Back to School Apps for teachers

It's time to get your iPad ready for school. I suggest at least one grade, attendance, note taker and lesson plan app.

Gradebook Pro $9.99 - allows you to grade and take attendance. For high school teachers, it supports weighted and standard grade scales.

Gradepad $2.99 - Assess a variety of behaviors and performances with GradePad rubrics that have criteria and scales. Manage groups of individuals and track their performance over time.

Essay Grader $5.99 - allows teachers to grade essays with three banks of prepared comments for a multitude of topics within the categories of praise, organization, content, mechanics, style, and documentation. All comments are editable, and Essay Grader comes with three empty banks where you can write original comments of your own.

Smart Seat $3.99 - create seating charts, record attendance, choose random students for class participation, make student notes, and store student photos all in one place. Update allows you to import photo of student.

k-12 Attendance Free - Attendance application lets you enter your students' attendance and check for any missing attendance in the last ten days.

iPlanlessons $9.99 - a concise planner that allows teachers to define lessons, set target dates, prioritize and report to administrators.

Noteshelf $4.99 - An all note-taking app that allows you 17 different color pens, different kinds of notebooks and the ability to lock notebooks. One place to write your student notes, department notes, and ideas without paper.

If you have more than one iPad in your class this is a great addition to the class:

Splashtop $9.99 - Splashtop Whiteboard allows teachers and students to turn their iPad into an interactive white board. Once connected to their computer over Wifi, they can watch Flash media with synchronized video and audio, control PC and Mac applications, and annotate lesson content from an iPad. View the tutorial to see it in action.

Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.