How can teachers use iPads in the classroom? Here are 10 ideas:
- Load iPads with eBooks and then select and assign reading groups for certain books. Simply hand the iPad to a group of students and have them read a book together.
- Select movies to view and again, hand them to groups of students. Then, have them use the iPad to write to a class blog or online course site, responding to discussion prompts.
- Use the iPad just like any Internet-connected computer, having students use Google Docs (install the Google Mobile apps) for collaborative writing and multimedia creation activities.
- Have students search for podcasts in iTunes on a topic of study and listen to them on the iPad.
- Subscribe to various periodicals and newspapers on the iPad and include a daily reading and discussion period.
- Watch any number of quality online shows, searching by the topic of study, bookmarking and maintaining a list and critique of sources.
- Research the various iPad apps and have students list and critique them, creating an online resource guide for the iPad and school activities using Google Sites.
- Try out various Twitter apps for the iPad, such as TweetFlow and set up a class Twitter account to keep track of activities throughout the school year.
- Purchase the Keynote app and teach your students how to prepare professional presentations, using multimedia learning principles.
- Learn along with your students and take a class on iPhone and mobile development, working on an iPad app for your school.