4 Handy Uses for iPads in Classrooms
The mobility and accessibility of information has become a crucial need to modern society in the last millennium. Devices such as iPads and smartphones have become the preferred medium for accessing information and should also be used in the classroom to improve the efficiency of teaching. Here are four great ways for using iPads in the classroom if you’re a teacher.
Synchronise your Outlook or Google Calendar to your iPad. You can do this by navigating to your iPad Settings → Mail, Contacts, & Calendar → Add Account. This will allow you to add your personal and work calendars to a single calendar on your iPad so that you have access to all your appointments while you’re on the go in between classes. The great thing is that it won’t have to link the iPad to your computer, because all changes are made automatically since your information is cloud hosted.
There is also a great range of personal organising applications such the Reminder app for scheduling notifications minutes to years in advance of an important event, with an alarm set to its specific time. You can even set reminders based on your location; for example, you can set reminders for yourself to buy milk at the grocery shop or to take your file with you as you leave home for work.
Organising Your Class
Even if your school doesn’t have a formal online network for learning, having an iPad in the classroom can hold numerous benefits such as: the organisation of class calendars, submitting and revision of assignments, quick sharing of learning material, class attendance checks and student performance tracking. If your school doesn’t have a learning management system, you can explore systems such as Schoology, Teacherkit, Edmodo, and Google Classroom.
Create Educational Content
Build on traditional and creative lessons with tools such as Keynote, Google Slides, PowerPoint, or Prezi, and create presentations for lessons that will keep your students captivated with rich media such as images, charts, graphs and video.
You can also flip your lessons with the assistance of an iPad and capture your lessons as they are being taught for later reference for your students. Watch the video on lesson capture with JUNO:
Great teachers are also great learners. Keep your professional skills sharp by keeping up to date on your reading with eReader apps such as Kindle, iBooks, Nook, or Overdrive. In addition to text, you can easily access content such as videos and podcasts related to your subjects. Have a look at TED for video and iTunes U for podcasts.
With independent apps like Twitter, Diigo, Facebook, Feedly, or Pocket, you can share and consume resources easily anywhere. There is a range of apps available online, called content curation platforms, that collect and manage your independent accounts which enable you to view all social media, blog posts, and news resources in a magazine-like interface. An example of a great content curation platform is Flipboard. You can learn more about navigating your personal learning network in this article on Edutopia.
iPads are powerful educational tools for teachers and students. By utilising the power of iPad, you can stay more organised, meet your classroom goals, and manage your own professional development on a single, portable device. Still need a reason why you should add an iPad as a last minute Christmas wish this year?