iTips for the iTeacher

How to Rock Your New iPad

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The iPad as...Philosophy

"iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments" ~ www.edtechteacher.org

iPad Management

Having more than one device in your classroom requires some basic management on your part to keep them charged, updated, and organized. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Production vs. Consumption

In order for students to think on a higher level, they need to be creating products to demonstrate understanding of curricular concepts rather than simply using the iPad for gathering information or simple skill and drill activities. Most of the apps I share with teachers are cross-curricular and open-ended, allowing for collaboration, communication, and content creation. For more information about production vs. consumption visit: http://www.techchef4u.com/?p=1026

Beginning of the Year

Below are 3 ideas for using your iPad for beginning of the year activities.

I Want My Students to...

Think about what you want your students to create on the iPad in order to demonstrate understanding of a concept. Allow them the opportunity of choice, collaboration with peers, and sharing what they have created not only with your class, but on a larger scale by posting to a blog or Edmodo.

5 Tips for Successful iPad Station Implementation

Click here for the full iStations presentation.

The following link provides a list of apps with task cards, resources, and tutorials to use with your students: http://mooreti.edublogs.org/apptivity-task-cards/

Troubleshooting iTips

The iPad is a great device, but occasionally, we all run into problems. There are a couple of simple things you can try prior to submitting a help desk ticket: http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/assistant/ipad/. Connectivity issues can usually be solved by switching from the iTouch network to the WPA 2 network (or vice versa) located in the settings icon. If your iPad screen is cracked or the home button is not responding, please submit a help desk ticket.