iPad Stuff

Where are the Instructions?
16 iPads by Kominyetska (Flickr CC)
Do you ever wonder where the instructions for the iPad are?  When you open the box, there isn't much to tell you about how to work the iPad.  I think most people are probably wondering where to start with the iPad.  Hey, this is good for you.  They make you think.  And thinking is good.  If you read my post on Searching for the Perfect Search, you'll quickly see that YouTube is a great resource.  Of course www.apple.com/ipad will certainly drive you to the right spot too.  If you have any question about the iPad and you want a human to explain it (well, a human on the computer), then type in your topic or question in YouTube.  For example, MobileProfessor provides Apple iPad Tutorials on YouTube.  I won't reinvent the wheel, so check out these type of tutorials.  There are thousands of them!

One of the best resources for iPad tutorials is GCF LearnFree.org.  Not only do they give you the basics, they explain the iCloud, iTunes, and the operating systems (stay with me).  When you visit their site, browse around because it is an awesome resource for all things computers (and more).  They give free video tutorials on Microsoft, Google, social media, email basics, among other things.  If you are super trendy cool, then you can follow them on Twitter and get updates on new tutorials.  Follow them @GCFLearnFree.

Blogs, Twitter, and Social Bookmarking Sites
The best place to find educational apps?  Blogs, Twitter, Social Bookmarking Sites, and the App Store.  If you ever want to see an app in action, then type in into YouTube and it's quite likely that someone has reviewed it or even better, the app developer has provided a nice video tutorial.  Check out my post on Searching for the Perfect Search for more detailed information.

App Finders- These are good apps that help you find free or discounted apps.

Word Processing- These apps are most like the Microsoft Office software.

Visual Strategies-These apps are useful for providing universal supports such as schedules, timers, and simple communication.

Social Stories-These apps are good for kids with autism or with anybody who needs to know what to expect.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Apps

  • Proloquo2Go
  • GoTalk Now
  • LAMP Words For Life
  • Tobii Dynovox Compass
  • Touch Chat HD
  • ChatAble

Vocabulary and 
General School Apps-
These apps vary, but are useful for many different tasks.

Brain Games
  • Moron Test
  • Moron Test 2
  • ESPN Spelling Bee
  • Crazy Copy
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Multitasking
  • Geared HD
  • Cut the Rope
  • Slice It!
  • Sticker Sudoku
  • Stack the Stuff
  • Catcha Mouse
  • Where's My Water

Colors, Shapes, Numbers, & ABCs

  • Alien Buddies
  • Elmo Loves ABCs
  • Fruit Letters
  • SimpleCounting
  • iPrintAlphabet
  • Colors&Shapes

Puzzles, Dot-to-Dot


Search and Find
  • Where's Waldo
  • Highlights My1stHidPix
  • little things
  • Doodle Find

Following Directions

Books & Nursury Rhymes

Story Making
  • Kindergarten.com Flashcards (a whole bunch)
  • Talking Tom, Talking John, Talking Ben, Talking Larry, iTalk Smurf
  • PuppetPals HD
  • Toontastic

Fun & Games
  • Monsters
  • Angry Birds
  • Paper Toss HD
  • Traffic Crash
  • Stickman Golf
  • Stick BMX
  • Fruit Ninja
  • MonsterMouth
  • PBS Kids
  • GoGoGadget
  • Build A Train

TV, Entertainment, Music
  • ABC Player
  • Discovery
  • Direct TV (or check your cable/satellite provider--you can often watch your tv on your iPad)
  • NBC
  • PBS
  • HBO Go
  • HSW HD (How Stuff Works)
  • IMDb

Social Networking/Shopping