rAPPido Review: Side by Side

Side by Side Price: Free

Side by Side
Price: Free

One of the more common objections to the iPad is that it does not allow several apps to be open at the same time. Although sometimes I think this might be a good thing in terms of focus, the complaint resonates with me. I am writing this on my desktop at the moment and have a total of 3 applications open at the same time: Firefox for my research, Safari for writing this blog, mail where I have emailed my screenshots from the iPad, and so on and so on.

So when I posted the 24 apps to support Bloom’s taxonomy the other day, and I came across this app called Side by Side, well. You could have just coloured me intrigued.

Side by side allows you to search the web, download documents and take notes all on one screen. So I did an experiment. I know the Grade eights are in the middle of reading Twelfth night so I used that as my theme. In one panel I used the web option to access the school’s encyclopedia Britannica subscription. In an other panel I downloaded the html text of Twelfth night from Project Gutenberg. I left the whole right side for note taking. This is how it looks:

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Pretty Handy! The files application took me a moment to figure out. I was expecting to be able to access a file from my dropbox or other app on the iPad like iBooks, but no. When they say Files, it means only that you can take a website, save it and download it. This means that you will be able to access the file offline.:

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To download a file, you have to tap the star and then save. Then they are saved under the files–> all section:

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You have several options for the layout:

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And you can email your notes:

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I also tried uploading a youtube video through the web option and it works fine! A student can watch a video and take notes without having to change screens!

This is a great option for web research on the iPad- the student can have their notes right beside the text, easy and accessible. The temptation to copy and paste is neutralized by the fact that the student can download the website and have it available to them offline.

Here is a youtube video that gives a nice, clear robotic-voiced tour of the app:

24 iPad Apps to Support Bloom’s Taxonomy

Via Libby via Fluency21.com (Thanks Libby!)

I know, I know. Another list. But this one gives you a finite amount of apps that can be used  across the curriculum:

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Diigo was presented at a recent conference and I am in the middle of installing it on my iPad. So far, I am intrigued with the possibility of having not only a place to bookmark websites and access them across platforms but also being able to add notes and images. A tool like this could make project work way more efficient between students.

For some reason, I have a blockage with Evernote. It is possible that I haven’t given it enough time, but it has never been intuitive for me, though many people I know and respect use it religiously. So it sounds like I have some work to do here- check out Evernote again, figure out Diigo. I am also curious about Side by side- which sounds like it would allow you to have a text and a note taking app open at the same time. How awesome is that? The promise of it seems large- we will see if the reality lives up to the dream…

Check it out and help me explore these apps!

Bloom’s Taxonomy for iPad: A quick reminder of why the iPad in the first place

(via Langwitches blog)

The hardest part about adopting a new technology (at least in my humble opinion) is figuring out how it can be useful to you.  Technology is a tool, after all, a means by which we reach our goals, not the goal itself. It is easy to forget this when we are bombarded with constant updates, with technology that requires even more of our already scarce time to decode.

I feel like right now is a good time to remind myself (and you, my gentle readers) that the reason we are adopting the iPad in our schools is because it is useful. It is a compact, more student-hardy (it is harder for them to break the iPad than a laptop, although, yes, they still manage it), potential for an all-in-one tool. In the States, schoolboards are looking into switching from paper textbooks to e-texts. That would mean students could roam from class to class with only their iPads. They can research, read, create, game, communicate all on one device.

In the same vein, it is also that handy for teachers- so far, most teachers have been using them for very practical purposes: using whiteboard app to illustrate a lesson then emailing it to their students. Recording discussion groups for the purposed of evaluation. Researching outside the library. Illustrating a volleyball strategy or even taking a picture of the notes from a meeting on a chalkboard and emailing it to the students. Not to mention the quasi personally/professional uses of managing the media we follow (I am a firm believer that the world informs how we do our jobs,especially if you are in charge of teaching children about that world. Apps like flipboard, Zite and other news feed highlighted in previous posts are an effective way for teachers to keep up to date.

I was reminded of the uses this morning when I came across this fancy picture on one of the best iPads in education blogs, langwitches.

To explore more Bloom, check out Bloomin’iPad by Kathy Schrock.