Saturday, August 11, 2012

You Have an iPad for Your Classroom - Now What?

How can I use my iPad
to improve student learning?

The first consideration is how many iPads you will have - is it one for the classroom, or is it one per student. That will drive the way you use the tool. The second consideration is to keep in mind that the iPad is a tool - make sure the lesson is your focus and the iPad is used as a tool to improve student understanding and learning on that lesson.

The iPad is a great tool for research, collaboration, video production, etc. Following are two sites that will get you started:

50 resources for iPad use in the classroom by Charlie Osborne 

iPads in the Classroom by Kathy Schrock 

While both are great resources, following is a list of the apps that I use for education:

Box - my cloud file storage app of choice - allows sharing and commenting on files and shows the version of the file if changes have been made
Evernote - a great notebook app that can be shared with others
DocsToGo - an office app that is compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint - also syncs with Google Docs,, Dropbox, iDisk, Public iDisk, and SugarSync
QRReader - reads and creates QR codes. (Vicki recommended you check out QR codes as well)
Drop Box - cloud file storage and sharing
Prezi Viewer - view and edit Prezis
lino - post-it note style brainstorming app
CommonCore - the Common Core Standards
SugarSync - cloud file storage and sharing
EasyBib - bibliography citation creator
Save2PDF - create a pdf file from a document or web page
neu.Annotate - a pdf viewer that allows you to mark up and take notes on the pages
Noterize - a notetaking app (text, freehand, highlighter, and post-its)
Total Recall - a brainstorming app (create context maps)
Mikogo - screen sharing app
LiveBinders - excellent app that brings your LiveBinders pages to the iPad. Collect web sites on a topic/lesson in one convenient binder for students to view
Trello - organization and project management app (I use this with my yearbook class, and the Flatclassroom leaders use it to manage the projects)
Blogger - post blogs from the iPad
Rover - the only iPad browser that enables flash
Google Drive - access your Google Docs
Adobe Reader - great pdf viewer that allows for highlighting and freehand notes on the pages
Flipboard - excellent information access. Will house your news, social media, education research, etc feeds all in one book-like app
Kindle - access your Kindle books
Nook - access your Barnes and Noble books
Play Books - Google's ebook reader
Kobo - ebook reader
Mirriam-Webster Dictionary
Currents - similar to Flipboard (more tech oriented)
iTunes U - great lessons that may be used for the classroom or professional development
Stanza - ebook reader
Teacher - socrative app that allows you to use i devices as clickers for formative feedback
Flashcards - flashcard app that can be synced to your web account
TeacherPal - classroom app for attendance, gradebook, planning, etc.
Knowmia Teach - create video lessons for your students
ShowMe - create video whiteboard lessons for your students
iBrainstorm - great brainstorming app
VoiceThread - access your VoiceThread account and create/edit your VoiceThreads
Bamboo Paper - great notebook app
SimpleMind+ - great mind mapping app
iMovie - video editing and production

Social Networking:
Skype - video chat
LinkedIn - professional networking
Bump - transfer files from one i device to another
FaceTime - video chat with another i device
Twitter - stay in touch with educators around the globe using hash tags (#edchat, #edtech, #flatclass)
Diigo - social bookmarking - share bookmarks of sites and highlight and post notes on websites
Pin++ - Pinterest app
TED - access TED videos (organized by category)

While that is an extensive list of great apps, I have many more but only included the ones that sounded like they might be of use to you. Most of the apps are free - I think DocsToGo and iMovie are the only paid apps above. iPads are great tools when used as tools.