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iPads in the Classroom


iPads in the Classroom

Anyone using or wishing to use the iPad/iPod or iPhone in the classroom and wishing to share lessons and ideas

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Opportunity to Try Innovative Digital Writing Program

Started by Beth Peery Aug 21, 2012. 0 Replies

I just wanted to share some information about our upcoming study of Pearson’s iLit program: Are your ninth-grade reading materials effective? Do you need up-do-date, high-quality reading materials…Continue

How to reach young people (13-25 years) with important Health and Safety messages.

Started by Richard Wood Aug 9, 2012. 0 Replies

Part of the British Safety Council's Speak Up, Stay Safe campaign to buildawareness and understanding of work-related risks with young people (13-25years), the app , available for the iPad, is a…Continue

iPad applications for 5th graders.

Started by Tanya Horton. Last reply by Vicki Fishman Aug 5, 2012. 3 Replies

I am a 5th grade teacher. I am one of the first in my grade level to get an iPad. I am looking for suggestions on iPad applications other 5th grade teachers are currently using in the classroom. I am…Continue

Tags: apps, ipad, 5thgrade

Apps You Wish You Had

Started by Wendy Eiteljorg. Last reply by Richard Wood Jan 11, 2012. 3 Replies

I am lucky enough to have a classroom set of iPads for my 5th graders. I have found some great apps (NumberLine, Ancient Egypt Brittanica, MyScratchWork, and iCardSort come to mind). But, I have been…Continue

Tags: wishlist, app, iPad

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Comment by Gerald Carey on January 11, 2012 at 7:03pm

I now have an iPad! Woot, woot!

One thing I really like about it already is the number of measurement apps available for teaching Science and Maths.

Sound meters, light meters, simple rulers and even a Seismometer! All these would cost big $$ if I purchased separate equipment.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anybody had used Socrative as student-response app (like eClicker mentioned by Justin)


Doceri Remote which allows the iPad to take control of another computer (and therefore the Interactive White Board) wirelessly.  I can imagine sitting in the class with the students and operating this app.  Any thoughts?

Comment by Richard Wood on January 11, 2012 at 12:53pm

The Spellathon app for the iPad was the number 1 free educational app over Christmas 2011.

Comment by Justin Moore on October 10, 2011 at 9:43pm

Having class sets of iPods or iPads allows you to use them as personal response devices or audience response devices.  This is where you post a question and the students respond using their device.  eClicker is an app that does just that.  The teacher has the host device that contains that questions that will be sent out to the students.  The students respond and the host collects the results.  The questions can be true/false, multiple choice or agree/disagree.  After the host collects the answers a graph of the responses is created, a useful formative assessment snapshot.  You can see who sent the questions and help specific students if needed.  After your poll is done you can email the results to yourself. It could be used to do quizzes but I would not recommend it for summative assessments as I did have some trouble with students loosing connection.  It was no big deal for the students to log back on but I did loose their history for that polling set and therefor no accurate results if used as a quiz.

Host app $9.99

Respond app Free

Comment by Veronica Oldfield on October 6, 2011 at 2:05am
Thanks so much Justin. You have been very helpful and answered my questions comprehensively. I'm constantly amazed at the potential of technology in the classroom, particularly the iPad.
Comment by Justin Moore on October 5, 2011 at 11:58pm

@ Veronica.

That is an interesting question and I think I am reading two things here.  One is can you use the iPad and an interactive data projector and the other is can I have my students see what I am doing on the iPad???

The latter question is an easy answer, yes you can have the students see what you are doing on the ipad by connecting it to the projector using the VGA adaptor from Apple.  This will start the mirroring capability in the new iOS.  What is on your iPad will be displayed through the projector.  Some apps show exactly what is on the iPad and others show a "cleaned-up" version such as noteshelf.  it will display only the note paper through the projector and all the tool bars that you would see on the iPad.

As for the other part of the question I am a little unsure.  I have been using my iPad as a mobile interactive whiteboard using the app Slashtop WhiteBoard.  it has been great at allowing me ot control my computer remotely.  I can open and control power point, open and search in a web browser, anything that you would normally do on your desktop.  It even allows you to write or add pictures over what you have on the screen and that will show up through the projector.  So I have used it in my science class to point out and label parts of a cell from a picture opened on the web.  I recommended the app to other teachers in the building and it has been a big hit.

I hope that is what you were asking Veronica but if I missed the mark please let me know.

Comment by Veronica Oldfield on October 4, 2011 at 9:29pm
Thanks Justin, I'm currently researching the use of iPads in the classroom for a PLN (uni assignment) and after visiting the apple store yesterday was wondering if the iPad could be connected to an interactive data projector so the students could see what I was doing in a app.
Comment by Justin Moore on September 26, 2011 at 8:10pm
An app I would recommend that is great with the mirror to mirror on the new iOS is noteshelf. If you can attach your iPad to a projector using the VGA adaptor the students will see your note page as you are writing in the app. I have replaced my old fashion overhead projector that leaves a glowing dot in my line of site from looking at it as I write to the iPad using Noteshelf. You can organize your notes into class notebooks and even send them as a PDF. I have been saving my notes and posting them to my class website for students that my have missed a class.
Cost $4.99
Comment by Justin Moore on September 25, 2011 at 12:38pm
Check out Moments Ago.  It is an email app that was designed for teachers.  I love the feature that allows you to premake your messages.  I have ones about incomplete homework, inappropriate behaviour, working hard, a positive student, etc.  Anything that you would like as a general message you can write.  As I check in with my students I can send an email home from my iPad as I stand at their desk about missing work, and because the message is pre made it takes me seconds to send the email home.  The app has also changed how many positive messages I send home since it so easy to do.  I no longer need to remember something to send when I am back at my desk, about 4 taps and a message goes home.
You can group your addresses into classes making it easy to find the student you want.
At $1.99 it is a great buy!
Comment by Sue Gorman on September 17, 2011 at 8:40am

Book Creator App

Share to iBooks, email as epub...awesome!


Comment by Elisa Heinricher on August 20, 2011 at 1:36pm
What are you doing in your school to provide "charging stations" for student iPads. Even though we say students need to charge their iPad each night I know we have to be prepared to provide charging opportunities.

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