This blog post includes resources and links for participants attending professional development training in Sydney Cluster schools in March 2014. It includes information to help educators successfully integrate the iPad into their mainstream classroom.
Please view the slides here:
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Additional accessories such as durable cases, speakers, mounts, switch interfaces, keyguards and styluses can also help to make the iPad more accessible for your students. A range of links for these can be found on our Accessories Page
Integrate the iPad into your classroom
Share your iPad screen to your VGA-equipped data projector, TV or monitor.
Via a cable:
Using iPads with Interactive Whiteboards
- How to Use the iPad with a SMART Board – Connecting the iPad and SMART Board
- SMART Notebook App for iPad
- Ways to have the iPad interact with the Smartboard
- Doceri – The interactive whiteboard for the iPad
KEY CLASSROOM APPS
While we like to recommend lots and lots of favourite apps, many times it is not about having lots of apps. In the classroom, it is about having a few really good ones. Ones that you can use to create your own materials. When you create your own teaching and learning materials, it means that they are relevant, age appropriate, specific, motivating and most importantly, they suit you, your classroom and your students! Blog post about this: Creation Tools for the iPad. All apps included here are ones that are easy to use and may have good sharing and publishing features.
1. Book Creator
Teacher and students can create books with photos, audio, text and video. 101 uses in the classroom!
2. Bitsboard Pro
Vocabulary teaching with interactive games. Use existing vocabulary or easily add your own.
Graphic organiser to create mind-maps, allowing for classroom brainstorming, planning written work and much more!
4. Explain Everything
Screencasting and interactive whiteboard app, allowing you to create videos with pictures, photos, annotations and narrations.
5. Puppet Pals
Create fun and interactive videos.
6. Scan -QR
More information on QR Codes
Here is a HUGE collection of team favourite apps that can be used in the classroom, some of which may be demonstrated during the workshop.
EARLY LITERACY/ SPECIFIC PHONICS INSTRUCTION
LITERACY SUPPORT TOOLS
Check out this webinar: Top 10 Apps for Literacy Support
VIDEO CREATION APPS
FUN IN THE CLASSROOM
WHERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION
- Apple and Apps related blog
- Apps for Special Education list
- Apps for Literacy Support List
- Apps for AAC list
- Sources for quality app review sites
- Spectronics Online
- Weally Wonderful Apps List by Gerry Kennedy
Discover new apps via an app:
- Apps for Learning
- Educational app reviews
- Appy Mall
- iTunes – Special Education Apps
Using Social Media
Need to find more? Want to connect with others who are implementing iPads in their schools and exploring the use of the wide range of apps available? Using the time-honoured strategies of occasional conference attendance, as funds are available, or listserve participation or surfing the net is simply no longer enough
However the collection of freely available resources and valuable time-sensitive advice for special education teachers and those supporting struggling students has grown exponentially on social media channels – supporting building of powerful Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) without geographic boundaries.
A comprehensive overview of these online resources and networks, including Facebook Groups, Twitter hashtags, blogs and key influencers in the field around special education and learning is available via this link bit.ly/Ss4e28