One of the hardest things with using the iPad in the classroom is finding the time to go through all of the apps in the iTunes Store listed under the education banner. We have started to list some of the apps we've found under each of the Key Learning Areas.
I didn't realise how much fun you could have with iPad accessories. These are just a couple of funky things that are for the big kid in all of us. Many of these are affordable as well as fun.
If you have found some that are even better let us know in the comments. Enjoy !
Red Pencil Stylus: $9.99
The pencil is mightier than the finger. Chunky retro red pencil works as a touchscreen stylus. Made of electro conductive rubber. Works for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android phones, more! This is really just to freak people out when they see you using a pencil on your new iPad.
Do you have multiple devices that need to be charged? If you’re anything like us, then you’ll have a few gadgets lying around, and the chargers clutter up your desk. This concept Giving Tree charger looks like a plastic tree and offers several connectors that can be attached to your devices to provide juice. The cards can be pulled out from the tree, ensuring that you’ll be able to let your device rest on the table while it’s being charged.
Big Grips: $49.99
“We set out to create a case that not only protects the iPad, but also brings a smile to your face,” said Kirk Mills, KEM Ventures, Inc. “Judging by the kids we’ve seen using Big Grips Frame, I think we succeeded. For parents, it’s peace of mind. Big Grips Frame just feels good, like there’s nothing to worry about—that’s how we came up with the motto ‘Grab More. Worry less.’
Bring your tablet-based gaming to the next level with the JOYSTICK-IT Tablet Arcade Stick. The JOYSTICK-IT gives you a real physical joystick for increased precision with touchscreen based games. Simply press down to attach the JOYSTICK-IT to your tablet based computer's screen for improved gaming. No wires or batteries needed.
The JOYSTICK-IT works with thousands of different game apps. Any game that has an on-screen control pad of some kind is perfect for the JOYSTICK-IT. Simply run your game of choice, place the JOYSTICK-IT over the on-screen control pad and push down. The JOYSTICK-IT sticks to the glass of your display and is ready for action.
The original makers of the Etch-A-Sketch have officially licensed this iPad case that makes the frame of the tablet resemble the iconic red housing of the original toy. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with the Etch-A-Sketch iPad app, and the knobs don't do anything. In fact, there is little more than looks to this case, except for a particularly short kickstand. There are holes conveniently placed to keep switches, ports and the home button easily accessible.
Flashback to the glory days of gaming with iCADE! iCADE integrates your iPad into an authentic, arcade-style cabinet complete with joystick and buttons! Impress your friends, family and co-workers with iCADE's great-looking retro design, and then challenge them for high-scores on the most entertaining iPad accessory imaginable! iCADE's specially designed cradle ensures safe loading and unloading of your iPad, while also providing a solid, secure fit even during the most intense game-play sessions.
djay transforms your iPad into a full-fledged DJ system, allowing you to mix your iPod music library on a hyper-realistic turntable interface. Perform live, record mixes on-the-go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist automatically. With unprecedented ease-of-use and innovative multi-touch mixing features, djay for iPad takes DJing to the next level and offers a unique experience for beginners and professionals alike.
PIANO APPRENTICE is the ultimate piano teaching tool for iPad, iPod and iPhone. Simply connect your iPad, iPod or iPhone, download the free PIANO APPRENTICE app, and start playing piano instantly! PIANO APPRENTICE is a lightweight, highly portable 25-note keyboard and features keys that respond to your touch for maximum expression. It's easy to follow along as acclaimed piano instructor Scott Houston, aka the Piano Guy, appears on the screen demonstrating how to play while the actual keys on PIANO APPRENTICE light up, showing you where to place your hands.
Bamboo Ipad Cover: $30.00
A company called KARBT launches wooden skins for Apple’s MacBook laptop and iPad tabet. These wooden cases are hand-crafted and made of 100% real authentic wood that use a professional grade 3M backing adhesive that sticks perfectly to your notebook. The wooden MacBook and iPad skins are made of Bamboo, Cherry, Maple, Pine, Walnut woods with different shades and colors. The MacBook skins are priced at $35 and iPad skins at $30. There is also MacBook Artisit Series that costs $50.
Belkin Flip Blade Stand: $24.00
Use your iPad anywhere with the stand that transforms from small and portable to safe and supportive at the push of a button. Holds your iPad in either landscape or portrait view. This compact stand is as minimal as it is strong. Durable material provides a firm base for your device that won’t weigh down your bag or backpack.