The iPad and the England Football Team (or top 11 apps for education!)
June 19, 2012 19 Comments
Goalkeeper – Explain Everything aka Joe Hart
Truly world class. Has all the tools required of an interactive whiteboard app with sharing options second to none. Developed into a class performer after adding multiple slides with slick UI. Never lets you down and commands learning when educator and student are challenged appropriately. One of the first names on the team sheet and has a long career ahead of it.
Left Back – Flipboard aka Ashley Cole
Makes it into any World XI. Almost the complete player with many streams of information collated into one handy app. Has learnt from an excellent array of colleagues to enhance learning with filtered content adapted to the users.
Central Defender – Socrative aka John Terry
You don’t want to pick it but it just does the job. An outstanding assessment for learning tool, Socrative will always contribute to the lesson performance and is very keen to offer an opinion. Whenever a team member passes on information Socrative will always report back with authority. (As a side note you still dislike it as it won’t even rotate when you turn the iPad.)
Central Defender – Goodreader aka Joleon Lescott
Not the most beautiful app and had limitations in relation to uploads and sharing to other platforms. However, as a pdf annotator, that has blossomed to use with almost any file type, it has had an outstanding year. The team would not function without it and workflow would be hampered between colleagues and students.
Right Back – Display Recorder aka Glen Johnson
Has all the makings of an outstanding player but you wish it would perform its primary function slightly better. The concept of recording the iPad screen with playback and sharing to youtube is superb. However, it is a little ‘laggy’ and struggles to dovetail with other apps in playback.
Left Wing – Videoscribe aka Ashley Young
Has the potential to be a world class presentation tool with the ‘wow’ factor and real productivity. An ability to bring a ‘talk’ to life creates curiosity for the audience and offers moments of creative flair. The app is catching up with the desktop version and shares its efforts on a world stage.
Central Midfield – Evernote aka Scott Parker
A real stalwart. A very effective tool that is required for the rest of the team to function. Recalls information and gives it to other players to use as appropriate. Without it as a backup educators are swamped by the opposition. Its search options and dedicated style make it a must have app.
Central Midfield (Captain) – iMovie aka Steven Gerrard
The most creative player with eye-catching ability and superslick performance. Always performs and stimulates students trying to demonstrate their learning. Regardless of content it always offers a solution and the creation process unlocks barriers to progress. A true leader in its field, this app should form part of any team.
Right Wing – Dropbox aka James Milner
Functional, dependable and experienced. Without this app workflow is more difficult. Integrated with the majority of his teammates (not Manchester United players) this app allows moves to continue whilst remaining an excellent fallback that others can lean on. The cloud service you need but don’t think about.
Striker – Edmodo aka Wayne Rooney
A must have for all educators and a way to communicate with every aspect of the the learning support mechanism. Has the ability to bring everyone together, but can let you down as an app if you push the wrong buttons! The team would be poorer for its exclusion so should form the mainstay of an educators strike force. In Edmodo we trust . .
It will be fantastic if you could just unlock its potential. Every comment about this application is positive but not realised by the majority of educators.There are already flashes of brilliance but it requires work so drifts out of games. Hopefully, this combination will become the most important part of the team. We shall see!
Manager - New iPad aka Roy Hodgson
The glue that holds the team together. Works efficiently, doesn’t show off, dependable and available when required. Has an answer for everything but on its own doesn’t claim credit for success.
(with thanks to Matthew Pullen)