10 Ways to Use Your Classroom iPads

They're not just for centers anymore!

Make your iPad a projector!

Get a VGA adapter. This makes it so that you can plug your iPad into your projector. Whatever you do on the iPad reflects on the screen, instead of your teacher computer. Or, grab a document camera and situate it above the iPad.

Create a movie!

In groups, create a movie using Puppet Pals. Record audio and make the puppet characters move around the stage. There is a free version with a limited number of characters. The paid version is worthwhile.

Conduct fluency assessments!

Download the Quick Voice Recorder app and record student’s fluency assessments. Then, they can email the file to you.

Digital Storytelling!

Download the Storehouse app and send students on a hunt to find and take photos which can be arranged in the app to tell a story.

Write & record a news program!

Download the Talking Tom & Ben News app and have students write and record a news program, “published” by Tom & Ben!

Share what they've learned with sock puppets!

Download Schmuppet and record 30 seconds at a time. Students can summarize what they’ve learned orally and save the digital file. The fun part is that the sock puppet does the talking!

Let the students be the teachers & differentiate!

Differentiate for your higher-level students. Download a whiteboard app like Show Me or Explain Everything ($2.99) and have those students explain (orally and with examples)how they solved the problem, remember a vocabulary word, etc. so that other students can reference it when they get stuck. This can also be helpful for absent students!

Use QR codes

Download a QR Code Reader to your iPads.

  • Students write book reviews, link the review to a QR code (use www.qrstuff.com) and affix the QR code to the book cover.
  • Link a video of the author in an interview and affix the code to the outside of your book bin.
  • Have students record their written work with an audio recording app, then link it to a QR code and affix the code to their written copy of their work.
  • Write a book quiz which can be adapted for all titles (think, 5Ws). When students finish their independent reading book, they scan the code and take the quiz. You’ve got comprehension at your fingertips! (Shoutout to Jen Westbrook for this great idea!)

Create a classroom learning portfolio!

Download the Evernote app and create a class account. Students can take photos of their work and add it to the app. They can insert audio recordings or notes about their learning or creative process.

Use it as a part of a Listening Center!

This little guy is only $10 and allows 5 sets of earbuds to be plugged in at once. Use EdPuzzle to find a YouTube video recording of a book being read aloud. Filter the video through EdPuzzle and add the EdPuzzle link to a QR code or to a Web App on the home screen (when you access the link through Safari on the iPad, click the Share icon and then click "Add to Home Screen."