- A teacher should design a lesson for learning and then look for ways to integrate the iPad to accomplish the specific learning target. Not every lesson or activity is best suited for the inclusion of the iPad.
- A teacher must always have a tech-free backup plan!
- Let the students teach you and each other, break into groups and have each group collaboratively master one productivity app and then make a presentation for sharing with other classmates and teachers. In the beginning, maintain modest goals.
- Do not assume that all students know how to use an iPad. Schedule special time to teach kids the proper use of the iPad, or ask another student to be a peer tutor.
- Remember to connect beyond the classroom, communication and collaboration with virtually any individual or group invite a rich and diverse environment into the classroom, the possibilities are endless.
- Do not let the iPads become a wall between you and your students. Remember direct interaction remains paramount.
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Tatyana Belyavskaya taught on the college level in St. Petersburg, Russia for more than 20 years and moved to the USA in 1991. Over the next 20 years she as a software engineer, Web designer, database administrator, and an information systems analyst. Prompted by their grandkids’ math questions and problems, Tatyana and her husband (who is the software developer) decided to reach more children, helping them to master basic math skills. They have published tablet, phone and desktop applications for arithmetic practice. Tatyana likes to read and travel.