Students are more engaged and motivated to learn when they use mobile devices, and research shows that academic performances can improve. We as educators need to take note of this, and look for safe, productive ways to integrate mobile learning devices into our curriculums wherever possible. Below are some resources to help you get started.
Feel free to contact UEN to share your ideas.
Teaching with Mobile Devices
iPads in Class
This Scholastic article describes one High School's experience using iPads in the classroom.
Using iPads in the Classroom
Ben Johnson asks the question, "If I had thirty iPads in my class, how would I use them to help my students learn better and help me teach better?"
iPads in Education
This Ning network was created to explore ways portable devices could be used to restructure the processes of education. Be sure to check out the curated articles
highlighting the potential of tablet use in education.
Finding and Evaluating Apps
UEN developed Apps4Edu to help you quickly find Apps that support the Utah Core Curriculum.
Kathy Schrock gathered a list of Google, iPad, Android, and Web 2.0 applications that support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.
Education App Evaluation Rubric (pdf)
This is Tony Vincent's App Rubric. Note: An app's rubric score is very dependent on the intended purpose and student needs. An app score low, but it may still be a good app.
The Apple Volume Purchase Program
The Volume Purchase Program allows educational institutions to purchase iOS apps and books in volume and distribute them to students, teachers, administrators, and employees.
The Mobile App Review Rubric (pdf)
This checklist from Palm Beach County Schools and Edudemic.com provides a yes/no checklist within Curriculum Compliance, Operational, and Pedagogy categories.
Support, Tips and Tricks
Apple's iPad User Guide
If you need help setting up your iPad or you are one of those people who like to read the manual, here is the official iPad support page.
Visit the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology blog regularly to stay on top of news, resources and information pertaining to using technology to support instruction.
Create your own iBooks Textbook for iPad
iBooks Author is an App that textbook publishers are using to design media-rich books for iPad. And you can, too. Just download iBooks Author from the Mac App Store.