Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to Use an iPad for Academic Use

One of my students, Matt D., created a presentation on how to use an iPad for academic use based on his experiences last year.  We are a BYOD district, but still being rooted in paper, our paperless skills are still emerging.  Part of the delay is that it takes time to figure out an effective workflow with new technology. Well, Matt has taken the guess work out of using an iPad in a BYOD classroom. As a pioneer among his classmates, Matt made it his mission to be paperless in my classroom last year, and this year, he is making sure that others can do it, too.

Take a look at Matt's presentation.  We welcome any feedback and please share how YOU and your students use a paperless workflow. Also, keep an eye out for other posts that showcase the paperless workflow for other devices.


  1. Showbie is a fantastic app we discovered last year in our first year of 1:1 iPads. Kids upload work, teachers grade it, hit done and the student can see your comments right away.

  2. Matt this is fantastic!!! I love that it is your goal to be paperless. It is my goal too and a teacher and for the students in my classroom. You gave so many great resources for others and I could not agree with you more about the cost component. I think it would be cheaper to purchase iPads for students then spend all that money on paper and supplies. In my classroom my favorite app is Goodnotes (takes out the scanner part) http://goo.gl/25Lkt7 and I also use as my lesson plan book and my students as their assignment notebook Google Calendar http://goo.gl/KGP51U. Keep up the good work! I can't wait to hear more about it and Katie, I can't wait to hear more from your students!