We are in the midst of the age of tablet computing. Technology is moving faster than we can learn to use it. There are so many resources on the web it can be overwhelming to search for ways to use/infuse tablets in the classroom. But why should we do this, why change, why iPads, why mobile? The technology trainers and researchers at edtechteacher set out to answer this question last spring. Their thoughts center around the idea first that the iPad is NOT a computer and should not be thought of as one. It is much more than a laptop, more than an eReader. It can record various kinds of media that can be edited right on the device. An iPad can be used to publish (I’m writing this post on one), it can be used as a digital notebook and a research tool.
The good people at edtechteacher put together a beginner’s guide to using the iPad and have created a self guided course that can be worked through.
With the iPad as Page You choose what you want your students to accomplish, the goal or product, then you work through the challenge that is posed to familiarize yourself with the process you would expect to take your students through.
This is a place to start.
This is not the only resource but is quite a good one.
Here is a link to more ipad resources from my Evernote notebook
Let me know how you fare and if you have any questions contact me here. 🙂
|iBooks||Free||The native iPad app reads both ePub and PDF files.Tip: Annotations only work in iBooks when reading ePub files and not PDFs.Tip: Access public domain books, for free, and download them to iBooks from the following sources:||5||Easy|
|DropBox||Free||Create shared folders with other Dropbox users. This allows course content to be shared with students who have their own Dropbox accounts. Any file type, including ePub and PDF, can be uploaded.Tip: Folders in Dropbox can be made public or shared with other Dropbox users.||4||Medium|
|Box||Free||Upload content to folders within a Box account and share an entire folder or individual document with a unique URL. Sharing entire folders with students allows them to have access to course content without creating their own Box account.Tip: Create a folder with course content, share the URL with students & have students create a shortcut to the iPad homescreen to quickly access course folder.** Video tutorial available below||5||Easy|
|Evernote||Free||Upload content to Notebooks within an Evernote account online and share the entire Notebook with a unique URL. Students do not need their own Evernote account to access the content within the shared folder. If students do have an Evernote account, folders can be shared with specific users and students can access the course content within the Evernote app on the iPad.** Video tutorial available below||5||Medium|
|Joliprint||Free||Joliprint offers a unique option that allows web based content to be converted to a PDF document directly on the iPad. A website, blog or article that is going to be used as a course reading can quickly be converted to a PDF document and opened within a PDF annotation app such as Notability or GoodNotes.This post, Creating and Reading on the iPad from the History 2.0 Classroom explains the process.** Video tutorial available below||5||Medium|
|Print Friendly||Free||Printfriendly is not an iPad app, but it allows for web based content to be quickly converted to a PDF document directly on iPad when a Printfriendly bookmarklet is added to the iPad Safari browser. (http://support.printfriendly.com/customer/portal/articles/294666-add-print-friendly-pdf-to-iphone-ipad) The PDF document can then Open In any PDF annotation application on the iPad.||4||Medium|
|dotEPUB||Free||dotEPUB offers another unique option that allows web based content to be converted to an ePub directly on the iPad. A website, blog or article that is going to be used as a course reading can quickly be converted to an ePub document and opened within the iBooks app on the iPad. Once in iBooks, the document can be annotated using the built in annotation functions in the iBooks app.This post, Creating and Reading on the iPad from the History 2.0 Classroom explains the process.** Video tutorial available below||4||Medium|
|Subtext||Free||Subtext allows teachers to turn any eBook, document, or ePub file into a collaborative reading experience on iPads. The app allows students to simultaneously read, insert notes, add annotations, and include web links. Any free or public domain book, or custom created ePub file, can be opened and read in Subtext. Teachers also have the ability to create groups for specific classes. There are three distribution methods to push content to student iPads including email, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Web based content can also be read in Subtext and easily converted from a computer or within the Subtext app.Tip: Visit the Subtext website for more information.||4||Hard|
|vBookz PDF Voice Reader US||$4.99||vBookz reads any PDF document aloud and highlights words with an interactive cursor. Students can adjust the reading rate, search the text, and pause the reading to support their learning needs. vBookz can open PDFs from Dropbox, mail, or any other app, and share by email. Additional languages can be purchsed from within the app.||4||Easy|