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iPad Apps for ELL

App-titude for ELL
Choosing the right applications is key to creating a successful mobile ELL initiative. Here are some of the apps that the ELL students at the Newcomer Center in Arlington Heights, IL, and Comal Independent School District in New Braunfels, TX, wouldn't want to do without. (Most of the apps work on either the iPod Touch or iPad, and can be downloaded from theApple iTunes store.)

Dictionary.com Dictionary and Thesaurus allows users to look up words without an internet connection, plus take advantage of audio pronunciation and voice-to-text searching capabilities. (Free from Dictionary.com)

ITranslate translates words, phrases, and even whole sentences into more than 50 languages. It also features voice recognition and conversation modes. (Free from Sonico GmbH)

Keynote can be used for creating complex presentations and slideshows with simple taps and drags of the finger. ($9.99 from Apple)

Kindle e-Reader allows users to read and interact with more than 810,000 books available in the Kindle store on a platform optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. (Free from Amazon Mobile)

Nutrition Genius helps users keep track of calories consumed, exercise, and weight. (Free from Ticklish Turtle)

1000 Exercises, created by experts at Men's Health and Women's Health magazines, allows users to build, log, and share workouts, as well as access video demonstrations of exercises. ($5.99 from Rodale)

Pages is a powerful word processor that can be used for creating letters, fliers, brochures, reports, and more. ($9.99 from Apple)

PhotoPad offers many premium photo editing tools, including image rotation and resizing, cropping, red-eye removal, color and saturation adjustment, paint bucket, and more. (Free from Zagg)

SmartNote allows iPad users do anything they might do in a regular notebook in a password-protected app, including taking notes, sketching ideas, and highlighting text. (Free or $2.99 for ad-free version from Christopher Thibault and Brendan Lee)

StoryKit is an app that allows students and teachers to easily create digital, multimedia storybooks with this app. (Free from the International Children's Digital Library Foundation)

Voice Memo lets a user record audio using the device's built-in microphone or an external mic. (Native to iPod Touch and iPhone from Apple)

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