You’re probably knee-deep in the new school year worrying about the Common Core State Standards, if students are paying attention, and if you’re really getting through to your students. However, many teachers and administrators are starting to think about something else.
They’re figuring out how to integrate technology into the curriculum, the classroom, and at home. One of the most popular pieces of edtech is, of course, the iPad. We talk about it all darn day here on Edudemic and that’s because it’s seen widespread adoption and it’s the single device we hear the most questions about. How do set up the iPad for students? Who can be an admin? Should I let students use their own iPads and Android tablets? That kinda stuff. There are loads of useful tutorial sites like Modern Lessons (a free little hobby site I’ve made for teachers) and Skillshare.
In an effort to save you a little bit of time, I’ve gone through a treasure trove of YouTube videos that are all about iPads in the classroom. From tutorials to recommending apps, there are a bunch of videos designed to help teachers, students, and admins alike. What follows below are the actual videos along with a brief description. Hopefully they’ll help you successfully integrate iPads into education or perhaps just learn a bit more about what Steve Jobs dubbed the “magical” device. Enjoy!
This video walks through some useful apps that I have tried out and like. From ‘Cars In Sandbox’ to ’123 Sticker’ there are a lot of useful apps!
Whether you just got a single iPad or are rolling them out to an entire classroom or school district, you need to be sure that you know exactly what you’re doing with the device. Do you know how to use tabbed browsing, iMessage, how to improve Siri, and how to unlock the Lost Mode? All those skills and more are must-have for anyone using an iPad. This course will get you that knowledge and more. View the full free course here.
This one is not totally for iPads but it involves them. If you want to use AirPlay to mirror your iPad screen in the classroom, then Apple TV is one of the simplest little add-ons worth trying. At just about a hundred US dollars, it’s a simple way to bring multimedia and AirPlay into your classroom.
This free HD video runs for over 2 hours and is intended for new (and not so new) iPad users – be sure to use the 720p quality setting – click on “Show More” to access the chapters.
It sure is easy to engage 8-9 year olds with technology. I used my Ipad and some apps today in small learning groups. Even in small groups the kids were having difficulty waiting their turn. If only I had a six pack of Ipads. I can’t wait until my VGA adapter comes so I can call on one student to come up and demonstrate while the others can watch on the big screen. Really great potential. Please post apps in the comments that you think would help meet our 3rd grade goals.
If you like mind maps or just taking notes without all the paper, then NoteShelf is pretty easy to use. this video touches on why it’s a useful app and will save you some time. Great for all levels of tech-savvy students.
The amount of people with iPads is growing more than anyone could have originally imagined. If you have been thinking of getting an iPad or just got an iPad and want to know more about how to use an iPad, this video series is for you.
Evernote is one of the most popular teacher tools (or apps, as it were) being used. This video touches on nearly a dozen ways that people are using Evernote. I learned something new!
This video covers some useful apps that are geared toward the youngest generation. It’s useful for kindergarteners as well though. No need to just focus on toddlers!
Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student’s talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.
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