5 Essential iPad Apps in the Classroom

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For most of us, school isn’t something we often look forward to. Luckily, the App Store offers us a variety of apps to alleviate some of that inevitable stress. We scoured the Web religiously and picked out the following list of 5 must-have apps that are free and easy-to-use. Feel free to try them out, and tell us which ones work best for you!
 
1. Evernote
 
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Taking notes is a chore, and organising them is an even greater burden. But it’s also a necessary evil to maintain that grade point average you worked so hard to achieve. Fortunately, there exists Evernote, an app that helps you record all your notes in text, or as images and snapshots. All you need is an account to log into, and you are good to go. Furthermore, Evernote can be conveniently synced across all your Apple devices. Keeping track of your studies has never been easier, so try it out now!
 
2. Pocket
 
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The woes of finding a stable WiFi connection are never-ending, especially when you are a student. Without a network connection, you can forget about watching recorded lectures, accessing seminar slides or doing project research. Pocket solves this by allowing you to archive any materials you may have found online immediately and conveniently, so that you may use them later. These include articles, videos or web pages, all of which would require an Internet connection when accessed normally. And like Evernote, Pocket syncs seamlessly across all your Apple devices, so you can view your materials anywhere and anytime, without the need for an Internet connection.
 
3. Earthviewer
 
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Okay, so this may not be essential for school, but it sure is a cool app to have, simply because it brings the last 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s geographical history right to your fingertips. Ever wondered what the continents looked like 1 billion years ago, or how the climate was like when the planet was first formed? With Earthviewer, simply scroll through history to find your answer. You can even obtain information such as temperature, biodiversity and atmospheric composition, in order to get a more complex view of our dynamic planet. Even if geography isn’t your thing, we still recommend this app because it’s plain awesome.
 
4. Duolingo
 
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This is one app that may very well get you that A+ in your foreign language class. Duolingo allows you to learn a new language through fun and games, with concepts like leveling-up and competing with friends. The lack of advertisements and hidden charges is another noteworthy advantage. Once you feel up to it, you can also try translating real-world texts in the language you are currently learning, and in doing so, contribute to the tedious process of Web translation into multiple languages.
 
5. Too Noisy
 
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Needless to say, this app is ideal for teachers. As we all know, noisy and rowdy children are a common sight in classrooms. Because of this, many teachers spend most of their time shushing and disciplining their kids, and have little left to actually conduct a fruitful lesson. Fortunately, Too Noisy is here to help! It is designed in a way that children enjoy and respond to, due to engaging graphics and attractive stars reward systems. Try it out, and be amazed at how much more productive your lessons would become!
 

Written by:
Desmond Chan

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