Teachers may have access to a single iPad but may not have an iPad for each student in a classroom. Even with one device in the classroom, the iPad is a powerful tool that can change the way you teach and your students learn.
One area a single iPad can be beneficial is in the classroom management arena. Here are some tips and apps that can be useful for teaching with one iPad.
iOS Clock app – The built in Clock App adds some great features to the iPad. The Clock app contains a World Clock displaying time throughout the world, and Alarm with customizable alarm sounds and schedules, a stopwatch, and a visual timer with with a clear countdown to zero. Timers can be a great way to help maintain lesson pacing, keep students on task, and set alarms for important tasks and events that take place in the classroom each day.
30/30 – This free timer app is a colorful visual timer that allows you to create multiple successive timers. Each timed event displays a color to match that event. Once the timer for that event finishes, it moves to the next event and the color changes. Timers can be saved and reused again and again.
Too Noisy Lite is a free classroom management app that assists with volume control in the classroom. Too Noisy displays a sound gauge that uses your iPad microphone to measure the amount of sound in the room. When the sound reaches the threshold (which you can adjust in the settings), the screen shows that the room is too noisy. Let Too Noisy police the volume level in your room during group projects and class discussion times. The paid version offers ad-free use and additional themes including themes for older students.
Class Dojo is a free app which allows the teacher to use the iPad to track behavior anywhere in your school. With ClassDojo and an iPad, a teacher can can reward and track good behavior as well as negative behavior. Because the app is available on the iPad, a teacher can use the app to track behavior anywhere in the school. Students behavior in the media center, going down the hall, going out to recess, etc. can all be documented with this app. Parents and students can also create accounts and check-in in student behavior as well.
Random Name Selector is a free and simple website which allows you to randomly select names of your students. After entering the names of your students (under the Change Names button), press Go! and it will cycle through the names and select one randomly for you. This is a great tool to keep students on their toes and engaged in your lesson. Click the Save and Share button to save your class as a link which you can use again and again. You can also set the site as a home screen icon to have quick and easy access to it. Note: This is not an app but a website. It cannot be found in the App Store but by clicking the link above and using Safari on the iPad.
Mobile Mouse Lite is a free app which allows you to use your iPad to control your computer. With this app, you can manipulate items on your computer using the screen of your iPad. Mobile Mouse Lite is an app that installs on your iPad but also requires a free download to your computer. The iPad and computer must pair up at first but after they are paired, the iPad screen will become a large mouse pad for your computer.
Click Here for a previous posting about how to setup Mobile Mouse Lite on your computer. Imagine the possibilities when you can walk away from your computer or interactive whiteboard and yet still control it from a distance. You can now be free to move about the classroom and interact with students.