iPads in the Secondary Classroom

Janet Corder

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Why iPads?

"I Sat with 2 teenagers who are legally but not totally blind. They were reading books on their iPads with words that were about 1/2 inch to an inch tall. They were telling me that for the first time, they can read what they want when they want. They don't have to wait for the "special" seeing impaired version. They can buy and read the same version as everyone else. This made them FEEL GREAT. They can adjust the fonts, colors, and even listen to their book when they tire. The young lady then grabbed her iPad, held it close to her chest and smiled at me. I smiled too."
Marco Antonio Torres


I want to know...
Open http://padlet.com/j2training/skills.
Double click on the wall and answer the question.
Thanks for sharing!



Are you ready to have some fun?
  • On your device or laptop, open kahoot.it.
  • Enter the Pin number projected on the screen and click Enter.
  • Type in your name and click Join Game.
  • Wait for the teacher to begin the game.
Good Luck!


How well do you know the great state of Texas?
Go to m.socrative.com.
The room number is football.
Wait for the teacher to start the quiz!

Socrative also has an App for most devices!


Are you ready to learn something new?
Download the free Nearpod App.
Open Nearpod.
Click on the Join Session button.
Type in the Pin Number the teacher gives you.
Wait for the teacher to begin.


Click here to open the quiz at TypeForm.
Click Start and begin the quiz.

This is an easy one!

Let's Play Bingo!

Open bingobaker.com/play/109406 on your device.
Click the Free space.
Click the answers to the problems as they are called out.
Shout Bingo if you win!

That Quiz

Let's take a quick quiz over geometric shapes! Ready, set, go....http://www.thatquiz.org/tq-f/?-j6ofv-l2-m3o-p2kc0

For directions on how to effectively use That Quiz, check out Mathy Cathy's Blog post.

Trading Cards

Trading Cards by Read Write Think allows students to share their understanding of various topics. Available on the Web and as an app for IOS and Android.

Create trading cards for any number of categories, including:

  • Fictional person
  • Real person
  • Fictional place
  • Real place
  • Object
  • Event
  • Vocabulary word

Study Stack

You can find flashcard stacks already made for the ACT, SAT, other major standardized tests and all curriculum content areas on Study Stack. Teachers and students can create an account and create their own stacks of flashcards. The site also has games, practice activities and several print options.


Thinglink makes pictures interactive with text, images, videos and links and will work on any device.
Class Example
Quadratic Functions Example
26+ Ways to Use ThinkLink in the Classroom


Math Teachers - This is AWESOME! Desmos is a free, online graphing calculator. Desmos can plot a variety of different equations, from lines to parabolas and more. It is available online and as an app.
Click here for an example.
Click here for another example.

Check out this Pinterest Board for lots of Desmos video tutorials.


Open EdPuzzle.com.
Click Login.
Select Student.
If you do not have an account, select Sign Up at the bottom of the screen. (no email required)
Click Add Class.
Type in the Code - dwnpVm.
Click Join the Class.
Choose the Blue Start Button under the video.
Click the Play button to begin the assignment.


Quizlet is a free app that works for any subject area. There are six study modes for students to use:
  • Flashcards
  • Speller with 18 languages
  • Learn mode to track progress
  • Test prep with graded quizzes
  • Scatter game for matching words to definitions in timed competition with friends
  • Space Race game for typing words before definitions vanish from screen

Explain Everything ($2.99)

The Explain Everything App allows students to create, collaborate, communicate and consume content in any subject area. Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone.
Video Tutorials

More of My Favorite Apps

Stick Pick ($2.99 app)
Tellagami (free & paid app)
Groovy Grader
Sock Puppets (free & paid app)

QR Codes

QR codes - they're everywhere, but how can they be used in the classroom?
The easiest QR Code Reader is I-Nigma. It is available for most devices.

  • Let's check these out:
  • States and Capitals
  • Inverse Operations
  • Genetics
  • Inequality Word Problems
  • Properties of Matter
  • Story Cubes
  • Canterbury Tales
  • Famous Texas Battles
  • Homework Help

Augmented Reality

What is augmented reality? Movies have given us a sense of “alternative reality” for years. Augmented reality makes something come to life! It seems like magic.
Let's take a look at a few of my favorites:
Aurasma and $1.00 and $20.00 Bills - Aurasma in the Classroom
Elements 3D Cubes - daqri.com/elements4D-mobile
The Dot from ColAR Mix - colarapp.com
Freedom Stories - Harriet Tubman Institute
NASA Spacecraft 3D - NASA

Connect with Janet

Email - janet.corder@gmail.com

LiveBinders - tinyurl.com/j2shelf
Website - www.j2training.org
Twitter - @corderj

Pinterest - www.pinterest.com/janet_corder