The iPad Toolkit for Teachers
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The iPad Toolkit for Teachers

iPad tools for the classroom and the teacher
4.8 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
175 students enrolled
Created by Randy Thomas
Last updated 11/2013
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to use the iPad as an organizational tool
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to use the iPad in order to communicate and collaborate with students
  • By the end of this course, you will know how to use various iPad productivity apps
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  • This course uses iOS 7. Although not required to learn about the apps found within this course, iOS 7 is used in the iPad orientation chapter.

This course guides teachers through a variety of iPad tools that help them understand how to use the iPad, use the iPad as a tool for themselves as professionals and use the iPad as a way of interacting and communicating with students. It includes over 40 videos exploring topics such as iPad web browsers, productivity tools for teachers, office production tools as well as tools for helping classrooms be more interactive for students! Are you new to the iPad? Great! We start from the beginning. Not new to the iPad? That's fine, skip the first section and head right for the ideas you are looking for. This course is for any and all educators who have a single iPad, a classroom set or are in a 1 to 1 iPad program!

Who is the target audience?
  • any teacher with an iPad, either a single iPad, classroom set or in a 1:1 program
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
Getting to Know the iPad
10 Lectures 01:04:44

This video helps people new to iOS 7 become familiar with the basics of how it works. This includes closing apps and searching for apps.

Navigating the iPad

The Control Center is new with iOS 7 and offers a variety of options for accessing certain functions on your iPad. This video explores the items you can access with this new Control Center.

The New Control Center

The settings area of the iPad can be a confusing and scary place for educators. This video explores the major parts of the iPad settings area that educators should be aware of. This is NOT an in-depth tutorial on using the settings area, but an orientation to it's parts and capabilities.

iPad Settings

There are many features of the on screen iPad keyboard that many people overlook. This video explores the voice recording, language features and text to speech features of the iPad.

The Amazing iPad Keyboard

Apple has made various changes to the iPad camera with iOS 7 including HDR and and image dimensions. This video explores the different possibility when using the iPad camera on iOS 7.

The iPad Camera

Apple has made some changes to the iPads folder system with iOS 7. This video explores those changes and can help you understand how you can organize your iPad using folders.

Working With Folders on the iPad

The app store can be an intimidating place to be if you don't have any experience in using it. This video explores the iPad app store allowing teachers to understand how to find what they are looking for and will provide resources on how to find apps in ways that do not include the app store.

Navigating the App Store

Airplay is the system the iPad uses to wirelessly project itself to different devices. If you are unfamiliar with this or it's possibilities, watch this video to gain an understanding of what Airplay is and how it works.

Preview 04:14

Airdrop is a new feature that came along with iOS 7 and can be a real benefit to educators. This video explains how to use Airdrop and suggest some ways educators could take advantage of it.

Airdrop on the iPad

Although not something educators usually have to do directly, the restrictions area on the iPad can be a source of comfort to parents and the IT department. This video will explain what the restrictions area of the iPad is all about and show you how you can set restrictions and release them.

The Restrictions Area on the iPad
Apps for Teachers
5 Lectures 50:32

Although there are many tools for the iPad that allow you to created Flip lessons on the iPad, Knowmia Teach also provides a portal for uploading lessons and a way to add questions to Flip lessons! This video will give you an overview of the Knowmia Teach iPad app as well as the Knowmia website so you too can create amazing Flip lessons!

Knowmia Teach - Flipping the Classroom

There are many different iPad tools for teachers and sometimes you can find an amazing iPad app that can do many different things for teachers. This video explores the TeacherKit iPad app which allows educators to track grades, behavior and even allows educators to communicate with students all through the iPad!

Teacher Kit - the Swiss Army Knife of Teacher Tools

There are many different ways to write and organize your lessons on an iPad. Some apps are free and some are expensive. This two part video will explore three different lesson planning apps on the iPad that could allow educators organize their professional lives. Two of these apps are free and one app is not, but charges a $12 yearly subscription.

Lesson Planning Apps - Part 1

Lesson Planning Apps - Part 2

Many of the apps throughout this course are iPad apps that help teachers become paperless. This video explores four simple apps that, although helps teachers become paperless, they are not a part of a larger concepts found within the units of this course.

Apps for the Paperless Classroom
Reference Apps
5 Lectures 37:27

There are several dictionary apps for the iPad. This video explores three different dictionary iPad apps and demonstrates some interesting features found in different apps.

Preview 04:59

Maps can be used for many different reasons beyond the obvious. This video will explore three different (free) earth mapping apps that can be useful, not only to Social Studies teachers, but to any educator who wants students to collect, organize and/or analyze data. Check out these great Earth apps for the iPad!

Earth Apps - Not Just Maps

Wolfgram Alpha is not just a dictionary app for the iPad, it an an enormous source for many different types of data, and it's even interactive! Watch this video in oder to become familiar with the Wolfgram Alpha iPad app!

Wolfgram Alpha

Busy educators need a way to keep up to date with all of the different things we need to know. The FlipBoard iPad app provides a way for teachers to have the information they need come to them. There is no need to do internet searches or go find the best articles for education. Use the FlipBoard iPad app to have the information come to you!

Flipboard - Modern Magazines for Modern Teachers

Evernote is a great app for anyone who like to organize their information. Join us to learn how you can use Evernote to keep track of your research!

Productivity Apps
3 Lectures 40:10

Concept maps are amazing tools in todays classroom. Mindomo is among one of the best concept map iPad apps available today. Learn how your students can use the Mindomo iPad app in order to allow students to organize information, collaborate AND create amazing presentations!

Preview 14:27

Note Anytime is a newer and remarkable note taking iPad app. Using Note Anytime, you can take notes, share notes and annotate pdf files all on the iPad! Students will no longer have to carry around a bunch of binders and notebooks, they can keep everything they need on one app and can even store the information in the cloud. Come take a look!

Note Anytime - Note Taking and PDF Annotator

Cloud storage is a wonderful modern way to access your files no matter what iPad app you are using or where you are located. This video explores a variety of iPad apps that allow you to store your information in the cloud.

Cloud Storage Apps and the iPad
Office Apps
5 Lectures 36:49

Pages is one of the best word processing apps available on the iPad. This video will acquaint you with the Pages iPad app and show you how you can store it on the device or in the cloud!


The QuickOffice iPad app is a great tool for anyone who uses a combination of word, powering and excel documents within their google Drive. It seamlessly syncs with Google Drive and allows the user the freedom to create and edit in both the Google format and in the office format. This video explores how we can use the QuickOffice iPad app for all of our office productivity needs!


Office2HD is a great app for those who like to work in the office formats (.doc(x), .ppt(x), .xls(x) and store these files in the cloud (or on the iPad). For 7.99 the Office2HD iPad app provides word processing, spreadsheets and presentations that can be made available to many different online storage options, including: Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive and Box. This video explores how you can use the Office2HD iPad app.


Although often considered Cloud storage, the Google Drive iPad app also allows the user to access/edit/create document comments, keep copies on the local iPad and do simple editing of text and spreadsheets in the Google Format. If you haven't seen the Google Drive iPad app in a while, come take a look and see what has improved!

Google Drive

There are too many office apps to mention in the scope of this course, but some of them deserve an honorable mentions. CloudOn and Office365 can be seen in this video.

Closing Comments About Office Apps
Tools for the Interactive Classroom
4 Lectures 41:54

NearPod is a great presentation tool teachers can use to share information with students. Without a projector, teachers can show data on students screens and even gather information. If you haven't see what you can do with a free NearPod account you should not miss this video. Watch to learn how you can use the NearPod iPad app today!

Nearpod - Presentation Broadcasting

These apps are newer to the scene of the iPad in the classroom. The BaiBoard iPad app as well as the Mighty Meeting iPad app allows groups of people to share a single white board and unlock the power of collaboration in a way we have never seen before!

Live Meeting Whiteboards for Teachers and Students

Infuse Learning is an amazing tool available on many different platforms. If you are familiar with Socrative, you should NOT overlook the Infuse Learning iPad app! Watch this video to learn how you can use Infuse Learning to survey your students.

Infuse Learning - Student Polling

Formerly known as WallWisher, Padlet is a great collaboration tool for students. The Padlet iPad app makes collaboration even easier with it's simple interface sharing capabilities. This video will show you everything you need to know about using Padlet in your classroom tomorrow!

Presentation Apps
4 Lectures 36:43

Haiku Deck is a simple and elegant way to teacher students how to create quality presentation on the iPad. It is not overly feature rich, so students have fewer distractions and it's design all but forbids students from making presentations that are ugly. This video explores what you can do with a free Haiku Deck account and an iPad.

Preview 06:06

Thought not strictly a digital whiteboard, this video explores the potential of using the Doceri iPad app as a digital whiteboard and unleashed the power within this free iPad app.


Explain Everything is probably one of the most powerful iPad apps you can purchase for $2.99! You can use Explain Everything as a powerful digital whiteboard or as a way to record quality flip lessons. This video will explore the different tools available on the Explain Everything iPad app.

Explain Everything

Keynote is the kind of iPad presentation tools. If you would like to gain an understanding of how Keynote works with the iPad and iCloud, this is the video for you! We will explore how to create a keynote presentation, the tools available within Keynote and how you can share this Keynote in the cloud.

Web Browsers on the iPad
4 Lectures 22:50

There are many different web browsers available on the iPad. This video explores three free web browsers with different browsing features any teacher may find exciting!

Web Browsers on the iPad

Flash? On the iPad? YES! Watch this video to learn about different internet browsers for the iPad that provide students with a child friendly browsing experience!

Flash Browsers on the iPad

Did you know there are apps that allow you to see multiple internet screens in a single window? You do now! Watch this video to learn about your options for dual browsing on the iPad!

Dual Browsers on the iPad

Explain a Website - Interactive Web Browser
Classroom Management Tools
3 Lectures 13:01

Simple yet effective. Watch this video to learn about free (and cheap) timers you can use in order to keep your students (and yourself) on schedule!

Class Timer Apps on the iPad

Randomly drawing names out of a can of popsicle sticks can be a logistical nightmare. What if you loose a stick, but don't know it? What if you switch rooms and forget the can? You have several classes? Then you have several cans! Watch this video to learn about two simple (and free) options for letting the iPad help you randomly select students!

Student Selection Apps on the iPad

It's important for students to be able to make noise in the classroom, and sometimes it's important for them to be quiet. Watch this video to learn about apps that can help your students self regulate their noise levels and guide them toward independence in learning.

Noise Apps on the iPad
Finding Apps and Final Thoughts
1 Lecture 01:38
Ending Thoughts and Resources
About the Instructor
Randy Thomas
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Randy Thomas is an educational technology consultant who has been helping teachers use technology for 14 years. His specialities include: Google Apps, Flip Classroom, Social Learning, iPad, BYOD and Differentiated Instruction. Outside of the K-12 environment, Randy teaches pre-service teachers to use modern technologies to facilitate teaching and learning.