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8th Grade iPad App Guide

a collection of apps used in the Blake MS iPad pilot.


learn more about TouchCast on the App Store. Download TouchCast and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play a piano, organ, guitar, and drums. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects.* Use a Touch Instrument, a built-in microphone, or a guitar and instantly record a performance. GarageBand now takes song creation to the next level with support for up to 32 tracks.** Get even more sounds for GarageBand with a one-time in-app purchase or record popular third-party music apps using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7. And share your song using email, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, or AirDrop for iOS.

Play your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch like a musical instrument
• Play musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard
• Tap out beats with an acoustic and electronic drum kit
• Record your voice using the built-in microphone and apply fun sound effects
• Recreate legendary guitar rigs with 9 amps and 10 stompbox effects*
• Use the Sampler to create an instrument from sounds you record, then play them on a keyboard*
• Record compatible third-party music apps right into GarageBand using Inter-App Audio in iOS 7

Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments
• Conduct an entire string orchestra with just one finger using Smart Strings*
• Tap chords to instantly create keyboard grooves with the Smart Keyboard*
• Strum chords on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar, trigger fingerpicking patterns for popular chords, or switch to Notes view to try your hand at the real thing
• Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds*
• Drag drum instruments onto a grid to create your own beats with Smart Drums*

Start a Jam Session with your friends
• Use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to play or record live over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with up to three of your friends
• Tempo, key, time signature, and chords automatically sync to the bandleader
• Jam with any Touch Instrument or live instruments like electric guitar or voice
• The bandleader automatically collects everyone's recordings so they can be mixed as a song and shared

Create a song anywhere you go
• Arrange and mix your song with up to 32 tracks** using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops
• Use the Note Editor to adjust or fine-tune any Touch Instrument recording
• Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play
• Use the Mixer to fine-tune each track’s volume —solo or mute any track or adjust pan, reverb, and echo
• Choose from over 250 professionally prerecorded loops as a backing band to your song

Share your songs
• Keep your GarageBand songs up to date across all your iOS devices with iCloud
• Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
• Share your songs directly to Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud
• Email songs right from GarageBand
• Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC
• Share GarageBand projects directly between iOS devices using Airdrop for iOS

  • Requires one-time in-app purchase for the complete collection of GarageBand instruments and sounds. ** 32 tracks available on iOS devices with the A7 chip. 16 tracks available on iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
Socrative | Student Response System

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to load and run. Teachers control the questions and games on their laptop, while students respond and interact through their smartphones/laptops. Run it as an app or on any web browser


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

Corkulous™ for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad | Appigo

Appigo Corkulous™ idea board for the iPad is an incredible new way to think, share, and create ideas.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a free service that lets you store all your files including documents, photos, videos and Google Docs online and access them anywhere. With Google Drive, you can create, share and keep all your stuff in one place.

Evernote | Remember everything with Evernote, Skitch and our other great apps.

The Evernote family of products help you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use.

Apple - iPad - Built-in apps

iPad can do thousands of things a tablet PC or e-reader can’t. And because of Multi‑Touch, it does things better than your computer ever could.




Upload, edit, manage, and watch your videos on your iPad.Vimeo is simply the best way to get your videos online in high quality, and with powerful tools to help you share publicly or privately.

Educreations - Teach what you know. Learn what you don't.

Teach what you know. Learn what you don't. The Educreations app lets your iPad become a recordable whiteboard using photos, drawings, audio or writing to create videos your students can access from their website or embed in your own class website, wiki or blog.

Animoto - Make & Share Beautiful Videos Online

The easy way to create and share extraordinary videos of your life. Our online video maker turns your photos, video clips and music into video in minutes.




Create, Engage and Assess through mobile devices. | Interactive Lessons | Mobile Learning | Apps for Education | iPads in the Classroom | An all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads, iPods and iPhones in the classroom.

Explain Everything - Explain Everything

An iPad Application that lets you Explain Everything!A screen-recorder app that allows for explaining and sharing tutorials, collaborating and developing ideas, and even doing live, interactive presentations. You can import images, pdf files from dropbox, evernote, mail and websites. Annotate and record your narration to export as a movie, pdf or project. *Helpful tutorial guides are posted on their website.

Doceri - The Interactive Whiteboard for iPad.

Doceri is a scalable suite of products that allows a teacher or presenter to control a computer's desktop, to control audiovisual technology, and to annotate any presentation in real time with the Apple™ iPad™. Doceri is an intuitive interface that can replace interactive whiteboards and expensive AV touch panels.




A productivity app that allows you to capture, customize, annotate and share any image, screenshot, or drawing from scratch. Skitch is very easy to use with a simple interface to customize any image with drawing, text, shape and arrow tools. Also, it provides the capability to save images to your photo gallery or send to Evernote, Twitter, or Email.

Adobe Reader: Free Android, iPad, iPhone PDF reader| Adobe Reader mobile app

Download the free Adobe Reader mobile app to view and interact with PDF files on Android and iOS devices, including iPads and iPhones.

VoiceThread - Mobile

Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting. Create an online collaborative, multimedia presentation using documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos . Add your voice, type text or even draw right on the screen. Sharing is the best part- VoiceThread allows other users to join in the discussion by leaving comments via audio, video or text too.

Quizlet: Simple free learning tools for students and teachers | Quizlet

Quizlet's basic function is for creating flashcards- learning and practicing in a variety of engaging learning modes. It's the best tool for preparing for tests, studying vocabulary, and becoming familiar with new material. Your teacher may create a class with flashcard sets or create your own.

Dragon Dictate

Dragon Dictation is a voice-recognition app that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text. Send it directly to your email or copy and paste into another app. Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages.

Khan Academy

With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

NASA Explorer App

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and conducts major programs in space-based
Earth sciences and astronomy. JPL spacecraft have visited all of the planets from Mercury to Neptune.

STUDYBLUE | Make online flashcards & notes. Study anywhere, anytime.

StudyBlue is your online home to store lecture notes and make flashcards. Study online and on your phone for effective, productive learning. Free.

Google Earth for mobile

Google Earth is the app used to search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Explore the planet with a simple swipe of your finger!




The FREE education browser for your iPad! Rover is the only education browser for your iPad that provides access to online content using FLASH. The browser also includes built-in access to many popular educational websites, such as Discovery and FunBrain.

Puppet Pals 2

Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.

This app is as fun as your own creativity. Act out a story of Pirates on the high seas, fight as scary monsters, or play the part of a Wild West bandit on the loose. You can even combine any characters however you want!
Your creations are only limited by your imagination (and voice acting skills in my case).