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Apps for Academics: Productivity & Resources: Productivity

The latest mobile apps will help you to enhance the teaching and learning environment. This guide presents collaboration, communication, assessment, library resources apps and more.

All In-one Course Manager

Edmodo By Edmodo

Edmodo provids a safe and easy way for teachers and students to engage and collaborate for free, anytime, anywhere.  Use Edmodo for:

  • Secure classroom discussions
  • Posting assignments
  • Gradebook tracking
  • File sharing and uploading

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iTunes U Course Manager

By Apple

ITunes U  Course Manager creates your own custom courses for iPad and teach them in your classroom. And the iTunes U app puts all the materials you create for your course— syllabus, videos, apps, books, class assignments, and more—all in one place. Use iTunes U course manager for:

  • Play video or audio lectures, read books, and view presentations
  • See course assignments
  • Receive  notification of a new post

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Notability By Ginger Lab

Notability (Buy: $4.99), a powerful note-taker on iPad and iPhone: sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, record a lecture, jot travel notes, or teach a class. With iCloud support, your notes always travel with you! 

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Explain Everything ™ By MorrisCooke

Explain Everything (Buy: $2.99)  is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

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MyScript Calculator By MyScript

MyScrip converts mathematical expression, symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.

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Nearpod By Panarea

Nearpod allows teachers to: 

  • Create Content:--Teachers log in to www.nearpod.com to create multimedia presentations with interactive features such as quizzes, videos, polls, drawing tools, and more.  They can also download featured presentations from certified publishers and fellow educators.
  • Engage -- In the classroom, teachers log in to the Nearpod iPad app to share content with their students and manage the flow of the lecture. Students use the Nearpod app on their iOS devices to receive curricular content, participate in activities and submit responses. 
  • Assess -- Teachers can see students’ answers in real time on the Nearpod app. Additionally, teachers can log in to www.nearpod.com to access post-session data and obtain detailed activity reports. 

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Socrative By Socrative

Teacher Clicker 

Student Clicker

Socrative engages the entire classroom with educational exercises and games while capturing student results in real-time. Interact with the data to further student understanding in the moment, and review the reports to prepare for future classes. Socrative will even aggregate and grade your pre-made activities! Saving you time, so you can engage more with your students on an individual level. Create a library of activities and share them with your colleagues and learning community.

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Prezi By Prezi Inc.

Create and present beautiful presentations with Prezi for iPad. Get started by choosing one of our stunning templates then add your text and images. Pinch to zoom on topics, retouch your prezis and adjust your presentations on the move.

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Animoto Video Maker By Animoto Inc.

Turn your camera roll into beautiful, pro-quality videos. Choose your music, photos, and clips and share amazing videos with your family and friends. Features include:

  • Over 50 different video styles to choose from
  •  Hundreds of songs in our built-in music library
  • Caption your photos, trim your video clips, and create title cards
  • Share videos via email, Messages, Facebook or Twitter

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Audioboo By Audioboo Ltd.

Audioboo helps you share your voice with the world with features:

  • Record up to 10 minutes for free
  • Post your clips easily to the web, Twitter, Facebook and more
  • Send audio DMs to friends
  • Listen to great content from the BBC, Fox, The Guardian, Universal Music, Premier League, Channel 4, KiddNation, and hundreds more partners from around the world
  • Download and store your favourite clips and playlists to play offline

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Educreations Interactive Whiteboard By Educreations, Inc

Educreations helps you to create a great video tutoria, add commentary to your photos, diagram a sports play and more.

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Document Sharing

Dropbox By Dropbox

Use Dropbox to save and share photos, docs, and videos in a snap. with features:

  • Access all your photos, docs, and videos from any device.
  • 2 GB of space when you sign up — free. 
  • Share a link to even your biggest files — no more attachments!
  • Add files to your “Favorites” for fast, offline viewing.

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Google Drive By Google, Inc.

Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you, then access what you need wherever you go, on any device with features:

  • Up to 15GB of storage --free.
  • Share photos and files with friends and family.
  • Always have the latest version of your documents, whether at home or in the office
  • Make any file available offline
  • Keep photos and videos from your device in Drive so you have everything if it breaks or is lost.
  • Access your stuff from a new device without having to transfer or download anything

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Mirror Mobile Device on Screen

Reflector By Squirrels

Reflector (Buy: $12.99) is an AirPlay receiver that allows you to wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone on your computer. Mirror your device on a big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo apps or present on the big screen from your iPhone or iPad. With Reflector, everything you do on your mobile device is wirelessly streamed to your computer in real time! 

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Engagement & Interaction

Google+ By Google, Inc.

Join a Hangout, post a photo, or see what friends are sharing while you’re on the go. Stay connected and share with feaures:

  • iPad-optimized layout brings your stream to life
  • Share photos directly to Events for all your friends to enjoy
  • Turn on Auto Backup to save photos and videos privately on Google+
  • Check out the What’s Hot stream to see trending topics
  • View the Nearby stream to see what people near your location are saying
  • See vibrant, high-resolution images on Retina display devices

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Google Groups By Google, Inc.

Google Groups provides a convenient way for your users to send messages to groups of people they frequently contact. Users can use groups to more easily:

  • Communicate and collaborate with groups of people.
  • Manage access to your documents, sites, videos, and calendars.

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BlogPress By CLT Studio

BlogPress (Buy:$4.99) is simple, easy to use, and come with rich features: 

  • Text-image-mixed layout editor
  • Easy photo and video uploader, fully intergraded with Filckr, Picasa Web Album and YouTube
  • Tags/labels and categories supporting
  • GEO/Location tags auto detection, intergraded with Google Map 
  • Scheduled Publish
  • Twitter and Facebook sharing
  • Simple HTML Quick Insert shortcut: Links, Bold/Italic/Font and Text color
  • Local and online drafts
  • Local Preview
  • Comments Management (Support Blogger and WordPress)
  • WordPress Pages Management
  • Password Protection
  • Landscape editing mode
  • Emoji icons supporting, funny icons in your post!
  • TextExpender supporting
  • Signature customization 
  • General MetaWeblog API supporting

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Blogger By Google, Inc.

Blogger (Buy:$2.99) can quickly and easily publish posts to your blog with features:

  • Compose a post that you can save to draft or immediately publish
  • View list of your saved and published posts
  • Switch account/blog if you have more than one
  • Embed an image from the gallery, or, by taking a picture directly from the app
  • Add labels to your posts
  • Add location information

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Scanner & QR

Scanner Mini By Readdle

Scan everything you want with your iPhone or iPad.

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QR Reader By TapMedia Ltd.

Now scans QR codes, barcodes and even creates PDF files with the "Scan to PDF" feature.

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QR Code Maker By Matan Radomski productions

This application will create SMS codes, Phone number codes, normal text codes, and websites linkscodes.

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