You’re likely already knee-deep in classes, schedules, grading, and the anxiety that comes with a new school year. If you’re an Edudemic reader, though, you probably have some technology that’s burning a hole in your desk. Perhaps there’s an iPad that’s just itching to be used by students and your fellow staff? But it still has all the apps and iBooks that you bought over the summer. It’s not ready to be handed around the classroom.
In general, the apps recommended in this guide are quite good. They’re well organized and serve as a useful way to actually get some of the most popular and most powerful apps and web tools onto your iPad.
But what happens when you come across a new app that you think might make for a good fit on your device? We usually recommend that you try out that app (even if it’s a paid app) for a few days or even weeks prior to even mentioning it to students. Whether you’re a teacher or student or parent, that’s a good rule of thumb to abide by anyway.
In other words, always check out the apps you’re going to be using. Always check out the case and other hardware you’ll be using as well. That’s because you may have gotten a cruddy case for your iPad and should probably upgrade. Check out just how rigid, strong, and how much coverage the case actually provides. I’m not recommending you whip your case-covered iPad against a brick wall … but something like that that doesn’t risk the iPad itself is probably a good plan.