Thursday, November 3, 2011

Media Slate Pro

Price: $1.99
Grade Recommendation: All
Subject: All
Specific Skill: N/A
Levels: N/A
Players: N/A
For iPad, iPod, or Both: iPad

This app's developers tout it as a way to turn an iPad into an interactive whiteboard. This is true ONLY if you are the type of educator who views the expensive interactive whiteboard as simply a glorified dry erase board.

Simply put, this app is just a slate.

Users can choose between a regular, dotted, or straight line to draw and/or write. They can change the line's thickness and color. I am impressed with the color choices; the entire palette is available, not just a few select colors. They can also change the background color or even use a saved photo as the background.

The final product can be saved to the photo album or the iPad's clipboard (for pasting later elsewhere). It can also be shared via email (or Facebook and Twitter).

If money is a factor, skip this slate app. I'm aware of two others - Show Me and Screen Chomp - that not only work as a slate, but are recordable too! I can't believe a paid app claiming to be an interactive whiteboard substitute does not have that option.

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