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The Best Ways to Get Creative on your iPad!

We have spent a lot of time on our blog sharing iPad/iPhone apps that are great for higher education and for use in the classroom. Some of the best apps are great for educational purposes, but some are just really cool and fun! Today we are sharing some apps we have discovered that are really interesting, unique, and fun to use for everyday purposes or when you are feeling like getting a little creative!

Face Jack ($1.99)
This app is one of a kind and will surely be a hit with everyone! Create a recording, upload an image of someone’s face, and then within a couple clicks, Face Jack will pair your audio to the face to create a fun and hilarious way of sharing audio!

Drawing Box (FREE)
This is the ultimate app for learning to draw or improving your skills! This app offers tons of drawing tools, and provides users with lessons to learn step-by-step techniques!

Fotolr PS HD (FREE)
This app gives users to tool to edit and enhance their photos with a few clicks! There are even tools specifically for portraits, including lipstick, hair dying, and teeth whitening!

Silent Film Director (FREE)
This app lets you turn your own movies into silent films! Choose from different eras that will add an overall effect to your movie, customize speed at various points in the video, edit sounds by choosing from soundtracks, your own music, using muting, and more.

CamWow (FREE)
This app brings all the features of Photo Booth to your device-choose from tons of filters and effects to add to your images, and then share with others them directly from the app!

Be sure to follow our Best of iPad Apps website for more apps for creativity, and much more!

New to Apple? Here are the best (free) apps to get you started!

Have you just started using an iPad? Are you feeling lost? If you are new to Mac products, your first iPhone, iPad, or iPod can be a little overwhelming…where do you begin with the apps? There are so many to choose from, so it can be a little difficult to know exactly what you may need or want right away. We have created a list of some of the best (FREE!) apps that will help you get started using your new Apple device! To view the entire list, click here.

This app is one of the most effective apps for organizing and remembering everything that is going on in your life. Take notes, jot down ideas, take recordings, and synchronize all information with a computer or other mobile device

Sundry Notes

With Sundry Notes, users can write text, draw anywhere, research with the internet, import PDFs, images, and documents from Evernote, GoogleDocs and Dropbox, and share notes via Facebook, Twitter, or Google. Make it a multimedia note-taking experience by recording audio.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This app provides users with access to all the definitions from the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Additionally, users are able to use voice search to look up a word without having to spell it.
Earning the name of Apple’s iPad App of the Year, this app is a great and beautiful way to go through news, photos, videos, and social media updates. Flipboard is like your own personal magazine, with everything you want to see in one single space.

Facebook finallay released their app for the iPad, and its interface boasts simple navigation on your apple devices!

If you like this list, you’ll love our Best of iPad Apps website, site dedicated to providing you with the scoop on the best apps for a variety of categories-from the best apps for writing to apps for various specific educational topics, this website will give you a little insight on the best of what’s available to you!

Some of the Best New iPad apps from 2011!

As Apple continues to release new and updated devices, the apps available for them continue to expand. Here is a list of some of the best free apps that were released in 2011!


Visually browse news from a variety of news sources including Facebook, Twitter, and Flipboard’s built-in categories. The ability to easily flip through your various sources make this app a must-have!


Facebook finally released their app for the iPad last year, and it’s interface boasts simple navigation on your mobile devices.

Skitch for iPad

This newly released app by Evernote to annotate and sketch over photos, screenshots, maps, and webpages, and then share with others over Twitter or email!


This is the perfect app to explore literally anything. This app combines images, videos, text, and infographics to create a unique learning experience.

Dolphin Browser HD

This app is for the iPad and serves as an alternative web browser. It offers a variety of unique features including tabbed browsing, a webzine for favorite websites, gestures to access frequent sites, full screen mode, and more.

Apps for your Computer

There’s a lot of hype these days surrounding Apple’s iPads and iPhones and all the great apps that go along with them, and we do plenty of blogging about it! Don’t have an iPad or an iPhone? Don’t sweat it-there are so many great resources available for free on the internet that often do the same great things. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:


With Cramster, that impossible math problem that has been keeping you up all night just got a little easier. Cramster is a haven for help with homework. From providing assistance to supported textbook problems to getting feedback and advice from experts, it’s like an instant tutor. Instructors-share this one with your students, and they will be sure to thank you!

eTutor Graphing Calculator

Graphing calculators are so expensive, and it’s great that apps are turning iPads and iPhones into instant graphic calculators. But if you don’t have the iPad or iPhone, this is a great alternative. eTutor’s graphing calculator is simple to use, free, and online!


One of the most tedious parts of papers isn’t the actual writing-it’s citing all the sources. Bibme is a great resource offering auto-fill citations, guides to citation types, and a place to store all bibliographies in one place.

Be sure to keep up with our blog-we are always searching for the next best online resources and sharing them with you!

We’re all about iPads!

One thing you may have noticed this school year is students coming to class with not only their laptops and smartphones, but a new shiny tool-the iPad. The iPad has proven itself a valuable tool for education-the thousands of apps available for students and educators are some of the best tech tools available.

Check out our iPad apps site here to see some of the best iPad apps organized into categories. From free apps for education to the best apps for research and writing, you will be sure to find some great resources for your students and yourself. Be sure to share this site with your students and colleagues and check back often-we are always looking for the newest apps to add to our lists!

iPads are now available for faculty to check out! We have 2 iPads in the Media Lab (BRK 180) available for week-long checkout to faculty.

iPad 2 Smart Cover

There’s an App for that…

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately scouring the internet and finding some of the best and most functional iPad/iPhone apps for higher education. It is truly remarkable how much some of these apps can do and after trying some, you may find yourself wondering how you were able to function without it. Here are 5 (FREE!) iPad/iPhone apps that both educators and students alike will find to be extremely useful.

Sundry Notes

As one of the most convenient apps for the iPad, Sundry Notes allows users to write text, draw anywhere, research with the internet, import PDFs, images, and documents from Evernote, GoogleDocs and Dropbox, and share notes via Facebook, Twitter, or Google. Make it a multimedia note-taking experience by recording audio.


This app allows users to sync and share files online and across computers. Simply said, yet extremely practical.


This app is highly valued amongst avid iPad users for its effectiveness in organizing everything that one may need to remember. Through notes, recordings and synchronizing with other computers or devices, you won’t forget that deadline again with Evernote.

Offline Pages

Spend a lot of money on your new iPad but don’t feel like forking over extra money each month for internet service? Offline Pages is the app for you. Users can save entire web pages to be reviewed for offline reading when that beloved Wi-Fi is unavailable.


I’ve blogged about TED before, mostly because I just can’t get enough of it. This app offers users access to talks from fascinating people all over the world; from medical marvels to business gurus. There are over 700 TEDTalk videos available, with more constantly being added. Users can create playlists, and select to watch videos when a network connection is unavailable.

And a bonus-GoodReader

Although this app is not free (it costs 99 cents), it is a valuable companion for note taking. Open large PDF files and markup, annotate, highlight, and then share with others. Definitely well worth the 99 cent price tag!