It feels like everywhere I turn, I hear about another school moving to a 1-to-1 iPad system. My own school is the process of setting the groundwork in infrastructure and education so that we can implement iPads next school year. Unfortunately, it is not all coming up digital roses. There are of course the hiccups, like this little fiasco in LAUSD, but more pervasively, there are a lot of teachers who don’t really know where to start to incorporate iPads in the classroom. Below are my 8 tips for incorporating iPads into the classroom. I’d love to hear your 2 cents too!
1. Use apps as a toolbox that will translate to other areas of students’ lives. Instead of focusing on content specific apps, look at general apps that will help students solve problems and then teach them to see the app through the lens of your content area.
- Tip: Check out our video tutorial on Evernote, which can be used to organize and study across disciplines and into adulthood.
2. Flip the classroom! You can flip certain lessons or all lessons, depending on your style and situation.
- Tip: Click here for our infographic on the flipped classroom. Explain everything is an amazing option for creating video lectures and capturing class content! (video tutorial here)
3. As you use more digital media and flipped lessons, incorporate more meaningful discussion into your classroom time. This will help students to learn to interact with the material while unplugged.
- Tip: I explain my favorite discussion strategies in these two posts:
4. Be sure to see student iPads as more than glorified textbooks. Although they can take the place of the textbook, be sure to harness the other powers.
- I love the power of CollaborizeClassroom! (video tutorial here)
5. Crowd source information during class. It is no longer about the teacher as a source of all information. Now students have unparalleled access to information and we must shift the paradigm to focus on application and higher order thinking.
- This will mean teaching students to evaluate online sources!
6. Continue meaningful formative assessment.
- Read this blog post about using Socrative to get real time data on student understanding.
7. Find new ways to support students.
- Google forms can lead to whole new possibilities for student success and accountability! After you check out the Google forms post, be sure to find out how to grade them quickly with Flubaroo!
8. Have a back-up plan.
- iPads and other technologies are flooding our classrooms. It is an exciting time to be in education, but as we all know, somedays there will be a power outage, breakage issue, internet connectivity problem, and a million other obstacles. Don’t forget all of the awesome best practices you used before the iPad! Subscribe to SecondarySolutionsBlog for more tech and traditional teaching tips!