If you don’t have the luxury of a 1:1 classroom or even a 10:1 classroom then you might want to sit down. I have some seriously shocking news that you might not be adequately ready to hear. Ready? Sitting? Here goes: you only need one iPad to have an effective connected classroom.
Wait, that wasn’t even the big one. Here it is:
You only need four apps to run a one iPad classroom. Boom!
The idea is simple. Just use Explain Everything, YouTube, Evernote, and Penultimate. Seriously. That’s all you need. Granted, you can download other apps and install them to your heart’s content. In fact, I’d recommend that. But as the basics of a one iPad classroom go, these four apps are going to be your most important download. Don’t believe me? Check out the awesome chart and visual guide from iPad 4 Schools below. It details how you can share videos and student folders using a single iPad. Personally, I’d say that Evernote is the keystone to this four app game plan. Make sure you’re familiar with it and know how to use all of the many features.
As you can see, it’s quite easy to integrate these apps into one cohesive flow. You can start with Explain Everything to create a recordable whiteboard, then move onto creating a YouTube account for your classroom to store all of your recordings. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you build up an entire library of recorded whiteboarding sessions that are perfect for students reviewing for a test or perhaps the next year’s class.
Next, start getting familiar with your newest friend, Evernote. It lets you save and record just about anything. That means all your students’ notes and thoughts can be organized and kept on the iPad. That’s because you can use Evernote just about anywhere and don’t need to hand around the single iPad to take advantage of all Evernote has to offer. After you start using Evernote, I’d recommend working in Penultimate. Students can now create sketchpads that they can store in your classroom Evernote account. Great resources to go alongside your Explain Everything recordings!