Your team, the teachers in your district, the staff members, the teachers at your school they’re all coming from very different backgrounds, skills, and needs. You know that they are…some may already have iPads, some may be a little bit technophobic, a little bit scared of just even using technology, let alone new technology like a tablet. It’s important that you get everyone on the same page when it comes to the iPad.
It’s very important that you and your teachers get very comfortable with the built-in best ipad apps.
The mail app can sync with your school email, and then teachers will have access to their mail on the go. It saves a lot of time; it’s very convenient and an easy way to access all of those important emails they’re getting on their school email address.
The camera and photo apps: Many apps will be using these later on. Many apps, digital storytelling apps, flipped classroom apps; come back to the camera and photos apps. It’s important to master just the basic apps before moving onto those others. So this makes the top of our best ipad apps for the classroom list.
Safari is the default browser app on the iPad. It comes by default on the iPad. It’s important to get comfortable searching on the internet on the iPad, and you can also make important bookmarks on your home screen via the Safari app.
Let’s start with the best ipad apps for basic information management.
Evernote is a wonderful app for staying organized, saving, and sharing ideas. You can take casual notes, clips from the web, put them in the app and share them. You can make notes private or public. A lot of educators use Evernote to get their lives organized, save a lot of time, increase that personal productivity for just everyday life, and professional and personal life.
Dropbox is one of the best ipad apps for those PDFs, papers, documents that you’re circulating amongst colleagues and amongst your staff and teachers. You put the document in your Dropbox; everyone knows exactly where to go to get it. Then when you need to make an update, you put that in, save over the old file, and it automatically updates it for everyone so that they have the most up-to-date version of that document that they’re accessing. It’s more convenient for you and it’s more convenient for your staff and teachers. All around, win/win.
Google Forms is one of the best ipad apps for those classroom observations, classroom walkthroughs, when you want to go from class-to-class, jot something down. You create a very simple form and type that information right into the form. What’s wonderful about Google Forms, it organizes for you very neatly and it’s very easy to get to in a spreadsheet format. Later on, since it’s in that spreadsheet format, you can use it much like you do an Excel spreadsheet. It’s all there for you 24/7 on your mobile device.
Class Dojo makes it extremely effortless to document student behavior. It does this with real-time feedback for students. What you do is you set up a classroom account; so this would be something that your teachers use in the classroom. Each student has an avatar and you…a little icon that represents them inside this site. You can award positive behaviors and the negative behaviors as well into the site, and it tracks all of that.
Edmodo is something of a social media site for classrooms. The teacher signs up for the classroom account. Everything is private unless you give access to student or the parents of the student. It’s very safe and secure, and a wonderful way to give students access to those important documents. When they’re at home or away from school, they can see the due dates, submit assignments, all that good stuff.
Once your teachers are comfortable using the iPads, you can get students involved with student projects.
Students will watch the videos on their own time, or on a set time in the class where people will watch together. Then when they come in for class time, they will do hands-on projects or answer questions related to the learning. It’s the concept of learning self-paced on your own time, and then coming together as a group and doing a hands-on project.
The best iPad apps to use with your student projects:
Sock Puppets: You choose your characters, you choose your scenery, and then the iPad will record your voice and record the movement on your screen based on which characters you’re touching and moving around. It creates a wonderful digital story you can play in a video format when you’re completely finished
Story Buddy 2 Lite: is one of the best ipad apps to make a digital story or book: You put in your text, you put in your images, and it creates a really cool digital story you can read and share via the iPad app
Khan Academy: Thousands upon thousands of free video tutorials for flipped classroom or blended learning activities. You can have the students reference these videos as additional resources or as part of your lesson plans. They can learn the concept on the video, they can ask you questions about it. You can monitor their progress as they go through the different videos, see what they’re doing. They can take quizzes related to the concepts they’re learning.
You can use these free best iPad apps to do things like take notes; saves a ton of time when you’re just doing casual note-taking. Share documents and collaborate between colleagues. We hope you enjoyed our best iPad apps for beginners lesson. Keep in mind this is just the first step in the journey in the iPad implementation process; get your teachers on board with these and visit the Teacher Learning Community to see many more resources to help you.