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Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days

Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days
School is just about to start, or has already started, and you have been armed with iPads for this year. Whether your students will be 1:1 or you have access to a handful of shared devices, the expectation now exists that these tools will be put to good use. So now what? How do you get started? What can you do in the first five days of school to get going on the right foot? 1. Students will be excited about using iPads from the beginning. Shaelynn Farnsworth (@shfarnsworth), a high school English teacher from Iowa, provides her students with a set of expectations on the first day of school. Third grade teacher Suzy Brooks (@SimplySuzy) writes: I am committed to teaching students the value of these expensive tools, and how important it is to take care of them. To provide her elementary students with a concrete representation of responsibility, she created iPaddling licenses last year. How do we represent ourselves online? 2. 3. Teacher Activities Student Activities 4. 5. All about Gage

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