iPicEd for iPad

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 9.34.13 PMEditing and enhancing photographs taken on or imported onto an iPad is quite simple with this app!  After selecting a photograph from the Camera Roll, basic tools appear across the top of the screen and more complex functions and tools (the app refers to this section as the ‘Filter Menu’) appear down the side.

Basic Tools and Menus – Undo, Redo, Reset, Select Area, Save to Clipboard, Properties, Save, Upload (to email, Twitter, Picasa, or Facebook), Settings, Help

Filter Menu Categories

  1. Adjust
    1. RGB (red, green, blue) balance
    2. Contrast Brightness
    3. Gamma
  2. Colorize
    1. Saturation
    2. Equalize
    3. Normalize
    4. Solarize
    5. Tritone
    6. Tint Blue
    7. Tint Red
    8. Tint Green
    9. Color Splash
  3. Effects
    1. Pencil
    2. Erode
    3. Dilate
    4. Emboss
    5. Soften
    6. Jitter
    7. Posterize
    8. Oil Paint
    9. Sharpen
    10. Sepia
    11. Negative
    12. Gray scale
    13. Night Vision
    14. Pinhole
  4. Deform 
    1. Twirl
    2. Cylinder
    3. Pinch
    4. Punch
    5. Tile
    6. Square
  5. Frames
    1. Anniversary
    2. Friends
    3. Music
    4. Nature
    5. Photos
    6. Sleek
    7. Thinking of You
    8. Zebra
    9. Easter Eggs
    10. Decent
    11. Hearts
    12. Birds
  6. Overlays
    1. Balloons
    2. Birds
    3. Drops
    4. Cracks
    5. Flowers
    6. Insects
    7. Nature
    8. Moon
    9. Splash
    10. Crush
    11. Vintage
  7. Operations
    1. Rotate Left
    2. Rotate Right
    3. Mirror Vertically
    4. Mirror Horizontally
    5. Crop
  8. Text (With the ability to change the back color, font color, and font style.)
  9. Border
    1. Cinema Vertically
    2. Cinema Horizontally
    3. Rounded
    4. Invert
    5. Simple
    6. Strip

Preview the app by downloading the free ‘lite’ version first!  It includes the options in bold above.  It does not come with the ability to add text.  Also, ads run across the bottom.

A Christmas edition also exists!

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Neo Maths +

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 9.12.28 PMWhile this app is initially free, take note that in-app purchases (ranging from 99 cents to $99.99 – that’s not a typo) unlock higher levels and the final test.  But the free version allows students to practice addition facts up to 50 + 1.  Unfortunately, all of the levels are +1.

The reason why I decided to post a review of this app is because of the option to ‘turn on’ computation.  While on, students are presented problems such as _____ + 1 = 45.  This causes even advanced students to think about the problem in a different way.  You can ‘turn on’ a maximum of two of the following options: computation, vertical, horizontal, random, and normal.  I also appreciate how the app reviews incorrect answers at the end of each round.

Levels Included in the Free Version

  • A1 = 1 – 10 + 1
  • A2 = 1 – 20 + 1
  • A3 = 11 – 30 + 1
  • A4 = 21 – 50 + 1
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Draw It Easy

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.15.13 PMThere are several drawing apps available for students.  This one has a place in the market because it features 36 objects to draw that are simultaneously unique, yet familiar – such as a strawberry, hot dog, and a piece of cake!

After selecting an object, the student can turn ‘Trace Mode’ on or off.  When on, the final object appears as a watermark on the screen.  The student can still follow the steps (around 7) to draw each object.  Of course the app is more challenging when trace mode is off.  All of the tools (pencil, eraser, paint, etc.) needed for each step automatically appear on the screen.  But all tools also remain easily accessible throughout the steps.  The background ‘paper’ for each drawing can also be changed.

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Math vs. Zombies

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 12.06.29 PMI highly recommend math apps that cover all four major operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  This app does just that.

Students can select from one of four zombie-themed ‘worlds’:

  • The Addition of Evil
  • The Subtraction of Hope
  • The Undead Multiply
  • Divided We Fall

Each world has 6 levels that are unlocked as each previous level is mastered.  In addition, users can select Easy, Medium, or Hard from the Settings gear.  The mastered levels can also be reset there.

To play, students must answer the math problems appearing above each zombie’s head.  The animated and detailed zombies are walking towards the student on the screen.  The object is to input the correct answer before the zombie reaches the bottom of the screen.  More than one zombie can appear at the same time!  The digits 0 – 9 appear at the bottom of the screen.  Students simply tap the digits to input each answer.  A correct answer ‘saves’ each zombie and that is how points are earned in this app.

Even though the app has a zombie theme, the content does not come across as frightening in any way.  This apps makes a great choice for students looking to practice those basic arithmetic skills.

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Draw a Stickman

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.54.46 PMWhat this app lacks in academic content, it makes up for in creativity!  It is a fun and simple app and can serve as a welcome break from more rigorous work.  To begin, students draw a stick man.  He (or she) can be as simple or as complex as they’d like.  From there, the app acts out an adventure and occasionally pauses to have students draw props for the stick figure and other additions to the scene.

There are no points to be earned and no levels to pass.  The app just provides a simple way to express creativity and imagination!

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Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 8.50.49 PMThis is the app version of Ed Emberley’s book of the same title.  The big, green monster comes to life in a not-so-scary way.  The monster’s features appear as the book is read (see options below).  But the user also is able to touch and tap the features to make them become even more animated.

There are four options for the reading of this book:

  • Read Along with a Friend
  • Sing Along
  • Read Myself
  • Read Along with Ed Emberley

Despite this app actually being an animated book, I still recommend it as a fun way to infuse literacy with technology.

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Kidpedia

Screen Shot 2013-11-23 at 3.27.58 PMThis app provides students with a way to explore the names of a variety of objects not only in English, but also in Spanish and French.  In each category, students can tap on an object that appears across the bottom of the screen.  The app will state its name in the language selected from the Settings menu (only one language can be selected at a time).  After tapping an object, students can drag it across the screen to begin a simple animated sequence.  The graphics are very visually-appealing and the voiceover is pleasant (and can be made as loud or soft – or even muted – as necessary).

The categories are:

  • Alphabet (with an example word for each letter)
  • Numbers (0 – 9)
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • Fruit
  • Space
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The Branches

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 11.41.18 AMThis app serves as a companion to United States government and history texts and other resources that may be used in the classroom.  As its name suggests, it’s organized by the three branches of our government – legislative, executive, and judicial.  The main/home screen lists which article established each branch and gives basic information about it.  But after selecting a branch, even more information is available.  A search tool also appears on the main/home screen.

Legislative

  • About This Branch
  • Functions
  • Who are speakers?
  • What are acts?
  • Timeline

Executive

  • About This Branch
  • Functions
  • Who are presidents?
  • What are documents?
  • Timeline

Judicial

  • About This Branch
  • Functions
  • Who are justices?
  • What are cases?
  • Timeline
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Math.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 10.24.41 AMThis app reminds me of Khan Academy, but it only contains lessons from four mathematics courses – Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.  Also, it is a lot more costly than Khan Academy – more on that below.

Students can either search for a lesson or choose one from the listed courses.  Each course contains between 9 – 13 chapters (read chapter titles below).  Each chapter has at least a dozen lessons/concepts.  Each lesson/concept provides an extensive opportunity to view examples, practice, be challenged, complete a self-test, and have access to worksheets and notes.  Many of the examples link to video clips that explain each concept.

Although this app is free to obtain, only the first five lessons completed are complimentary.  After that, courses can be purchased in-app for $9.99 each or all of them for a total of $39.99.  Proceed cautiously; the price of this app can quickly become steep.  Khan Academy may be a better fit for your situation.

Also, please note that a wifi connection (or 3G) is required to access the bulk of each lesson’s content.

Pre-Algebra Chapters

  1. Whole Numbers
  2. Integers
  3. Fractions
  4. Decimals
  5. Algebraic Thinking
  6. Ratio, Proportion, & Percent
  7. Geometry
  8. Measurement
  9. Probability & Statistics

Algebra 1 Chapters

  1. Simplifying
  2. Equations
  3. Word Problems
  4. Inequalities, Absolute Value, Functions, Graphing
  5. Linear Equations
  6. Systems of Equations
  7. Exponents & Polynomials
  8. Factoring
  9. Rational Expressions & Equations
  10. Radicals
  11. Quadratics
  12. Additional NCTM Concepts

Geometry Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. Angle Pairs & Perpendicular Lines
  3. Parallel Lines & Polygons
  4. Triangles
  5. Quadrilaterals
  6. Similarity
  7. Right Triangles
  8. Circles
  9. Area
  10. Volume

Algebra 2 Chapters

  1. Simplifying
  2. Equations
  3. Word Problems
  4. Inequalities, Absolute Value, Functions, Graphing
  5. Linear Equations
  6. Systems of Equations
  7. Exponents & Polynomials
  8. Factoring
  9. Rational Expressions & Equations
  10. Radicals
  11. Quadratics
  12. Imaginary & Complex Numbers
  13. Quadratic Equations & Function

 

 

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Book Creator

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 10.37.18 PMThis app allows users to effortlessly create anything from a simple to complex book.  After choosing from portrait, landscape, or square orientation, the process is unbelievably simple.  Begin by adding text.  You can choose from all fonts installed on the device.  Also change the font’s size and color; make some or all words italicized, bold, or underlined.  Photos (and videos) can be added from the device’s library or directly from the camera, then moved and resized as needed.  Finally, sound can be recorded from within the app or imported from elsewhere on the device.

Completed books can be opened in a variety of apps on the device – such as in iBooks.  But each can also be exported to iTunes or as a PDF (no audio/video capability with this option).

Use the free version to make one book before committing to the paid version.

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