Sep 4, 2015

Ideas for a 1 iPad Classroom

One question I received from a teacher this week was, "What can I do with 1 ipad in my classroom?" Well, here is a great idea from Laura Sugano, a fellow Ed Tech TOSA.

App of the week:  Choose an app that you would like students to use, and show students how to use it.  Place the iPad in a center-like location in the classroom along with a class list.  As students finish a turn on the iPad using the App of the Week, they can check off their name on the class list.  If the App does not produce a product that can be shared with the teacher, create a Google Doc or a handout to print to show evidence that they used the app.  If the app produces a product (such as Educreations), the teacher will be able to see the evidence on the iPad.

Here are some suggested apps that would be great for App of the Week:

Sushi Monster
Door 24
Math v Zombies
Spacecraft 3D
Virtual Manipulatives
Number Pieces
Make Beliefs Comix
Brain Pop Jr
Haiku Deck

QR Codes - Create your own QR Codes that link to websites you want students to go to for research. You can also create QR Codes that show answers to math problems. If you are a Teachers Pay Teachers fan, there are many pre-made QR code activities. 

Pinterest also has many ideas for a 1 iPad classroom.

 iPad Apps for School is a great blog by Richard Byrne that showcases popular educational apps. You can sign up to and receive updates on apps.  I really found this blog useful when I used iPads in my classroom. Most of the featured apps are free or are very low cost.

So have fun checking out new apps for your students!

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