Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Let's Get Productive with It!

I think we all can agree, at times, our digital devices just become a wasteland of content that has been collected for far too long. From taking pictures, making notes, or bookmarking websites for later use, these devices are our greatest aggregator as well as our digital curse.

Thankfully, there’s a method to the madness to make the most out of the iPad… it just might take changing some old habit with some of these new tricks. For example, Split screen for watching content and taking notes is a simple and easy way to get started.

The Apple Teacher Starter Guide, Enhancing Productivity with iPad, provides some great resources for educators to embrace productivity and share with their students. In fact, it’s a great time to be teaching with technology as we have the power to avoid the creation of ineffective practices as students are sponges for using iPads. The book is conveniently broken up into four categories to focus on Productivity:
Fundamentals, Organization, Planning & Documenting.

One of my favorite newer features of iPad is the ability to make sketches inside of the notes applications. As useful as the Notes app is, it gets THAT much better as you’re able to bring your thoughts to life not only with text, but with hand-sketched drawings directly IN the app… no longer do you need to try to tie the sketch in one app to the notes in another. If you want, students can also add images directly to the note as well. Together, this allows students to visualize their learning in a more meaningful way. To expand on this idea, with the Pages app, students have a full creative suite at their disposal as they are able to create and share multimedia rich ePub books. By utilizing the camera, students can create and share in the same way they are beginning to consume media on their own.

As we begin to create more of these digital artifacts, finding ways to distribute work back and forth from the teacher to student can be a pain. What I’ve witnessed to be an extremely successful method for working in a class setting is leveraging the SeeSaw app. It literally is everything a teacher needs to connect, collaborate and share with students in a meaningful way. No other tool makes it easier for students to submit work and teachers to instantly see what’s happening on their devices. An extremely productive app that is easy to use and setup. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this app, I’d highly recommend it.

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Mark Hammons
Director of Innovation
Apple Distinguished Educator

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