Five ways readers are using iPads in the classroom

5. For organizing resources—and for reading.

Beau Barrett, a teacher at Crestview Elementary School, writes on his blog how to organize the iPad’s various resources for classroom use with students, and the teacher, in mind. (You can see screenshots and read more about Barrett’s iPad use on his blog.)

“The way I create folders on my classroom iPad is by organizing them with a student focus in mind. For example, I created folders labeled  ‘Free Write’ and ‘Free Math’ so students know what they are allowed to use when they are finished with their writing or math assignment,” he explains. “I also create specific folders for lessons or units of study. The folder labeled ‘Earth’ on our classroom iPad was created for small group work. Students had the task of answering the question, ‘Why are we able to live on Earth?’ The apps in the ‘Earth’ folder were the only apps they could use to find an answer.”

He continued, “However, the most important folder I have is my personal folder. Naming this folder ‘Personal’ tells my students ‘hands off!’… None of my personal apps give any personal information away to the students. If an app does have personal information, it is password-protected.”

Barrett also notes that sometimes folders are not necessary.

“I placed iBooks, Kindle, and USA Today on the bottom bar of my iPad, not in a folder. I put these apps here [because] reading on our iPad is one of the most popular things the students use the iPad for. This way, students are able to easily locate the reading apps with no searching necessary. In a nutshell, I organize our classroom iPad for the convenience of student use and somewhat my own. This way, the students feels more like the iPad belongs to them, rather than something the teacher lets them use.”

More news about iPads in education:

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iPads take a place next to crayons in kindergarten

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Kineo: Like an iPad, but made for students

10 of the best apps for education

eSchool News Staff

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