So, these are a lot of words but not a lot of time. Having to spell out each touch makes this seem like a lot but it’s really not. Total time, minus the actual App installs, is maybe 10 minutes.
iPads in a classroom are the new boardgames, (educational of coarse), and as teachers, you want to have control over what is played in your classroom and not rely on the IT Guy every time you come across an App you would like for your classroom.
This guide is how I tell my teachers to setup iPads so they become living machines. Changing content when you want and not through a trouble ticket.
I am just copying and pasting the directions I sent out to our classrooms that got 5 iPads for their rooms, each. Your exact needs might not be here but you can adapt… Read everything first!
I am not sure if this has ever been posted on the site, but last year I contacted all the teachers in my school and asked them to supply me with a list of apps they have on their iPads or have used in the classroom. I received dozens of replies listing hundreds of apps. I then went through the responses and put together a massive 29 page list of all the apps organized by grade level and subject level. I even typed up little descriptions of the apps to go along with them.
This document is incredibly useful as a starting point for schools planning on giving iPads to their teachers or their students. One of the biggest hurdles for inexperienced teachers is feeling overwhelmed with the devices and trying to find useful apps for their classroom. This list can help your hesitant teachers find some starter apps that they can experiment with. This will give them the confidence to hunt down more apps that they can use.
Some disclaimers: the list is from 2013, so it is already outdated, but most of the information is still relevant. Furthermore, not all the apps listed are great apps. Some of them won’t be useful to your teachers or your students. The point of this document is not to give you the best apps in the world, but to give you a bunch of starter ideas to share with your teachers.
Anyway, you can find the massive iPad app list right HERE. Feel free to share with your teachers or other schools, and feel free to leave feedback in the comments.
Microsoft has just recently released iPad apps for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. These aren't just sloppy ports of the Windows programs, either. These apps were designed from the ground-up to work efficiently on the iPad and with touch controls. I was able to download them and check them out, and here are my impressions.
So, you are a foreign language teacher with a dozen different classes of elementary, middle, or high school students struggling to learn Spanish, or French, or whatever. You are actually pretty lucky when it comes to utilizing the iPads. Very few subjects benefit from this technology as much as a foreign language class. You can do research on foreign countries, look up photos of different cultures, find recipes for ethnic foods, use translation and dictionary apps, check out video lessons on pronunciation or watch episodes of foreign TV shows, and find a huge wealth of language-learning apps to help your students practice inside and outside of class. And out of all the language-learning apps available, Duolingo is one of the most impressive I have encountered thus far (and it's free).
Many teachers want to show students how to run blogs or create published web content as part of their curriculum (especially in middle and high school). I have already discussed the rather convoluted method of maintaining a class blog using WordPress, but there are simpler and more creative solutions available, as well. Storehouse, for example, is a free app that allows students to publish and share semi-private photoblog posts. They are really easy to make and they look great.
When people ask me to recommend a whiteboard app for the classroom, I usually recommend Educreations. It is free and super easy to use. My students use it to write answers down during class review games and my coworker uses it to record her fifth grade math lessons.
But someone recently pointed out that Educreations can be inconvenient when trying to keep track of your different projects and demonstrations within the iPad. They were looking for a more robust whiteboard app that also saved projects for future editing in an easy and intuitive way.
For that I recommend Explain Everything ($2.99).
So we've already covered Google Earth in a previous post, but I wanted to quickly show you another cool feature that some students of mine stumbled upon (and then promptly shared with me).