iPads in the Classroom
iPads in Education
- Since their release in April of 2010, Apple’s iPads have taken the US by storm.
- iPads have swept through almost every industry, especially education.
- With these powerful mobile devices come a lot of possible benefits for educators and students alike
- iPad technology in the classroom can be a powerful tool for learning and comprehension. The interactivity it provides can make for a very engaging experience, definitely for elementary school aged students.
Are you iPad Savvy?
Are you familiar with all these features?
- The iPad can hold 25 apps per screen
- The iPad mini can hold 20 apps per screen
- You can group apps into folders - Each folder can hold 20 apps
- The dock can hold 6 apps at a time
- You can prevent in app purchases
- To charge your devices faster, use airplane mode
- The Cloud and your iTunes Account
Adding, Moving and Deleting Apps
- iTunes Account
- Moving Apps
- Deleting Apps
- Creating & Naming Folders
- Auto Correction Features
- Shortcuts - Hidden Keys
- Emoji Keyboard
- Splitting the Keyboard
Gestures & more fun features....
- A four finger swipe up or a double click to the home button shows apps still open
- Four fingers scrolling left or right allows you to scroll through your open apps
- To close apps that are open, swipe up; you can close two at a time
- Snap (closed) all 5 fingers to return to the home screen
- The spotlight search allow you to find apps, messages or emails quickly
- When you delete apps, the remain in your iTunes account
- Do you know how to copy, cut and paste?
- Can you use Siri? or disable her?
- WebClips, Bookmarks and Screenshots
- Scrolling tips for web use
- Speak Selection/Siri/Dictation
- Text Size
- Lock Screen Rotation
- Guided Access: You can "lock" a user into a single app
- Assistive Touch
- Custom Gestures
Photos & Video
- Camera/Video Recorder Settings
- Editing Pictures
- Sharing Pictures & Videos
- The Cloud/Photo streaming
Technology Integration Made Easy
One of the big misconceptions about the iPad is that teachers need to seek out applications tying directly into their content area. The simple fact is that even in the absence of apps, the iPad comes out of the box with a wealth of resources. Add a wi-fi connection to the equation and you've got yourself and your classroom a pretty dynamic resource.
The one thing to remember when approaching technology integration for the first time is that you don't have to completely change your way of teaching. Teachers are and always will be the content experts in the classroom regardless of the technology or tools integrated. Adding the iPad only enhances the learning opportunities for teachers and students alike.
.....excerpt by Herff Jones
iPad Integration- So many options!
Technology Application TEKS
Grades 6-8 *8th Grade Tech Assessment
To meet the K-8 TEKS districts can:
Teach the Technology Applications TEKS in a computer lab setting
Integrate the Technology Applications TEKS into the core curriculum using the grade level strands listed above
SAMR Model of Technology Integration
Planning for Instruction
Start Small -- Set Goals!
Students have a very short learning curve for using apps and technology resources.
Most apps are very intuitive
Don't be afraid to relinquish control and learn with your students. You do not have to be the expert!
Focus on the instructional goal/objective, not the app!
Finding Educational Apps
Free iOS Apps
Did you know? Apple requires their developers to offer their apps for Free or For Sale at least once a year. Cool huh? The kicker: they do not have to notify us when the apps are free or on sale. So with that in mind, here are a few websites and apps to help you find those Free apps!
These sources provide timely information on app price reductions:
- AppShopper.com and the AppShopper app provide many search options. I like thePopular Price Changes in Education page. You can limit that page to just iPhone or iPad apps. Education isn't the only app category with great apps for students, so you it might be worth checking out Popular Price Changes in All Categories. AppShopper is nice enough to provide web feeds for these price reduction lists.
- Twitter users frequently share apps they have found on sale. Even if you don't have a Twitter account, you can search Twitter for #edapp free to see if there are any current deals.
- iTunes lists Top Free Apps in Education (and top free apps for all other categories). Apps that are on sale often climb to the top of the Top Free Apps lists as users grab them before the price reverts back to paid.
- FreeAppAlert tracks paid iPhone apps that just became free. You can get their alertsvia email if you'd like. Similarly there's Free App a Day, but it focuses mainly on games.
Resources for finding Free Apps
* If you are a member of TCEA and join their iPads in the Classroom community page, Lori Gracey provides a list of free apps daily. Membership is $40/year *
Current list of TCEA recommended iPad apps by category
The Hunt for the best Apps:
The iTunes store is full of apps, but if you have ever spent anytime searching through it, it can be confusing and frustrating.
This article explains the best way to muddle through the iTunes store.
Of course, you can always Google, but i prefer to use https://fnd.io/. You can sort by apps, categories, podcasts and more. Try it!
And last but not least, try Edushelf.com
Apps for Teachers
App Start - Not your boring getting started manual
Special sections explain how to turn your ipad into a variety of tools
Essential apps by categories
Get the most our of your iPad
- Brain Pop
- or Evernote
- Thinglink (website, too)
- Google Drive app
- Chrome Browser App
- QR Creator & Reader
works like a recordable whiteboard
Teachers account allows collecting work and collaboration with campus users
Works like a whiteboard with a recording feature.
Create a teacher account and you can upload all student work.
Easy to use and create!
You can have your students creating masterpieces in almost no time!
Flip classroom instruction, create tutorials, or have student create their own presentations!
iMovie ($4.99 currently, Volume Discounts)
Middle School Apps - By Subject Area
This could be a great way to assess students mastery of standards or complete project-based investigation.
* Or have your students create an eBook using PowerPoint or Keynote; saved as a PDF file, they work as an eBook on most readers.
- Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus – A dictionary and a Thesaurus. This dictionary app is a wonderful tool for students to use because is contains both a dictionary and a thesaurus. Students can speak a word into the iPad and this app will look up the correct spelling. There is also a helpful feature that will pronounce the word for students. Definitions contain word origins as well.
- Literary Analysis Guide – Elements of literature are arranged graphically around three wheels (poetry, prose, and rhetoric). $2.99
- Kindle – Kindle is an eReader from Amazon.com * New $9.99 a month program with access to over 600,000 items in the Kindle library. Free 30 day trial.
- MaxJournal – A simple and elegant journal. MaxJournal Review and How to
- LitCharts – Link to LitCharts website. Each of the LitCharts are available on the iPad. Created by Spark Notes
Math Quizzer is an interactive and fun way to, not only learn, but also to boost your skills in; Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. It offers an easy to understand chalkboard visual, which keeps track of your “score”
as you progress.
- Bloomberg – Bring the power of the most trusted source for financial information to your iPad, along with tools to help you analyze the world’s markets.
- PocketCAS lite – Free Graphic calculator. Not as many features as the pro version above.
- SpaceTime – Powerful graphing calculator. 2D and 3D graphing
- Quick Graph – 2D and 3D graphing calculator.
- U.S. Geography by Discovery Education – Become an expert in U.S. Geography with this app. Dozens of videos and interactive gameplay.
- History Tools
HistoryTools helps kick-start ideas for writers and is a great help to students who wish to convince their teachers that they are among the smartest and most interesting in the class. It is a godsend to journalists, editors, speechwriters, novelists, non fiction writers, advertising copywriters, publicists, screenwriters, playwrights or anyone with writer¹s block.
The app offers an informative and entertaining experience that will be enjoyed by history lovers, parents, students, and teachers. A version of the timeline is also available on the Center’s website, www.AmericanRevolutionCenter.org.
• Over 70 photographs that can be enlarged and manipulated
• Informative captions describing the Revolutionary-War objects
• Engaging information describing key moments in the American Revolution provided as caption descriptions
• Video podcasts describing the history and provenance of select items
• Does not require a network connection
Explore the westward expansion of United States history in the 1800s:
1. Journey on the Lewis & Clark expedition
2. Match territories acquired by the U.S.
3. Learn about the causes and effects of the westward expansion
- Interactive Maps
- Scrollable Timelines
- Historical Figures & Events
- Label the States
- Review Questions
- K-12 Periodic Table of the Elements
- goREACT is a free iPad app from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. This free iPad app allows students to virtually create chemical reactions. To create the reactions students simply drag elements from the periodic table to the “reaction area.” The app includes suggested reactions to help students get started. In all there are nearly 300 chemical reactions supported on the app. The app includes pictures and videos related to the reactions that students can virtually create on goREACT.
- Powers of Minus Ten: Bone is a neat iPad app for biology students. The app takes students through ten levels of viewing the inside of human bones. Students can zoom through and explore each of the microscopic levels. The imagery starts at the level of viewing bones from the outside and ends with viewing the atoms within the bones. A neat aspect of the app is that students can select “healthy bone” or “broken bone.” By selecting “broken bone” students can view a broken bone and see how it heals.
- Solve the Outbreak is a free iPad app produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The app is a game that contains three epidemics for students to research. In each investigation students have to read the background, read clues, analyze data, and answer questions. The questions put students in the role of a medical professional tasked with helping to curtail the spread of the epidemic. Points are awarded to students for correct answer
- Essential Skeleton is a free iPad app that students studying the human skeletal system should download. The app puts a 3D skeleton on your students’ iPads. Students can zoom-in, zoom-out, and rotate the skeleton 360 degrees. When students zoom-in and tap on a bone they will see its name in English and Latin, have the option to hear an audio pronunciation of the bone’s name, learn about the connected bones, and write their own notes about the highlighted bone.
- Virtual Heart is a free iPad app that allows users to take a closer look at how the human heart functions. The free app lets users speed up and slow down the virtual heart rate. Users have four views of the heart in the app. The views are of the electrical system, the valves, blood flow, and the interior of the heart. Each view can be experienced with or without labels. The first time each view is tapped, a short introduction to that view is displayed.
- 3D Brain is a free iPad app that features a model of the human brain. he app provides a three dimensional model of the human brain that students can rotate. To look at a specific part of the brain select it from the drop-down menu and it will be highlighted on the model for you to view. Click the “info” tab to read one page summaries about each part of the brain. On the app you can also find some case studies about disorders and brain damage.
- 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool – Learn about the cell and its structures in a 3D tool.
- Molecules – View and manipulate 3D renderings of molecules.
There are tons of free options.....
I will post all of the Apptivities on the Instructional Technology Google Site
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