September 28, 2012
NOTE: This book can be read only with iBooks.
iTunes is a great resource for students, but is also a deep well of information for teachers. It's immediately available on the iPad and the MacBook, but can be downloaded and accessed on PCs as well. Usually, the media you download will say what the system requirements are to view the media. Sometimes you can listen to podcasts on anything that can play an MP3. Some written publications can be read only on an iPad. Knowing what you need to consume the media will help prevent frustration in the future.
What I like the most about iTunes is, of course, what one can get for free. One free book I found is called "iPads In Education -- The Essential Guide" by Yasin Soliman. This book is designed for teachers, with strategies, lesson plans, methods, apps and more. It's a VERY quick read, laid out simply, meant for teachers just starting out using the iPad in their classrooms. Other books by this author include "Integrating iPads in the Classroom" and "Twitter in Education."
September 27, 2012
Greg Kulowiec is a teacher in Plymouth, MA. He blogs a lot about the iPad in the classroom and recommends apps that may be useful to educators. One HOW TO he writes, (Creating PDFs vs. ePub), allows the iPad user (teacher or student) to convert a webpage into a PDF. This will be helpful for students wishing to read an article in an area with little or no wireless access. And it doesn't require an App.
Because we don't (yet) have the option to create ePubs and because there were some changes that had to be made after the upgrade to iOS 6, I have condensed the procedure to be specific to MMSD.
This method requires the following skills:
- SELECTING, COPYING AND PASTING TEXT FROM A WEBSITE
- ADDING A BOOKMARK TO A BOOKMARK BAR
- Open Safari on the iPad and go to joliprint.com/ipad.
- Add Joliprint to your BOOKMARKS BAR.[Tap the + (add) icon in the Safari, tap “Add Bookmark”, Choose “Bookmarks Bar”, then click “Save”.]
- Now, you'll need to edit your bookmark. Go to the BOOK symbol at the top of Safari, tap on it and choose EDIT. Tap on JOLIPRINT.
- Now go to the webpage you want to convert. Perhaps you saw a nice article on NYtimes.com. Go to that article.
- To convert the article to PDF, click JOLIPRINT in your bookmarks bar and let the code run its course.
- You will have the option to open the PDF in iBooks, Kindle or DropBox.
September 25, 2012
Establishing expectations is ESSENTIAL when introducing a new technology, especially if the technology is made of glass. Despite the fragile nature of the iPad, we still want our students to use them as much as possible. To help students take ownership and agree to help protect the technology, Sennett Middle School has shared a group of rules for you to use as you would like.
The "iPad Rules" have also been translated into Spanish and Hmong.
FULL FOLDER IS HERE: http://goo.gl/Lp998
(Many thanks to Mackenzie Douglas for sharing.)