Category: ebook

Homeschooling iPad apps Part one: PDF reader

To start looking for a good pdf reader for the iPad I just started searching for PDF apps.  You can narrow the search down to just iPad apps and you can sort by popularity or relevance.  I chose to look for the best ratings.  There were two that I found that both had high ratings.  So far here the best free iPad pdf readers:

pdf-notes

The free version.

PDFReaderLite

Update: iBooks

Originally I did not include iBooks because it is very slow on the iPhone 3GS.  I decided to open a pdf in iBook from the internet and it was surprisingly fast on the iPad 2.  This may be due to the faster processor but it works jut as well as the other pdf readers I have mentioned.  The one drawback to iBooks is the difficulty in transferring pdf’s from the computer to the iPad.  I think the other pdf apps are easier.

Homeschool Apps Part Two

How I am planning on using the iPad 2 for Homeschooling

Well I finally broke down and ordered an iPad 2 this morning.  I guess I’ll have to wait a little longer because right now it is scheduled to ship on April 1st.  In anticipation of the iPad for our homeschool I thought I would share some of the ways I am planning on using the iPad for homeschooling.

  • Art studies – My plan is to pull up famous pictures whith my kids and discuss them in typical Charlotte Mason fashion
  • Books – I am really looking forward to my children gathered arround so I can read to them.  I am also planning on exploring all the interactive children’s books. 
  • History studies
  • Maps – I am hoping the History Mapp app will load faster than it does currently on my iPhone.
  • Watch math videos with my daughter
  • Helping my daughter with her reading/phonics
  • Helping my five year old learn his letter sounds and practice tracing letters
  • YouTube videos on science and history
  • Preparing lesson plans in bed

 Hopefully the iPad will get here sooner and I can report back on my progress.

In my next post I will discuss how to prepare for using the iPad for homeschooling.

Why the iPad is Good for Homeschooling

     
    I remember one of the first computers I used at school was the Apple IIc. I think the school even purchased it using points from box tops.  While you probably can’t get an iPad with box tops,  Apples website does say that Homeschool teachers qualify for education pricing.  The discounts not much considering anybody can get a refurbished iPad for $429 right now.  To some the cost still seems high for a tool that currently can only be used to supplement your current curriculum.  Even though the price is high I believe there are still some pretty good reasons to get and iPad for homeschooling.  Here are some of the reasons I came up with. 

  •  There are a lot of educational apps – a are free or less than $5.00
  • Apple has a history of working with education
  • The iPad it the best tablet for the money (or until a good Android tablet comes out)
  • Homeschoolers are not tied to traditional classrooms.
  • The iPad is more suited for families than institutions.
  • You can control content with your own iTunes account
  • Homeschoolers customize school to each individual child’s learning style.
  • The iPad makes learning fun
  • You can do school on the sofa or outside.

Feel free to add any additional reasons in the comments below.

Kineo Android tablet from Brainchild ships in March

 

Another Android tablet aimed at education.  Appears to be a 7 inch tablet running android.  It claims to have a battery life of 10-12 hours.  There is wifi, 800 x 480 screen resolution, and a 800MHz dual core CPU with 2GB of internal memory and Android 2.1.  The internet is also limited to reduce distractions.  The “administrator” chooses what web pages are alowed and what e-books can be installed.  The Tablet was shown at the Florida Educational Technology Conference.  You can find information and video of the Kineo tablet here.  The tablet has a little kickstand and the kids in the video are using a stylus.  (resistive screen not capacitive screen) They are said to be priced at $299.  http://www.brainchild.com/Kineo.html

Kineo Android tablet from Brainchild ships in March – SlashGear.

Why iPads Aren’t Ready For Classrooms… Yet

Why iPads Aren’t Ready For Classrooms… Yet.

Gizmodo had has an articleabout iPads for Classrooms.  iPads may not be ready for the “classroom” but they are definitely a tool for learning.  While the iPad might not be ideal for a “classroom” setting it does have excellent potential for learning.  What is important to note is that children are always learning.  With education you must remember that the end product is education, not an output of the tablet itself.  Children now are learning more from electronics than ever before.  I would much rather have my child use a tablet then a Game Boy or other gaming device for his electronic content.