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Is There an App for That?: Research

PLEASE NOTE: Page edited to reflect updates in Follett apps. February 6, 2014 at Sowams Elementary School in Barrington, RI

eduClipper

eduClipper

eduClipper is essentially a content curation website and free iPad app, akin to Pinterest, but is specifically designed for use by teachers and students. The developer states that, “In addition to finding and sharing content, eduClipper will allow teachers and students to post and share their best work, lesson ideas, and more to the global community.” Requires simple registration.

Historypin

Historypin

The Historypin website and free app for Android, iOS*, and Windows phone is a crowd-sourced, map-pinned collection of historical content in the form of images, audio, video, and narrative text. Search by place, date, or subject, and browse by project, channel, tour, or collection. Account holders include libraries, historical societies, universities, and individuals. Intergration with social media is seamless. Users must register using a Google, Facebook, or Twitter account, and must confirm they are over age 16 or have permission from a parent or guardian.

View Historypin's collection of tutorial PDFs and videos here.

Graphite.org has an educator-focused review of the website here and review of the app here.

*To dowload the iPad version of the app, be sure to select the "iPhone Only" menu option in the App Store. Historypin was originally created only for iPhone.

National Archives DocsTeach

National Archives DocTeach

The National Archives DocsTeach website and free iPad app provide access to comprehensive primary source digital archives (audio/video, charts, graphs, images, maps, and documents) for viewing or creating lessons and activities. Requires free and simple registration. Use the website to search for, build, and view activities. Create passcodes to allow students to access the activities on the iPad app (no registration required).

Read an extensive overview (including CCSS and ISTE standards alignments) of DocsTeach at the Educade site here.

Izik

Izik

The Izik website (named after Sir Isaac Newton) and free iOS, nook, and Android app provide access to a search engine whose goal is "to have the practicality of the Web unfold at your fingertips in a fun and playful manner." The layout is eye-catching and user-friendly.

Simply

Simply

Simply is a colorful, searchable, gesture-based news aggregator available in both free and premium versions for Android and iOS. Search for articles using keywords or browse categories that include Local News, Sports, Science, Politics, Business, Automotive, and Tech. The app does not include internal filtering options and thus some news headlines and article content may not be suitable for younger users if the app is used outside of filtered school networks.

Linger

Linger

The Linger app provides access to 1,800 films and film clips from the Prelinger Archives website. According to the app's website, these films were "[o]riginally made for use in advertising, education, social guidance, and corporate training [and] . . . offer a vibrant look at 20th century American cultural history." The app costs $2.99 and is available for iPhone and iPad. Search for films alphabetically or by subject, sponsors, timeline, or producer. Please note that the app is age-restricted and some of its content may not be suitable for younger viewers.

Read an overview of Linger at the Educade site here.