Why iPads are magic and why that may (not) matter

The following is a guest post from colleague Dr. Guy Trainin, a professor of Literacy at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Trainin is a very avid YouTube author with very helpful iPad videos. A few weeks ago I created two of my favorite episodes on me podcast iPads in the Classroom. One was about viruses…

The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

App-Addicted Teens As the digital Wild West forges ahead, it is our youth that are becoming the guinea pigs of this global experiment. The more that is realized regarding how platforms such as newfound apps affect teens, tweens and even toddlers, the more can be done to avoid any pitfalls. It is no surprise that…

Getting Technical – Innovative Ways to Use the iPad in the Classroom

With its sleek design, Apple scored a home run with the iPad. Now it’s common to see these handy devices on planes, trains and in automobiles, in offices… in fact, just about anywhere. This includes the classroom, where it has dawned on schools that iPad can be innovative way to teach students, and help them…

Epic: Tons of Books Available on iPad!

The following is a guest post from colleague Sharon Snyder, a kindergarten teacher and avid iPad user. She has very recently discovered this great reading app for younger kids. Epic (iTunes link) was created because the developers noticed that when kids used iPads, they were often playing games or viewing videos. They wanted to make…

Learning and Teaching English in the Online Age

Once upon a time if you wanted to learn a new language, you had to enroll in a foreign language class at school, college or university. But these days, thanks to the burgeoning internet, it has never been easier to learn another language, especially a widely spoken one, like English. The Internet has also been…

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…

How Teachers Should Stay Safe Online

The following is a collaborative effort between myself (Steve) and Sam Bowling. It is a list of ways to avoid getting into trouble online. This includes keeping data safe, ensuring the online safety of students, and also having a good online reputation. The Internet is a wonderful invention that has brought the world to our…

Use Your iPad to Practice Your Language Skills Daily

Whether you’re a language aficionado or just want to hone your personal skills while attempting to learn a second language, your iPad is a valuable tool you’ll want to take advantage of. On one end of the spectrum, if you’re a language teacher, you can use your students’ access to iPads and mobile devices in…

Guest Post: The Advantages of eBooks

  eBooks are becoming more and more popular as we incorporate better technologies into our everyday lives. There are many reasons why people are choosing eBooks over there other options that they have. In this article, we will go over some of the many advantages that e-books can offer you over any other option that…

Creating an Ideal iPad App that Teachers Will Want

The iPad comes pre-loaded with apps that can be used to carry out the basic functions of teaching. However, most (if not all) teachers who want to improve their teaching experience will be looking for more specific apps to tailor to their individual needs. Here is an article discussing some of the things for developers…

50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom

I enjoy discussing iPad and other edtech resources with my colleague and friend Sylvia Duckworth almost every week through Twitter. Sylvia is a leader in the French teaching community in Canada, and has created an enormous amount of resources for language teachers to use. I asked her if she wanted to collaborate on this post,…

5 Valuable iPad Apps for Student Health

This article talks about a few special health apps that could influence a young child's life, because teachers could use them to help their students learn valuable life skills.   As a teacher, it is an integral part of your job to share valuable life skills with your young students. These days, it is easier…