The question that always arises with regard to the iPad is whether it is more of a content consumption device or a content creation device. Of the nearly 60 apps that were selected to start the iPad project, 30 apps are apps with which students can create, communicate, collaborate, tell stories, and demonstrate what they have learned across all curriculum areas.

QuickOffice allows students to open, edit, save and send back via DropBox documents that are compatible with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The user interface is very simple and intuitive for even third graders. Students open the QuickOffice app, sign in to their teacher's DropBox account, locate the writing prompt or other work meant for editing by the student. They finish the assignment, and then either keep the work on their iPads for future reference or turn it back in to the teacher using DropBox. Students can create original works also, including presentations demonstrating what they have learned in a content area. As they integrate text, images from either the camera or taken from a web resource, students can create a visual representation of what they've learned.

PaperPort (formerly called Noterize) is an incredibly versatile application. Students can import PDF of a worksheet, graphic organizer, writing piece or any other curriculum content. They can then annotate the document using the highligher (6 colors), text (typing), and pen. One of the most powerful features is the voice recorder which works as a speech to text feature, automatically typing what is said as it's made by the same developers as Dragon Dictation or Dragon Speak on the PC. Finished work can be sent back to the teacher through DropBox (email for the audio files).

Notability is another note taking application that allows the user to hand write, type, draw, annotate, insert media, and record voice. This app also integrates with DropBox for import and export of work with the teacher.

Digital Storytelling
StoryPatch is a favorite app for students to use their creativity to write original stories, retell stories as a reading comprehension assessment, or to demonstrate what they've learned in a content area. The app comes with hundreds of images to illustrate stories and also allows for original works created in other applications and saved in the devices photo album. This app really inspires creativity with students. In addition, another important feature is the build-in story themes and series of questions that builds a story based on the student's responses. This could be used for students as they learn story elements.

Book Creator is one the easiest to use story telling apps available. The student navigates page by page as he integrates images from the iPad Photo Album (which could be from the camera, orginal works drawn in a drawing app, or obtained from the web) along with text and audio to create a simply presented story. One of the best features of this app is that the finished story converts to an epub format that is read in the iBooks app. Students can share their work through DropBox.

Puppet Pals is a very popular application that allows for lots of creativity as students create a puppet show using any number of several character and background choices. This particular version of Puppet Pals allows the students to create their own characters from their's or their friend's picture taken with the iPad camera. There is limitless possibilities for story creation.

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