Free education textbooks available for limited time on iTunes

Free education textbooks available for limited time on iTunes

Apple have made a range of education textbooks available on iTunes for free until Sunday 2nd February. With freebie titles including AQA-suitable GCSE publications from the likes of Collins on offer, it’s the perfect chance to get your students stocked up on a few textbook essentials – from science to Shakespeare.

The free iPad textbooks are intended for personal use, rather than teaching to your class, so you can advise students to download them while they’re currently available free. To get your hands on them, just follow the links below:

GCSE Biology: Influences on the living world

GCSE English Companions: Romeo and Juliet

GCSE French: Leisure

New GCSE Maths AQA Linear 1

AQA GCSE Chemistry Essentials

AQA GCSE Biology Essentials

AQA GCSE Physics Essentials

AQA GCSE Science A Essentials

AQA GCSE Additional Science Essentials

Oxford Read & Discover: All About Space

Oxford Read & Discover: Great Migrations

Much Ado About Nothing

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Education app of the week: Graphing Calculator for iPad

Education app of the week: Graphing Calculator for iPad

Until recently, if you wanted to teach mathematical equations and functions, you’d need students to use costly graphical calculators. But with this week’s featured app, Desmos’s Graphing Calculator, students can start plotting parabolas and detailing derivatives on iPad for free. 

What is Desmos Graphing Calculator?

Graphing Calculator (Desmos, free) is a free app that lets you enter a wide range of mathematical expressions, and then get the resultant graph drawn for you. There’s a huge range of graph types on offer, supporting work with trigonometry, calculus, polar equations and transformations, among many others. You can also enter data for any function in the form of tables.

Graphing Calculator for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Whenever you need to solve mathematical problems using graphs, or visualise equations and data graphically, you can use Graphing Calculator on iPad. Data entry is incredibly simple, and the intuitive interface means you can zoom in to get a detailed look at axes and coordinates, which makes it ideal for the maths curriculum.

What’s the best feature?

One of the best bits about Graphing Calculator is the ability to adjust any variables in an equation and see the effect on the shape of the graph in realtime. By just using a finger to move the slider up and down, students can get a visual understanding of how different values affect the equation.

Where can I get it?

You can download the Graphing Calculator app (Desmos, free) by searching for it in the App Store on your iPad, or by heading over to iTunes. It’s completely free, and a very worthwhile addition for maths lessons!

– Missed last week’s app? Catch up on our review of Green Screen here.

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Education app of the week: Green Screen for iPad

Education app of the week: Green Screen for iPad

Green screen, or chromakeying, techniques have long been popular in the classroom as a way to encourage students to engage with storytelling through role play, and DoInk’s Green Screen app for iPad is an effective and very affordable way of getting started.

What is Green Screen for iPad?

The Green Screen app (DoInk, £1.99) lets you take video from your iPad’s Camera Roll or capture it through the app, then superimpose it on top of other video or still images to create virtual backdrops. It’s really simple to use, and anyone who’s familiar with working with video tracks in iMovie’s timeline should have no problem getting to grips with Green Screen.

Green Screen for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Being able to place yourself in a scene of your own choosing is a great way to fire up students’ imagination. For example, you could recreate a historical scene to engage students with a particular time period in history, get them to play out a scene from a classic novel, create a setting for a news story – the list of creative possibilities is endless.

What’s the best feature?

One great feature of the app is having the ability to superimpose more than one recording onto the original video. This allows you to create layers or ‘conversations’ between characters. Where I’ve seen this idea work very well is in the languages classroom – imagine a dialogue between speakers of two languages, one translating the other. You could also use this idea to recreate dialogue from literary classics.

Where can I get Green Screen?

Green Screen app (DoInk, £1.99) is available from the App Store on your iPad, or you can also download it from iTunes here. It costs £1.99, but buying it through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) entitles you to a 50% reduction when you buy more than 20 instances of the app, which works out at 99p each.

– Missed the last app of the week? Read our review of Flick for iPad here.

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Education app of the week: Flick for iPad

Education app of the week: Flick for iPad

Being able to share ideas quickly and easily is essential for collaboration in the classroom, and sharing your ideas in the form of a sticky note is a popular method used by teachers and students. Flick for iPad lets you do this by ‘flick’-ing your notes (and photos) from one device to another.

What is Flick for iOS devices?

Flick (ydangle, free) is really simple to use – just write a note and flick it to any other device running Flick using the multitouch gestures of iPad, and you can flick a photo in the same way. As well as iPad, Flick works equally well on all iOS devices, so you can even flick between your iPad and iPhone or iPod touch.

Flick on iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Flick will benefit students who are collecting their ideas (or photos) in groups. Let’s say you are brainstorming ideas about the lesson topic – each student writes down their own ideas, then flicks them to a ‘group leader’. Or students can pass the same note from one device to the next, adding their ideas to the note before passing it on.

What’s the best feature?

The best thing about Flick is that, although some functionality is similar to AirDrop, it works just as well on devices that can’t use AirDrop, such as the older iPad 2, which is very popular in education. The other thing we really like is its ‘pass the ball’ game – this is great for icebreaking activities with groups who haven’t met before!

Where can I get it?

Flick (ydangle, free) is available from the App Store on your iOS device or from iTunes. Best of all, it’s completely free!

– Missed the last up? Catch up on our review of Ask3 for iPad here.

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Education app of the week: Tellagami for iPad

Education app of the week: Tellagami for iPad

Using an ‘avatar’ to speak for you has many uses in the classroom – from simply communicating what you want to say to storytelling and presenting. Tellagami is an iPad app that lets you create and share your message using an animated avatar called a Gami.

What is Tellagami for iPad?

Tellagami (Tellagami Labs Inc, free) is a free iPad app that allows students to communicate through an avatar that they can customise. Text can be recorded live using iPad’s built-in mic or entered into a text editor and then spoken using one of Tellagami’s many built-in voices.

Tellagami app for iPad

Tellagami app for iPad

How can it benefit the classroom?

Tellagami will benefit students who don’t have the confidence to stand up and ‘present’ in front of their peers, but who will be encouraged to share their ideas if someone else (the Gami) speaks for them. It could also be incredibly helpful for any student who has difficulty communicating verbally.

What’s the best feature?

The best thing about Tellagami is its ease of use. Simply customise your Gami, record your message and save as a movie to the Camera Roll, ready for sharing with other apps.

Where can I get it?

Tellagami (Tellagami Labs Inc, free) is available from the App Store on your iPad or from iTunes. Best of all, it’s completely free.

– Missed last week’s app review? Learn more about Parallels Access for iPad here?

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