New User

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AppStart is a creatively crafted selection of links and tutorials to everything you need to know your iPad. Start at the antique looking screen when you launch the application and immediately feel comfortable. App includes links to their recommended "must have" apps for different topics including: Photo Fixer Uppers, Apps for Students, Moms, Dads, Musicians, Cooks, and the a collection of AppEssential for even more recommended about using apps.

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iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages. (Description from iTunes.)

There are a few free, "must have" books from the iTunes store for new iPad users including:

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AppShopper for the iPad is both a website and an app. The site actually has links to apps for a variety of iOS devices. You can create an account, create a wish list, and even for free apps. The app is easy to use and allow searching for only apps which are free. Remember, if you "buy" a free app, you will have it for free even if later the company begins to charge for the app. And if you sync one account to multiple, this free app is not free to all the devices synced to this same account!

Links to Other Resources

Bonus Apps

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Discovr App
Discovr App is a unique app in that it looks at apps you have or apps you are looking for, and then helps to to "discover" apps which are similar. Though it costs .99, if you like to be looking over the horizon to find new apps, you'll love using this app. The interface is well designed. Once launched, entering in an app name will bring it up. With a double tap on an app icon creates branching to similar apps. Small icons indicate the app rating and if there is a cost.

Recommended Educational App Sites

  • IEAR - I Education Apps Review- "A Community Effort to Grade "Educational Apps". Find reviews on apps, tips from schools that have implemented iPads and iPods and more. You can become registered and become a reviewer!
  • SNapps4Kids- SNApps4Kids is a community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers who share information on how we are using the iPad, iPhone iPod Touch and Android devices with children who have special needs. This site is for more than just those who serve students with special needs. When an app is reviewed, it includes the skills which are addressed in the app.
  • Scoop it- Recommended Educational App Lists- This is an amazing site hosted though the Scoop.It site. It is more of a magazine with links to articles and blog posts.
  • Apps in Education- Nicely organized blog with pages for apps for math, English, science, music, special needs and more.
  • Apple iPad Apps in Education - Collection of Apple's recommended iPad apps. While the list may not be a large, the site is bright and the apps are some of the coolest (most are not free.)