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The when, why and how of PD for iPads. By Stephanie Tow January 7th, 2015 One teacher explains that collaboration is key to finding time, and resources, for teaching with iPads Type “professional development for teachers” into any search engine and numerous results fill the computer screen. Type in “professional development for iPads” and the results are more narrow and, in my search anyway, not at all what I need. So how do educators find what they need when it comes to teaching with iPads, apps, and all that conjures up? In my case, I did what we all do. I turned to my peers for ideas and relied on my own experiences.

I’m very thankful that my students have iPads, and I love watching them become completely absorbed in learning while using them. I believe the general consensus among teachers is that if we had meaningful professional development for iPads we would be more comfortable using them in our classrooms. Pick one or two things and become proficient using those. (Next page: the when, why, and how) Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers. Michelle Luhtala/Edshelf With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country. “I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said.

Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. 30Hands allows a user to make pictures, annotate them, record a voice explainer and then packages it all into a video. Adobe Voice is a recently released education product from Adobe that allows students to narrate a story over an array of digital images. Tellagami is a tool to share quick animated messages. ExplainEverything is another tool for creating video like tutorials. Photo Editing - 21 Things 4 iPads. How To Read Kindle Books In iBooks, And Keep Your Library In The Cloud [How-To.

I love e-books. I love them so much that I’m considering buying a double-sided, sheet-feed scanner, chopping the spines of all my dead-treeware books and having an OCR frenzy on their asses. What I don’t like is DRM. Not for any idealistic reasons (well, maybe a few) but for practical ones. My bookseller of choice is Amazon, as it has the best range and Kindle books work on any device. This really is an easy and very neat little hack. Get the protected Kindle books onto our MacsStrip the DRMConvert the books into the universal EPUB formatPut them in Dropbox for easy accessThat’s it For this recipe we will need the following software Kindle for Mac Calibre Dropbox Hazel You’ll also need to grab some DRM-stripping plugins for Calibre, provided by Apprentice Alf.

The Setup The first part of this is probably the trickiest. The full instructions are in Alf’s post, but you don’t need to follow them all. Next, you tell Calibre to watch a certain folder. Whew. Now. In Action. Here’s How iOS 7 Promises to Make iPad Management Easier for Schools. Apple’s engineers are working hard towards meeting their Fall 2013 release date for iOS 7.

However, their PR department is also working hard to ensure that educators know the full extent of the changes that are coming, and how they will impact iPad management in the classroom. The full list of changes can be found here, but I discuss some of my favorites below and share why they are a good move for Apple to make…especially in light of the forthcoming Android Google Play for Education Store. 1. So, first up, App Store license management: “The App Store Volume Purchase Program now offers institutions the ability to assign apps to users while keeping full ownership and control over app licenses…Apps can be revoked at any time and reassigned to other students This makes so much sense and will save a lot of headaches. 99 times out of 100, the school is buying apps for students, so it makes sense that they should have more control over their purchases. 2. Love it. 3. 4. Like this: 7 Tips for Managing Your iPad Classroom. Mobile Learning | Feature 7 Tips for Effectively Managing Your iPad Classroom The author of iPad in Education for Dummies offers solid advice for unlocking the possibilities of iPads in a classroom.

By Dian Schaffhauser04/10/13 iPads are a great tool to encourage continual sharing and collaboration in the classroom, says education technology consultant Sam Gliksman. Gliksman runs iPads for Education, a Ning network that has drawn several thousand educators and other people interested in exploring the use of iPads in schools. 1. iPads Aren't Meant to be Shared From its earliest days, the iPad was designed for personal--not "institutional"--use, Gliksman said. "In grades one, two, and three, you're probably fine with that. Gliksman's advice: If you're thinking about implementing a shared iPad program in a classroom fourth grade and above, "you're much better off with a one-to-one" that uses some other kind of device that will be more manageable. 2. 3.

Export Video from the iPad to Dropbox. Mastering The iOS Keyboard On Your iPhone And iPad [Feature. The one part of your iPhone or iPad you use the most is the on screen keyboard, a fantastically complex little app in its own right that must meet your needs all the time, across a ton of different situations. Whether you’re typing an iMessage, a Note or Reminder, or an email to your family, you’re using the iOS Keyboard. Why not take the time to get to know it even better? Here’s a list of five great tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your time with this ubiquitous bit of software at the center of your iOS experience. Enable (And Disable) Emoji With iOS 5, Apple included Emoji as a standard keyboard option, obviating the need for separate Emoji apps (previously the only way to get the cute characters on your iOS device).

If you haven’t enabled Emoji yet, or you want to disable it for whatever reason, read on. Launch your iOS Settings app with a tap, and then tap on General. Voilà! Dock, Undock, And Split Your Keyboard On The iPad Here’s how to make it happen. Related. Mastering The iOS Keyboard: Easily Add Special Symbols And Accents [iOS Tips. So, there you are, typing a long note on your iPhone or iPad, when you suddenly realize that you need–gasp–a special symbol or accented character.

Perhaps you want to use the £ (British pound) symbol, or the é symbol when sending an email to a business associate or family member. No, you don’t have to use the Emoji keyboard (unless you want a copyright (©) symbol), but there is a bit of a trick to it. Here’s how. To get any accented character, you simply tap and hold a key on the iOS keyboard. For even more special accents, tap the 123 key to get the secondary iOS keyboard, and hold an tap on different keys to get different results.

The best way to find all the ones you want is to experiment around; not all the keyboard keys have extra characters on them, but many of them do. Related. Study Smarter – Take Notes And Highlight Text Within iBooks [iOS Tips. Ebooks are all the rage these days, and your iPad is a perfect device for reading them. Textbooks, too, are becoming de riguer for many students in college and even high school, as educators, schools, and publishers find a greater demand for electronic instructional materials.

But studying from a book requires interacting with the text at a greater level than just reading it, of course, as students need to keep track of specific passages, or comment on them as they relate to their learning or lecture notes. Most eReading apps, like Nook and Kindle, have these features as well, but iBooks definitely has the most well designed, so let’s take a look at how to use it to study with your electronic books. Launch iBooks on your iPad or iPhone (I’m using iBooks 3.0.2 for this tip), and open a book, textbook or otherwise.

The section will highlight with the default color, yellow, and you’ll get another contextual menu. Now, to add a Note to your passage, you do the same thing. - How Does iPad Workflow Fluency Look in Kindergarten. 3 Comments February 5, 2013 By: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano Feb 3 Written by: 2/3/2013 4:58 PM ShareThis Recently, I tried to explain to a teacher from another school how we are trying to use iPads BEYOND apps. We have over 100 apps on our school iPads and introduce our students according to age level to a variety of them, but the focus of the use of the devices NEEDS to remain primarily as a tool for:exposing students to skills, characteristic of a “modern learner“critical thinkingpersonal learningtransformative learningworkflow fluencyanytime/anywhere/anyhowcreating There is nothing wrong with using apps for isolated skills practice, such as multiplication, spelling, memorization, taking digitized quizzes or substituting otherwise traditional analog activities.

I have shared last week, how our first graders are showing first signs of fluency when working with the tools at their disposal. Import>create>save>share As we were using the above apps, we continue to ask and reflect: 5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use . EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration. While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives.

We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them. 1) Focusing on content apps The most common mistake teachers make with iPads is focusing on subject-specific apps. It simply didn’t occur to him use the VoiceThread app to record his students speaking Latin, or perhaps create a collaborative discussion of Cicero. And we don’t introduce a single subject app. 2) Lack of Teacher Preparation in Classroom Management of iPads It doesn’t. 7 Ways to Collect Student Work in an #iPad Classroom #staar. Next week, I'll be facilitating a short one-hour workshop on a topic that is deceptively simple on a computer, but can be complex on an iPad--how to get student work off an iPad in a place where the teacher can get to it in ONE place.

This short blog entry tries to offer some solutions. Let me know what you think, ok? Many apps--here's a short list--will output to WebDav, video or image format that ends up in your Camera Roll. Others will go to YouTube, cloud storage, and allow email sharing. For schools deploying iPads in carts, some options are outlined below: WebDav Server - This is the best option because you can show students how to put/get their content in a central location. When considering HOW to get information off your iPad, you need to remember the following: Terms of Service for various solutions may prevent K-7 (ages 5-12) students from using online, or cloud, storage solution.

This list below is no particular order of preference. . #1 - Print to File using Printopia app ($20) 50 Must-Download Apps For Lifelong Learners. Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-08-13 Long after degrees have been conferred and careers have been launched, many folks just can’t seem to quit school. For them, life provides an overstuffed cornucopia of educational opportunities that don’t necessarily require hefty loans and navigating different professorial strategies. Those with a lust for learning who happen to also enjoy testing the limits of what the iPad offers definitely don’t have to worry about finding resources to pique their fancy.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of apps are out there just twitching for users to fire them up and absorb a mental nugget or two. History and Geography World Atlas HD : iPad users can download this stunning, popular digital atlas by the National Geographic Society and educate themselves about the planet’s physical and cultural properties and relationships. Language, Reading, and Writing Open Source and General Learning Reference Science and Math Comments are closed. 15 Great Free iPad Apps for Professional Development. With the advance of mobile technology into our life, the notion of professional development has been radically reshaped.To grow professionally is no longer limited to a certain geographic setting with a predefined set of resources, we can now learn wherever we are and on the go.

No more boundaries and this is certainly one of the biggest advantages in embracing this kind of technology. To expand this professional development notion to your iPad , I have compiled a list of some of the best free apps that you as a teacher and educator, can install on your iOS device. The list is not exhaustive and there might be other important apps not mentioned here but the ones below are a great stepping stone into the world of self learning. Check them out. 1- Twitter This is Twitter official app that lets you follow your interests, instant updates from your friends, and many more. 2- Skype 3- Google Voice 4- Hey Tell This is an awesome iOS app that lets users instantly talk with friends and family. 6- Zite.

Top iPad Apps for Making Musical Slideshows and Videos. By Juli | July 30, 2012 | No comment yet Are you the family photographer at events and gatherings? Do you often take vacation photos and then share them with friends? Do you want to spice up your photo slideshows with music or record your own music videos? If you answered yes to any of these questions, take a look at this list of slideshow and video apps that we compiled. You can use these apps to turn your photos and your videos from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Video Star (Free) – It’s easy to make fun videos with Video Star, you simply select a song from your music library, and then start shooting video. Fotovidia HD ($2.99) – Photo slideshows can be notoriously boring, but this simple app changes that. ReelDirector ($1.9 9) – ReelDirector is a powerful video editing app for the iPad. Videolicious ( Free) – Videolicious is a popular photo and video editing app that helps you to instantly combine your videos, photos, and music into a complete masterpiece.

Photo Table ($9.99. Alternative iPad Browsers with tricks Safari can’t do. Educational Flash web sites aside, the iPad is a great device for browsing the internet. At the heart of this is Apple’s flagship browser, Safari. Overall, Safari is a capable browser on the iPad but there is some functionality missing from the app when compared to its big brother on Macs. Fortunately, iOS has enough tricks available for third party apps to fill in the gaps that Safari for iPad doesn’t address. Here are three alternative browsers that I use regularly to perform tasks I think are necessary for educational use and general use that I can’t do using Apple’s default browser. iCab This fabulous app has become my default browser on my iPad.

The big winner for me with iCab is its ability to download videos, including from Youtube. Once the video is downloaded, it can be added to the Photo Library on the iPad by going to the Downloads icon and saving to Library. Another great feature of iCab is its multiple search engine access. Diigo Browser Photon. 10 Incredible iPad Apps for Education. Pack for iPad: Our List of the Best iPad Apps. Top 10 Video Apps for Teachers. 1:1 iPad Solutions: Evernote. The Top 17 Free Digital Stotytelling Apps for The iPad. 15 Great Resources for Educational Apps for Teachers, Parents and Educators. 10 Useful iPad Resources for Educators. One iPad in the Classroom? – Top 10 Apps. A Quick Guide To Managing A Classroom Full Of iPads. 10 iPad tips every teacher should know. Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps.

iPhone/iPad AppGuides by AppAdvice. iPaddiction. - AirPlay Mirroring to your Mac. iPad. 10 ways Evernote can help make students more productive « newtechtimeline. Technology Timesavers for Teachers - myTeachersLounge. 5 Awesome iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs. An iPad idea a day - A short daily tips and tricks podcast on using the iPad as a personal learning tool running from 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2012. QR voice. How to Put a Wiki On Your iPad. 5th Graders Write, Illustrate, Publish Their Own iBook. 20+ Fun Free Apps that Promote Student Centered Learning & Literacy. Gpaeanews. The 200 Best Special Education Apps.

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Top 20 Must-Have Educational iPhone & iPad Apps Used By Real Teachers in the Classroom - iPhone app article - Shara Karasic. #iPadChat. 8 of the BEST Apps to Add to Your New iPad! Transforming Teaching and Learning with iPads. How to Make an iPad Textbook in Under Five Minutes. Collaborative Whiteboard Apps for the Classroom.