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21st Century Skills
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Professional Development - iPads
Educators or Students
6 - 12 hours (12 for those groups who follow tangential conversations)
Teachers will work individually, in small groups and as a whole group to explore the iPads interface, apps, books, pdfs, and audio/video content.
If you are brand new to the iPad and haven't used an iPhone or iPod touch, you might want to watch this video covering
iPad Multitouch Basics
. Or, you might want to just dive in with Step 2 below. Just double-check by the end of the workshop you understand:
tap, pinch, swipe, flick, drag
how to rotate your screen
how to make folders
Built-In Apps: MiniChallenges
Step 1 - With a partner, complete the following
. There may be more than one way to complete a challenge. (You shouldn't need to download any additional apps at this point.)
Extension - In pairs, have teachers watch one of the
videos and write a challenge or two for their colleagues to try.
Step 2 - Complete a
focusing on the affordances/constraints of using the MiniChallenge approach in place of step-by-step instruction with your students.
Think - In the notes app, make a list of affordances and constraints of using the MiniChallenge approach in place of step-by-step instruction with your students
Pair - With a partner, share your lists and compare your thoughts. Add any other ideas as needed. Pick your top 2-3 for both affordances and constraints if you have more than 3.
Share - As a whole group share your top 2-3 affordances and constraints and compare your lists. If some ideas belong in both sections, make sure to clarify why.
Step 0 - Create an iTunes account if needed
Creating an iTunes App Store account without a credit card
Step 1 - With a partner, explore several recommended apps that might fit your classroom needs
Step 2 - With your partner select 1 app to review
Sample reviews -
Apps In Education
Step 3 - As a whole group, share your reviews and demo each app. (You may need a video projector and
Step 4 - Complete the
iBooks (ePubs & PDFs)
Step 0 - Download the
(free) if needed.
Step 1 - With a partner, select a book to download and then read/explore.
Check out the
Top Free Books
in Apple's iTunes Store. Or,
Search the iTunes Store for
books (free). There are a lot! You may want to use this page to search first,
, then use the search tool in the iTunes Store to search for the title.
Step 2 - With your partner, try these ePub Challenges
How do you move around the book? (At least 3 ways)
How do you bookmark a page? Can you have more than 1? How can you find your bookmark later?
How do you look a word up in the dictionary?
How do you highlight a section? Can you change the color of your highlighter?
How do you add a note? Can you change the color of your note?
How do you search for a particular word or phrase?
Need help? Ask your partners first. If you still need more help, watch this video -
iBooks Guided Tour
Consider the idea of
as a way some of the above technical capabilities could be used.
Step 3 - Download a PDF or two to explore.
iPad User Guide For iOS 4.3
Getting Started with Apple iOS Devices A guide for using iPad, iPod touch, and iTunes for K-12 teaching and learning
Step 4 - With your partner, answer the following questions:
Which of the abilities explored during Step 2 above for ePubs also work for PDFs?
Is there anything you can do with a PDF that you can't with an ePub?
Extra Challenge - How do you organize your books into collections?
Another Extra Challenge - What about books that are apps?
Best interactive iPad books of 2011 for kids of all ages
Optional - Creating your own ePub books and PDFs on your iPad or Mac
Option 1 - Creating ePubs on an iPad
Creative Book Builder
Book Creator for iPad
Review of Book Creator
Option 2 - Make an ePub using Pages on your Mac
Watch/read one of the following resources
Video Tutorial from Apple Nuggets -
Making an ePub book in Pages
Creating ePub files with Pages
Using iWork Pages ’09 to Create ePub Files
ePub Best Practices” sample document
Pages document to use as a template. Edit it to replace their placeholder text and images with your own content.
Follow the steps from the tutorial you watched/read to Save and then Export your document as an ePub.
Option 3 - Creating ePub documents at
Option 4 - Listen to the following 37 minute podcast describing 9 different ebook creators
Exceptional E-Book Creators
(currently episode 1 - app descriptions start at about 6:45 min.) by Techchef4u
Albums FX Lite
Option 5 -
Creating PDFs from any program that can print
on your Mac
Option 6 - Creating iBooks (not ePubs, will only work within iBooks) on your Mac
Option 7 - Creating ePubs on a Mac with Automator
Easier ways to read files on the go: Convert media-rich documents to an iPad- and iPhone-friendly format
iBooks 2 Textbooks
Wolfram Alpha Textbook
(hopefully someday, not yet)
Make your own -
The Students' History
Step 1 - With a partner, download an audiobook to listen to using the links below:
(iTunes link) or
(website - easier to search, but requires knowledge of how to download book in Safari and import book into iTunes)
Step 2 - With your partner, complete the following Audiobook Challenges
Which app contains the book? Within which section?
How do you "rewind," "fast forward," and "pause" the book?
If you don't finish, how do you get back to where you were?
Step 3 - Even more audiobook sources. Check out one or both of the following sources for audiobooks available for purchase:
Kids & Young Adults
section of the iTunes store. Select a few books and tap the preview button to listen to a 90 second preview.
How do these books and readers compare to those available from LibriVox or Lit2Go?
Step 4 - With your partner, listen to
Neil Gaiman Asks: Heard Any Good Books Lately?
Step 5 - Read the article -
Create your own audiobooks
T-P-S - What affordances and constraints do these books offer? How will the affordances help your students’ learning? (Including those who need special support or those ready to move at a faster pace.)
Think-Pair-Share - Use the following quadrant chart to think about the affordances and constraints of these iPad books. You may want a different chart for each type of book or just lump them together on one. Don't forget to consider the teacher AND student perspectives within each quadrant.
(use iAnnotate, GoodReader or similar app to annotate)
(edit in Pages)
Audio/Video Content - Amazing FREE content, and some rubbish.
Step 1 - With a partner, explore some interesting, preselected content,
Podcasts & iTunes U Content
, from the iTunes Store.
Step 2 - With a partner or in a group of four (but working with a partner), learn to search the iTunes Store for content you might find useful professionally for yourself or for your classroom. Have 1 person or pair start with the Podcasts section and the other work with the iTunes U section. Then, show each other what you found and how you found it. Make sure to discuss similarities and differences between the content, it's organization, and the providers available in each section.
Get Free Podcasts
Manage podcasts in iTunes
Learn with iTunes U
Get smarter with iTunes U
How to Power Search in iTunes U – Video Tutorial
(also helpful for power searching the Podcasts section)
Step 3 - T-P-S (Think-Pair-Share)
How could this content change the professional development opportunities available to you, your school, or district?
How could this content be used in your classroom/school by all students, for individualized learning, for days missed due to weather, for students with special interests, for students with special needs, etc?
How does this relate/connect to the idea of a Flipped classroom?
Would the content for students be best viewed individually, in pairs/small groups, or whole class? How would you facilitate that? Would the answer be the same for all grade levels?
Optional - Content Creation Apps (though also covered in module 3 above)
With a partner, select an app and project to complete as if you were a student.
App: ShowMe, Explain Everything or ScreenChomp
Math How-To "Videos"
App: iMovie, Storyrobe, or other slideshow app
(need to modify for iPad)
Cycle Slideshow - Water, Life, Etc.
App: Any audio recording app
Summary through Song
(need to modify for iPad)
Multitasking, Workflow, App Smashing
Photos & Video
With a partner, open a multimedia app such as Keynote, Haiku, Explain Everything, iMovie, etc.
Explore how to insert/import/embed photos and/or videos from your camera roll.
Drawings, Mindmaps, etc.
With a partner, open a
app such as Doodle Buddy or iBrainstorm
Create a drawing, brainstorm or mindmap
Explore how to export your creation to the camera roll
Insert/import/embed your drawing, brainstorm or mindmap in the same multimedia app used above
Read about more workflows and try one mentioned in these posts
Thoughts on iPad Fluency and Workflows
How Does iPad Workflow Fluency Look Like in Kindergarten
App Smashing: Part I
App Smashing - Digital Poetry
The Ultimate Word Wall with ThingLink & Padlet
Interactive Collage with
ThingLink and PicCollage
Project Design - This probably needs to become its own 1-2 day workshop
Optional - Assessment - For those completing the Content Creation Apps module above
Optional - Accessibility
iPad User Guide For iOS 5.0 Software
Introduction to the iPad 2 in Special Education Handout
To understand how iPads can be used for curricular objectives
To understand the affordances/constraints of iPads & apps
To learn basic iPad skills
To modify/create a project to use in the classroom in the next week or two
You could assess the projects teachers design
You could assess the implementation of teachers' projects (are the students' engaged, learning with the tool, learning about the tool, etc.)
You could assess the teachers' reflective editing of their project upon completion with the students
Project Gutenberg Top 100
Gutenberg Bookshelf by Category
Gutenberg Harvard Classics
18 Snapshots Of iPad Integration
Creating documents, projects & posters on the iPad
App Synergy: The Art Form of App-Smashing
Links to teacher or student examples.
Should all the good apps be able to fit on one screen?
Jan 29, 2015
What other questions should you ask?
Jun 22, 2013
Related Online Workshop
May 10, 2012
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"