iPads for Teachers – 3 Training Stages
- Teachers first have to be comfortable using the iPad itself.
- Next the teachers need to master how to receive and provide content in a classroom - not a simple task as iPads weren't designed for class interactions.
- Finally, teachers have to build up their knowledge of apps which can be most effective at helping students achieve their learning outcomes.
This is one way these three stages could be implemented with training:
Stage 1. Confidently using the iPad
- Turning on and off
- Sound controls
- Searching for apps using Spotlight
- Using settings menu
- Setting up an email account
- Downloading apps from the app store (especially Apps Gone Free)
- Creating folders for apps
- Taking photos and videos
- Taking screenshots
- Using iCloud backup
- Using other cloud storage e.g. Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive
- Using Pages – creating and renaming, changing styles
- Transferring files to PCs
Stage 2. Giving and receiving: teacher - student
- Google Docs – instant feedback and quiz creator
- Justpaste.it – instant url and information provider
- Box.com – sharing many different resources easily
- QR codes – context / location specific urls - Qrafter
- Side By Side browser – have up to 3 viewing panes in the one window. Great to use in conjunction with Google forms.
- Nearpod – share content with quizzes and drawing feedback
- Educreations – create an instructional movie using pictures, shapes, diagrams. It is like an animated PowerPoint with voice recording.
- Zondle - create games for your students and keep track of how they do with this LMS that works on iPad.
- Showbie - distribute assignments, instructions and resources to students
Stage 3 iPad apps for students
- Quizlet – fun quizzes easy to make with timers for competitions
- Spelling City – fun spelling games
- Cargo bot – programming logic
- Quick Maths maths practice with students drawing the answer with their fingers
- Geomaster – identifying countries in the world
- iMovie - creating movies
- Story creator - include picture, text, annotations and audio on each page
- Puffin browser – for flash based websites e.g Voki
Each school will probably have a different list of apps as each teacher develops their familiarity with the most appropriate apps for their teaching style.