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Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extesion of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop. (Description from iTunes.) AJava Bookmarklets This allows webclipping to Evernote from Safari. It takes a few steps to install, however, the step-by-step directions are provided.

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Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go. Use the free SendToDropbox to generate a custom email address which students (or even you) can use to email assignments into a previously sele Dropbox folder.

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There are many iPad apps for writing and note taking. Some allow you to write in your own hand writing, some require you to enter text with a keyboard. Some require you to be connected to the Internet or "cloud" when you use them. Some apps allow the addition of images or drawings. Others allow you to record audio along with your text. Notability has become the #1 selling app because it does all this and provides the added benefit that it allows saving to Dropbox. Notability is not a free app, but is well worth the price.

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Zite is a free personalized magazine for your iPad that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it. Zite delivers all the great news, articles, blogs, and videos you want – and helps you discover new stuff that you'll love. (Description from iTunes.)

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A nicely organized guide to the Common Core Standards for K-12 math and language arts.

Bonus Apps

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Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. (Description from iTunes.)

external image cloudon-razorianfly-icon.pngCloudOn

CloudOn is currently free (Feb. 13, 2012.) Even if you had to pay for it, it would be worth it. CloudOn provides a Microsoft Office 2007 like graphical user interface (GUI) to word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation documents which you access through your Dropbox account. The only down side - is like the name implies, you must be connected to the "cloud" to use these tools. From the CloudOn app you can open, edit, and save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files which have been previously saved into your Dropbox folder. You can also begin a new Word, Excel, or PowerPoint like document and is saved directly into Dropbox when it's created. Saving to Dropbox and having a file show up in Dropbox back on your computer can take a few minutes.

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Splashtop Remote

A rem ote desktop app that allows you to control the desktop, as well as stream video and audio from your PC or Mac. Requires a free desktop app to be installed, configured and running. May take some tweaking to get working as it requires certain ports to be open in the firewall. Today's price is $5 which is a bargain. I watched a tech director use this app to login to his desktop computer and from the desktop computer, and then login to access the application which manages the video cameras from around the district and monitor a camera in a specific building (even control the camera.) Another tech director used this product (or it may have been a companion product from the same company) to control the tools associated with their classroom's Interactive White Board.