A Modern iPad Workflow For Students And Teachers

When you deploy an iPad in your classroom, you most likely download some of your favorite apps and load up bookmarks to your preferred web tools. Then you hand out the iPad to students and help them use said resources. Great, right? Now we’re learning with gusto!

Not really.

In order to effectively use iPads in education, you probably need a modern iPad workflow that works for both teachers and students alike. I just came across a fabulous version that is in graphic form – which makes it all the better. It’s from dedwards.me and lists out the apps, parties involved, and how each one fits into particular steps along the process. In other words, this is a workflow designed to help both sides of the classroom.

As you can see, the workflow starts with staff (at the top) and works its way down to students. In between, you can see a list of apps and other resources and how they all fit together. Some reasons rely on AirPlay, some are more about data collection, some are about content creation, and others are simply about collaborating.

As you can see, iTunes U and YouTube are some of the focal points here. That’s because they are very useful for both staff and students alike. You may also see you that Google Drive is showing up in a bunch of the different verticals. That’s because it is highly flexible and usable for staff and students. Another awesome app that I’m a fan of his Explain Everything. As you can see, this app shows up in the modeling and creativity vertical, the workflow vertical, resources, and the collaboration and creativity vertical.

You should feel free to make your own workflow, but I would definitely recommend using this visual as a guide. Let us know what your workflow looks like down in the comments!

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1 Comment

  1. Stephen M Cahill

    September 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    One of my favorite workflows involves Zite, Pocket & Evernote.
    Zite, as you may know, is a powerful news resource. It is customizable, and does a great job of “filtering the internet” to bring you the information you want.
    When I find an article that seems relevant I move it over to Pocket, using the Bookmarklet (a bookmark that takes an action), this is also useful for any webpage content.
    Later, I review everything that I have saved, and if its truly useful (not everything that seems to be is) I save it to Evernote in the appropriate project notebook. This way, I have an abundance of material from a wide variety of resources. I find it to be a very powerful project and research workflow. I hope you find this useful!