iPad Tips & PD

Other Resources

Reminders - Routines

Assessment and Learning

Learning with iPads

Top Tips for Successful Use

What doesn’t work so Well

PD @ Medbury

Training Timeline

Other Resources

  1. Medbury Ultranet iPad Page
  2. Medbury Visual Apps List and Full Apps List
  3. Medbury Apps Spreadsheet - Place to recommend new ones
  4. Medbury iPad Implementation Project (Administrative Resource)

Reminders - Routines

Teach respect of the equipment by borrowing and replacing carefully.

When returning to storage room place on the charger

Assessment and Learning

What do I want to find out about learning and teaching with iPads? KWHL?

What existing teaching practices fit with iPads?

How might iPads change our teaching and learning practices in the class?

How will we monitor the impact on learning?

How will we know improvement in learning has taken place? How do we know this is iPad related?

How will we keep parents in touch with what is happening?

What Cyber-Digital Citizen aspects need to be covered for their use?

Learning with iPads

iPads give a unique opportunity for students to create content in a mobile environment. They are a tool not a teacher however and while they may help with engagement and motivation they require the experience of a teacher to be used as a transforming technology. The iPads immediacy, mobility and speed  of the content creation via cameras, recording, and creative apps makes it a special “swiss army knife” for learning in a classroom. Getting pupils to demonstrate understanding and thinking via the iPad will lead to powerful education.


Top Tips for Successful Use

  1. Launch the Settings App.
  2. Go to General and choose Accessibility.
  3. Turn Guided Access On.
  4. Set a passcode.
  5. Launch the app you want lock the device into.
  6. Triple-click the Home button.
  7. You can choose to disable touch or motion in addition to disabling the Home and volume buttons.
  8. Tap the Start button.
  9. To exit the app, triple-click the Home button and enter the Guided Access passcode.

Use your thumbs

If one splits the keyboard into two parts then they can easily type by using their thumbs. Splitting the keyboard is done by tapping and holding the keyboard key – which is to the bottom right corner of the keyboard – and then choosing the option that offers to split the keyboard. Unlocking the keyboard would be a good idea too, just in case it happens to be in the way at some point.

What doesn’t work so Well

  1. Trying to use the Internet browser on Flash based sites (i.e. Matheletics)

PD @ Medbury

Would it be better to spend two mornings as a group internally with release and run this ourselves? Could do a year 1-2 morning and then year 3-4? ETime will not know all the apps on our machines and if we set some specific outcomes, see my suggestions below, I think we may get more mileage by running it ourselves.

Suggested ideas for iPad training:

Maths: Look at apps that support a range of abilities

Spelling: Look at apps that support phonics and spelling: i.e. LetterReflex

Other Literacy:

General: Look at some other specific apps/ideas: iMovie, eduCreations, using email/dropbox to move files off the iPad (Warren could cover this category), writing using evernote , creating portfolios and samples with the new Ultranet app.

Other: How we consciously plan for the use of the iPads.

Possibly each teacher in the group take an app category and come with recommendations for across the syndicate.

Training Timeline

  1. Initial session with Warren.
  2. Use with Internet (Same policy and username password). Do NOT save password on device.
  3. What reflection and other training sessions will there be?
  4. Use of peer and pupil training. When we train the teachers do we have students with them at the same time?
  5. Use a simple PLC (Personal Learning Cycle) students and/or teachers
  1. Focus area- examine data
  2. Find an iPad app/resource that will help
  3. Am I improving (Yes/No)
  4. Find a new iPad app/resource
  1. iPad Tutorials and Manuals from Apple
  1. iPad Manual
  2. iPad-Tutorials Short movies covering the basics
  3. More Tips and Tricks