Bishop Stang's iPad Initiative

Integrating iPads Into Everyday Learning

Initiative Goal

The goal of the Bishop Stang iPad Initiative is to teach students to incorporate the iPads into their everyday learning. With this in mind, teachers will employ strategies following the SAMR model when delivering lessons. The SAMR model is the process of utilizing the iPad at four different levels during the learning process: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. To learn more about the SAMR model in education, please click on the video provided.

SAMR in 120 Seconds
Although there are many tablets out on the market, the iPad is the most widely chosen tablet in schools and businesses. To review a list of some of the reasons Bishop Stang chose to implement the 1:1 initiative with iPads, click on the title above.

Apps Used in the Learning Process

Required Apps (to date)

The students will be required to download specific app for use in the classroom. As we go along and learn together through the implementation of this initiative, teachers and students may find additional apps that would help enhance the day-to-day learning taking place in the classroom. The current list apps includes...

  • First Class
  • Paperport Notes
  • Evernote
  • Nearpod
  • Socrative
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Edmodo
  • Haiku Deck
  • Educreations
  • iBooks
  • Pearson eText for Schools
  • Access My Library
  • Subtext
  • Popplet

With the exception of Popplet, all of the app listed are free. Individual teachers may require subject specific app as the year progresses. You can view how some of these apps fit into the SAMR model in the poster below.

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As with each new endeavor, there are apt to be bumps along the way; however, to minimize those bumps, the initiative teachers -- along with the administration -- developed a contract to guide students to a more productive and focused use of the iPad in the classroom. Each student and parent will be responsible for signing the contract to help ensure the best learning environment for all. Click on the title above to access the contract.

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Initial Set-up and Training

Students will be taken through the set-up procedure and the initial training for the basic apps in their English classes. Teachers will review the required settings for school, the required apps, downloading procedures for textbooks, and in-depth training for Edmodo, the Learning Management System to be utilized by initiative teachers. As we move along throughout the year, individual subject area teachers will introduce subject specific apps that will be used in the classroom.

Now that you have made this investment in your education, it is important to take care of the iPad. Click on the title above for suggested care instructions.