There's amazing potential when you have a mobile computing device in your hands. While Apple says that you already know how to use an iPad, there are many things you would never figure out unless someone told you. Tony Vincent tells you about many of those magical things. Learn about tips for navigating webpages, treating your battery right, projecting the screen, finding apps and app sales, and more. The best part is that Tony shares these wondrous tidbits using the top creation apps. See humorous animations, simple collages, insightful comics, stunning slideshows, and educational movies—all made on a mobile device.


There are about 1.2 million apps in Apple's App Store.


10% of them are in the Education category (that's about 122,000 apps).


The two images above were made using Skitch. Skitch makes it easy to bring in a photo, image, or screenshot and text, drawings, arrows, and stamps.

Made with Sock Puppets.

The App Store isn't the only place to find apps. You can search using Google (it helps to put iTunes in your search string). There are directories curated by educators like Appitic and appoLearning.

Made with Puppet Pals.

Apps that are usually paid sometimes go on sale for free. There are many ways to find out about these deals. Two of them are Twitter and AppShopper.

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The graphic above was made with the paid version of Visualize. The free version doesn't allow for exporting.

You can show your device's screen on a projector or TV in a variety of ways.


The graphic was made using Pic Collage.

The comic below has an important message about taking video with your device.

The comic was made using Comic Maker.

When making images, posters, and comics, it's handy to have a source of copyright-friendly images. is a great source for public domain clip art.

The lips were added to a screenshot of using Funny Movie Maker.

Here are two tips about reading webpages.

The video was recorded on a Windows computer using iTools. iTools is free software that can mirror and record your device. iTools is available for Windows and Mac.

It's good for teachers and student to know how to quickly jump into an app without having to swipe through dozens of apps and folders. The video below was made using the Adobe Voice app.

Another tip is about taking screenshots.

Explain Everything allows for narrating images, slides, and drawings. It was used to make the video above about screenshots.

Sign up for Dropbox and then sign up for Then you get a URL where others can upload videos.

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Your device's battery lifespan can be prematurely decreased if you don't treat it right. Learn more by watching a video about Jerry's battery.

The video was made using VideoScribe and a variety of other apps. Apps and services working together is your workflow. See the workflow for the video above.

The above is made using Prezi for iPad. Well, mostly made on an iPad. The iPad version is very limited. What you create on iPad can be synced to the online version. From there you can add arrows, frames, and a path.

Click through these Haiku Deck slides. It's about fingerprints and germs. 

The slides where made and shared using Haiku Deck. Note that Haiku Deck doesn't allow for adding narration. But there is a workaround.

What's a workaround? Watch the video below.

The video was made using Telllagami and pieces together using Splice.

I used a workaround to narrate the Haiku Deck slides.

I took a screenshot of each slide in Haiku Deck. I imported them into 30hands. In 30hands audio can be recorded for each slide. The whole project is exported as a video.

When drawing and handwriting, you might want a stylus.

The trailer was made in iMovie. It comes with several movie trailer templates. You insert your own text and video. It can be helpful to print Storyboard Help Sheets for Trailers before beginning your trailer.

Videolicious is another app for making movies. In this one you can record yourself and cut to video or images.

Teachers should lead by example and try their hand at making their own media, because that's what we want our students to do -- make media to cement and share their learning. And that's how you really get the most out of your device.