The first rule of iPads is that there are no rules in the sense that the technology is to be used to suit the owner. There are many apps that do essentially the same thing and often it comes down to cost and personal preference. The example below is simply one way of using the iPad as a teacher teaching in a secondary school in England :

Lesson Planning

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CCO is great for gathering together plans, files and other data into one place as you have a different folder for each lesson. Most lessons rely on the PowerPoint and Keynote is the the most on the iPad by a country mile. You can also import the ppt as a PDF into CCO.


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Its ability to work with multiple file formats makes this the best place to store all your files locally. Integrates very well with DropBox.

Student Folders

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Students will have their own ways of working and most tend to use Evernote or Notability to make notes on their iPad. There are some good (and getting better) apps like Tapose that mimic traditional notebooks but with the ability to work with video and to clip web pages etc. CCO has a helpful function in that homework can be sent directly to iCal with reminder set. From a teacher's perspective in practice most work is emailed so organising work is easily done in personal folders set up in GR or DB.

In class

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From a teacher's perspective, the ability to take photos and annotate them as well as timestamp sound recordings, means that it can capture student responses easily.

Assessment and Marking

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PDF Expert is an example of a personal preference but marking up drafts makes for more effective assessment. Numbers is excellent for importing Excel date files and working with them.


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There are many Mind Mapping and Study Card apps. Most students will find their own but it might be worth using a class based app like StudyBlue for a more coordinated approach for the class as a whole.