Répertoire des usages pédagogiques pour iPad – Documentation — RIRE

I found this article below via a tweet yesterday. They have grouped the apps by subject- though many of them we already know, there were a few intriguing apps I had not heard of in every discipline. What makes this list even better is that it is created by Quebecers for Quebecers and with our school curriculum in mind.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Le Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative (RIRE) diffuse de l’information susceptible de répondre aux besoins des acteurs de la réussite éducative.

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Duolingo: Apple’s choice for App of the Year

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 9.04.50 AMI agree with Apple- I downloaded Duolingo last year when I was searching for language learning resources, and love it. I am using it on my phone and take advantage of its easy interface and fun game style to learn a bit more Spanish.

The app has several levels as well as different types of exercises, from filling in the right word to speaking the right word into the microphone. Once you have completed a level you get a badge!

It really helps that there is an audio component- you need to speak, but the app speaks to you as well so you can hear how the word is supposed to sound.

It is a great recommendation for students who need extra practice. Oh and bonus- it is free!!!!

You can also use it for learning French, German, Portuguese English and Italian.

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At Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches computer science, Luis von Ahn and student David Klionsky thought there should be a way to use smartphones to teach new languages.

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Guest Blogger David Pelletier: Notes on a French iPad Workshop

By David Pelletier

When they asked what brought us to this iPad workshop, my answer was ready: “I’m desperately looking for more apps related to French teaching.” Their answer was just as ready: good luck.

Turns out there isn’t as many apps out there for language learning as there are for other subjects like math or science. But there are a few.

itooch: les bases du français

One particular app caught my eye, from the French iTooch series: les Bases du Français. It’s built as a quiz game where you test your grammar, vocabulary and spelling skills in French. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s quest-based, which means that you are rewarded when you pass certain levels. Their system mimics karate belts. I got my orange belt already. I’m making my way to the top. The lite version is free but will only get you so far. The full version is a ridiculous 6$.

What really caught my eye though is iBooks Author. This app is Mac-based, though (you can’t make it work on a iPad), but the end product it helps you create is very iPad friendly.

iBooks Author is free and enables you to create your own virtual textbook, complete with images, videos, interactive graphs and built-in quizzes.

We got to fiddle around with it a bit: in a matter of minutes, we had built a whole chapter of the book (about twelve pages) with pre-existing materials (typed notes, pics, PPTs and other stuff).


If you already have a bunch of your curriculum in electronic form, putting it together in a neat little e-book is a breeze. Plus, once your book is finished, you can plug your iPad in your computer to beta-test your creation, and adjust things if necessary.

Keeping in mind there’s next to nothing available in French out there, I’m strongly considering going for some home brew, and making my own textbook. It’s just that easy.

When you have the time, of course.