How to Save Unnecessary Data Charges on your iPhone or iPad

These days, the world is at your fingertips wherever you are. Anyone with a data connection and a smartphone has literally the entire Internet in his/her pocket. However, not all apps are created equally, in terms of the amount of data that they use in order to run. This is a quick tip on how…

An Effective Visual Vocabulary iPad Lesson, done in Minutes

Here is a quick tool that I use with my iPad this week that was very effective for my younger grades. We know that most kids learn better visually. With my vocabulary many lists within my curriculum, I was able to quickly search for images using Google images. I quickly went through each list, and…

9 Practical Ways to Use your iPad in Teaching

A Glimpse at My Daily iPad Use in Class Although I have already written about most of these apps before, I thought I would summarize and show you some of the ways I use my iPad as a traveling language teacher. I teach in several different classrooms throughout the day, so having an iPad is…

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,…

Use Instant Alpha to Remove the Backgrounds of Images on iPad

A recent new and relatively little-known feature was added to the Keynote and Pages apps that makes removing the background of any image an easy task. The other day I showed one of my classes a picture of me jumping in front leaning tower of Pisa from a few years ago. Since this was a…

Lost Your Apple TV Remote? You Don’t Need to Buy Another!

┬áHere is another handy tip for all Apple TV owners. Apple TV has proven to be a very useful gadget, both at home and at school. Airplay mirroring is its best feature. I am able to show whatever is on my iPad/iPhone screen and beam it up to a big-screen TV or a projector. I…

How to use Voice Dictation on Your iPad and iPhone

Do you see that microphone button at the bottom left of the iPad screen when the keyboard appears? I always knew about the dictation feature, but I never really used it before a couple weeks ago. I’m actually writing this post by speaking it, all while in the car!

Filming Tip: Film in Landscape, Not Portrait!

Here is a tip that I have wanted to share for a while now. Hopefully this will help when you have your students filming with their iPads or other devices. With the rise of smartphones nowadays, everyone is their own videographer. Almost everyone will take short videos when something exciting happens, be it a recital,…

5 Advantages of Using the iPad in the Classroom

The use of iPads in the classroom brings a multitude of advantages. Here are 5 of them: 1. Internet Access An iPad is a great tool when surfing the net. During class discussions, students could make use of this tool for reference aside from their books for information and ideas. Writing of assignments and creation…

The New and Improved iMovie for iPad [TUTORIAL]

With the recent release of the new version of iMovie, my colleague Matt Przybylski (tech coordinator at our school) created this presentation for part two of our iPad workshop series. (Check out part one, iPad filming tips here) iMovie ($4.99, or free on new iOS devices) has gone from a good movie-making app with limited…

10 iPad Features Every iPad Owner Should Know

Are you relatively new to iPads in the classroom? Are you looking for some tips to help you navigate the new iOS 7? Today we take a look at 10 Features Every iPad Owner Should Know, so that you have the knowledge and confidence you need to shine in front of your students. This post…

Dropbox for Dummies: Why You Shouldn’t Need Your USB Key Again

“I will safely assume anyone who reads this blog is probably already up to date with Dropbox and its features. Please share this article with colleagues at your school who still have not migrated over from the USB key days of the mid-2000s.” Dropbox is my number one productivity tool that I use every single…