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iPad Resources: Getting Started
Setting Up Your New iPad
Connecting to a network: Choose "PHMS Mobile". You WILL need to authenticate.
Creating or logging into your Apple ID: Settings --> "iTunes & App Store" to enter or create an Apple ID
when you have questions about how your iPad works.
Initial Apps to Download
Content Neutral Apps for Everyone:
I Education Apps Review --
Search Engine for Apps --
Applicious app: daily updates on apps for various uses
In the App Store: Apps --> Featured --> More --> Education --> Apps for Middle School
Content Specific Apps:
these are informational or skill practice apps that are often presented as games. They are often working from the most basic level of Bloom's Taxonomy. They often help our students learn important skills or information.
: these are information-rich apps that can be used across several curricular areas. Examples would include Google Earth, Khan Academy, a Dictionary/Thesaurus, and Wikipedia. Some of these apps can also be considered Content Specific, depending upon their purpose.
Content Neutral Apps:
these can be used in any content area, across multiple grade levels. Their strength lies in their flexibility that allows users to apply creativity to what they produce. Some people call these "creativity apps".
So what do we mean by "Smashing" apps?
Simply stated, Smashing Apps is taking something from a content specific app to a higher level of thinking. Let's look at some ideas:
... Flipagram: creating a simple slide show to show understanding or to motivate
.......... either take or find 15 pictures (this can vary) that go with a topic you are getting ready to teach.
.......... Add music or narration.
.......... There are a number of sharing options, including email & create a link.
... Tellegami: create a 30 second "Gami" with your avatar and personalized background.
.......... Using a screen shot or picture from another app, students explain what they have learned.
.......... Start a new topic or class with a Gami that can motivate or activate their curiosity.
... EduCreations or Explain Everything: Both of these apps create screencast presentations.
.......... Explain a process or procedure that students can refer back to. Save and upload it
50 Uses for iPads in the Classroom
Learning About Using Your iPad
Kiera Parrott, Assistant Head of Children’s Services at the Darien Library, provides
5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Apps and Ebooks
at the ALSC Blog. She makes some solid points in her discussions, here are the five questions she addresses:
Does it expand and enhance the traditional reading experience?
Does it allow a linear reading experience?
Does it engage multiple literacies and learning styles?
It is intelligently designed? Is it intuitive, flexible and customizable?
Does it have legs (i.e., longevity)?
Kathy Schrock's Correlation of Apps to Bloom's --
Lucy's iPad Resources (Google Doc) -- articles, iPad wikis and blogs -- h
iPads in Schools Livebinder --
22 Useful iPads Tips --
Recommended Apps for the Escondido School District --
iPads in Education: Exploring the use of iPads and eBooks in schools and colleges --
Join this community of iPad users to learn more about how others' are using this resource in their classrooms.
MakeUseOf -- join this group on Facebook and/or receive email updates.
Enjoy their collection of "how to" manuals and useful suggestions for using many tech tools for professional and personal use.
Complete List of iPad Tips, Tricks & Tutorials --
57 Interesting Ways to Use the iPad in the Classroom --
iPads in Schools --
Numerous informative links, links to apps ... anything you might want to know about using iPads in schools.
Tips on Flipping Your Classroom with iPads --
iTouch the Future -- a wiki focused on iPad implementation for Teachers and Administrators --
help on how to format text
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