Oct 18

Discover Educational Resources on Your iPad

By: Richard Byrne

pbs-students-1PBS Students is a new iPad app designed to showcase some of the best educational content for students. Through the app students and teachers can search for educational videos, articles, and diagrams. Some of the the video content can be downloaded directly to an iPad. The app was initially launched two weeks ago and it was updated this week. The update fixed an issue with some content shown in the app not being accessible when selected. The other update is the inclusion of a Puzzle Builder tool.”To read further please click here: http://ipadapps4school.com/2015/10/16/pbs-students-discover-educational-resources-on-your-ipad/

Oct 04

iPad Mania: 20 ideas for sparking interest in class with iPads

By: Matt Miller

ipad mini“When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad, it was a marvel that had the potential to make big change.

It was visually stunning. It was tactile. It shortened some work from minutes to seconds.

The iPad’s possibilities in education were seen quickly and have developed over time.

It’s easy to say that tech is just a tool, but if we don’t seek how we can leverage its potential, we’re shortchanging our students.

In our weekly half-hour #DitchBook chat (10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Mountain, 7 p.m. Pacific), we recently discussed how we can “Ditch That Textbook” with the iPad.

A Storify summary of all the tweets is available here, but here are 20 ideas that stuck out to me most:” To read further please click here:


Oct 01

Constructive Use of the iPad in the Humanities Classroom – One Teacher’s Experience

By:John Herring

ipad classTechnological Skepticism

One of the most formative books I read in college was a book by Neil Postman entitledAmusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show. First published in 1985, this work argues that the medium of communication influences the message. Postman analyzes the famous Kennedy vs. Nixon debate, considering the impact of television on their communication. He urges caution with regards to advancing technology.

While no Luddite, Postman believed that technology came with a price and unless we carefully examine the impact of technology we may find ourselves paying an unknown bill.

With Postman’s cautions in mind, for three years I have now taught humanities courses at Thales Academy, a network of private classical schools based in North Carolina. As a school, we emphasize studying the enduring subjects of mankind while utilizing the latest technological tools.

Our high schoolers each have iPads, as do all instructors. During my second year at Thales, I taught two 9th grade humanities courses (ancient literature and ancient history). The freshmen were brand new to the iPad as their main tool of education, and I was equally new to the problems and successes of the iPad in the humanities classroom.” To read further please click here:


Jul 30

Apps That Improve the iPad Typing Experience

By: Andrew Douch

ipad class“A number of comments on my recent blog post indicated that many teachers and students find the experience of text entry on the iPad to be one of it’s biggest drawbacks. I read those comments and found myself nodding.

As a touch-typist, I am more productive on a physical keyboard when writing more than a few sentences. It isn’t just the speed of typing. There are some things that you simply can’t type! For example, chemical formulae generally contain subscript numbers to indicate the number of atoms of each element in a molecule (eg H₂O). There is no way to type a subscript number using the Apple onscreen keyboard. The same goes for typing many mathematical symbols.

Many teachers don’t realise that pressing and holding certain keys on the iPad keyboard will bring up alternate characters (often the ones you would get by pressing the Option key on a Mac keyboard). For example pressing and holding on the 0 will pop up the option for a degree symbol. These are useful but there are many characters that you can’t access this way. There is no way to type the Greek symbol for Pi π, nor is there a way to type the copyright symbol ©.” To read further please click here:


Jul 06

iPad classes are affecting our children’s learning: parents

bloggintBy: Briar Babington

“Fears for children’s reading and writing skills are becoming more prevalent as schools replace text-books with iPads.Some parents have noticed their kids’ spelling and handwriting skills have deteriorated since they were submerged into separate bring-your-own-device (BYOD) classes, where tablets are heavily used.Leamington Primary School in Cambridge has had separate BYOD classes since 2013.

Bernadette Stevenson said her 10-year-old daughter had been in an iPad class for two years, but her child’s maths, spelling, reading and handwriting skills started to decline after six months.

“Her handwriting is so bad. [The 10-year-old] has been writing and I’ve been thinking it’s my 6-year-old,” she said. “It’s absolutely shocking.”She said the kids were being instructed by teachers to “google” answers to questions they had, sparking concerns in Stevenson over the monitoring of their tablet use.Children’s author and founder of Snail Mail Day Judi Billcliff agrees technology in classrooms needs to be closely moderated.”It does concern me at school every kid’s got their screen – are we really helping them? I’m not convinced.”” To read further please click here:http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/69908090/iPad-classes-are-affecting-our-childrens-learning-parents

Jun 28

7 Apps for Student Creators

By: Monica Burns

appps” Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning. Whether you’re teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must.Students who are “making” to demonstrate their learning can produce content that is shareable and valuable. Their creations can be geared toward a specific audience and viewed outside of the classroom. The sense of purpose that students have as creators can be leveraged to increase engagement and get learners of all ages excited about content.

There are a handful of dynamic iPad apps that can turn your students into creators. This doesn’t happen magically when they launch the apps. Combined with thoughtful planning, rigorous tasks, and clear expectations, your students can create powerful products that show you — and the world — what they’ve learned.” To read further please click here:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-apps-for-student-creators-monica-burns

Jun 20

Glued to the screen: A third grade class where kids spend 75% of the day on iPads

By: Gail Robinson

ipad in class“When the 24 third-graders in Morgan Mercaldi’s class arrive at the Jackson Avenue School every morning, they take their iPads out of their backpacks and put them on their desks. The tablets will remain there, or in hands and laps, until the children put them in their packs to take them home.

Last year Mercaldi had her students stash the iPads away when they weren’t using them. But she has abandoned that. “Putting them away serves no purpose. We use them constantly,” Mercaldi says.

Mercaldi’s class in Mineola, N.Y., is in the fifth year of a district initiative that now provides iPads to all students in grades three through nine. At Jackson Avenue, which houses the third and fourth grades, all 417 children, including those in special education, have their own tablets, and they spend about 75 percent of their instructional day on the devices, more than many other schools that have embraced digital learning.” To read further please click here:


May 26

Stop Motion Animation on your iPad

By: Danny Nicholson

AR5Zu3D is a powerful yet simple to stop-motion animation and timelapse app for the iPad. The folks at Zu3D have taken their PC animation software and streamlined it to work on IOS.

Zu3D uses the front or back cameras from the iPad to take a series of pictures, which it then strings together into a stop-motion animation. You can import and record sound effects as well as add titles, credits and speech bubbles. Zu3D comes with a library of sounds which can be used in your animations.

The interface allows for “onion-skinning” which means that the old image is overlaid on top of the image about to be taken – this helps  you to judge how far you need to move the object each time.

The finished movie can be saved to your camera roll and exported as a YouTube video as well as uploaded to Zu3D online. The project can also be exported to iTunes. Saving it to your camera roll means it can then be used in other movie apps such as iMovie if the children want to splice several different films into a longer movie.”To read further please click here: http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2014/01/zu3d-app-review/

Apr 17

iPads and Teachers: Why Technology-assisted Learning Will Never, on Its Own, Solve Our Education Crisis

By: Peg Tyre

teac123“At the Carpe Diem-Meridian School in Indianapolis, row after row of students are wearing headphones and staring into computer screens. Although they look like employees at a call center, they are actually fifteen-year-olds tackling algebra concepts. Their lessons were delivered earlier in the day by a software program offered by Edgenuity and reinforced by an instructor. Now the students are working through problems on their monitors, to show they have mastered it. Their results will be quickly fed back to their instructors, who will use it to shape the next day’s instruction.

Two students finish quickly and check the overhead monitor for their next task. Others are sweating through sophisticated problems. A few, who are struggling with the material, are working on problems that a software algorithm has determined are simpler but will help build the foundational skills they need. And, as in any classroom, some students are using ancient technology that has become less central at Carpe Diem schools — a notepad and a pen — to make abstract doodles.” To read further please click here:  https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/ipads-and-teachers-why-technology-assisted-learning-will-never-on-its-own-solve-our-education-crisis-peg-tyre/

Apr 12

Should an iPad change the way you teach?

By: Adam Webster

deylexia apps“Initially I wasn’t too excited about visiting the V&A’s Alexander McQueen exhibition, but trying to be a dutiful husband, I took the plunge. I walked out, a little late to the party, A huge fan.

On three levels I was inspired:

  1. As an English teacher I was inspired by the way that he took different periods of time and made them utterly relevant to the modern age.
  1. As a teacher who has always, first and foremost, battled to keep creative thinking and teaching at the heart of what I do, I was inspired to see a man do just that; there was nothing but passionate energy in every piece of work.
  1. Finally, in my position as a technology leader, I walked into the second room of the exhibit and saw this quote on the wall:

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them.  That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but keep the tradition.”

Never has anyone so perfectly summarised what I have always tried to propose as a starting point for the integration and roll-out of technology in schools.” To read further please click here:


Apr 12

Geometry iPad Activities

By: Mrs Wideen

blue“As I am wrapping up my geometry unit, I wanted to share some of my favourite activities I created for my kids to show their thinking.  When I told them that we were starting a new unit next week they were upset because they had so much fun learning and showing their thinking during this unit.  I hope you can find some of the following activities useful and fun!”To read further please click here:http://www.mrswideen.com/2015/04/geometry-ipad-activities.html

Jan 23

Future Proof your Learning Environment

By: ipad4schools.org

blogbut-app141“Did you know, there’s an app for that?” In fact, there’s 100s of new apps everyday and many teachers are put off technology because of it’s rapidly changing landscape. “How can I possibly keep up with what I should be asking the kids to use?” is a common question. The secret is to not worry about which app is the right one. Let the kids collectively do the ground work and worry about keeping abreast of the generic technologies and capabilities that numerous apps are making available.

But before you even worry about overall technologies, worry about what skills your teaching (regardless of content) might be developing. It is becoming a much talked about subject that any particular content schools might have “delivered” in the past is diminishing in value as A) it all becomes available on-demand on the internet in both written and video format and B) the world changes at an increasingly faster rate and priorities change year-on-year.” To read further please click here:  http://ipad4schools.org/2015/01/21/future-proof-your-learning-environment/

Nov 28

How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom

By:  Greg Kulowiec

ipads8With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, schools that have also adopted iPads are interested in exploring the platform to determine if it will integrate into their existing deployment to provide a helpful and approachable workflow solution.

While there are currently a number of workflow solutions and Learning Management Systems that work well with iPads, Google Classroom will likely become a top contender for iPad classrooms because of the integration with both the Google Drive and Google Docs iPad apps as well as any number of iPad creativity apps. While there is not an iPad app for Google Classroom, the web interface works seamlessly and allows students to turn in any assignment or file that is in their Google Drive account as illustrated by the video below.

 Why Use iPads With Google Classroom:

  • Students access Google Classroom through the web on iPad. This means that no additional apps need to be installed or updated.
  • Any assignment created and distributed by the teacher that is a Google Document or Spreadsheet will automatically bump students to the Google Docs or Spreadsheet app for completion when they click on their individual file within the Google Classroom web interface.

To read further please click here:http://www.edudemic.com/ipads-with-the-new-google-classroom/

Nov 27

MyBackpack for Early Learning on iPads

By: Monica Burns

ipadsssMyBackpack is a new iPad app that let’s students access Waterford Early Learning software from an iPad.  With this app children ages four and younger can can sing and read along with interactive nursery rhymes.  Older students can read, listen and sing along with 16 traditional tales books and 35 reading, math and science songs.  Kids can practice and drill their math skills with the game Mental Math.” To read further please click here:  http://classtechtips.com/2014/11/25/mybackpack-for-early-learning-on-ipads/

Nov 20

6 elements of a successful iPad implementation

By: Semantha Messier & Stephanie Schroeder

ipad in class“As more districts across the United States move to 1:1 initiatives, a common barrier is financial resources, and a common temptation is to regard these initiatives as technology enterprises rather than instructional transformations. In a three-year pilot project, the Boulder Valley School District(BVSD) addressed these challenges by implementing a creative approach designed to entice public funders by providing all students with equitable access to digital devices.

A key feature of our model was synergy among multiple, interdependent program elements:

  • Community engagement
  • A strong instructional model
  • Digital devices and apps for students
  • Logistical support
  • Guidance toward high-leverage resources
  • Ongoing, embedded professional development”

To read further please click here:  http://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=219

Nov 06

6 Excellent Digital Storytelling iPad Apps for Elementary Students

By:  Med Kharbach

ipad class“There are several ways you can use iPad to unleash your kids creativity and one of them is through engaging them in the creation and production of digital stories. Digital storytelling is a literacy practice that can tremendously enhance kids literacy skills way beyond the traditional literacy forms. It will enable them to express and communicate their thoughts in a multimodal way that involves images, sounds, videos and  text. To this end, we have prepared for you this short list that contains some of the best iPad apps you can use with your kids for digital storytelling. ” To read further please click here:

Oct 30

New iPad classroom app available from Netop

By: Ariana Fine

netop“Netop announced that the Vision ME iPad classroom workflow app, designed to make teaching in iPad classrooms easier and more effective, is now available in the App Store.

“Teachers are hungry for a simple, engaging way to teach in paperless classrooms,” said Kurt Bager, CEO of Netop. “Our commitment is to create solutions that help teachers use technology in ways that maximize instructional time. We’re confident that Vision ME will allow educators to more effectively and easily integrate iPads into teaching and learning.”

Vision ME combines teaching tools with mobile device management (MDM) capabilities to provide a classroom workflow app that engages students and improves learning outcomes in iPad classrooms. It allows teachers to present lessons directly on classroom iPads, showcase student work, blank student screens, block Internet access with the click of a button, administer web-based tests and quizzes, and more.” To read further please click here:  http://www.districtadministration.com/news/new-ipad-classroom-app-available-netop

Oct 20

iPads + project based learning = Limitless possibilities


PBL-660x400“Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.

My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience. . .


Danielle Lei, our fourth grade math and science teacher, didn’t think her students were quite grasping the concepts of balance sheets, negative numbers, and keeping a running balance. After researching options, we decided the BizWorld PBL would be the perfect way to teach students those skills.

“In the BizWorld project, students work in teams to form friendship bracelet companies. They raise capital by pitching to venture capitalists and selling stock and/or by taking out bank loans. The teams travel through the entire entrepreneurial cycle of designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling their bracelets. The project culminates with the Sales Bazaar, at which students sell their wares. Throughout the project, students maintain careful financial records, which help in the end to evaluate each company’s value.” – source: BizWorld Creator, Kara Brown

To read further please click here:  http://dailygenius.com/ipads-project-based-learning/


Oct 19

5 Apps to Share Class Work!

By:Erin Klein

photo circle“As a working parent, sometimes it is difficult to sign up for volunteer dates. So, when I have the chance to see what’s happening inside the class or on field trips, I treasure those moments. As a teacher, I’ve found that the more I share with parents, the less they tend to question. When they feel like they are an active part of their child’s learning experience, they are also more able to help with specific needs their child may require since they have an idea of what is going on in the classroom.

Before spring break, our school went on a field trip to the Henry Ford Museum. Our second graders explored innovations through history. Of course, I snapped photos of their creative minds at work throughout the day. Using my smartphone, I was able to quickly snap tons of photos and share them with parents in a secure way that was quick and easy.
I like being able to spend actual hands-on time with my students. So if a tool takes too long to figure out or use, I tend not to use it (no matter how amazing it is). I need to have my focus on my students. That’s why I love the tools I’m sharing in this post. They allow me to stay focused and still capture memories to share with others in the moment

I. PhotoCircle

PhotoCircle is a free, secure app for photo sharing. My good friend and fifth grade teacher Todd Nesloney introduced me to this app. To give it a try, I set up a circle with Todd and invited two other friends and fellow elementary teachers, Brad and Drew. Within minutes, we had all been added to the same circle and each shared a handful of photos. We began commenting on the photos and sharing more as the week progressed. What started as just a group of teachers testing out an app has now become the way that the four of us share photos with one another. Prior to PhotoCircle, we were texting each other tons of photos and our conversations would get lost within the steady stream of images. Now, our pictures are organized and saved within one app.
Since PhotoCircle was simple to use, I decided to set up a separate album for my family. I invited my mom, dad, daughter, husband, and other family members. Once each member is added, they can add photos, too. Each member that is added can also comment on the photos. This was a terrific way to share photos from our recent family trip to Disney World. Each day, my husband and I would add all of the photos we took so that other members of the family could see the highlights of our trip.  “


Oct 15

MathChat App Allows Students to Collaborate on Math Homework

By: Med Kharbach

mathchat“MathChat is an interesting new iPad  app that I discovered recently. As its name indicate, MathChat is an app that allows students to collaborate and work together on math problems.  This collaboration takes place in group chats where members get to exchange messages, use pointers to show how to solve a problem, or draw and add arrows to provide illustration and guidance on Math concepts. This collaborative feature of MathChat resembles to a great extent the work Whiteboard apps.  ” To read further please click here:

Oct 08

5 Ways Teachers Can Use their iPads Professionally

By: Jennifer Carey

ipads8“iPads are powerful tools for teachers in the classroom. In addition to being robust, mobile creation devices for students, they help you to stay organized, be on top of your classes, create content and lessons, focus on continued learning, and build your PLN. Here are five ways to turn your iPad into a robust, education machine!

Organize Yourself

You can easily sync your Outlook or Google Calendar to your iPad by going to iPad Settings → Mail, Contacts, & Calendar → Add Account. This allows you to add multiple work, personal, and/or shared calendars to the calendar on your iPad, giving you mobile access to all of your appointments (personal and professional) on a single calendar.” To read further please click here:  http://ipadapps4school.com/2014/10/07/5-ways-teachers-can-use-their-ipads-professionally/

Oct 05

iPad Workflow in the Elementary Classroom – 6 Techniques and Tips

By: Kelly Walsh

bloggint“In Franklin Academy’s Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms, teachers have built a workflow for their shared-use iPad carts around three key components: iCloud, Google Drive, and specific management procedures. iPads are not a reward or a distraction in these classes, but tools for learning and content creation, with the ability to share students’ digital creations with teachers and parents.


The following techniques and tools have proven helpful in our use of the iPads in this setting.

iCloud Contacts Syncing. Among several other functions, Apple’s iCloud service syncs an address book, allowing contacts to auto-populate in an email “To” field.” To read further please click here:

Oct 03

iPad Workflow in the Elementary Classroom – 6 Techniques and Tips

By: Kelly Walsh

ipad class“Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, NC has been infusing iPads into high school classrooms since the product’s release in 2010. As the devices have become more advanced and ubiquitous over the past few years, use of iPads has spread to all K-12 grade levels at Franklin Academy. Franklin Academy K-2 campus uses multiple mobile iPad carts containing 30 iPads each. Each of the 30 iPads in a cart set is configured to sign in to a shared account for iCloud and Google Drive for that cart.

In Franklin Academy’s Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms, teachers have built a workflow for their shared-use iPad carts around three key components: iCloud, Google Drive, and specific management procedures. iPads are not a reward or a distraction in these classes, but tools for learning and content creation, with the ability to share students’ digital creations with teachers and parents.


The following techniques and tools have proven helpful in our use of the iPads in this setting.” To read further please click here: http://www.emergingedtech.com/2014/10/ipad-workflow-elementary-classroom/

Sep 27

How iPads Can Refresh Traditional Classrooms

By: Jenny Collins

apps3“Following the trend of mass mobile device adoption, educators increasingly contemplate possibilities of using iPads in classroom. State-of-the-art mobile technology is getting more and more popular in different settings and schools are no exception. Adoption of mobile devices is transforming traditional classrooms into a place that delivers real-world knowledge using efficient tech resources.


Why So Popular?

In the era of digital data and online communications, iPads are able to reach spaces traditional teaching methods cannot. These spaces mostly refer to the Internet and a variety of applicationsand pieces of information available online. Constant access to important educational resources is probably the major benefit of using iPads in classroom but it’s up to an educator to find the right ways to use it.

An additional reason to consider using iPad as an educational tool is the fact that learners have been actively using it in private purposes for years. So, what’s the point of limiting their use in classroom if teenagers already have a constant access to them outside of it?” To read further please click here: http://www.edudemic.com/learning-ipad/

Sep 24

Listening To Reading in a One iPad Classroom

By: Kathy Cassidy

sharing the opad“When I speak about using iPads in a primary school classroom, I am often asked about how it would work if I only had one iPad as is the case in many classrooms. This post is the first of what I hope will be several with suggestions as to how to make that work effectively.Although my classroom is one to one with iPads, I have many high quality book apps on my own iPad that I did not choose to put on the thirty iPads I have in the Volume Purchase Plan account for the student iPads. Sharing these apps with my students puts me in a similar situation to a one iPad classroom.” To read further please click here: http://kathycassidy.com/2014/09/21/listening-to-reading-in-a-one-ipad-classroom/


Sep 15

3 Easy Ways to Integrate iPad into Your Google Classroom

By: Med Kharbach

ipad class“Now that the Google Classroom is officially released to all Google Apps for Education accounts, those of you using iPad in their instruction would probably be wondering about possible ways to integrate this new tool with iPad. The video tutorial below will guide you through the process of how students and teachers can use Google Class on their iPad to create and turn in assignments.

The process is pretty simple and is made of three main steps:

  • Students use the suggested iPad apps to do their assigned work
  • They then export that work to their Google Drive
  • They turn it to Google Classroom by downloading it from Google Drive.”

To read further please click here:  http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/09/3-easy-ways-to-integrate-ipad-into-your.html

Aug 30

A Great New iPad App for Digital Portfolios and More

By: Richard Byrne

digitalportfoliosWeLearnedIt is the latest offering from Adam Bellow and eduClipper. WeLearnedIt offers many of the great features of eduClipper that you currently enjoy along with additional digital portfolio elements. Through the WeLearnedIt iPad app you and your students can create digital portfolios that contain files from Google Drive, Dropbox, links from the web, images and videos captured with your iPad, and whiteboard videos created within the WeLearnedIt app.”To read further please click here:   http://ipadapps4school.com/2014/08/28/welearnedit-a-great-new-ipad-app-for-digital-portfolios-and-more/


Aug 02

MIT’s ScratchJr iPad app encourages children to ‘code to learn’

By:Stuart Dredge

scratchjr“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a new iPad app that aims to help 5-7 year-old children take their first steps in programming.

ScratchJr is a free app based on MIT’s existing Scratch programming language, which has become a popular choice for slightly older children learning to code in schools around the world.

The new app encourages children to “program their own interactive stories” using graphical programming blocks. It is a collaboration between MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten research group, Tufts University’s Developmental Technologies team, and technology startup Playful Invention Company.” To read further please click here:  http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/31/mit-scratchjr-ipad-app-code-programming-ipad

Jul 26

Create Alphabet Books on Your iPad

By:Richard Byrne

alpphalphabet Organizer is a free iPad app offered by Read Write Think. The app is designed to help students learn the alphabet and learn new words.

Once you have created a profile or selected a profile onAlphabet Organizer you are ready to start building alphabet charts and books. In the first screen you will given the choice of making simple word lists or making word lists with pictures and definitions. Should you choose to use pictures you will have to find the pictures somewhere outside of the app and import them to the app. You can make lists for every letter of the alphabet or make lists for just a few letters at a time. After making your lists you can move on to having those lists used in printable charts or picture book pages.” To read further please click here: