Two cohorts at TIE (Technology and Innovation in Education) from SD have provided training and workshops sharing a multitude of ways to use iPads in the classroom. These links will provide you with a wonderful list of resources for use of the iPad in the classroom:
http://lsymes.tie.wikispaces.net/BYOD20130422by Lennie Symes
Sherry Crofut has provided this site dedicated to iPads in the classroom:
I absolutely love screen recording apps available on the IPad. A student can draw an answer, record their voice explaining their answer, and keep adding to it as they speak. They can share their work by providing a link. They can even post the link in Facebook. ScreenChomp is a good one. I wish I could find something similar for the PC. There are 5 or 6 of them available free on the IPad. (Need an easy way to collect links? Create a form in Google Docs. Use tinyURL to reduce the URL to your form to something simple. Students can post to it and their link will pop up in a Spreadsheet in your Google Docs.)
Sometimes I find myself thinking out of the box. There is so much you can use the iPad for that will support instruction. I realize that the first thing we think of are Apps for the iPad. Sure, most of them are great, many are free. But there is the 'device management' issue that pops up with upgrades, installing on multiple devices and so forth.
So, let's think for a second about using the ipad for writing activities, reading (especially non-fiction), recording, photo taking etc.
62 Ideas For Using The iPad In The Classroom [Presentation] provides other suggestions.
Eleanor, it's great having you participate in the Community. We have a number of open groups that you are welcome to join. Since you just got an iPad, I recommend joining our iPad group. Here are several others that you might enjoy joining:
Please continue sharing your ideas and questions about technology. We all are learning together!
Hi Eleanor, I too came back "after supper". Hope to see you active in the community in the days and weeks ahead. With your iPad, if you have just the one, here's a thought... Pair up students with a partner. Have the kids conduct interviews to gather information, such as favorite color, one place in the world I'd like to visit, etc. Then have the students introduce a classmate and record the introduction. Share with the class or with another group in your school. Have it available when a new student joins your class. Have fun!
I like your idea. I am going to pair students as you suggest and have each interview the other person, asking their favorite color, showing a photo of a painting they have researched and really like, and telling why they like it. It will be an interesting experiment to see if their favorite color is prominent in the photo of a painting they select. We can discuss that in their large group followup.
Thanks for letting me piggy back off of your idea.
I think I have found a friend in the community, and one who is struggling like me. I teach Art in grades 6-8 and I have only my one iPad; however, I want my students to use it at school because I know several have them at home. Some get to use their parents' iPad and some actually have their own.
What do you teach?
I presented at Great American Teach-In yesterday to middle school students. The conversation centered around Thinkfinity resources and being safe online. However, a side discussion occurred between several students over which is better; IOS or Android. I've always favored Apple products. My iTouch 3rd generation has gotten alot of use over the years. I now own a mix, including a Nexus 7 (released in October 2013. One of the advantages of knowing about both WIN/MAC is being able to help students/adults with the varied devices. Sometimes I wonder if that holds teachers back from getting the most from the BYOD scenario. But no one can "know it all". Amazingly the kids will figure it out.
I have always taken the stance that we are not supposed to be the experts, especially when it comes to technology. There are changes daily and no one can keep up. But if we let our students share their knowledge about a tool or resource, that builds their self esteem as well as building their knowledge. The research states the best way to remember and continue to use something is to teach it. When I began my first webpaging course way back in the 90's - I walked into class and told my students that I have learned just enough about HTML to get us started and they will share as they learn some new coding to create something new and different on a web page. That was my favorite year for teaching. The students took total ownership of the course and were always looking for something new they could share with the class. We became a true learning community and 6 of those 14 students went on to some aspect of technology training as they left high school - webpage design, graphic design, and network administration - and I am convinced it was because of the class and how we operated.