More teachers are getting hold of iPads for their work, but how can they go about getting the most out of them? Primary school teacher and iPad-innovator Lee Parkinson discusses how teachers can use the device to bring very specific subjects to life.
iPads can be powerful teaching tools. In classrooms around the world iPads are mainly used by teachers and students for consumption, curation, and creation of information. Naturally, due to its simplicity, consumption of information is the most common way in which iPads are used in and out of the classroom. Also, many people use iPads for curating and organizing content. However, creation of information is one of the most powerful ways students can use iPads in the classroom because it allows them to unleash their creativity and illustrate their knowledge in multifaceted ways.
Weebly, the popular website creation platform, has now a powerful app that works on iPad. Besides Google Sites, Weebly is one of the best free web tools I have been recommending for teachers to use for creating classroom websites and students portfolios. Weebly has a very simply and easy to use editor that allows you to create your website within a couple of minutes. You can simply drag and drop different elements into your template and add your content and share your website with the world. I have already written a couple of guides on Weebly which you can check from the links below:
Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.
My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience. . .
The utilities section in the App Store can sometimes become a dumping ground for apps that don't fit in elsewhere. Not with those on this list, as these utility apps will improve your iPad in several ways, adding some productivity tools and other lifestyle enhancements.
The iPad has a massive collection of apps that will turn your photos and videos into dazzling creations. Among the many excellent choices are the following five apps that are both powerful and fairly easy to get started with.
Keeping your mind sharp and active can also be fun. These apps feature engaging, innovative brain games that will help you both work out your brain and have some fun on your iPad. (Check out TabTimes main Best 100 iPad apps: From creativity to productivity for more app list categories.)
Each time I post on an iPad app that has gone free I receive few emails asking about the sources I use to learn about these deals. Well, often times I stumble upon these deals in my social media feeds particularly on Twitter. However, I do have two excellent apps on my iPad that keep me updated with special deals in the iTunes App store ( sorry I don't have any for Android users). These apps are free and once you install them you will be able to access and learn about the apps that go free on a daily basis.
The popular web platform Canva has recently released a great free app for iPad users. For those of you who are not yet familiar with Canva, this is a web tool that allows you to create beautiful visuals, posters, and flyers. The simplicity of Canva is what makes it a viable tool for using in class with students. You do not need to be a graphic designer to use Canva. All you need is a computer or iPad and internet connection. Canva provides you with a variety of pre-made templates and layouts that you can choose from to create your poster. It also provides numerous images and illustrations to use on your layout.
There was another Apple Keynote today, and the iPad Air 2 was announced. Although it may not have had the same fanfare as the iPhone event a few weeks ago, there are definitely some exciting changes for the iPad. For those of us thinking of getting one, I wanted to share some thoughts as to how the improvements shared today will effect the future of iPads in education.
"Are you relatively new to iPads in the classroom? Are you looking for some tips to help you navigate the new iOS 7? Today we take a look at 10 Features Every iPad Owner Should Know, so that you have the knowledge and confidence you need to shine in front of your students."
The iPad is an excellent companion for slide show presentations, freeing you from the need to carry around a computer to that next meeting. These choices offer excellent options for any kind of presentation that you may need to offer.
The iPad continues to give new ways for individuals and businesses to communicate and collaborate. A new crop of apps this year have continued to push the evolution of connecting with other employees and colleagues. These apps create powerful possiblities for working together. (Be sure to check out the other categories in our complete Best 100 iPad apps guide.)
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
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Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.