19 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2014 12:17 PM by Marcia Torgrude RSS

Getting Started with iPads

rhon New User
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I need basic ideas on using iPads in the classroom.

Thanks!

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    Jane Brown Master
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    Please take a look at our Webinar Index located in the Professional Development space.  Scroll down the page to Digital Learning (Mobile Devices, Apps, Tablets).

     

    Let us know here what you found helpful.

     

    Jane Brown, Thinkfinity Community Manager

  • Re: I-pad Use
    Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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    You may also be interested in the iPad  group which offers many suggestions for classroom use.  Click on the link to Content and you will find many past posts there.

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    Marcia Torgrude Apprentice
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    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:

    iPads as a Classroom Tool

  • Re: I-pad Use
    nerelyn04 New User
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    There are free iPad applications you can download using iTunes.

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      Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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      Very true!  Do you have any Apps that you have found to be extremely useful in the classroom for students and for the teacher as well? Jeanne

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        gbrake Novice
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        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.)  

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          Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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          You can use VoiceThread on a PC.  You can download the Audacity for audio and MovieMaker to create a multimedia presentation.  There are lots of levels to PowerPoint and you can add audio, embed links, and even animate. Jeanne

  • Re: Getting Started with iPads
    Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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    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.

    • take photos and write a descriptive essay
    • record student doing a book talk
    • record students discussing the solution to a math problem
    • use Google Drive to create a document, drawing, presentation
    • look up current events, read and discuss in class

     

    62 Ideas For Using The iPad In The Classroom [Presentation] provides other suggestions.

  • Re: Getting Started with iPads
    eleanorargandona New User
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    I'm going to hang around this community and learn from you all.  I just got my iPad and I'm ready to get my students started.  Maybe then I can get buy in from my administration.

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    budaaland New User
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    Now this is an interesting discussion.  I caught the Consumer Report and the new iPad light is getting rave reviews.

    • Re: Getting Started with iPads
      Jeanne Rogers Apprentice
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      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.

      • Re: Getting Started with iPads
        Marcia Torgrude Apprentice
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        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.

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