I discovered that I found many new apps, but once I started to review them they were not what I expected. This took me back out to the trenches to search for some more. I agreed with Mark in the gaming section about true educational apps. There are tons of educational labeled games, but you really need to weed through to find the true gems to use in your classroom. I did find some really cool apps and found some new websites when searching for good quality educational apps. Here are a couple of the websites that I found. My favorite app that I found was the "Monster Physics" because my students really get into physics games and one that I will have to pass on to the teachers.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios-education/id6017?mt=8 This website lists tons! You'll have to weed through but gives you one place to open and check out apps.
https://www.appolearning.com This website is great to get ratings of apps by experts who grade using a rubric. There is always great comments as well with great feedback, other apps to try, and insightful information. They are also placed in groups by subject and age/grade levels.
The gadgets I found were Olloclip, Gorillapod, and the just released Logitech wired keyboard for the iPad made with the classroom in mind. The Olloclip provides you with a fisheye, macro, and wide-angle lens for the iPhone5. While you have those lenses you could go ahead and get the Gorillapad. This is a very flexible mini tripod that can wrap around and securely attach to all sorts of things. It can also be used as a stand for your iPad. The new Logitech keyboard is expensive at $59.99, but sometimes it is nice to have a keyboard with the iPad. This keyboard is made with students in mind and it will withstand spilled drinks, banging on the keyboard, and Logitech claims a lifespan of more than 5 million keystrokes.
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