The Bottom Line: iPad Highs, Lows, and In-Betweens
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DateTaskProgram / ApplicationDid Not WorkSomewhat WorkedWorked WellExplanationSolutionOther ThoughtsEasier on PC?
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SeptStudents introduced themselves to me and the class using an image and a few wordsi/w Image/Word AppXWISIWIG: no glichesnone neededlimited to ideas with more text, but good for visual concepts and presentation. not possible: maybe online programs?
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SeptStudents used ShowMe to define "What is Poetry?" on high level of BloomShowMe App XCan't preview; bandwidth seems to be causing BIG delays in publishing product. Can draw explanations, but not type: resulting in a rough, unprofessional-looking student product. Like all iPad apps, studens must work on this IN CLASS only. No way to export them off the iPad app to work on them independently unless they happened to own an iPad with this app (major problem for projects that require more time, or for for students who need more time: time differentiation is a drawback/impossibility here - can't work on it with Special Ed support or at home).find limited, specific uses for this app. It's not the teaching tool it claims. Look elsewhere to fulfill this function.This app is being heralded as the way to flip teach (Khan style) but it's lack of fine motor skill-type print makes that unlikely.yes- could screencast on pc if youtube enabled
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SeptStudents categorizing and presenting tips for College Entrance EssaysPages App XWorked for presenting info, but type was small and hard to manipulate.Find better program, maybe Keynote.More difficult to change fonts and appearances for display than on a PC - time/energy taken away from task. yes
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Sept.Students presenting lit. analysis concepts and applications Keynote AppxVisually effective; used two projection units so two groups could present at once. Very Effective.none needed(+) Effective use of time and space - both presenting; half class on one side; half on the other. I smell "best practice" (-) More difficult to change fonts and appearances for display than on a PC - time/energy taken away from task.yes
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SeptbackchannelingMy Big Campusxexcellent - but could also be done on laptopsnone needed- yes - with quicker typing
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Septword processing, papersGoogle Docsxsluggish, cannot transfer reliably; can only see/edit one line at a time; no advanced editing features available on iPadfor now: abandon Google Docs on iPads and try this protocol: type in Pages; export via school email (basic setting) as a word doc; extract from email; resend to school; open in pages. Save on iPad AND email as back up (this process CAN work, but is complicated and frequently doesn't - v. frustrating for students, who are now asking to go the library to use "the computers" : ( It's the best we can do for now.This is a doozie. Google Docs would solve many "barrier" issues: import/export/save/collaborate in a whenever, wherever 24/7 platform. Does not play well with Apple. This could be a cornerstone of all projects, units, courses.YES!
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Septposting and collecting homeworkMy Big CampusXcould post homework, but students can't upload from the ipad, only from pc'suse pc's, submit only from homeThis is significant since a management system would streamline and simplify - not possible with ipads. This is also the case with edmodo. The typical upload problem with iPad.YES!
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Septlanguage arts stations using QR codes to record what they choseGoogle SpreadsheetXworks when spreadsheet is made previously; accessed on iPad and added to (sign ups, adding info). A bit persnickity lately (10/6) as the QR codes work abotu 75% of the time, but randomly reject the google spreadsheet link (works most of the time, but not all of the time)use on a limited basis: pre-made to record single lines of data (check-ins, progress, etc. Keep eye out for more reliable method.yes
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SeptWord processing, papersPages iPad AppXworks on iPad, but not without limitations:no advanced editing functions (no comments, no headers/footers, no advanced formatting). Keyboard slows typing down a bit. Export/Import is cumbersome and unreliable for some, but it does work much better than other word processing options on iPads.Type in Pages; export via school email (basic setting) as a word doc; extract from email; resend to school; open in pages. Save on iPad AND email as back up (this process CAN work, but is complicated and frequently doesn't - v. frustrating for students, who are now asking to go the library to use "the computers" : ( It's the best we can do for now.This is an adequate but inferior format for students to use. Word Processing Programs (including "free" Open Office) has much more seemless and efficient formatting and functionality. Students are used to a better word processing solution. Pages works, but doesn't seem quite fair to students who are accustomed to using better tools for writing (this is a step backwards).yes
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Septusing google forms to give formative quizzes (self-graded, immediate feedback, no need for clickers, or even students' presence in the roomGoogle Formsxwait for better version. find an alternative means of achieving this function.no - not ready for either device.
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Septto get student input (voting) while critiquing writing (professional and peer)PollseverywhereXOnce internet was up consistently on iPads, worked like a charm; great formative feedback, real timenone neededpossibly quicker typing to text questions, but overall no.
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Septto poll for understanding (senteo style, but with iPads)PollseverywhereXSome students were "thrown off the internet" during polls; worked for most.none neededpossibly quicker typing to text questions, but overall no.
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OctMagnetic Poetry: moving words, listening to words, experimenting with poetry writingVerses Poetry AppXdoable in one class period, so worked well. Couldn't export as text, but could photograph and then email.Wouldn't work with lengthier assignment. Website version would work better - can take home; greater flexibilitiy. yes - for those who are absent or have to finish at home.
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Octto have students submit work online in an organized, efficient way: all files are saved, time-stamped, graded, housed. Goal: movement toward a paperless classroom.My Big CampusXDid not work at all. Works on a PC, but iPads will NOT allow upload onto mybigcampus, (or blackboard, edmodo, etc)no solution to this one (solution would have to come from apple iPad design itself. This function simply isn't available)This is a big barrier to two important goals: 1) streamlining students' ability to work, submit, organize work in a 24/7 learning model 2) work toward a paperless, 21st century classroom.yes - seamlessly so.
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Octto have students take formative online quizzes as learning checks. results are saved. progress can be tracked and viewed by students and teacher.My Big CampusXWorked a bit. (inconsistent). Quiz creation was quirky with quizzes over 4 questions. Much time invested and then quiz wouldn't save and function. Some worked (short ones, early on)My Big Campus is working on it. (new function, 1st gen.) I think the bugs will be worked out and this will be a great tool. no
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Nov.to have students make personal websites / electronic resumesGoogle SitesXyou can view Google sites on iPads, but can't create or edit. Works well on laptops and desktops, not in iPadsnone (if using Google Sites). iPad's incompatibility with all things "flash" makes it unlikely that website creation is at all possible.yes
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Novstudents made a Mashup Poster project combining a Shakespearean sonnet with song lyrics. The project included use of QR codes linking to sites with thematic connections to their mashup.Safari QR Maker QR ReaderXstudents were able to research their sonnets, choose their lyrics, combine, write and revise on their iPads. They were also able to create QR codes on the iPads.n/aprinting was cumbersome (internal to us: no iPad printer); maneuvering QR's and texts is more cumbersome on iPad than on laptop or desktop.yes
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Deca "visual essay": coinciding with personal essays, students create a captioned slideshow to represent themselves and embed it on their personal website. Picassa and PicnikXThese are Google Apps based programs, enabling the embedding of the slideshow into Google Sites. Rudimentary viewing of the pictures can happen on the iPad, but no creation or editing. because we wanted the embedding component AND 24/7 worktime access for students, iPad apps would not provide solutions. yes
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