In my role as eLearning Coordinator I am responsible for the deployment and integration of iPads into the classroom.
I have a fleet of 42 iPads shared throughout the school. To manage the deployment of Apps and device settings I use Meraki. This is a fantastic tool for the Mobile Device Management of our iPads.
With hundreds of thousands of Apps available in the Apple App Store it is a daunting task to try to compile a suitable list for classroom use.
The three major points I look for when selecting an App are;
- How is the App going to help the student achieve the lessons learning intention
Is the teacher able to assess the students work
Is the teacher able to give feedback to the student
Many educational Apps allow for rote learning of specific tasks to take place with lots of buzzing lights and sounds to keep students engaged. This can be great, but at the end of the lesson what has the student produced to allow for teacher assessment and feedback. I do see a time and place for Apps of this nature, but I focus on deploying Apps that can be used across numerous curriculum areas to produce a piece of work.
I want teachers to see the iPad as a tool they can use to support their teaching pedagogy.
I want students to be creative when using iPads, producing work they can evaluate and analysis to enhance their learning.
Here is the Core List of Apps I have put together over the last year that are now on all iPads;