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    TeacherPal

    by ITWorx

    Since taking attendance and keeping a gradebook is a regular task for all teachers, having a great solution on your iPhone or iPad is a must. This simple, effective, free, universal app belongs on every teacher's iDevice. Take attendance; track grades and behavior for your students. Set up a profile for each student that can even include information such as allergies. You can email parents and/or students directly from the app. Import .csv files. You can link and back up to your Dropbox account. With the iCloud will come an option for syncing information between your iDevices. Why not try this app out before you try any of the paid options?

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    TeacherTool

    by Udo Hilwerling

    If the free TeacherPal isn't enough for you, there is TeacherTool -- a complex grading and classroom management app for iPhone. Options and settings are a plenty and if you want more than just simple attendance, assignments, and grading, look no further than TeacherTool. In addition to the standard grading features, you can set up of checklists for events, such as tracking which students have paid for the upcoming field trip. Data is easily exported for Excel via email attachment. However, app lacks the ability to send out mass emails to students and parents, and the complexity of the interface will be daunting to some. The app comes in three pricing structures. The free version allows for only one class; the "flex" version is a pay as a you go through in-app purchase, adding features as you pay; and the full version is expensive for an iPhone app, $30. We would certainly recommend trying the free version first to see if this app suits your teaching style.

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    Numbers

    by Apple

    If you're not looking for a dedicated attendance and grade app, you might like something more general-purpose. Many teachers around the country have relied upon Microsoft Excel for creating and maintaining electronic grade books, but that is not why have included Numbers in this AppList. Numbers made the list due to its built in attendance-taking templates. The templates in the iWork suite have always been one of its strengths and the attendance templates are beautiful to look at and easy to use. On the iPad, forms are simple to create in a new tab and integrate with the attendance data. Attendance taking is very quick using the tabbed forms within Numbers' attendance templates. It's probably not worth purchasing if you're only going to use it for attendance, but if you're going to use it for creating other sorts of spreadsheets as well, it's probably worthwhile.

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    Essay Grader

    by Gatsby's Light

    Whether you are an English teacher or not, many courses have writing requirements and essay-style homework assignments. With Essay Grader for iPad, grading can be streamlined with meaningful feedback comments for students. The app provides criteria checkboxes to quickly evaluate essays and writing assignments, which generate a graded evaluation form. Each step can be (and should be) personalized for the student with more specific comments. The app then allows for exporting to your computer and emailing to the student. If you teach a subject with serious writing assignments, Essay Grader for iPad could save you time and enhance the feedback to your students. There is also a separate version for the iPhone.

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    Expedition - VGA, Composite, Component Out Web Browser

    by FunForcer

    Now that you've got your digital gradebook set up, let's talk classroom apps. So, what if you want to display a website to your class? Why should you have to pull out your laptop when your iPad is sitting right there? With "Expedition" you can use your iPad to navigate anywhere on the web and mirror that content to your class. It also includes a built-in laser pointer so that you can highlight important information. As a browser it is pretty bare bones, but definitely functional and fast. I wish that it imported and synced with your Safari bookmarks, but you can create your own bookmarks within Expedition.

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    Keynote

    by Apple

    Keynote may be an obvious inclusion for teachers, but nonetheless it is an important universal app in any teaching arsenal. With the ability to import PowerPoint presentations, or to create your own Keynote files from scratch on the iDevice, it once again lightens your load so that you can leave your laptop in your office.

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    GoodReader for iPad

    by Good.iWare Ltd.

    Teachers have many types of documents to manage and having a solid file management system on the iPad is a must. Good Reader includes VGA output support, which is perfect for the classroom. Now you project PDF handouts, Microsoft Office Documents, and iWork Documents all from within one app on the iPad. Also, with its integration with all of popular cloud-based storage services, access to FTP sites, and to your email attachments, you should never have to say to the class, "Sorry class, I forgot your homework assignment in my office." There is also a separate iPhone version.

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    eClicker Host

    by Big Nerd Ranch, Inc.

    So, now you've got some great presentation apps. How about some apps that involve the students? iClickers are becoming all the rage in the university and secondary school classroom. The technology makes realtime survey and assessment possible through devices throughout the classroom. The professor displays a question and the students respond anonymously with supplied devices providing the class with instant feedback. With eClicker Host, this advanced technology can be produced all from your iPhone or iPad, thus saving both the school and the student money from having to buy other commercial-grade products. The app is universal and works over Wi-Fi. The beauty of eClicker is that students can use any Wi-Fi device with a browser to interact with the class. From surveys to pop quizzes, eClicker can make your class more interactive and exciting. Students with iDevices can use the free eClicker app to formulate and send their responses to eClicker Host questions.

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    Flipboard

    by Flipboard Inc.

    This free iPad app can be used creatively in the classroom. For example, you can create a class Twitter feed, and see how Flipboard turns it into a professional-looking virtual newspaper. Or simply use Flipboard to follow current events, choosing a precise news feed or collection of feeds to suit your class.

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    Stick Pick

    by Buzz Garwood

    Teachers have been using popsicle sticks in a can to eliminate unintentional bias when calling on a student for ages. But this iPhone app takes it to the next level. You put each child's name on a "stick" and tap/shake/swipe to choose one at random. You could use it just for that if you want. But, you can also incorporate Bloom's Taxonomy get a list of question stems appropriate for each child's level. In Bloom's mode, for example, you can choose from six levels of cognitive development: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. There is also a Bloom's Revised mode and an ESL mode for new English speakers. Track student responses as well with the built-in Critical Thinking Rubric. You can review each student's individual performance and even email a student's results.

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    Edmodo

    by Edmodo

    Here's an app for use outside of the classroom, to reinforce the lessons you've taught. Edmodo.com is a social networking site designed for teachers and students to interact, as well as for teachers to network with one another. The free, universal app makes it easy for teachers and students to interact in real time with their iDevices. Give out, manage, and grade student assignments. It's something like Facebook, but designed specifically for use by educators and students.

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    Dropbox

    by Dropbox

    Dropbox is useful before, during and after school. This free, universal cloud storage service is great for storing your lesson plans, items you wanted to share with the class, SMART lessons, and more. No need to remember to bring a flashdrive from home to classroom and back, burn CDs/DVDs, or email things to yourself. Simply drop everything into your Dropbox, and it's just there, on any computer you use, on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or even other smartphones. Set up shared files and folders with other teachers or with students. The possibilities are quite numerous, and a quick internet search will reveal all sorts of ways that educators are using Dropbox to streamline their workflow. I've been using this service for years and never come close to using up the free 2GB, but if you are storing a lot of video and other storage-intense media, you may need a premium subscription.