The Top 10 iPad Tips For Teachers

If you’re reading Edudemic, you probably know about the influx of Apple iPads into the classroom. Whether it’s a teacher, school administrator, or student bringing in the device is almost irrelevant at this point. What matters is that this thin piece of technology is sitting on a student’s desk aching to be touched, played with, and used. In an effort to keep everyone using them as effectively as possible, the wonderful Lisa Johnson (of TechChef4U fame) assembled this David Letterman-esque Top Ten list of iPad tips for teachers.

A Few Of My Favorite Tips

  • Set clear expectations – daily. In other words, don’t just have one goal or set of expectations and then have your students use iPads for a long period of time. Go over expectations and update them on a regular basis. Don’t be afraid to keep evolving those expectations to challenge students!
  • It’s okay to NOT use the iPad. Remember that the iPad, like any other piece of technology, is just a tool in the teacher’s toolkit. You should take advantage of this knowledge and make sure to keep cycling through different edtech and non-edtech on a regular basis.
  • Be ready for anything. Especially substitute teachers. As a teacher, you may very well get sick. Shocking, I know. Be prepared with sub plans for your lessons (per usual) but also a set of written out instructions all about your iPad expectations, rules, etc. You wouldn’t want students goofing off on Facebook all day on their iPads whenever a sub is in the classroom. That’d undermine much of the hard work you’ve put in already to bring the iPad into your wonderfully connected classroom!
  • What’s the morning routine in terms of iPads? Should students keep them under their desks at all times? Should you have a specific time that students are allowed to use iPads? Lots of questions to think about thanks to this fabulous chart!

Download the printable PDF from Tech Chef here.


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  1. Mark

    November 21, 2013 at 9:01 am

    The iPad is a great teaching tool. It allows kids to have exposure to a variety of subjects in different formats on a single device. Parents and teachers who use an iPad a teaching tool will see children excel in independent learning. There are several iBooks which are both fun and educational. Here is a great article which highlights some great books for the iPad

  2. Karen Mahon

    November 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I really love #2. This is a question we discuss regularly with teachers when talking about how to choose educational apps. At Balefire Labs we give our customers a rank-ordered list of the highest quality educational apps, but what we need teachers to bring to the table is a clear understanding of what problem they’re trying to solve with an app: what is the student skill set that they are trying to improve through use of an app? It’s a critical piece. Thanks, Jeff!