Basic Apps to Know:
Dropbox Free (App Store)
Share information from your computer to your IPad by installing Dropbox on the Ipad (and possibly on your computer). You can also access Dropbox on the Internet. Great for sharing files (documents, PDFs, photos, videos, etc.)
IBooks Free (App Store)
The standard reading platform on your IPad. Reads document files you share through Dropbox, EPUB files you download from the internet and anything you purchase in the store.
Edmodo Free (App Store)
I’m a big fan of Edmodo as a classroom management portal. It’s an easy way to send students links, files, notes, assignments and quizzes, and safely allows them to collaborate, write and share. Students can log in and out of their individual Edmodo profile so that each individual user can access their individual Edmodo account.
Another great plus with Edmodo is its Apps (so, essentially, there are Apps within the App). There are a lot of great ones – – some that you have to pay for and some free ones. One really great literacy app is No Red Ink. (Click here for a review on No Red Ink)
I want my students to be able to read Audiobooks on the IPad.
IBooks Free (App Store)
It isn’t an audiobook platform by nature, but IBooks includes a feature where you can highlight text and have the computer voice speak it to you. Simply double click the text, highlight to portion you would like spoken and hit the “Speak” option.
AudioBooks Basic Version, Free; Full Version, $.99 (App Store)
Over 5,000 public domain works are available directly in the app. Audio books are streamed directly within the app and can be downloaded to an in-app library as well. The audio book will also continue to be read when running in the background, allowing a user to take notes in another app while listening to the audio. The free version gives you access to all books in the public domain. Purchasing the premium version of the app opens up access to additional content.
LibriVox Free (Online Website)
Though not an app, Librivox is a web site of thousands of public domain recordings that can be downloaded and then played via iTunes on the iPad. In addition to providing the full recording, Librivox also allows for downloading books in smaller segments and posts additional resources about each title such as a book summary, a link to a Gutenberg e-text, and references to related Wikipedia articles.
Project Gutenberg Free (Online Website)
With over 40,000 public domain titles available on the site as ePub files, students and teachers can directly download files to iBooks for offline reading. Once the book is in the iBooks app, the text can be read back by turning on Speak Selection in the iPad accessibility settings.
OverDrive Media Console Free (App Store)
With a valid library card, download eBooks and audio books from the library. Browse from the titles available through public and university libraries. Much like physical library books, these titles are borrowed and then returned. At the end of the lending period, they simply disappear from the app. Both eBooks and audio books are “read” through the Overdrive app and cannot be transferred to iBooks for annotation purposes.
Itunes (prices for titles vary)
Also check out the selection of audiobooks available for purchase through ITunes.