Te{a}ch Talk

Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts on Transformation

Volume 2, Number 7, November 12, 2015

EL Training Tips and Tricks

The EL strategy session on Monday planted some seeds for growing our productivity with iPads. Here are some tips regarding the tech resources from that session:

Padlet: The presenters used Padlet as a means to share their resources. You, too, can use Padlet (www.padlet.com), and it can have multiple functions. Padlet creates boards that can allow multiple users to add notes or resources to them. You create the settings of how posts will appear and who is allowed to post. What are the uses?

  • Question or brainstorming: The Padlet title can pose a topic or question and students can tap on it to add their $0.02, typing right on the wall in Post-It like notes.
  • Resource gathering: People can post resources they create, so the Padlet becomes a space for collective resources from multiple users (notes, documents, videos, photos, etc.)
  • Provide resources to a group of individuals who can access the resources through a link. This is just what we did in the EL session.

What do you do with the resources once you access them? I heard a few questions about opening the resources in apps where they can be edited. Here are some tools to try:

Pages: This is Apple's word processing tool, and it is free with every new iPad, as of late 2013. That means that each of our staff Minis and any new student iPads can install the app without charge. You can also install GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers, and iMovie on any devices purchased after 2013.

Notability: Clearly, you can open the resources in Notability as well to annotate with handwriting as opposed to typed text.

Google Docs: You can also open in Google Docs, where the document can be edited and shared with all Google tools available. You will be able to type inline in documents.

Which app should I use? That depends. Do you want to be able to scratch some quick notes with a stylus or writing with your finger? Then, use Notability. The downfall there is that the text is a PDF, so it won't expand with your additions and won't allow you to edit the original document. Are you looking to use document formatting features or Drive sharing with colleagues? Then use either Pages or Google Docs. You'll be able to use all of the text editing tools in each of those apps. With Google, you can even quickly share with your team, so you have collaborative notes.

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