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!
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).
Keynote for iPad is a staple in schools with iPad programs. Students are presenting to the class more and more with projects created all from an iPad. One great feature of keynote is its ability to embed video in a slide and at the end of the video, transition to the next slide. It just makes your presentation so much smoother and can make the whole thing play without any interaction. This is useful for getting everything in with a given amount of time or looping the presentation at your baking soda volcano exhibit. On keynote for mac you get 600 seconds to allow for this, on an iPad you get just 60.
Well with a little creative thinking, you can make this much longer.
I have already done a detailed post on advanced Dropbox tips for teachers, but I also wanted to do a more general post about cloud storage, give you some options, link you to some important apps, and explain why cloud storage is so important for students and teachers.
Splash Math is a series of apps that helps elementary school students practice pretty much every math skill imaginable. It is basically a collection of quizzes/worksheets that are dressed up with fancy graphics and animations, but the kids love it! Not only that, but the apps have some excellent stat tracking and other educational features that make it perfect for use in a classroom as a reward for early finishers or as a station in a small-group classroom setting.
Let me walk you through the features, and then I will give you links to all possible versions of the app at the end of the post (they even have demo versions available).