Looking for advice on integrating iPads in high school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
Originally Published: May 13, 2014 | Updated: April 1, 2015
If you’re a high school teacher looking for iPad resources targeting your needs, you’ve come to the right place. Students in grades 9-12 will engage with technology in different ways than younger children. They can create content, interact with their peers, and explore a range of topics using an iPad. Whether you’re in a BYOD setting, in a one-to-one program, or simply looking to use one iPad effectively, this list has apps, activities, and ideas for your high school classroom.
- 5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices (Edutopia, 2014)
This article highlights five different apps that can be used to make movies with tablets. Students can create high-quality videos that show off their creativity as well as their understanding of a topic. Their final product can be used as an assessment or shared with the entire school community.
- 20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps (Edutopia, 2014)
If you're teaching in a BYOD setting or using a class set of iPads with your high school students, check out this comprehensive list of apps. Vicki Davis describes how each app can be used in your learning environment and offers tips for BYOD classrooms.
- Mobile Learning: 6 Apps and Web Tools for High School Students (Edutopia, 2012, reviewed in 2014)
These apps promote student engagement across the content areas and can even be used to assess student understanding. There are extra resources for SAT test prep as well as ideas for note-taking and using iPads in a science classroom.
- Test Prep With Virtual Tools: 10 Flashcard Apps for Mobile Devices (Edutopia, 2014)
There are lots of different study tools for iPads and this post covers a wide range. You’ll find a handful of apps that can help students learn and review a wide range of subjects. Many include multimedia support and interactive games for students.
- 6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing (Edutopia, 2014)
High school English teachers can choose from this list of low-cost iPad apps when using technology with their students. There are strategies for gathering ideas for new stories and ideas for how to publish your students’ creative writing. This list includes a mix of resources for students of all ages.
- The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) (Edutopia, 2014)
Vicki Davis shares a wealth of apps and platforms that can facilitate teaching and maximize learning within a BYOD classroom and school environment. Her favorites include Explain Everything, ThingLink, and a few you’ve probably never heard of!
- 48 iPad Apps That High School and College Students Love (College Path, 2015)
This comprehensive list includes apps for inside and outside the classroom. With plenty of tools for communication, entertainment, and information management, you can help students become college and career ready on their personal devices.
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- iTunes U (iPad in Education/Apple)
If you’re working with high school students who have access to an iPad, then iTunes U is just what you’re looking for. This fantastic course platform gives teachers the power to organize class work and assignments for their students. If you aren’t ready to build a course yourself, check out the resources available in another teacher’s iTunes U course and share that content with your students.
- 1:1 iPads in Minnetonka Classrooms (Minnetonka Public Schools)
Schools interested in rolling out an iPad program with teens should check out this section on Minnetonka Public School’s website. It provides video examples of iPads in action as well as resources that one-to-one programs can use as a model. They have handpicked apps to use with students, prepared a helpful guide for parents, and much more.
- Apple in Education -- Burlington High School (EveryAppleVideo, 2013)
This video highlights the ways that Burlington High School is using iPads to transform their learning environment. You'll see how students are creators and consumers of content and hear from educators who are integrating technology into their instruction. Students at this high school are using iPads across the content areas -- this clip is sure to provide some ideas or inspire you to try something new!
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- Travel the World From Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips (Edutopia, 2013)
This list provides an overview of nine, free apps for virtual field trips that can be used in your high school classroom. Instead of asking students to research a destination by looking in an encyclopedia, these apps can give teens a new appreciation of Gettysburg, wildlife, and outer space. Apps for virtual field trips are a great choice for all subject areas.
- Accessing Multimedia Using QR Codes (Edutopia, 2014)
QR codes, an exciting medium for kids learning how to use mobile devices, are a natural tool for linking students to resources you want them to find.
- One Best Thing (iTunes)
This brand-new collection of iBooks, written by Apple Distinguished Educators, includes iBooks that outline engaging activities using technology and several that focus specifically on working with high school students. You can read them straight from your iPad to gather ideas on how to reach students using technology. Browse the whole collection; or check out these selections, which are perfect for high school teachers:
- Using Tablets to Teach Sensitive Subjects (Teaching Channel, 2013)
In this video from Teaching Channel, a teacher uses tablets in the classroom to help students talk about tough subject matter. Instead of jumping into class discussion (where they might be hesitant to share), students use a screencasting app to record their thoughts. A teacher’s guide and supporting materials accompany the video.
- Real Classroom Stories: Brandi McWilliams (Real Stories/Apple Education)
This site tells the story of Brandi McWilliams, a high school teacher in Kansas who uses iPads with her students. Watch a great video overview, and find examples of assignments that are perfect for high school English language arts classrooms.
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What are your favorite apps or lessons for using iPads with high school students? Share a must-read blog post or resource in the comments below!