Apps We Use
We use a number of different apps in class at The Gryphon School. We have previously sent out a letter with QR codes and a list of apps which we use. Below is a more concise list of apps which we recommend that all students should have. Students are of course encouraged to try out a range of apps to find ones which they feel confident and enjoy using to assist them in class. The Gryphon School also has its own app which we require students to download from their relevant app store. It is called iGryphon and links directly to the student intranet which in turn is linked to their workspace, school news, Year and academic support information as well as a direct link into Office 365.
Pages, Numbers, Keynote, WPS Office, Office 365:
These apps are the equivalent of Microsoft Office. They are all able to save in various formats so that you can open and edit them on all operating systems. This is especially handy if you have a Microsoft computer but use an Apple based mobile device.
The school has also registered to Office 365 which is available to download for free from any app store or from the Office 365 website. Simply download the app or program to your device or desktop and register using your school email and login details.
Pages: This is a word processing app which is free with all iOS 8 compatible devices. This is the word processing app which is installed on all school owned iPads.
Numbers: this is Apple’s own spreadsheet app.
Keynote: this is a power point/ presentation app.
WPS Office: This encompasses all the main Microsoft Office programs and is available on iOS, Android and Windows.
Saving to the School Network:
Saving work back to the school network for your own use or to show teachers is one of the most important things to remember when bringing a device into school. To do this you need to download a WebDAV. Our recommended WebDAV, Foldr, is described below:
Foldr: This is the school’s recommended WebDAV app. It is used to save work created on an iPad back to the school network. Students are able to open, edit and delete documents as if they were on their iPad without them taking up any space on the device.
If you have brought in a Macbook or other laptop then you can also use Foldr. Simply type in our server address into your browser and it will take you to Foldr. You can also log on to Remote Desktop:
Remote Desktop: This is used to view a student’s school workspace as if they had logged into a school computer. This app is perfect if you want to utilise department specific applications. You can create documents and save them straight to your workspace. Please note that if you are using an iPad then you won’t be able to save work created in a different app to your workspace using Remote Desktop.
Other Apps we Recommend:
Mindmapping: For iOS we recommend iBrianstorm. This is a mind mapping app which lets you mindmap on your own but you can also send your ideas to other users. SimpleMind free is another great mind mapping app and is available for Androi, Windown, iOS as well as for MacOSX. Again there will be a range of different apps available from all stores all with different strengths and weaknesses so it’s worth finding one which your find easy to work with.
Video Editing: We strongly recommend that students have a video editing app on their device. There is a variety or video editing apps for each operating system and all will work in a fairly similar way. For iOS we recommend iMovie. For Android we have tried Vivavideo and for Windows we recommend Power Director which is also free from the Windows Store. As with all apps it’s worth seeing which one you prefer to use however we recommend using ones which can export to a variety of different file formats/apps or programs so that you can easily use your files both on your device and also on a computer.
Quizzing App: Teachers often use Socrative in class to quiz students to asses understanding. There is both a Teacher and a Student app. The student one does not require a login as students simply log in to the Teachers assigned virtual classroom. Socrative is available on all platforms as well as through a web browser which makes it a truly versatile app.
Book Creator: This is a content creation app. Students can create a book which can have anything from writing, pictures, videos and voice over. There is a free version available from both the App store and the Google Play store.
Annotation: Annotation apps are incredibly useful for writing, drawing and highlighting on top or documents, pictures, maps and webpages. Skitch is a creative annotation app available for iOS. You can import documents and pictures but also all in web pages straight within the app as well as maps from Google to annotate over. The new version of Foldr now also has an annotation feature which is fantastic for quickly annotating on top of your own work or work that teachers has sent you. Again this is available on all operating systems as well as through a web browser.
iMLS: This app is used to access a student’s library account.