I Know My Way Around an iPad

Seriously, I know my way around an iPad and have a passion for finding great apps that promote deeper learning but I’m afraid of how this iPad deployment is going to pan out stateside & worldwide. What about all the wonderful teachers that just aren’t there yet, as far as mobile technology is concerned? What about others that are scared of change… any kind of change?! If I'm scared, what are they feeling? How will it be for brand new teachers, entering the field in this wake of change?

Knowing how to use an iPad and knowing how to teach lessons to a class of students with an iPad, are two very different scenarios. Knowing which apps promote real learning is important, but it’s not going to be the make or break element in the classroom. Yet, when talking iPads, almost every blog, forum, news article, and magazine focuses on lists of which educational apps are the best and why. How do I know this? One, I have an Educational App Discovery site called Teachers With Apps, reviewing apps is our main focus. Two, ever since taking iPad training this summer for our upcoming pilot program, I’ve been searching the web for suggested ways to manage students and their iPads. I can tell you, there is not enough written about this and soon administrators, teachers, students, and parents are all going to be clamoring for answers.

I did find some helpful resources and would like to share these. I would also like to call out to educators, if you have iPad tips for the classroom, please share. Lists seem to be the new favorite format as they are easy to maneuver and easy access, so here is my list:

Management is a critical component in every classroom and from what I can envision this will be even more paramount after you deploy iPads. Yes, I'm nervous.... but I'm doing my homework.

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