5 Starter iPad apps for the 21st Century Teacher

There is no doubt that the use of the ipad in the classroom is becoming increasingly popular with teachers, or should I say, those teachers willing to embrace new technology! Unfortunately, I have no interactive whiteboard in my classroom (hoping I will have very soon!) but I do have an ipad and can see sooooo much potential with many of the apps I have downloaded!

There are hundreds of fantastic apps that can be used by teachers, even subject specific apps. Here are 5 general apps to start you off using your ipad in the classroom:

1. Dropbox

DropboxDropbox is fantastic for teachers, particularly those who use ipads! It provides an easy, effective platform for storing work in the cloud – meaning that all the work and files you upload to dropbox, can be accessed from ANY computer you want to log on to! You can create folders to share with others on dropbox, giving restricted access to each folder. Dropbox can also be used with pupils, to submit work via the cloud! This is the latest method of collecting work, something I hope to try too! Check out Dropbox for the ipad and experiment with how you could use this with either your colleagues, your pupils, or just for you! (Image source: http://www.androidguys.com)

2. My LessonPlan

Lesson Plans, as much as many teachers complain about them, they are an unavoidable part of the occupation. Necessary to compile and store as well as not forgetting, updating as we adapt new strategies! Why not use a more streamlined, easy to store and easy to edit method of lesson planning? The My LessonPlan app allows teachers to create, store, print, email and customise their lesson plans. You can share lesson plans at the click of a button with members of staff – particularly effective when a new member joins the department! The new iOS allows you to dictate your lesson plans, so little typing is needed! Check out My LessonPlan and start transferring those paper lesson plans or non-existent lesson plans into an easy, effective app. (Image source: http://a1188.phobos.apple.com)

3. Educreations

This is a great tool for a multitude of reasons! Teachers can create tutorial videos on their ipad, recording their audio explanation as they demo on the screen. The videos can be placed in a VLE, emailed to pupils as guidance for homework, stored and shared for revision at exam time or even used if a pupil was absent from class or simply needs clarification on a particular aspect! It is such a great tool as it appeals to our visual and auditory learners and is motivitional revision for those lacking interest with paper booklets. Have a look at Educreations and see the potential for its use in a variety of situations. (Image source: http://d1czawyup1trel.cloudfront.net)

4. TeacherKit

TeacherKit is the ultimate app for creating an organised environment and keeping organised records that are easily accessed on parents evenings and meetings. You can create records for all your pupils, monitoring grades, behaviour, attendance in your lesson. Seating plans can be generated and adapted when necessary. Parents and Pupils can be emailed from the app with gradebook progress updates. No more paper gradebooks or teacher planners carried around to parents evening – just bring your ipad! Check out TeacherKit to see how you could use this in your classroom organisation. (Image source:  http://teacherkit.net)

5. Pinterest

Pinterest is underestimated in education – teachers can use this app to help with many aspects of the job! The fantastic array of ideas shared in the ‘Education’ pins is simply wonderful. Ideas for lessons, for classroom organisation and for classroom displays are plentiful and constantly being updated every minute! Not only is it great for ideas, it is fabulous for collaboration with other teachers around the world. You can really benefit from this simple, effective Pinterest app in your professional development. (Image source: http://tblc.org)

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Posted on May 19, 2013, in Teacher Tools and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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