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…

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…

How To Use Your iPad Efficiently for Planning A Better University Life

Image from pixabay.com   There are so many things considered essential for university life nowadays, and an iPad is considered one of them by many students. iPads in the classroom are a common sight being used by both students and teachers to keep themselves up to date. But how does your iPad help you to plan a better university Life? Here are a few tips on how to…

4 Technologies We Wish to See Perfected in 2019

There are fascinating new tech revolutions every year. Some win our hearts, while others don’t make any impression. With that being said, following we are going to name four technologies they wished were perfected before 2019. All we can do now is hope that this new year will improve on them.  1. Self-Driving Cars When the concept of self-driving…