Five Ways to Waste the Potential of iPads in Schools

edudemicCheck out this Edudemic blog post, 5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make with iPads (and How to Correct Them). The article focuses on how schools are using iPads, the common management errors that occur, and how to do better if iPads are to help teachers teach and develop their students into better 21st Century learners.

Here are the specific topics, but head on over to Edudemic to check out the details.

  1. Focusing on content apps
  2. Lack of teacher prep in management of classroom iPads
  3. Treating the iPad as a computer and expecting it to serve as a laptop
  4. Treating iPads as multi-user devices
  5. Failing to communicate compelling answers to the questions, “Why iPads?”

Three IPad Apps for Serious Movie Making

Video literacy, including knowledge of movie making, is required for 21st Century learners be they students, teachers, or parents

The iPad video camera combined with the iMovie app or the program on a computer is one of the best ways to get started. Most of us will be completely satisfied with this setup. However, for those educators who have already figured out ways to use video and sometimes find themselves bumping up against the iPad’s video limits, other options are available.

If you  are one of those 21st Century educators who wants to do more, check out a great post about  more advanced iPad movie making apps over at Matthew Needleman’s Creating Lifelong Learners blog. The apps are somewhat expensive, $29.99 — a lot more than the 4.99 price for the iMovie app.  However, the three movie making apps reviewed  by Needleman after hands-on exploration time do much more than iMovie when it comes to pre-production, video editing, and even shooting the clips.

Check out the apps below by visiting Needleman’s blog post.

  • Artemis
  • Storyboard Composer
  • Movie*Slate

Gizmodo Explains How to Make an iPad Textbook in Under Five Minutes

The Gizmodo Blog shares lots of info about Apple’s new iPad Textbook Maker.

Read the article.

New Video – 55 Ways to Use and iPad in the Classroom

The Free Tech for Teacher blog has a post about Tom’s Barrett’s presentation on 55 ideas for using an iPad in the classroom. Barrett, is an educator blogger, with an interest in iPads. Many of the suggestions are for teachers of younger kids, but there are some, such as the tips on projecting an iPad, will be useful to for teachers of students in any grade.

iEAP – iPad Education App Review Site

Check out this interesting site, filled with app reviews and organized by grade level, subject, teacher tools, and more. The site welcomes reviewers.  Lots of good information here.

Viewing a PowerPoint on the iPads with your Class

Suppose you have a terrific PowerPoint that you’ve usually shown to your class using the ceiling-mounted projector. The kids follow along and answer questions on a worksheet you’ve created to go with the lesson. This PowerPoint is very good, but it is also quite long and some of the information is rather complicated. This year you’d like to show the PowerPoint on a classroom set of iPads, so that each student (or pairs of students) can view the PowerPoint at his (or their) own pace. This turns out to be very easy to do using the Dropbox program on your computer. Here’s how–

1. Open your Dropbox folder on your computer and drag the PowerPoint in.

2. Move the PowerPoint into the Public folder inside the Dropbox folder.

3. Right-click (control-click with a Mac) on the PowerPoint file.

4. Select “Dropbox” “Copy Public Link” from the menu you opened in step 3.

5. Paste the link you just copied somewhere you can see it (in an email, Word doc, the Hopper.)

6. Share the link with your students and have them open it in Safari on the iPads. Continue reading

Creative Apps

One of the common observations about the iPad is that it is more a content viewer than a content creator. Here’s a link to a blog post about some amazing art, music, video and visual story-telling apps that may give you a new perspective on the iPad. The finger painting app (Brushes) and the Pottery (!) HD app are amazing. Toontastic looks like real fun for the little kids.

Do these Apps change your view of the iPad as Consumption Devices?