Many times we think that the iPad is all about installing the latest games, but I'm discovering that it's more about the apps that allow for productivity or creation that the students are most interested in using. I credit this to the students witnessing me, the teacher, using the iPad to create video tutorials and lessons for our class.
As I was browsing my Google Reader, I discovered this post by Ed Tech Teacher that sums up what I'm trying to say. Using an iPad effectively in the classroom is all about designing user-centered, student-centered technology-integration projects.
The model they use is called CRCD Frameworks. This stands for Collect, Relate, Create and Donate. You can read more about this model here.
I especially appreciate the huge collection of apps in the blog post that promote the CRCD Framework. Check out all of the categories they have listed apps for: