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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12

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.
Monica Burns
Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

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.

Favorite Apps

  • 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. Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis describes how each app can be used in your learning environment and offers tips for BYOD classrooms.

  • 5 Apps to Supercharge Your Study Productivity (Edudemic, 2014)

    Great for busy teachers and those looking to model organizational skills for students, this list offers tips and apps aimed to increase productivity. High school students can benefit from using cloud-based file storing as well as the note-taking and time-management apps described in this piece.

  • Mobile Learning: 6 Apps and Web Tools for High School Students (Edutopia, 2012, reviewed in 2014)

    In this list, you’ll find iPad apps that can be used with students in grades 9-12. 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.

  • 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.

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Best Practices

  • Teacher Reviews New Student Participation App (Edutopia, 2012)

    Edutopia blogger Matt Hurst describes how GoSoapBox can be used in the classroom to promote student engagement and help teachers assess their students’ prior knowledge of a topic. High school students can use iPads to respond to their teacher’s questions using this web-based tool.

  • iTunes U (iPad in Education, from 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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Engaging Activities

  • 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.

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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!

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Cheryl Davis's picture
Cheryl Davis
District Curriculum & Instruction Technology Specialist

Thank you for this wonderful curated content on iPad resources for 9-12. Very helpful for high school teachers! Agree, iTunes U is a great place to find fantastic content that students and teachers can access via iPads. I've collected a few samples of courses and books in this course: "iTunes U Courses for High School" https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/itunes-u-courses-for-high/id694393731 It's great that so many teacher are creating and sharing lessons and ideas on implementing mobile technology for learning.

Monica Burns's picture
Monica Burns
Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

Thanks Cheryl for sharing this iTunes U course - such a helpful resource for high school teachers!

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