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10 tasks every iPad classroom should be able to do

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The Educational and Mobile Learning site highlighted a great step by step iPad task tutorial by the folks over at iSupport. They outline five tasks that “every modern teacher” should be able to do and use in their classrooms.

It’s a great list:

  • A PDF
  • A presentation
  • An interactive book
  • A podcast
  • A movie

I really like how they put together an easy way to see how using iPad tools can lead kids through low level to high levels of thinking and doing.

But the list isn’t comprehensive. And it might start past the point where some teachers are right now.

So I’ve added five extra iPad basic skills that I think every teacher using iPads needs to have:

  • Edit Photos
    Usable photos are the basics of many different apps and tasks. But it seems as if most teachers and students fail to use the Apple default tools to create quality images. Use the Photos or iPhoto app to make sure your photos are as good as possible before incorporating them into other tasks. And don’t be afraid to check out other non-Apple camera and photo editing tools.
  • Arrange Apps
    Being able to move apps, create folders, and place apps / folders into the dock is a must. You can organize the contents by grade, content area, type, and task.
  • Video-conference with others
    The iPad is a perfect tool for quick video chats with experts, other kids, or other classrooms. You can use the the built-in FaceTime software, Skype, or Google+ Hangouts.
  • Share large files
    Use Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync, or other similar software to backup and/or share files. (I like these because they’re free.) But built-in tools like AirDrop and third-party apps such as Instashare also work great for moving files between devices.
  • Find my iPad
    What happens when you misplace your device? Or it gets stolen? Do you know how to track it down or wipe it clean?

What skill or task would you add to the list?

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Andrew #

    I would definitely include how to embed….also how to create in iMovie. iMovie has revolutionized my literature circles. I no longer have to sit in on individual conversations. Students know how to upload to Dropbox and know that I will be watching.

    June 4, 2014
    • glennw #

      Embed! I didn’t even think about embed but you’re right. So many people don’t know what that means and in today’s world, it is a necessary skill. And I love iMovie.

      Thanks for the comment!

      glennw

      June 5, 2014

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