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ipads in the classroom

ipads in the classroom

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The 4th grade at my school will be piloting ipads in the classroom this fall. Each student will receive an ipad for use in regular and enrichment classes. Please share apps you have used and ideas for ipad technology in the classroom. We have been doing a great deal of research on this topic, but it would be great to hear from other teachers who use technology in the classroom. I plan to share throughout the pilot.

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Stacie's picture

I teach Kindergarten, some of the apps I used all the time were Letter School, Alien Buddies and Bugs and Buttons. My Kindergaten students loved them and they were great practice for letters and numbers.

Darryl's picture

Honestly find content creation difficult . Writing and revising are slow compared with a mouse . I see them as useful accessories but not replacements of laptops and workstations.

Martin Richards's picture
Martin Richards
I train educators to use a coaching approach in their teaching practice

Great classroom apps

There are plenty of suggestions for apps to use on ipads etc, but what I would like to hear is how to prepare the TEACHERS to use apps and ipads.

What guidance would you recommend for teachers who are less comfortable with ipads than their students? How can they get up to speed? Do they have to get up to speed?

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Dan Callahan
K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi Martin,
No, teachers do not need to be the experts in every single thing that ever happens in their classrooms. If the kids know more about the tool, what a great opportunity for everybody in the room to learn from each other!

I've actually found the best thing I can do is to do a quick 5 minute del of the important features on the iPad, load up some good apps, and then send the iPad home with the teacher letting them know I'll be in contact to see if they have any ideas or questions. They always come back with ideas.

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Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Hi Martin!

I agree with Dan/ The ipad is fairly intuitive, and has the bonus that they rarely crash or give you the "blue screen of death" so there's very little for even the least techy folks to be afraid of; best thing in to give them time to play and explore.

Looking at a few apps like prezi or the ones that allow you to build comic books, etc. easily, and soon, you'll find ideas flowing, but its a question of having time to relax and approach it with a sense of adventure, not trepidation. Even my 70 yr old mother loves her ipad and uses it more than any other computer- it acts as her portable laptop for most things, so age and comfort shouldnt be an issue- I typed fortran cards for her graduate thesis when I was in high school, so Mom was definitely used to unfriendly computers- but she took to this like a duck to water.

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Stephanie
Community Manager at Classcraft

I'm working with an ed-tech startup called Classcraft (www.classcraft.com), and we'll have an iOS version of our educational role-playing game ready in the fall. It works best with middle/high schoolers but can be applied over any grade level, subject, and lesson plan. It's free to sign up and try right now if anyone's interested.

Both teachers and students use and play it together, so they can learn and explore the app together as well, if that helps anyone who's nervous about using iOS devices!

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Lauralyn
Technology Curriculum Coordinator

I am currently the instructional technology coordinator at a private school P-12. I am finding the iPads difficult. I would like to hear how others who have implemented iPads are having success. Tools like Prezi and Glogster are difficult to use and creation is limited. Glogster does not have an app for their edu account, therefore students cannot create using the iPad. Also we are finding Google Drive to be difficult to create in. Any suggestions? I really like the idea of iPads, small, portable, intuitive with the touch, easy for classroom management, yet the creation part is what we need most.

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Dan Callahan
K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

[quote]I am currently the instructional technology coordinator at a private school P-12. I am finding the iPads difficult. I would like to hear how others who have implemented iPads are having success. Tools like Prezi and Glogster are difficult to use and creation is limited. Glogster does not have an app for their edu account, therefore students cannot create using the iPad. Also we are finding Google Drive to be difficult to create in. Any suggestions? I really like the idea of iPads, small, portable, intuitive with the touch, easy for classroom management, yet the creation part is what we need most.[/quote]

Hi Lauralyn,

The mistake you're making right now, and this is a common one, is that you're trying to use your iPad like the device you're used to (laptop) instead to the device it actually is.

The iPad is a phenomenal creative tool, it just doesn't do those things you mention all that well. The iPad is an incredibly mobile device with a built-in camera, so start by taking advantage of that. Use iMovie to make book trailers and full movies. From there, branch out to apps that are designed around the iPad's touch interface and are simple to learn, but have a lot of features under the hood that can make more complex things, like Explain Everything and Book Creator. Start to discover how these apps can interoperate with each other, so you can make a screencast in Explain Everything, kick it over to iMovie to add music, then import it into Book Creator as a way to show it off with reflective writing.

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Kara Carpenter
Former teacher, expert in cognition & learning, and co-founder of Teachley

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