Get a connector cable that allows you to project your iPad to a projector and you can use these apps in class. Not all apps on this posting are free. The ones that cost something are worth it.
iThoughtsHD – totally awesome mind mapping app that includes the ability to send an email with an outline made from the mind map and the mind map image (like the one at left).
Keynote – presentation app that isn’t as flexible as PowerPoint, but has very cool transitions and templates like chalkboard.
Socrative – this is a free clicker app. Technically it’s an iPhone app, but works well on the iPad. The Teacher app has a companion Student app. Students can use their smart phones, iPad, or regular computer with online access to answer questions.
ShowMe – a whiteboard on your iPad when you don’t have a whiteboard or a chalkboard or chalk.
RDM+ – when you forget a file that’s on the desktop in your office, this app gives you access to your “other” computer. (Saved me more than once.)
I’ve just downloaded a F*R*E*E iPad app (they also have one for the iPhone) that I think holds a lot of promise for teaching. It’s called Show Me. It’s a virtual white board with audio capabilities.
One thing I found strange about registering for the service is they require your birthdate. Perhaps this is for interfacing with Facebook, but they didn’t say.
If you love mindmapping and want a terrific app for your new iPad, iThoughtsHD is my recommendation. Mindmapping enables you to visually organize your thoughts, ideas, information, and research. You can email your maps as pdfs, Freemind, iMindmap, and many others. The email functionality puts your map into a nice looking outline too. It costs $9.99, but is worth every penny.
Here’s a mindmap I created for Sources of Law and Legal Authority:
GPO’s First Mobile App.
According to a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, approximately 35% of people in the U.S. own smartphones or tablet devices, and this number is predicted to increase in the future; 25% of those people primarily access the Internet through their mobile devices. The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released its first mobile Web app, the Mobile Member Guide for the 112th Congress. With the app you can browse for Members of Congress by Last Name, State, Chamber, and Party. The app displays Member information, including Name, Party, Member Type, State, District, term information, and a photo of the Member from the Congressional Pictorial Directory. In the next few weeks, GPO will add biographical and contact information for Members based on data in the newest edition of the Congressional Directory.
To access the app on your mobile device, go to: http://m.gpo.gov/memberguide.
Heinonline released an iPhone and iPad app today. Since Heinonline is a proprietary resource that you get via IP authentication, you must be on campus at the University of Hawaii to authenticate. After you IP authenticate via the app, your authentication will expire in 30 days. Therefore, after 30 days, you must return to campus to IP authenticate your app again. All of the libraries we subscribe to including the Law Journal Library, the Philip C. Jessup Library, National Moot Court Competition, etc. are now available on your mobile device.
Want to follow what’s happening in Congress with your smart phone? Free apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry are available from the link, below.
Free Apps for the iPhone:
- Kaplan MBE Flashcards – Covers Torts, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Contracts and Real Property; six instructional videos highlight key concepts including hearsay, equal protection and negligence
- Legal Terms or Law Guide or Nolo – all offer dictionaries of legal terms; Nolo’s is for non-lawyers
- Fastcase – offers a free app to search case law and statutes (registration is required)
- LawStack or LawBox – both offer copies of the U.S. Constitution, FRAP, FRCP, FRE, Bankruptcy Procedure, and Criminal Procedure Rules
- LexisNexis Get Cases App – allows you to retrieve by citation and Shepardize
- SSRN – working papers and journal articles
- Dropbox – set up a free Dropbox account and sync your documents across several computers