Apps for iPhone
David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on Linkedin.com and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.
The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:
- Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
- Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
- Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
- DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
- DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
- Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)
Apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod
A number of educators are using their iPhone or iPod as a resource for education, connecting with other educators and keeping track of things. The shortcut for this page is http://apps.davidspencer.ca.
- 1 Online Directories of Apps for Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad
- 2 Astronomy Apps
- 3 Create Your Own Apps
- 4 Book Reading Apps
- 5 Canada Apps
- 6 Communication Apps
- 7 Films, Movies and Television
- 8 Finances and Banking
- 9 History Apps
- 10 Home Management Apps
- 11 Internet Connection
- 12 iPad Apps
- 13 Jounal Keeping Apps
- 14 Math Apps
- 15 Messaging Apps
- 16 Music Apps
- 17 Nature and Wildlife Apps
- 18 News Apps
- 19 News Reporting Apps
- 20 Organizing Apps
- 21 Photography Apps
- 22 Podcasts
- 23 Publishing by Curation Apps
- 24 Purchasing Apps
- 25 QR Code Readers
- 26 Science Apps
- 27 Social Networking Apps
- 28 Thinking and Learning Apps
- 29 Transportation Apps
- 30 University
- 31 How to Add a Microphone to an iPod Touch
- 32 More Apps to Add
- 33 Apps Recommended for iPad Mini
Online Directories of Apps for Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad
Create Your Own Apps
Book Reading Apps
Google Translate is an excellent app for translating words in many languages. It has over 20 different languages it can translate, so you can never get lost in a different country, or in your class, you can translate certain words to accommodate ELL students. Price: Free. Reviewed by Robin Kapoor.
Films, Movies and Television
IMDb Movies & TV Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your must-see list and rate your favorite movies and TV shows. Price: Free.
Leonard Maltin Movie Guide provides reviews of over 24 000 films and listings of actors and directors. Price: Free.
NFB Films watch and comment on Canadian films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Price: Free.
Netflix has saved me many times I have been travelling. Waiting for 3 hours in an airport can be incredibly boring. Most airports have wifi so while waiting for my flight I can now watch a movie or TV episodes. Price: Free. Reviewed by Dave Buivids.
Finances and Banking
Scotiabank has saved me time and trips to the bank. I can do transfers and bill payments from anywhere. I am just waiting for them to get the app that allows me to deposit a cheque by scanning it. Price: Free. Reviewed by Dave Buivids.
- On This Day: historical events and birthdays by Sophiestication Software
- OnThisDay in History by KingKang Labs
Home Management Apps
- Hydro One Mobile
View current and planned power outage information for Hydro One's service territory. Hydro One's outage map provides detailed outage information of current and planned outages throughout the company's service territory in Ontario, Canada. Our mapping system is updated every 15 minutes with information on number of customers affected, estimated restoration times, outage causes and crew status to keep you informed.
Free Wi Fi Finder Instantly find FREE Wi-Fi Internet hotspots wherever you are in the world online or offline. Uses your iPhone's GPS and network triangulation capabilities to locate free Wi-Fi spots. Price: Free.
- iAnnotate PDF by Miriam Mirza
- i-Prompt Pro Use your Apple iPad as a professional teleprompter for location reporting, corporate video productions, info-mercials, video blogs, podcasts and all types of public event speaking.
- A list of recommended iPads apps from The Next Web.
Jounal Keeping Apps
- Penzu Keep your own personal journal and online diary
GraphCalc is a great app to have when teaching math. it is fast and way easier to use than a TI-83 calculator. You can look at and compare graphs of different functions, find points of intersections, find max and min values with relative ease. Price: $0.99. Reviewed by Dave Buivids.
- [ChatON] is a Samsung free messaging application for sending text and multimedia messages, indulge in group chats and even create custom animated messages.
- [Facebook Messenger] is an extension of the existing messaging feature of Facebook.
- [iMessage] is an Apple app that runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. iMessage is built into the Messages app and lets you send photos, videos, locations and contacts apart from text. Other basic features include group messaging, delivery receipts and optional read receipt.
- [Touch] formerly PingChat allows users to send text messages and share multimedia content and contacts.
- [Viber] is a cross-platform mobile messaging app for sending text messages and phone calls to other Viber users using 3G or Wi-Fi.
is one of the first cross-platform mobile messaging apps that provides an alternative to BlackBerry Messenger. WhatsApp is available on all major smartphone platforms and even some Symbian based devices. You can send free text messages*, multimedia content like images and videos and share your current location. All you need is a data connection.
- Cleartune Chromatic Tuner Cleartune is a chromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe that allows you to quickly and accurately tune up using the built-in mic in your iPhone, iPod Touch or Android device. Cleartune features a unique "note wheel" interface allowing you to quickly find your pitch, paired with a highly responsive fine-tuning meter for the perfect tune. Cleartune can tune acoustic or electric guitar, bass, bowed strings, woodwinds, brass, piano and any other instrument that can sustain a tone. web support
- Clockwork Metronome and Click Track With a comprehensive feature set, incredible accuracy and elegant design, Clockwork defines a new class of metronome. Not just a basic timekeeper, Clockwork includes a unique click track/song editor that allows you to customize many parameters including tempo variations, time signatures, accents, and more. Arrange your songs into setlists for seamless playback, and rearrange or edit setlists on the fly. Create your own samples using the built in sound recorder. web site
- FretBoard for players of the stringed instruments supporting Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Bass (4, 5 and 6 string), Dobro, Charango, Lap Steel and Pedal Steel, Mandolin, Violin, Viola, Cello, Lute, Viola da gamba, Ukulele, Dulcimer, all Chapman Sticks, all guitars and bass guitars tuned and set up for two-handed tapping, alternative guitar tunings and many other instruments. web site support
- CloudBeats - Cloud Music Player CloudBeats connects to all of your cloud storage services including DropBox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive and Mediafire and streams your music directly from the cloud. web site support.
- GJ Tuner Includes 6 of the Most Used Guitar Tuning Modes (Standard, Drop D, 1/2 Step Down, Whole Step Down, Open D, Open G) web site
- Guitar Fretboard Addict Practice the guitar fretboard by notes or by fret positions. Practice reading standard music notation alongside the fretboard. Practice ear training with real acoustic guitar sounds. support
- Musicopoulos Musicopoulos great for drilling music theory and sight reading also includes detailed music theory lessons so that you can learn and understand the concepts before diving into the practical side of things. More info from the publisher's page Spartan Apps.
- Music Studio comes with 40 studio recorded instruments covering all musical styles like classic, jazz, rock, electronic and much more. Additional 50 instruments are available in add-on packages.By Web site includes audio demos. The samples were recorded at 44kHz, 16bit with professional studio equipment to achieve the best possible realism. Most of them are sustain. Created by Alexander Gross
- Music Theory Pro Dr. Joel Clifft, a professor in the music department at Azusa Pacific University and the University of Southern California, has created Music Theory Pro – an iPhone app for musicians or anyone who wants to learn music. Joel Clifft web site, Video about Music Theory Pro
- Notes- Learn to read Music This app will help beginners learn the letter names for notes on the bass and treble clef ("F" on bass through to "G" on treble)
Shazam allows you to discover the song name, artist name, and album name of any piece of music that you are listening to. If you are enjoying some music out at a coffee shop say, and you are unsure of what it is, you simply have to hold your phone towards the speaker and within 30 seconds all the details of the song will appear on your screen. Price: Free. Reviewed by James Nunes.
Nature and Wildlife Apps
The following educational apps will help you learn more about nature and wildlife.
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- Tornado Chaser Price: '$0.99
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- Birds Birds by Quantis Inc.
- Chirp! Bird Songs of Canada by iSpiny
- Peterson Feeder Birds of North America by Appweavers Inc.
- LeafSnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.
- OTC Mobile by Ontario Trails Council. Find scenic hiking and running trails in Ontario.
CBC News connects you to news streams by location in Canada. Read, hear o watch the latest news from your region, across Canada and around the world. Get breaking news headlines and check the weather in your area. You can listen to podcasts and watch video of current news items and issues. Price: Free.
CTV News Includes Canadian local and national news plus news from around the world. Also has TV schedule, health and entertainment info. Price: Free.
The Globe and Mail: News provides news, commentary and analysis from the journalists of the Globe & Mail Newspaper. Price: Free.
National Post Mobile brings the latest top stories from the National Post popular coverage areas to you as news happens -- a live stream of content updated throughout the day. Offline, you can save story by story or take that a step further and download all the latest stories with one tap. Price: Free.
News Reporting Apps
Use these News Reporting Apps to upload photos, videos and comments about news from your region.
CTV Mynews If you are on the scene of breaking news and can capture it with your mobile phone, then send your pictures or video. Your content contribution may be selected for use on Canadian CTV websites, CTV television or radio programming services. Price: Free.
Evernote synchs between your hand held device and your home latptop/computer. It helps keep you organized by allowing you to easily make and retrieve folders such as school documents, project ideas, car search and important passwords. You can take photos, record audio, write notes, save passwords, and preserve screen shots with this app. Price: Free. Reviewed by James Nunes.
Camera+ from tap tap tap Cost $1.99. Camera+ allows you to take a photo and then master it afterwards using their amazing editing program. Features like clarity, backlit, shade, cloudy, florescent, sunset, portrait, beach ad scenery can immediately be applied to your photo and change the look completely. When selecting the FX effects format you can completely alter your photo as though you took your shot with a fancy lens or with and antique camera. Options such as toy camera, fashion, antique, hipster, 70’s, polarize, grunge and sunkiss’d can help you to create a unique and unforgettable memory for your collection. Price: $1.99. Reviewed by Scott Manson.
- ProCamera from cocologics Cost $2.99 The app offers a live histogram display so you can objectively evaluate scene brightness. You can display one of three separate grid overlays as well as a horizon level indicator that can even be user-calibrated for greater accuracy. Self-timer options can be set from .5 seconds to 20 seconds in full-second increments. Each photo you shoot with ProCamera contains useful advanced GeoTagging and EXIF information such as time and date, location and compass direction. This data gets invisibly stored into your photos so that you may look up the location and all other EXIF information right within ProCamera, with satellite maps of the spots you’ve been with your iPhone. You have the flexibility to shoot in 3:2, 1:1 and 16:9 aspect ratios in addition to the camera’s native 4:3 framing. Source: forbes.com
- Pro HDR from eyeApps LLC cost $1.99 Automatically create stunning full-resolution HDR images with just a single tap. Pro HDR takes multiple exposures in high contrast scenes and merge them seamlessly into a single image containing significantly more highlight and shadow detail than is possible from a single exposure on a smartphone. Source: forbes.com
For a list of educational audio and video podcasts, please visit our Podcast page.
Publishing by Curation Apps
- Scoop.it is a free publishing-by-curation platform. We provide a service making curation a simple and new form of expression on the Web. Thus, you can easily create your online magazine.
- Dwolla is a unique payment network that allows you to pay friends and businesses through your social networks and your location without the need for additional hardware or NFC. Only avaialble from the USA iTunes store. Official Dwolla web site.
- PayPal Send money to your friends, manage your account, and more, with the PayPal app. It’s free, secure and more convenient than going to the ATM, writing checks, or sending gifts the traditional way. Official PayPal web site.
QR Code Readers
- 11 iPhone QR Code Readers Tested by Andreas Gohr of splitbrain.org
TCT-The Chemical Touch is an app that I regularly use for my Chemistry classes, from grades 10 - 12, its a periodic table that is very efficient to find all sort of data on each element in the periodic table. Price: Free. Reviewed by Robin Kapoor
Social Networking Apps
- Apps for Sending SMS to Groups
Bump makes sharing with people as simple as bumping two phones together. Just pick what you want to send, then hold your phones and gently bump hands with another Bump user. And now, you can message with your friends who aren't near you. Share photos, apps, music, messages, locations, contacts, calendar events; become friends on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; compare mutual friends, and more. Price: Free.
CardMunch Business Card Reader Scan business card data and photos into your iPhone or iPod. Price: Free.
Facebook allows you to connect to your Facebook account, post status updates, photos, videos and follow pages. Price: Free.
Linkedin connects to your free Linkedin.com profile to help you connect with educators around the world who share similar ideas, struggles and a passion for teaching. Price: Free. Reviewed by David Spencer.
Skype Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype for your iPhone or iPod touch. Price: Free.
Twitter Follow your interests: instant updates from your friends, industry experts, favorite celebrities, and what’s happening around the world. Get short bursts of timely information on the official Twitter app. Price: Free.
Thinking and Learning Apps
- Fluency21 Unit Planner was created to help you make the shift to a learning environment where students use higher-level thinking to create products as solutions to relevant real-world problems.
GasBuddy is very useful to find a gas station near you and plus you can sort out the gas station by distance or by price. Good for finding cheap gas station near by. Price: Free. Reviewed by Robin Kapoor.
iTunes U allows you to download university course materials for free. You can download texts, lecture notes, and audio and video lectures on many courses. Schools offering these materials include MIT and Yale.. Price: Free. Reviewed by James Nunes.
How to Add a Microphone to an iPod Touch
If you have an older generation of iPod you can add a microphone by purchasing a ThumbTack tiny recordable mini-mic. Plug and play with your Nano 4G or Touch 2G.
More Apps to Add
- Top 35 Must-Have Educational iPhone and iPad Apps Used by Real Teachers in the Classroom
- musee du louvre piano harmony
- american sailing
- guitar world lick
- living earth world
- magic piano
- Easy note
- google earth
- living earth
- locatify iceland
- mark calculator
- .net practical web design
- rapid magazine
- slacker radio
- trip advisor
- the white house
- world explorer
- 3d virtual art gallery
- royal ontario museum
- smithsonian mobile
- touch piano
Apps Recommended for iPad Mini
- 1st Peoples of North America
- CBC News
- Google Chrome
- Google Maps
- National Geography World Maps
- Prezi Video
- TED Video