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iPad Classroom Next Term? – 10 Things to Consider

iPad Classroom Next Term? – 10 Things to Consider
If the iPad is making a ‘move’ on your classroom this year then these ten points are worth considering: Check your wireless network for everything from capacity to ‘dead-zones’. Leave no stone unturned as a failing wireless network will severely hamper iPad use in school.Be hands on with apps/methods you might ask students to use and see what it is like to produce ‘work’. The iPad is just a device and without an informed educator it will be ineffective as a learning tool.Set out clear behaviour guidelines and link them to school policy. After a year of iPad use, it is clear to me that it can be a very effective tool for learning. Please add any other pointers in the comments section. Like this: Like Loading...

How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios The following post is written by Greg Kulowiec & Beth Holland from EdTechTeacher. You can hear them both present at the April 10-12 EdTechTeacher iPad Summit in Atlanta! As iPads proliferate in schools around the world, and students as well as teachers create more and more content, questions about what to do with all of those learning objects have arisen. Portfolio Curation with Google Drive Source: The Verge With recent upgrades to the Google Drive app on the iPad, it is now a viable solution for student portfolios that can be created in their entirety on iPad. The Google Drive app now allows for the creation of Documents, Spreadsheets, and Folders. The video tutorial below explains the process of creating, uploading and sharing within the Google Drive app on an iPad. Using Portfolios to Make Connections with Evernote Evernote provides one possible solution to the challenge.

10 Educational iPad Apps For A Well-Rounded Elementary Curriculum 10 Educational iPad Apps For A Well-Rounded Elementary Curriculum The Education category of the App Store features an overwhelming number of apps, great for both parents and teachers. Each subject search displays a diverse and colorful selection of apps to cover just about anything you’ll be adding to your digital curriculum. 1. Free/Paid Lola’s Math Train invites preschool and elementary school children to learn key skills like adding, subtracting and puzzle-solving through interactive elements on each of the pages. 2. Free/Paid There is something satisfying about watching junk food favorites get smashed into an oozy, gooey mess and not having to clean it up. 3. Paid Building popsicle stick bridges in science class are a fond memory for many of us. 4. Free/Paid Awesome Upstander! 5. Free/Paid In this “grown-up” app to help high school students learn vocabulary and think creatively, players help Astro and his friends defeat the Evil Mr. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

6 pillars of a 1:1 initiative SmartBlogs This past November I was offered the position of director of technology for the Greater Clark County School district in Jeffersonville, Ind. It’s a great honor and I’m excited about what the future holds for the community here! Among many other things, I have been asked to look at starting a 1:1 initiative. So it got me thinking about what pillars I should be looking for and promoting in a 1:1 movement. Here is my list in no certain order: 1. A 1:1 movement cannot be about the device. 2. In my opinion, there can’t be enough professional development. 3. Like any great technological advancement, it doesn’t matter what it does if it doesn’t work. 4. How we conduct ourselves online and offline matters. 5. I can’t say that I’m a proponent of going bring-you-own-device only. 6. Moving from a traditional classroom to a 1:1 classroom takes time and patience. I’m interested to read your thoughts. Brett Clark (@Mr_Brett_Clark) is a director of technology in Jeffersonville, Ind.

17 Real-World Ways iPads Are Being Used In Schools Last year, iPads in education took the world by storm, finding their ways into initiatives at both the K-12 and university levels. Edudemic’s friends over at Education Dive have talked to some of the people responsible for those roll-outs and watched schools decided how to use tablets, whether they were Apple’s or not . In 2013, iPads are still going strong. New pilot programs are winning over former doubters—and in some cases existing programs are expanding. So how will iPads be used as their classroom roles evolve in 2013? Education Dive found these examples: In Arab, Ala. , the board of education approved the purchase of 120 iPads, putting one in the hand of every teacher in the district. This fall, every student at Justin-Siena High School in California will receive an iPad with a charger, earbuds, manual and cover. At Taylor Elementary School in Tennessee, fourth- and fifth-grade students will have the opportunity to take school-issued iPads home on nights and weekends. 6. 11.

This is Why Flipped Learning is Important for your Students I just came across this great video ( less than 3 minutes long ) about flipped learning. This is basically a successful case in which flipped classroom helped students learn better. I am really amazed at how the teacher in the video managed to shift direct instruction out of his class and turn his class time with students into work time, engaging them in some higher order thinking . He records his lessons and tutorials and share them with students online. Students then watch them at home at their own learning pace and come to school for more directions and help. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has also featured some previous posts and guides on how teachers can apply the concept of flipped classroom in their teaching, check out this resource to learn more.

Back to School – Top 5 iPad Apps for Educators What apps should I use? The number one question when an educator receives an iPad. Whether it is training colleagues with the technology, or educators finding their own way, the ‘best’ apps always find a place in the discussions. With that in mind, these 5 applications may help with integration of the iPad into the classroom. ‘Introduces you to the iPad, exploring the working parts and touchscreen interface. The most impressive feature of this app is that the user cannot move on unless they tap the right area of the screen that relates directly to iPad functionality. ‘Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. Explain everything has the added advantage of students being able to show their work with annotations and also have a sense of pride as it is easily displayed to the rest of the class. Put simply, Socrative is a superb ‘assessment for learning’ tool. Like this: Like Loading...

10 Apps for Documenting Learning One of the things that really excites me about the iPad is the ability of the students to show their learning. I am not talking about the end product here, I am talking about the act of learning that can be shown by students recording their processes. It is often about the student putting the information they have learnt into a context. It is this contextualisation that helps the students create meaning. This is where we really see the mechanics of a student's learning and how this can be individual for each student and in the case of a tool like the iPad, individualised for each student. Here are a couple of apps that give students the opportunity to showcase, share and then reflect on their learning. ShowMe: FREETurn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard! ExplainEverythng: $2.99 AUExplain Everything is an easy-to-use tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations.

Enable “Kid Mode” on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with Guided Access in iOS The iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone make excellent toys and learning tools for kids, but if you’ve seen a youngin’ with an iOS device you know it’s only a matter of time before the inquisitive mind of a child escapes the current application and ends up elsewhere. That inevitable sequence can be stopped in its tracks thanks to Guided Access, a great new feature brought to iOS in 6.0 that basically functions as “Kid Mode”, whereby any iOS device can be locked into an application with the hardware buttons disabled. This is one of those must-have features for teachers and parents, and using it is easy. Enabling “Kid Mode” in iOS with Guided Access As mentioned already, you will need iOS 6 or later to have this feature. Now that Guided Access is configured, you can use it to lock the iOS device into any app you want. Using Guided Access to Lock Into an App Escaping Guided Access in iOS Triple-click the Home button and enter the passcode chosen during setup of Guided Access to unlock the device

- From the Principal's Office: Going 1:1? How Would You Respond To Comments Like This? 4 Comments January 14, 2013 By: Patrick Larkin Jan 13 Written by: 1/13/2013 5:17 PM ShareThis Also posted on the Connected Principals Blog I had the opportunity to appear on National Public Radio’s Here and Now Program last week along with one of our students to talk about our 1:1 iPad program here in Burlington at our high school. For about three thousand years or more all that was needed for learning and writing was some sort of pencil. While there are a number of predictable questions that you will need to answer in regards to WHY you support such a financially significant initiative, the one above is one that is common from taxpayers who don’t want to spend the money necessary to put modern resources in the hands of teachers and students. As I conclude with my response below, I am wondering how others would respond to this type of comment? Having said this, I think that the role of public education is to prepare students for the real world.

iPads for Learning - 21 Steps to 1-to-1 Success How (And Why) Teachers Should Blog So how do I get techno-nervous teachers at my school to read my blog, write their own blogs and encourage their students to write one too? It seems that in order to ease them into this phenomena of blogs and their promise of expanding ones creativity, writing and collaboration skills, I might need to disguise it as journaling. Language Arts and Reading specialists will love that! Fortunately for teachers, blogs are surprisingly easy to use. As an educational tool, blogs may be integrated in a multi-faceted manner to accommodate all learners. If safety is a concern, try KidBlog . I think the best way to expose our teachers to the latest and greatest collaborative environment of blogging is to show them how blogs can benefit them personally with a hands-on professional development opportunity. Want to learn more?

iTools - Mirror Your iPad Display for Free ToolZeit - iTools Hide Player What’s it do? iTools is an iOS device management tool. This free tool runs on Macs and PCs and can be used instead of iTunes to maintain and organize your mobile devices. Mirror your iOS screen to your computer screen Screen capture your iOS display as a video or image Organize and sync your apps Update your apps Sync and organize your files such as documents, audio and movies. Educators can use iTools a free option to display their iPad to their computer and then using a projector make this large enough for a whole class to see. iTools doesn’t require WiFi like Airserver or Reflector. Teachers can also use this to capture screenshots and videos of their iPads for making tutorials and directions for using apps for classroom lessons. Please note that this is BETA software so your mileage may vary depending on the setup of your Mac or PC. Ease of Use (How easy is it to learn and get started? Looks/Aesthetics/Design (How does it look.) – 3 Cost – Free Links

7 Outstanding Free Books for your iPad Below is a list of some excellent books for your iPad. I have curated this list over the last couple of months and I kept adding to it every time I stumble upon a resource somewhere online.I don't know if you like reading books on your iPad or not but let me tell you this: having at least a couple of titles installed on your iPad would really be of great help particularly in those moments when you are stuck somewhere and have nothing to do but waiting. Reading is a habit ( luckily a good one ) that we can ACQUIRE by force of habituation at least in the eyes of Skinnerian theory.The more you read , the fluent you get at reading and the more used your mind becomes to the act of reading. Check out these books I selected for you. All of them are free and require iBooks. Enjoy 1- The Student Guide to iPad The Student Guide to iPads & iOS 6 was written to help middle-school and high-school students become proficient with basic iPad operations to support learning. 4- Reference Guide for Students

Ask3 – An iPad App for Creating Flipped Video Lessons Your Students Can Actually Respond To Ask3 is a free iPad app from TechSmith. TechSmith is probably best known as being the company that produces Jing and Camtasia screen capture software. Ask3 is a tool that teachers can use to create short instructional videos that are shared directly to their students’ iPads. Students can use Ask3 to ask questions about the video, mark the video with drawing tools, and create their own audio comments about the video. You share Ask3 videos to your students through a virtual workspace room. Ask3 could be a great app to use to develop and share short tutorials with your students. 17 iPad Apps We Explored Using With High School Post-Graduates Last week I spent a day working with teachers at Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine. May 22, 2013 In "College" Three iPad Apps for Creating Talking Pictures A couple of weeks ago at the Future Schools Expo in Sydney I facilitated a workshop about making media with mobile apps.