I-Pads in the Classroom

Advice to a new teacher

Welcome to the 21st century. Many of our students already use touch screen technology at home so why not use this to engage students at school. Today's students need to be prepared to work in a non-print environment. The use of I-Pads and apps will allow us to teach our students in this new environment. As the I-Pads are lightweight and wireless you can take them anywhere. The battery life is also longer then that of a typical laptop. This is also a great way to start the process of going paperless. Students can use Dropbox to store their files. There are also many great apps that allows students to collaborate and teachers to do some assessment.


Variety of apps to meet the needs of our diverse learners.

The world of apps is constantly growing. There are apps such as 'The Wheels on the Bus' which plays that song in several different languages. What a great way to introduce students to foreign languages through the song they already know. Want to take your students to a zoo then use 'Pocket Zoo' to watch live stream video of zoos from around the world. Do you want to know about news from around the world, then there are apps for CNN, local newspapers and TV stations. Students can make a video of what they are creating or they can take a picture of their creation and then write notes on the screen. There appears to be an app for whatever you need. If you have older students, you could have them create their own app.

If you need a place to get started on what apps to use why not try the following website which is a list of best apps for teachers: