Tagged: iPhone

Smartphone spelling list

If you have a smartphone then you probably carry it with you most if the time. Here is a tip for homeschool spelling word lists. I use my iphone to keep a spelling list for each of my kids. Any time my daughter asks how to spell a word, I pull out my iPhone and add the word to the list. This also helps me ensure I am spelling the word right. Below is a picture of the list for my son.

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If there is a word my children spell wrong when they write, I also add it to their list. I can add words from the list to thier spelling words for the week.
Hope this helps. If you have anything that helps I would love to here from you.

What you need to know about iCloud

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I have been looking forward to iCloud ever since iOS 5 was announced. To be honest though I have hardly used it since upgrading to iOS 5.  Now I am attempting to use iCloud on my iPad.  Right now there appear to be some limitations.  Here is my take on iCloud for the iPad and iPhone.
The Good:

  • 5 GB of free storage
  • Find my idevice
  • Syncs contact list, calendar, reminders and bookmarks

The Bad:

  • You can’t backup PDF documents only iWork docs
  • You can only backup
  • You cannot manage what is on iCloud

The Ugly:

  • You must setup a me.com to sync email
  • It’s hard to see your files that are backed up
  • It is hard to figure out.  I wanted to back up all my Pages documents but it seemed to take too long.  I have no idea what documents are in the cloud.
If you are looking for a place to store documents and file in the cloud then iCloud is not what you are looking for.  I would recommend Dropbox or evernote.  If you just want peace of mind that your contacts and other important data will be backed up in the cloud then iCloud will work for you.  

Links for iPad education apps

Are you overwhelmed with the amount of apps for your iPad? Which ones do you chose? Looking for apps for your iPad or iPhone for homeschooling? Here are some of my favorite links to look for apps for homeschooling and education.
I Education Apps Review – I Education Apps Review.
Digital Storytime – iPad Childrens Book Reviews – iPhone Childrens Book Reviews.
tcgeeks.com ipad-for-school
momswithapps.com —.
funeducationalapps

Organize iOS home education Apps

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If you are using the latest iOS you can easily organize your apps for education.  For Christmas two of my children got old iPhones (3G with iOS 4) from their too kind Uncle. Now I am trying to  use iPhones for my kids education.  To do this I decided to organize all the education apps based on the following categories:

  1. Pre-school
  2. Tracing (letters & numbers)
  3. Reading
  4. Writing
  5. Math
  6. Science
  7. Drawing

 

 

There could be other categories but this is what I am trying right now.  Now I can tell my kids they can use any “math” app for 20 minutes.  For my younger daughter , I simplified the list to this:

  1. Draw
  2. Write
  3. Add

These can be changed anytime.  They could also be structured based on age or grade level.  I will add more updates in the future on using iOS for education in the home. 

Update:

For my younger kids I changed the letter and number category to…

ABC and 123

This is easy for them to understand and it is also more distinct when looking at the folders. 

To search for Apps on a computer without iTunes you can use the follwoing link:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios/id36?mt=8