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Top 10 iPad
Many of us are now getting and using
iPads in our schools. They certainly make
a great addition to our programs! I now
find that I use mine fairly regularly (some
days more than others, it just depends
on the day). I'm often asked which apps
I recommend to school counselors and
how they are used. So here's my list (in
no particular order). Most of these apps
are free, however, for the few apps that
By Andrea J. Burston
Elementary School Counselor in
Raleigh, North Carolina, US
I bought, I used an iTunes gift card (put
that on your school wish list for next
year). You pay the small fee once and
are allowed to use the app as long as
Cost: Free but there's a paid $3.99
version with extra features
Story creating app that students really
enjoy! The stories are pre-made and the
students can fill in the blanks with their
info. Can be used as a getting to know
you activity in both individual and group
settings (in a group setting this would be
great to use for those of you that have
school sets of iPod touches).
Puppet Pals HD
Cost: Free but there's a paid
$2.99 version with extra features
My students LOVE this app -another
story creation app where students can
take pictures of themselves from the iPad
camera roll and insert themselves into a
story. There was so much interest from
the students in this app that I purchased
the $2.99 version. It was well worth it.
Awesome app that allows you to open,
edit, create and save Microsoft office
documents. CloudOn also synches
with Dropbox so you can easily access
This is one of my favorite apps! Read
all your favorite news feeds, tweets and
blogs in one spot. I use Pulse to read all
of my counselor blogs that I follow. I can't
say enough about this app.
I've used a sticker chart during my groups
to keep track of behaviors of students
and offered a reward once they earned
a certain number of stars. Well, just
imagine that being kept track of on the
iPad. You can take headshots, set up each
student's info and easily keep track of their
stars. This also is great to use for groups
using iPod touches, because the iReward
app can be synched on several devices.
Need a break from typing on the
smaller (and sometimes difficult) iPad
keyboard? Just speak and dragon will
transfer your voice into written text. I
know of counselors that record notes
and reminders for themselves using
Dragon. You can edit, save and email
those notes. When I taught computer
applications classes, we did a unit on
using Dragon and it has come a LONG
way; it's so much better now.
Many us are blogging (or are planning
to blog). This is the app to do so. I'll
admit that I don't actually type my blog
posts on my iPad (I like the keyboard
of my laptop) but when I take pictures
I usually use my iPad and I can easily
upload the pic to the blog using this
app. There's also an app for those of you
that use WordPress (another blog site).
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This is great to organize groups and keep
track of who's in which group.
If you already have a Dropbox account,
here is another way to access your files.
For those of you not familiar with Dropbox,
it's a free online storage for pictures, files,
documents. I use Dropbox every day.
Neat calm app that helps students inhale
and exhale with their breathing to relax
or calm down.
You can handle them all
Great tips on how to handle children's
inappropriate behaviors. This app is
so popular/helpful that all the school
psychologists in my district have iPads
and this app is on each one!
For more apps and info:
Check out the school counselor iPad
wiki at: http://ipads4schcounselors.wikispaces.com.
About the Author: Andrea J. Burston is
an elementary school counselor in Raleigh,
North Carolina and the author of the JYJ
Counselor Blog (bit.ly/jyjscblog). She loves
to incorporate the use of technology in her
school's counselor program and can be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Counsellor - Winter 2014
The Fine Print
Social Media 101
Embracing Social Media in Guidance and Career Education
Top 10 iPad Counselor Apps
BCSCA Conference 2013 — Full Coverage!
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BC Counsellor - Winter 2014