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The kids absolutely loved them. Everyday the kids went used the Brainpop application. Each day there is an informative video on a wide range of topics with a multiple choice quiz they took. One truth I have learned in teaching is kids actually do like to learn and they enjoyed a range of topics from Bastille Day to Apartheid South Africa to astronomy.
To go with my novel study of Call It Courage, the kids did research on Polynesia, each picking a country on which to do a presentation. The initial research was done with the Wikipanion application. Later we did Hawaiian stations I had organized long ago. I think I lost my version of The Three Little Puaa but found a summation and a utube video of kids in Hawaii who doing a version so that the kids watched that as part of a station. That was neat as the children could really hear what a Polynesian language sounds like.
I found lots of good free apps, but at this point I think I have only touched the surface of using ipads. I probably should put up a separate page on some of the apps that I liked best for intermediate students such as BBC World, the NASA site etc. It sure enabled me to make summer school a fun experience for the students.