12 Smart iPad Apps For Collaborative Learning

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Using the iPad for collaborative learning isn’t the most seamless thing in the world. For one, you have to define what you mean by collaborative learning, and here we can loosely define it was “a kind of learning where collaboration is an integral part of the learning process.”

This means not just publishing ideas, but publishing them in ways where writers can receive feedback, reflect, and revise their writing or thinking.

This means not just tweeting thoughts or content, but doing so intentionally to promote feedback and interaction.

And it also means working together in real-time to accomplish collectively forged and monitored goals, whether your building a fortress with a massive tunnel system in Minecraft, or working with experts outside of the classroom on a presentation using Google Drive.

The following 12 apps (and one modeling article) are modern, “smarter” apps whose design (or significant parts of design) is based around the idea of collaboration and collaborative learning. Let us know in the comments section which we missed, or better yet, add it to our list.ly list!

12 iPad Apps For Collaborative Learning

12 iPad Apps For Collaborative Learning

12 iPad Apps For Collaborative Learning

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    Barefoot World Atlas

    Barefoot World Atlas

    Explore the earth--together or alone.

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    Collaborate

    Collaborate

    Probably ideal for older students (high school+). Manage a team and projects, create to-do lists, prioritize tasks, etc.

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    Conojo Whiteboard - Interactive Drawing Tool

    Conojo Whiteboard - Interactive Drawing Tool

    Create & share diagrams, drawings, mindmaps and presentations.

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    Edmodo

    Edmodo

    For the organized classroom to complete organized tasks in an organized way.

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    Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

    Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

    Share screens, collaborate on visuals, socialize thinking.

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    Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

    Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

    Flipboard is a brilliant social reader that lets you--or students--create their own magazines out of digital content. One of TeachThought's favorites!

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    Google Drive

    Google Drive

    Cloud-based word processing and presentations.

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    Hashtag-Based Storytelling For 21st Century Learning

    Hashtag-Based Storytelling For 21st Century Learning

    Creating video narratives requires both creativity and teamwork. For that reason, it's a great assignment to use in the classroom. But how do you make such a complex process playful enough to maintain the students' attention? Until now, it would have taken a huge effort from educators to make the process seamless.

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    Minecraft

    Minecraft

    One of the simplest, most accessible, and most creative game-based ways to allow students to collaborate on an iPad.

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    Skitch

    Skitch

    Easily take, annotate, and share photos.

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    Twitter

    Twitter

    Super simple tool to distribute content, communicate, and skim social streams. Also, see our post on #hashtag-based storytelling below.

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  • Deon

    The BaiBoard app is awesome. It is a free collaborative whiteboard app, that allows people to work together over a wireless network. It works well because the refresh rate is not instant – that is, the board refreshes every five or so seconds, which means it is not too intensive on the wifi. I have had 8 groups of 3-4 students working in team password protected documents in class at once, with no hitches! It really is a great way to get a group of kids working on the same document at once, rather than one kid doing the “typing” while the others twiddle their thumbs (as so often happens when kids don’t have good cooperative learning skills!).

    It is a great app. Check it out!

  • http://www.internaldrive.com/why-id/elite-computer-camp-staff-at-our-nationwide-summer-camps/ Tech Educator

    My coworkers at iD Tech Camps use Google Docs a lot to have up to date schedules on their mobile devises. Just using an excel document to update times and duties really helps.