9 Tips For Teachers Who Just Got iPads

I’m often amazed by the power of the web. From Twitter’s role in shaping professional development to what a simple post on a site like Edudemic can do. This post is one such example. Holly Clark (of EdTech Diva fame) posted an article on Edudemic that caught the eye of Richard Wells in New Zealand (of ipad4schools fame). Richard whipped up a fabulous visual that you see below. It’s a visual interpretation of Holly’s article and I’m totally blown away by the whole set of events.

It shows you just how powerful technology is. What better way to show that than in an article about Apple iPads? The iPad is still somehow making big waves in the world of education even though it’s been around for years. Judging by the amount of interest and desire to have them in schools, I’m surprised we’re not at a 2:1 scenario where there are now two iPads for every student. Perhaps we should just aim for a 1:1 for now.

The iPad is being handed out to hundreds of thousands of students at a time. If you have one and are using it in the classroom, you could probably benefit from some useful tips and apps that are recommended by your fellow teachers and school administrators. So this visual (below) is helpful for you to use and share.

If you just got an iPad then congratulations! Time to start figuring out how to effectively use it. It’s pretty intuitive to use (which is why it’s so popular) but it’s also quite the challenge when you’re actually tasked with figuring out how to properly use it to enhance learning.

The below tips are just the, um, tip of the iceberg. (Sorry, had to say it) You’ll find some useful tidbits about the SAMR model, why you shouldn’t immediately start trying to download a ton of apps, and more. For the full-length version of the post, be sure to check out the newly updated article ‘A Practical Guide For Teachers Who Just Got iPads‘ as well.

teachers new to ipadsNote: You’ll probably want to click the image to enlarge it. The text is a bit small. Also, click here to download the printable PDF version (the links work in it too!) of the visual. That’ll be best for sharing in the teacher’s lounge!