculator
Great desktop calc with editable, comment-able eTape that can be emailed
$1.99
Dictionary.com
Great dictionary and thesaurus
Free

Book  Apps
iBooks, Nook & Kindle
eBooks from the big three.
Free

News Apps
Pulse
Incredible customizable news aggregator
Free
FlipBoard
Another great customizable new aggregator
Free
Texas Tribune
Stay on top of Texas news and the legislature
Free

Other Useful Apps
Box
App to synchronize files to the cloud and web browser..use to move files between PC and iPad
Free
Citrix
Get a JISD Windows desktop and use MS Office,  access your H and T drives, etc
Free
Twitter
Great social networking tool to expand your PLN
Free
iThoughtsHD
Easy mind mapping with Image & PDF export and Box synchronization
$9.99
Skitch
Simple annotation app – take a photo and mark up ideas and notes (syncs to Evernote)
Free
Explain Everything
Annotate and narrate on screen then export video – great way to narrate presentations then share
$2.99