15 Engaging and Creative Ways to Use iPads in a K-12 Classroom If you are looking for unique and innovative ways to use the iPad in your classroom, then you have come to the right place. In this post I teamed up with Stephen Lai and Meg Wilson to bring you 15 ideas that will help you think outside the box and bring new levels of creativity to your iPad classroom. 1. Use your iPad as a document camera! With the Stage Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera app, and the help of a dedicated, or DIY, mount you can easily use your iPad as a document camera. 2. Quizlet is a completely free app that allows you to create flashcards for your students. 3. We should never let our students think that their classroom is just the four walls around them. 4. One of my favorite new apps is the Doink green screen app. 5. Play review games (with the aide of technology or without) and use special sound effects in your classroom using iPad apps such as the Game Show Sound Board. 6. 7. 8. Using great photography apps like Diptic, Pic Collage and Over. 9. 10. 11. 12.
Redefining the Writing Process with iPads Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process? Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, turn in. Our teachers then marked up what we had handwritten or typed, and returned our writing. When computers entered into the equation, we digitized the process. In the progression from Writing 1.0 to 2.0, we digitally enhanced an existing process. With what we'll call Writing 3.0, students and teachers can: Organize and draft through handwriting, drawing, text and voiceCollaborate and incorporate multimodal feedbackCreate a final product that demonstrates mastery and communicates understanding beyond the literal confines of paper Organizing & Drafting Imagine a student who benefits from the tactile nature of handwriting. Collaboration and Feedback "Providing written feedback at the culmination of a writing project is like doing an autopsy -- it's deconstructing a dead document!"
Education Apps – Eleven Apps for Coding on Tablets Updated 15/01/2015 - Apps for Coding on Tablets With an increasing focus on programming and coding finding the way onto the curriculum in many different countries across the globe, developers are creating materials which can help educators skill themselves, and also to support pupils in this area. Coding and programming allows for individuals to show their creative side, but also embodies key, logical skills which need to be understood and mastered to create a successful programme. With technology advances racing ahead within societies, the need for programmers is going to be a key concept which individuals need to understand to be able to relate the apps, programmes and any further developments. There are plenty of web/PC applications which can support coding skill development, with one of the most popular being CodeAcademy, where individuals can learn to code interactively for free. Since originally posting this list, there have been further additions for coding with apps on tablets.
Seven Free Science Apps for iPads I’m preparing to do a virtual presentation for a small district next month. My hosts asked for a list of some science apps that their middle school and high school students can use. This is part of the list that has free apps. The Bill Nye The Science Guy iPad app is a free iPad app on which students can watch Bill Nye videos, play games, and discover kitchen table science experiments to do at home with their parents. goREACT is a free iPad app from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Powers of Minus Ten: Bone is a neat iPad app for biology students. Virtual Heart is a free iPad app that allows users to take a closer look at how the human heart functions. 3D Brain is a free iPad app that features a model of the human brain. he app provides a three dimensional model of the human brain that students can rotate. Essential Skeleton is a free iPad app that students studying the human skeletal system should download.
8 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School 9 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School MISTAKE ONE – Underestimate the power of the iPad Students do not need to be taught how to use the iPad, but rather how to get the most out of it. They need to be taught how they can use it to create and demonstrate incredible things, to share their learning and connect it with the real word, and to promote deeper thinking. MISTAKE TWO – Neglect to make real world connections Most students’ use social media, but not necessarily in a way to learn or to connect in meaningful ways. MISTAKE THREE –The iPad alone will not help kids think deeply Kids need help to find apps that allow them to experience learning in new ways, to think outside the box, and to dig deeper. MISTAKE FOUR – Treating the iPad like a computer When it comes to word-processing – let students use a computer, it is incredibly difficult to format Pages on the iPad and the continual auto spell check can be very frustrating. MISTAKE SIX – Sharing iPads between classes
Top Coding and Programming Recommendations for Schools! Last month we had a fantastic discussion on our Facebook page about the changes to the computing curriculum in England from September 2014. Lots of our friends and followers got involved, recommending a wide range of tools and resources to help teach coding and programming, so I thought that it would be useful to share some of the suggestions: Beebot (recommended by Kim and Vee) – These popular floor robots are used in lots of schools and are a great starting point for teaching children about control, directions and programming. There is also a related iPad app.Lightbot (recommended by Sabeena) – Lightbot is a free online game that also has iOS and Android apps. Espresso Coding (recommended by Vicky, Paula and Nicola) – Espresso, the providers of a popular cross-curricular video resource for schools, are developing a coding tool. Nic suggested lots of resources too: Computing at School - This free group aims to promote the teaching of computer science at school.
Best iPad Apps of 2013 2013 has been another memorable year for the iPad App Store. The number of apps designed specifically for the iPad hit the 500,000 milestone this year and is now well on its way to 600,000. By now, there are excellent iPad apps for just about any purpose. From heavy-duty productivity and business apps to wonderful educational apps, to beautiful apps for working with photos and for creating art, music, videos, and more. And of course we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to great iPad games and entertainment apps. The impressive quality, and quantity, of iPad apps continues to be one of the big reasons why the iPad remains the leading tablet device and is so hugely popular. It’s worth noting that there are a number of repeat winners in this list, because they are still eminently worthy of being on it. Best iPad App of 2013 WWF Together: A wonderful app from a great organization, the World Wildlife Fund. Price: Free App Store link Our review Runners-Up App Store link Our review App Store link
Kids iPad Learning Apps Winter 2013 Ã‚Â Ready for some new educational apps? I figured this was about the time you would be itching to get some new apps. Kids home for several weeks. Extra time. Math & Science Pettson’s Inventions 2 $1.99 math, visual Cartoony graphics get to figure out how to build something but it’s not as easy as it seems because you can’t just put something somewhere – must figure out a system. The Curse $2.99math, thinking skills Oh, no! Number Run $.99 math I love this app for math practice. UmiZooomi $1.99 math A fun, interactive story that asks the reader to help Jake find his lost stuffed bunny at the carnival.Play the categorizing balloons game. Social Studies Geography Drive USA $4.99 geography Great for kids over ten. Thud: Presidential Edition $2.99 history I love that this trivia game keeps giving you chances until you get the correct answer. Paul Revere – Ansel & Claire $5.49 history Wow, this is probably the best example of learning through gaming that I’ve seen! Reading, Writing, Music & Art xo
Creating a Classroom Studio with an iPad and a Green Screen One way to depict the cycle of education is that it moves between the development of learning and the subsequent expression of understanding ... and the amazing growth of inexpensive mobile technology tools is affording learners the ability to communicate their understanding in ever more creative and personalized manners. Media is moving center stage (yes, the pun was fully intended) and what once required tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and training can now be accomplished with an iPad and some inexpensive props. One of the first places I visited when I first came to the United States was Universal Studios. Of course, being a relatively young and willing tourist, my hand automatically shot up when they asked for a volunteer to put on tights and a cape and "fly" like Superman in front of a green screen. 1. I've worked with lots of schools but I've never walked into one and been told that I could spend as much as I needed. x 2. 3. The process: One last word of warning.
20 Apps (Games) for Play-based Learning - Getting Smart by Guest Author - EdTech, ipaded, serious games “20 Apps (Games) for Play-based Learning” by Julie DeNeen first appeared on the InformED blog. Even though older adults might still carry a negative association with video game consoles and devices, today’s technology is vastly different than it was 20 years ago. Apps have exploded on the scene, and while there are plenty of time wasting games available on the market, today’s offerings also include a wide range of affordable apps that enrich learning and allow for quick on-the-go play. Whether your child is waiting for the doctor or relaxing on a long car ride, the following apps are some of the best games that pack an educational punch. 1. The Letter School app won the Editor’s choice for Children’s Technology Review for 2012. 2. From the makers of Angry Birds comes Amazing Alex. 3. If your child likes puzzle games and math, Awesum is a fantastic combination of Tetris and Sudoki. 4. Traveling explorers and geographers will love the Barefoot World Atlas app available for iOS devices. 5.
Raspberry Pi in the primary classroom – essential apparel or Emperor’s new clothes? | iCompute by L.O’Kane With recent reports that sales of Raspberry Pi have surpassed all expectations and reached the 2.5m mark ( should primary schools be using them? Cards on the table here, I’m a computer scientist and massive geek. I love all this stuff and was amongst the first to get my hands on one. I couldn’t wait to explore it’s potential in my primary computing lessons. So, how did I get on? Now you might think, well that’s fine because if you’re using it in primary schools you’ll have most of that stuff in your classroom already. It’s telling that buyers of the Raspberry Pi are, as pointed out in The Guardian ( are predominately adult hobbyists. Raspberry Pi in primary classroom? Like this: Like Loading...
Top 10 Apps in an Established 1:1 iPad School The Stephen Perse Foundation has had a 1:1 iPad programme running for two years now. Whilst there are many subject specific apps utilised for learning, it is interesting to note how the top 10 apps are all multipurpose. The list below also includes an indication of how workflow is developing for the school and how an app is chosen when and where it is appropriate. For more information about how we are using the iPads as a tool for learning please visit SPFlearning.com Explain Everything Simply the most versatile education app available. Socrative 1.0 and 2.0 Socrative is a very simple and effective assessment tool that can be used during any part of the learning process. iMovie iMovie has always been a favourite with students, but it is interesting to see how it has developed as an educational tool. iTunes U iTunes U is often referred to as our learning platform. Showbie Showbie allows you to assign, collect and review student work. Edmodo Notability Keynote Book Creator Pages Like this: