An iPad can be a teacher’s very handy assistant! Last year I published an infographic titled "iPad as the Teacher’s Pet” and I have updated it to version 2.0. It’s all about what can be done by Pad-using educators, whether or not their students have iPads. It is divided into seven sections:
"Despite my ramblings and complaints about the $99 subscription needed to properly use Microsoft's office last week, I have come to enjoy using PowerPoint for iPad in the classroom. No, I have not paid the money to subscribe. In fact, I chose to actually delete Word and Excel as I don't see a need for them, and they were taking nearly 1GB of my iPad storage.
If you want to just use the free version of the three apps, you don't have the ability to edit nor create files. However, for PowerPoint, the “read-only” feature is actually very useful in my teaching. Since most people will have ready-made PowerPoints already created, they will be able to access and project them to their class using a projector."
"I’ve mentioned before that I’m extremely disappointed in Apple’s decision to completely abandon the iPad 1. It was released in April of 2010 and I received one for Christmas that same year. In September of 2012 Apple released iOS 6. But, it was not available for the iPad 1! So, for me, my iPad 1 lasted 21 months!!!!!! So while my six-year old laptop continues to be reliable and runs everything, my iPad has laid mostly dormant for quite awhile.
I’m not one to give up easily and so every once in awhile I’d update the apps and try once again to see if I could make my iPad 1 usable again. However, although many apps still worked okay, they were extremely slow!!!! In addition, whenever I hear of a great new iPad app the first thing I check is which operating systems it supports. Most likely I’m out of luck.
But yesterday I came across a nice article from PC World on How to turn an old phone or tablet into a PC productivity tool. The article had several suggestions but the one that made sense for me was “Turn your tablet into a full-blown command center.”
"After learning how to correctly cite a tweet and other online materials, I want you to learn about how to cite an app. If you are writing a scholarly paper and find yourself in need of properly referencing an app you find on iTunes store the guide below will definitely help you out."
Codea, the super-smart code editor for Apple's iPad, has received a huge update adding an iOS 7-inspired redesign, 64-bit optimization, a refreshed asset system, a new code editor, and much more. You can pick up the ...
According to a recent report, Apples latest Apple TV software update enables devices running iOS 7.1 to conduct AirPlay sessions via a Bluetooth connection, doing away with the need for a Bonjour setup.
In-app purchases have become a thorny issue for customers in Apple’s ecosystem. Earlier this year, Cupertino settled with the US Federal Trade Commission over incidents where minors made in-app purchases – in some cases exorbitant ones – without the knowledge of their parents.
But if you (or someone you know) has been bitten by one of these inadvertent purchases, how can you go about recouping your money? If visions of paperwork and annoying forms are swimming before your eyes, don’t sweat it: Apple’s made it pretty easy to put in your request without even leaving your computer.
With so much information available to today's students through iPads, they must learn to curate it to get the maximum benefit and experience.
Schools like Dan’s realize that Curation, the intentional selection, organizing, and maintaining of works or artifacts, is an increasingly important skill in the digital world. With the wealth of knowledge and information accessible through a network connection and a few taps, students must not only be able to navigate and evaluate what they find, but they must they also be able to curate effectively. With information at the user’s fingertips, and apps that allow for interaction, shelving, tagging, and personalization, the iPad can allow students to create an organized network of learning resources that can seamlessly integrate with resource networks of other students and teachers.
"Using tablets in the classroom–whether iPads, Androids, or surging Windows devices–is largely a matter of workflow.
If you can forgive a mixed metaphor, the traditional classroom sees the teacher as the both the director and the bottleneck of all productivity. They create assignments, assess proficiency, respond to assessment data, and refine planned instruction in light of constantly changing circumstances.
This is challenging in any context, but in 1:1 and mobile learning environments, it’s even more complex. With tablets, every student has both an information portal and a digital printing press. This means they can reach both communities and potential collaborators.
The above graphic from @ipadwells addresses this issue with a helpful graphic that visualizes a workflow, while offering up representative apps for each step of the process."
The world's dominant productivity suite debuts on the world's dominant tablet. The new Office apps for the iPad, which are available starting at 2:00 p.m. ET today, include the suite’s best known programs: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
At an event next week, newly appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to announce a version of the company's popular Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint for Apple's iPad tablet devices
"Giving an open-ended task is always an interesting issue for teachers. There is a risk involved. Will the students run with the task? Will they stay on track? Will they handle the technology or be distracted by it?"
"The iOS 7.1 update for iPhone and iPad is finally here and already, we’re seeing complaints about bad iOS 7.1 battery life. Those who are looking to improve the battery life on the iPhone or iPad after installing Apple’s latest update are in luck."
Here is a wonderful resource I came across today and wanted you to see as well. TCEA iPads Apps and iBooks is a resource page created by the folks in TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) which is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education.