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The Habits and Philosophy of an Effective iPad Teacher

Canada and New Zealand team up to discuss effective iPad Teaching!

I recently had the pleasure of connecting up with Richard Wells from Auckland, New Zealand through Twitter. He runs a similar iPad site: ipad4schools.org. I was very impressed with many of recent his info-graphics, and pitched him the idea to collaborate together on this poster. Despite the nineteen hour time difference, we were able to discuss our ideas about what it takes to be an effective iPad teacher. Within a few days, he used his impressive design skills to create what you see below:

Expanding on a few of my points:

Goals: Do not use an iPad in your lesson just for the sake of it. It is not meant to be something to impress them. Know why you are using it, and the purpose behind it. Is your iPad the best way to share your knowledge of the particular topic at the time? Then by all means, utilize it to its full potential.

Creative: It is my ongoing goal to strongly propose that the iPad as a creation device as opposed to a consumption one. The iPad, while not a direct PC replacement for the uninitiated, can do more than you think it can. Please take a second to share with us if you have any groundbreaking ideas for creating powerful projects with the iPad, or if you have already created works worth sharing. I would be more than happy to blog about them. Check out this post for some of the apps that my school is using to make both student and teacher creations.

Beyond iPad: Despite both Richard and I being huge proponents for the iPad in education, it is not the only capable tool. if you already are passionate about other tablets, or know people who are, by all means go with it. I would suggest ensuring having someone on staff who is an expert on those other devices. For example, it’s probably not the best idea to go and purchase a class set of MS Surface tablets for your school if no one has any experience with them. You might run into trouble-shooting problems, and it will be difficult to find someone readily assist you in your campus.

I look forward to collaborating with Richard again in the future, and also have lined up some future collaborations with other prominent iPad bloggers. It certainly is an exciting venture to meet and work with passionate people in this realm of education!

To download a high-resolution PDF of the image, click here. Feel free to print it and share with your staff!

Further Reading: Please check Richard’s post and poster on the “iPad First Five”.

Like this post? Please share with your colleagues and your PLN!

Anything else to add? Please let us know in the comments!


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6 comments on “The Habits and Philosophy of an Effective iPad Teacher

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  3. Soplinger
    November 6, 2013

    Today I learned that I could use my iPad as a communication tool in my math classes. Up until today, I wasn’t quite sure how I could incorporate it as a learning tool in my room. SO

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This entry was posted on September 7, 2013 by in Educator Feature Profile, General.
Steve Lai

Steve Lai

Father. Teacher. Blogger. iPad and iPhone aficionado. Musician.

French teacher by day, father and blogger by night. I love to blog and read tech blogs. I write an iPad blog as it relates to education. I teach young kids the French language and love my job. I play the guitar and piano. I have a beautiful wife and two awesome daughters and a maltese-poodle dog. I love playing roller hockey and taking walks at English Bay in Vancouver. I enjoy traveling and can't wait to bring my daughters to Paris. Canucks are my team, along with the Seahawks.

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