iPad Projects: Getting Started With The iPad For Classroom Projects

iPad Projects: Getting Started With The iPad For Classroom Projects

This is an overview of some best practices for using iPad apps in the classroom and some sample apps to get you started with your project ideas. This document will be updated as we discuss each topic.

I have included Helen Kelley’s classroom link which includes examples of group and individual projects using a variety of apps.

iPad Basic Operations:
  • Rebooting-Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears. Drag the slider to turn your device completely off. After the device turns off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until you see the Apple logo.
  • Volume-On the side of the iPad is a rocker switch for volume up or down to mute.
  • Taking Pictures & Videos-The camera log app for photos or videos. Also view the photos/videos app for the library of images and videos.

Questions For Structuring Your Projects With iPads:
  • Consider the final project & student outcome.
  • How will the project be managed:
  • Photos will be saved to?
  • Documents can be created with?
  • Presentations can be created with?
  • Student audio and video can be edited with?

Know Your Students Skill Level:
Take all or part of one lesson just to explore a specific app and user interface.

Tips In The Beginning:
  • Only Use One App…Keep it simple.
  • Move from using one app to using the same app in a different way.
  • When combing apps think about the product each app creates and how they can be scaffolded.
  • Think sequentially about the steps for the students with the technology and the anticipated learning outcomes.

Key Apps For Projects & Project Management Across Levels
Google Tools & Resources:
Google Drive-Google Docs(create documents,share links,collaborate)
Google Sheets(track,measure,organize)
Google Slides(create presentations)
Google Classroom(Manage resources and streamline instruction)

Tellagami- A free app for creating 30 second full body talking avatars.  The background can be changed to preset options in app, by taking a photo, or by choosing photos or images in the camera roll.

Skitch- Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.

Padlet- A digital canvas to create beautiful projects that are easy to share and collaborate on. It works like a piece of paper. We give you an empty page – a padlet – and you can put whatever you like on it.

Pic Collage- Combines multiple images and enables you to add text and share.
Educreations-Enables users to describe learning and create videos of their learning.

Story Creator- With Story Creator you can easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection.

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