Last week I went to a great PD session on iPads organised by the School Library Association Brisbane sub-committee.
Judy Peacock, Learning and Study Support Coordinator at QUT Library, spoke about how she and her staff are using iPads in the QUT libraries to teach students how to plan, mind map, and organise their time and research. Dale Lopez, ICT Coordinator at Redlands College and Andrew Starke, Head of Library at TSS, also spoke about the implementation of iPads into their schools.
Now that iPads are becoming more common, many schools are choosing to select them for student use instead of laptops, and Redlands College has given one each to their Year 9 and 11 students (see the Redlands iPad Programme Portal), while Year 12 students at TSS are expected to borrow an iPad from the library at the start of the year.
At QUT, students can book a 25 minute session with one ot the Library staff members, and they find the iPad an ideal user-friendly device for easily showing students how to organise their time, notes, resources, group members and tasks.
Judy’s reccomended apps are:
Priority Matrix – organise your time with this ToDo list ($3.99)
iThoughtsHD – a mindmapping tool for iPads and iPhones ($12.99)
Popplet – for sorting and grouping ideas (free)
Evernote – capture everything in one cross-device platform (free)
Speak It – convert text to speech ($2.49)
Prezi – a different way to present (free)
Pocket Cloud – remote to your desktop from your iPad (free)
An iPad a day gives students an A! http://fairfieldmirror.com/2010/02/03/an-ipad-a-day-gives-students-an-a/
Private school hands out 105 iPads to students http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/09/private-school-hands-out-105-ipads-to-pupils/
Ushering iPads into the classroom http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/10/13/ushering-ipad-into-the-classroom.aspx
Cybraryman’s iPad User Guide http://www.cybraryman.com/ipad.html
Blog – Reihler Blog http://www.riehler.com/tag/ipad-apps/
Blog – Apps in Education http://appsineducation.blogspot.com/
YouTube – using the ipad in the classroom – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFnWoEGWCVY
Ning – iPads in Education – http://ipadeducators.ning.com/
Wiki – Teach with Your iPad http://teachwithyouripad.wikispaces.com/
Free iPad Childrens’ ebooks – http://www.epubbud.com/
The best apps, accessories and tips for iPads – including entertainment, music