Though I have had fairly good success in past years with a computer attendance/grading program called GradeKeeper (www.gradekeeper.com), I was always a little disappointed by the old fashioned (and non-modifiable) Excel-style UI. Furthermore, with hundreds of students each year, and a 50 year-old brain that remembers less and less each year, I was in the market for a new program that (1) would allow me to take advantage of the iPad’s camera to add pictures of the students next to their names, and (2) would have a more flexible, more graphic interface to make the menial tasks of attendance and grade keeping a bit less tedious. So far, the iPad app “TeacherPal” (http://www.teacherpal.net/) has been very impressive. Each new class you set up takes just seconds and appears on what looks like a bookshelf, and adding students is similarly easy, taking less than a minute to have them add their name, student number, email and photo. The program also allows you to easily move students around so that the the seating order is exactly as as you see it, and allows you to make students present/absent/late with the touch of a button, easily add comments on in class behavior on the fly, and add/track grades with a very nice, clean and easy to use interface. The number of useful iPad apps like this are growing so quickly that I find myself using my iPad more than my MacBook Air!