Swift River High School

using iPad to support student learning

What do 21st Century Learners Need?

  • opportunities to learn through inquiry
  • reading skills to understand & interpret text in various formats
  • technological proficiency for today & the future
  • equal access to information
  • opportunities to think critically & solve problems
  • communication & collaboration skills
  • digital citizenship skills (appropriate online behaviors, ethical use of info, etc.)

How iPad enhances student learning

  • students are digital natives, using iPad meets kids where they are
  • provides students with immediate access to information
  • improves communication between students & teachers, school & home
  • allows students opportunities to create & take ownership of their learning

Here are a few ideas to get started

  • create a class website to inform students & parents about what's going on in your class (keeps everyone informed, encourages students to take responsibility for their learning)
  • have students contribute to a class blog (supports writing skills, collaboration, digital citizenship)
  • have students use the internet to gather research (supports inquiry, reading skills, digital citizenship)
  • use simulations to help students grasp challenging concepts (supports inquiry, helps students think critically)
  • find, or have students find apps to support specific lessons / learning goals (supports inquiry, technological proficiency)
  • create, or have students create textbooks using iBooks Author (supports communication & collaboration, reading, digital citizenship)
  • have students create & publish stories using Scribble Press (supports communication skills, digital citizenship)

Useful Sites


-apps, resources, etc. specifically for iPad use in high school


-links to dozens of resources for apps, tutorials, etc


-information and resources from Apple about iPad & how it can be used in education


-compilation of apps for different uses, includes a brief overview of what each app does


American Library Association (2007). Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/AASL_LearningStandards.pdf

BBC Active (2010). iPads in the Classroom. Retrieved from http://www.bbcactive.com/BBCActiveIdeasandResources/iPadsintheClassroom.aspx

Dappolone, M. (2013). Making Best Practices Better. Educational Leadership, 70(6), 69-72.

Handwerk, B. (2013). iPads Improve Classroom Learning, Study Finds. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131210-ipad-learning-education- space-science/

International Society for Technology in Education (2014). Standards for Students. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-S_PDF.pdf

Raths, D. (2013). Launchpads for Learning. T H E Journal, 40(4), 35-38.

Standard, A. (2013). TRAPPED ON THE IPAD CRAZY TRAIN? FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO REGAIN YOUR SANITY. Library Media Connection, 32(3), 40-42.