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25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity

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25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity

by TeachThought Staff

iPad use in formal learning environments, by all accounts, is soaring. Due to the almost magical ways it promotes interaction, that makes sense. But when learners are using the iPad, what are they doing? What exactly?

Oftentimes the novelty of technology can mask the more important reasons for learning, and general cognitive patterns. In response, we created a kind of spectrum moving left to right from passive consumption, to more active collaboration, to original production. Each activity or task is also paired with a suggested app in bold, though other apps could fill the roles shown.

25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity


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Craig Steenstra

The ability to collaborate on Google Docs is not supported on the iPad. You can create new documents, but you can't share them. Also, editing can be buggy.

Robert Richmond

What about using multiple apps to achieve a task? This means thinking outside the box.

Love the idea of multiple apps to achieve a task–either in terms of leveraging one app against another, or simply solving problems with multiple solutions–and so multiple apps.

Craig, Google Docs via Safari or any of the one-off apps definitely isn't the smoothest experience. It would be on a Nexus Tablet, though. ; ^ ).

Derrick Chao

There's another cool app for Collaboration that was just released for iPad called Tutor Matching Service – it's a synchronous whiteboard that also features built-in face-to-face video chat. I think it also works cross-platform with PC/laptops and Android.

Kathryn Winslow

I appreciate the information here. It is succinct, easy to assimilate the information, and applies a cognitive pattern, hence creating a springboard for learning apps and concrete ideas how to utilize the apps. It opened my mind to possibilities of assimilating other apps into the classroom.


When I try to pin this I get the following error:
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Scott Guild

Would like to share but I, too, get the error message.

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are the goals for tablets implementation?