Starting a Smart Home, Part One

This is the first of a series of articles on how to begin setting up your smart home. A lot of people nowadays have begun to equip their homes with “smart home” capabilities. However, I have still met people, including personal friends of mine, who are reluctant to have an Amazon Echo or Google Home…

Win an Apple Watch band from Monowear Design!

Monowear Design is in an American Company based in San Francisco, California. Their mission is to design “high-quality unique products at reasonable prices to reach more people.” I have been very impressed with my Monowear watch bands and reached out to them for a review and giveaway. If you’re an Apple fan, chances are already…

App #55: Extempore – A Language Teacher’s Most Important Tool!

As a language educator, it is my goal for my students to be able to speak spontaneously in the target language. Every language teacher knows the challenge of getting all students to speak authentically in class. Here is an excellent tool that all foreign language teachers will love to have. Extempore is a service designed…

5 Impactful Ways the iPad Has Changed Teaching

Since the release of Apple’s iPad, there’s been an ongoing debate about whether or not the device should be used in schools to teach kids. Both sides of the argument were explored on The Verge, with one teacher stating that the iPad has helped him save time in grading, returning papers, and printing lesson documents. While…

How A Smartwatch Can Help You In Your Everyday Teaching

  With their versatility as an educational device, it is no wonder that iPads have become a staple piece of technology in many classrooms around the world. The affordability, endless functionality, and features, along with the growing number of educational apps on offer make the iPad a great textbook replacement. However, there’s always room for…

Differentiated Instruction: Strategies for Teachers

It’s a familiar scene in classrooms across the country. A teacher has a class of thirty students and needs to teach a lesson about a new concept, like long division or prepositional phrases. Some students will take to the concept easily; others will struggle. How should the teacher structure the lesson so the greatest number…

Review: Affordable Leather Cases for iPhone and iPad from Jisoncase+

Featured this week on teachingwithipad.org is the premium leather goods company Jisoncase. This is a company founded in 2001 that creates affordable leather cases for iPhones and iPads. If you want the premium feel but not at an astronomical cost, Jisoncase is your best bet. Your Apple devices will be very well protected with these…

How Augmented Reality with iPads is Changing the Classroom

Kids today have more resources at their fingertips than ever before. Raised in the digital era, most children have traded outside playtime for iPads and other mobile devices for communication and entertainment. Today’s students are the first to grow up amidst such aggressive advancements in mobile technology, and in order to be smart communicators, educators…

Easily Save YouTube Videos for Offline Use!

With iOS 12, there is a new Shortcuts app from Apple. This app may seem a little daunting and confusing at first, but once you play around with it, it can prove to become  very useful. I have discovered a very valuable tool that all teachers (or anybody) can use to download and save videos…

Study.com: An Invaluable Educational Resource [WIN 3 MONTHS FULL ACCESS!]

Introduction Whether as a teacher or student, Study.com is an enormous resource for education.  I was given teacher and student access to Study.com for a limited time to test it out in exchange for my honest thoughts on the program. Study.com contains over 10,000 short and fun videos, 3,000 courses, and 70,000 lessons. Search a…

New Features of Kahoot That You Will Love

Kahoot has been a fun and interactive assessment tool for me during the past 3 years or so. It is a fun challenge for students to work in teams and come up with the correct answers. Points are always motivating, and the music soundtrack has been excellent. I have played in almost every single one…

Use Quizlet to Play Bingo in your Classes!

Quizlet has become a great teaching tool that I have used for the past few years. I wrote this post a little while ago about easily adding images to Quizlet sets. For younger students, I have found a fun and easy way to use Quizlet flashcards plus a bingo tool for fun and effective review…

6 Creative Ways to Use the new Jumble Feature on Kahoot

Many of you are already playing Kahoot, a wildly popular assessment game using any device plus a projector in your classroom. I wrote this post two (!) years ago about how all students would love Kahoot. There are now over 13.9 MILLION public Kahoots created! Very recently, the makers of Kahoot have recently come up…

iPad Pro: An Educator’s First Impressions

First Impressions of the iPad Pro My iPad Pro arrived this past week to my excitement. I have used it for just a few days now at this point. There are absolutely no regrets about this large purchase (I joked that it did cost exactly half of what I paid for my first car!). I…

App #59: iPad Teacher Guide [Promo Codes Available]

I would like to introduce you to a fantastic app for teaching with the iPad: iPad Teacher Guide ($2.99USD iTunes link). This app includes literally hundreds of lesson activity ideas for all age groups across several subject areas. I am giving you a chance to win one of five promo codes for this app. Just…

10 Signs that You are an Excellent iPad Educator

My good friend, fellow French teacher and colleague Sylvia Duckworth and I brainstormed the following. Sylvia has been a huge advocate for using technology in the classroom, and has actively used iPads in her classes for the past couple years. Check out her excellent website, which contains a multitude of teaching ideas using technology as…

Use Apple TV in the Classroom? Please Do This Tip!

Here is a quick tip for Apple TV teachers! This is a must for those teachers use the great benefits that the AppleTV can bring to the classroom. Do you see this intro screen when the Apple TV turns on? Those movies on the top? While a lot of these are the most popular movies…

2 Teachers have 9 Thoughts as iPad Turns 5!

Introduction The iPad was first introduced almost exactly five years ago (February, 2010). Has time ever flown by! I remember the first impressions were mostly somewhat negative, and people wondered about their purpose. “Isn't it just a big iPod touch?” The name “iPad” was mocked by people everywhere. Now, half a decade later, the iPad…

iPads in the Classroom – A Student’s Perspective

@DetroitBORG @sly111 my high school gave us iPads instead of books and it was the worst decision ever, horrible idea — Nick Boone (@2050TGOD) November 22, 2014 @sly111 not very many, we constantly had to delete apps and content to fit textbooks or chapters, and they were extremely distracting — Nick Boone (@2050TGOD) November 24,…

iPads vs. PCs in Teaching

Introduction This is an opinion piece for the pros and cons of using both iPads and the traditional PCs in teaching. Since I am beginning my fourth year of using an iPad in my classes, I thought it would be great time to compare how each device is used, as well as state how they…

Analyzing iPad Myths in Education

How to Argue for iPads in the Classroom A collaboration between iPad Educators Steve Lai (@sly111, Canada) and Richard Wells (@ipadwells, New Zealand) Preamble: This article is to support iPads in teaching. However, it is not to devalue the benefits of a great teacher. The execution of iPads in class is only going to go…

Is there a fitness tracker that monitors blood pressure?

Fitness trackers aids in the monitoring of our overall health. There are applications on our mobile phones which we can use to monitor our health. Such health patterns can be your heart rate, to find out if you are stressed or not. If could be used to monitor your caffeine intake also. The most popular…

Benefits of getting Adobe After Effects Training

After Effects takes time to learn and it takes commitment, a strong heart, and persistence. For those ready to grit teeth and work very hard you can get to know After Effects in as little as 30 days. In that time artists who put in the effort can benefit by equipping themselves with the knowledge…

7 Must-Have Apps When Studying Abroad

Have you always dreamed of taking that picturesque college study abroad trip to some exotic country? Maybe you’re finally lucky enough to take it! But now, the fact that you have no idea what you’re doing or how to prepare for this trip is becoming more daunting as the departure date looms nearer. Make sure…

Ergonomics in the Classroom: Creating a Positive Learning Environment

When you think of ergonomics in the workplace, you probably think about office settings. One occupation that is often forgotten about when it comes to workplace health and safety is teaching. Teachers are on their feet almost all day, from five to seven hours at a time, running from desk to desk, kneeling, squatting, and…

5 Ways Technology Has Revolutionized Education

New technology emerges every day with the intent of making life easier. One of the industries that has been impacted the most by technology is education. Not only has recent technology introduced new tools to help people learn, but it has also changed the way people learn. In just a short time, technology has completely…

Is Technology Making Things Worse or Better When it Comes to Education?

Technology has started taking over classrooms across the globe in recent years. Many schools use tablets, laptops and other gadgets to help create technological skills and further increase engagement in the classroom. For example, Apple has always nurtured its relationship with students and teachers. It has increased to such measure that the Macbook Air was voted…

Have You Ever Considered VR Job Training for Acquiring Skills?

A quick glance at the technology field is enough to grasp how rapidly it transforms and advances as years pass by. Although many would dare to say the opposite, the truth is that, even with many failed technological attempts, some gadgets arrive to stay – and even alter how we perceive and live in our…

5 Smart Ways to Utilize iPad Technology at School

Students today have been around Apple technology for most, if not all, of their lives. This means that they do not know what to do if they are in a classroom for eight hours a day without electronics. Technology is everywhere, and while it may sometimes bring unwanted texting into the classroom, it can also…

Teaching Skills that You Must Have With or Without the iPad

  Technology has drastically changed the way we educate our children. Instead of just writing in notebooks, students now can type their notes into their laptops, iPads, and even smartphones. Teachers, for their part, can also use their iPads to show videos, demonstrate concepts, and look up information at any time.  The use of handheld devices…