Only 1 iPad?

J2 Training - Janet Corder & Joan Gore

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The 1 iPad Classroom

When you want to use technology and you don't have a lot of devices, here are some ideas, tips and tidbits for making the most out of your 1 iPad.
4 ways to successfully utilize 1 iPad in your classroom:
  • Whole Class Instruction (must be able to project iPad)
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Center Activity
  • Classroom Management

Is one iPad in the Classroom worth it? We think so!

1 iPad Project Examples

Here are three examples of a project about President John F. Kennedy. The examples contain the same content, however, the information is presented in a different format in each project. This could be done as a small group or center activity using 1 iPad.


Sources for JFK Video


Don't have enough devices for all students? Then Plickers might be the tool for you!
You only need the Plickers app downloaded on one IOS or Android device to scan the student responses. Let's try it out!
Read more about Plickers here.

Apps to Use

Shadow PuppetEDU (free with in-app purchases)
Stick Pick ($3.99 app)
Google Earth (free)

Tellagami (free with in-app purchases)

Sock Puppets (free with in-app prices)
ChatterPix Kids (Free)
Squiggle Fish ($2.99)
Write About This ($3.99)
Tell About This ($2.99)
Apps Gone Free
Groovy Grader (free app)
Decide Now ($0.99)

Trading Cards

Trading Cards by Read Write Think allows students to share their understanding of various topics. Available on the Web and as an app for IOS and Android.

Create trading cards for any number of categories, including:

  • Fictional person
  • Real person
  • Fictional place
  • Real place
  • Object
  • Event
  • Vocabulary word


Thinglink makes pictures interactive with text, images, videos and links and will work on any device.
Class Example

QR Codes

QR codes - they're everywhere, but how can they be used in the classroom?
The easiest QR Code Reader is I-Nigma.

  • Let's check these out:
  • Inverse Operations
  • Inequality Word Problems
  • Writing Cubes
  • Canterbury Tales
  • Sight Words Bingo
  • Sight Words Barns
  • Pig Counting
  • Checkers

Augmented Reality

What is augmented reality? Movies have given us a sense of “alternative reality” for years. Augmented reality makes something come to life! It seems like magic.
Let's take a look at a few of my favorites:
Aurasma and $1.00 and $20.00 Bills - Aurasma in the Classroom

The Cell from ColAR Mix - Download the coloring page from

AR Flashcards (free) - Animal/Alphabet Flashcards

1. Download and print in color the Alphabet Flashcard from

2. Download the AR Flashcards App from the Apple or Google Play store.

3. Open the AR flashcards App and press Get Started.

4. Hover you device over a flashcard. Make sure your sound is turned on. Touch the image when it appears and and you will hear the name of the animal and the letter it begins with.

Ideas for using AR Flashcards from Karen's Technology Locker:

-shuffle the flashcard and have students alphabetize them

-shuffle the cards, lay a limited number out, have students build beginning or ending sounds

-shuffle the cards, lay them out and have students spell their name (you may need tow decks of cards)

-print two sets of cards and play memory

-identify the number of syllables in each animal word that is on the flashcard

Color Alive by Crayola (free, in-app purchases & book purchase) - These coloring pages will entertain and enchant youngsters as well as the oldsters! You'll love the selfie feature! You can purchase pages within the app or buy the coloring books from Toys R Us or Amazon. The coloring books come with 7 crayons including a special color. When the special color is used on the page and then scanned with the app, effects like ice blasts, fire and pixy dust appear.
Week 1 Trial Download (dragon)
Week 2 Trial Download (fairy)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - An interactive narrative experience. The app is free and the book can be purchased from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Colar Mix - The Dot

1. Download and print the Dot coloring pages from

2. Download the ColAR Mix App from the Apple or Google Play store.

3. Have students color a picture related to your curriculum inside the Dot. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much.

4. Open the ColAR Mix app and watch your picture come to life! Touch the purple circle to see more image.

Osmo (formerly Tangible Play) mixes Augmented Reality with traditional board games for an engaging learning experience.

Let's Share Ideas!

Click this link to share your ideas for using 1 iPad in the classroom with everyone!

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