The iPad as RTI Intervention Toolkit While waiting for the iPad to arrive in my reading intervention classroom, I’ve had a lot of time to think and plan how I will use the device. Ground Rules I don’t want hundreds of apps. I’m looking for a few favorites. I don’t want more drill and kill. I want the iPad to help me run my intervention program like a gifted enrichment program, providing the spark that interests students in learning and helps them apply skills that they should not be learning in isolation. My Favorites and How I Will Use Them Dragon Dictation While the iPhone 4S eliminates the need for Dragon Dictation because it integrates dictation whenever the keyboard appears, the iPad becomes magical with the addition of the free Dragon Dictation app. This is of great use for students for whom the process of writing or typing is too much of a chore to allow for the creative expression of their ideas and those whose spelling gets in the way of their completing sentences. iMovie Students can create movies about anything. Pages
Dragon Dictate Mobile Nuance’s iPhone apps, Dragon and Dragon Search have been available for free download for over a year now. Since then, the company has added a few other similar voice to text apps to its line of desktop and mobile applications. It’s even rumored that Nuance has partnered with Apple to infuse voice commands within the next iPhone. These voice recognition programs have come a long way, but before you spend the money on a computer version of Dragon Dictate, you might want to practice the art of writing dictation using one of the mobile iOS versions of Dictate, especially the app optimized for the iPad. I’m actually dictating this article using Dragon Dictate for the Mac. Based on my own experience, I’ve found that while voice to text applications can often have a mind of their own, the biggest challenge for many users is developing dictation skills. Typing Speed vs Dictation Speed First off, to see just how much faster Dragon can type than you can, take a quick online typing test.
First iPad Encounters The iPads are finally set up and ready to go into the classrooms! It happened to be our first graders who were the first ones to get their hands on them! A few days ago, I tested and reviewed a great new app: Book Creator. I felt it was a great opportunity for our first graders, who had just finished a unit on butterflies, to create a book about the different stages of a butterfly and their learning reflection as a culminating activity. Students wrote a story, as a class, about the different stages of the butterfly. The first time, I brought the iPads into the class, we spent time talking about the care and handle of the devices. When picking the iPad up from the teacher we reminding them to carry the iPad with two hands to their deskset them down as quietly as possibledon’t hold the iPad from the SmartCoverdon’t walk around the classroom with an iPad in your handno pulling, showing or tugging on someone else’s iPad The introduction was done with the whole class. Like this: Like Loading...
iPad Tips: Getting Started with the iPad Have you just got a shiny new iPad as a holiday gift, or maybe just bought one for yourself? Here’s an easy Getting Started Guide that will help you get the most out of your new favorite tablet: The iPad has been a huge hit ever since it first hit the market back in 2010. It’s an amazing and powerful device, and a joy to use – whether for work or play. I’m hoping this short guide will give you a good jump-start on getting the most out of your iPad. This guide is divided up into short sections covering key topics, so you can dive in and out of them as needed for subjects you are interested in. iPad External Buttons – Turn It On and Off and Lots More You’ve probably noticed that the iPad has very few buttons. How to Power Off the iPad: To power off the iPad, hold down the Power button for a few seconds, until you see the ‘Slide to Power Off’ bar across the top of the screen. Uses for the Home Button: The home button is your key to navigating your way around the iPad. The iPad Dock: Or …
My 5 Favorite Tablet PC Tips for Educators With all the growing interest in tablet-based computing in schools, I thought it would be timely to share once again “My 5 Favorite Tablet PC Tips for Educators”. These are simple ways you can use a digital pen to support your teaching – especially in math and science, where diagrammatic discussions are key. I also include a tip at the end for using your existing laptop to take advantage of the power of digital ink… As with anything new, especially education technology you’ve never used before, start with someone simple. What’s interesting is that teachers who are doing this have discovered that they make better use of PowerPoint: Because they leave more whitespace so they can draw as they talk, the presentation slows down to the speed of thought. EXTRA TIP: Create your master powerpoint, but don’t present from it; always make a copy, then start marking it up. Instructional Use: Journal is great for facilitating a brainstorm discussion. Looking for ways to be more efficient?
Volume Purchasing Program Information Create and publish your own wikis and blogs. Use these web services to communicate and collaborate with your friends and coworkers. It's easy to edit this page and create new wikis. To edit this page, click the Log In (lock) button, log in as a wiki administrator and click the Edit (pencil) button. Content previously available at this address is temporarily available at If you're looking for our iPad wiki content, it's still online at: Calendar | Change Password | Profile Manager Top 10 Useful iPad And iPad 2 Tips And Tricks | Tech Stuffs Top 10 Useful iPad And iPad 2 Tips And Tricks Tuesday, April 12, 2011 · By Ramin asadi Here are 10 irresistible iPad and iPad 2 tips and tricks you can explore right now. 10 iPad And iPad 2 Tips And Tricks Are you looking for some great new tips and tricks to use with your iPad or iPad 2? Tip #1 Enable Multitasking Gestures Apple recently introduced Xcode 4 to the Mac App Store and along with that release, came a little trick you can do to get multitouch Gestures right on your iPad or iPad 2. Tip #2 Watch Movies From An SD Card On Your iPad Did you know that you could watch movies on your iPad or iPad 2 directly from an SD card? Tip #3 Viewing PDF’s Without An App There are some great iPad apps you can get for PDF’s but if all you want to do is read one then your iPad has a great (free) way to do so. Tip #4 Play Podcasts At Double Speed Did you know that you can listen to Podcasts at double speed? Tip #5 Secret Keyboard Keys Tip #6 Join Wi-Fi Networks Without Asking
50 Must-Have Educational Apps It’s time for holiday road trips and you know what that means: driving, flying, cranky kids, and… teaching opportunities! What’s that, you say? Well, there is so much downtime during the holidays where kids and adults spend hours just passing the time… why not try out some new apps on your phone? Many of these apps were found by The Teaching Palette, be sure to check out their fantastic site for more helpful resources! From learning the ABCs to doodling, there’s plenty of terrific apps out there that will pass the time but also educate. *Most of the links below are to the iTunes store which will open another window and/or iTunes. Great Apps For Kids (And Adults) Alphabet Animals Perfect for your talented toddler, this game is packed with colorful animations, animal sounds, and tons of tips for learning their letters. WordSearch Kids Kids search and highlight vocabulary words by tapping the first and last letters. Mad Libs Just as goofy and fun as your remember. SmackTalk Annoying?
28 iPad 2 Tips and Tricks Your new iPad 2 might not be as full-featured (or as complicated) as a laptop or desktop PC, but a few neat tricks are still hidden between the surface. Read on to learn how to secure your iPad, sync your bookmarks, and more. Download the free iPad User's Guide: You may have noticed that your iPad didn't come with a big printed manual--that's not Apple's style. However, you can download the PDF version of the iPad User's Guide from Apple's Web site, or you can read it in iBooks if you have that installed (iBooks is available as a free download in the App Store). Make sure to download the manual for iOS 4.3. Take a free guided tour: Apple provides video tours for each of the preinstalled apps, so you can get a good look at how to use them. Use the Side Switch: You can use that neat switch on the side either to enable and disable audio alerts (this doesn't affect video/audio playback) or to lock the screen's orientation in portrait or landscape mode.
Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in these devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more. In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme (last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom. ISTE iPad In Education Webinar Resources-A while back ISTE ran a great webinar with some fabulous educators on using iPads in the classroom. This site has loads of information, a collection of articles, lists of apps and information on Apple's Volume Purchasing Program. iPads For Education- While this site comes courtesy of the Department Of Education in Victoria Australia, there is lots of information that can cross the Pacific that you can use in your classroom. Sample Lessons-iPads In Education-5 Quick Lessons using various iPad apps.
Special Needs iphone/ itouch apps 50 really useful iPad 2 tips and tricks An absolute gem of an article by John Brandon and Graham Barlow from MacLife on 30th March over at TechRadar. This is going to become my iPad manual from here on in. Customised iPads for all iPad 2 tips and original iPad tips - get 'em here! With great new features like two video cameras, a faster processor and a thinner design, the iPad 2 is the world's best tablet device. iPad 2 review It's also fully capable of running the latest version of Apple's iOS operating system and great apps like iMovie and GarageBand. 1. iOS now supports folders. 2. Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar along the bottom of the screen. 3. The internet got mightily upset when Orientation Lock was replaced with Mute on the iPad during the last iOS update. 4. If you're carrying around sensitive data, you can now enable a feature that'll erase all the data on the device if someone inputs the incorrect passcode 10 times. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad Apps LearningToday shares with everyone two beautiful posters, that help us remember Bloom’s Taxonomy: the Blooming Butterfly and the Blooming Orange. How do we connect the Bloom’s Taxonomy with the iPad? Following inDave Mileham and Kelly Tenkeley’s footsteps of assigning iPad apps to the different levels of the Bloom’s Taxonomy, I created the following table with apps that I have tested out and am recommending. In order to make the cut, the app had to fulfill the criteria (from Wikipedia and according to the Blooming Orange’s verbs) set out for each level. I want to encourage/challenge you, to take a look at the iPad apps on YOUR iPad and to categorize these apps with the different thinking levels and THEN take the next step to SHARE your list with other educators. Remember: Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers. describenamefindnamelisttell Suggested apps: explaincomparediscusspredicttranslateoutlinerestate Suggested Apps: Create:
iPad As.... iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. In other words, begin with.....