These posts are updates from older posts:

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.29.57 AMDespite many unfavorable reviews of Apple Maps, I decided to use it as we traveled home from the States. We’d had a GPS on the way down and did know where we were going so it was perfect to try it out. In the morning I plotted each stage of our trip from our “current location” to our next stop while I had wireless and then started it up before we left. Maps easily guided us to our destination with audio directions. I had no cellular connection on my iPad. The only downside was that it couldn’t reroute us if we went off the route. However, it did find us again when we got back on track. It also seemed to drain the power pretty quickly so if you’re going for a long drive, make sure your device is powered up. It worked easily on my iPad and iPhone. You can also activate traffic on the app to display areas of congestion or accidents.

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.33.25 AMAn alternative is Google Maps. We used it on a road trip from Edmonton – combining a search of #abroads on Twitter with Google Maps to save us up to an hour sitting on the the QE 2 waiting for an accident to be cleared.


Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.14.52 AMThea says her grade three and four students really like the photography app Snapseed. “We use our iPads to do a lot of photography. The students have photographed different artifacts in the classroom and have used Snapseed to alter or add creative touches to their photography.” They have also created an album in their Photos titled ‘Writing Ideas’. There is where they are collecting their photographs to use as writing prompts for their story writing. No more excuses of “I don’t know what to write.”


Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.23.35 AMLucie says Evernote is one of her favorite apps: “Evernote acts as my digital sticky notes. One of the features that is very useful for me is that it synchs to all of my devices.  I can start a grocery list on my computer, finish it on my iPad and have it on hand with my iPhone when I go shopping. I have created a number of Notepads for work and for home, it keeps things organized and it is easy to make changes on the go. You can have links, audio and images on a note page which is great when you find things online that you want to have part of a particular Notepad. You can also share a Notepad with other people! There are a number of other apps that attach to Evernote, the possibilities are almost endless ;-)”

Please access the Tools for Teachers website for guidelines on acceptable use of Apps