What iPad Can Do For Your and Your Students


Engage today's students with the hottest technology around: iPad. Former teacher Tony Vincent has specialized in using mobile computers for learning for a decade, and he has useful information, strategies, tips, and ideas to share. There are hundreds of apps for iPad that make it a fantastic teaching and learning tool. Spend the day learning iPad basics while exploring iPad's role in classrooms. You'll get hand-on and minds-on time with some of the hottest apps for teachers and students. Participants will learn about working with audio, images, comics, slideshows, video, jigsaw puzzles, eBooks, QR codes, puppet shows, and much more. In fact, the focus will be on workflows, that is, using a variety of apps to accomplish a task. Whether you have one iPad, a small set, or one for each and every student, you will leave with loads of  ideas you can immediately put to use in your classroom!


  • 9:00-10:30 Polling, QR Codes, Keyboarding, Edmodo
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Collages, Comics
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 Animations, Slideshows
  • 2:00-2:15 Break
  • 2:15-3:30 PDFs, Quizzing, Reflecting


QR Codes


  • Take a screenshot by quickly pressing and releasing Home and Sleep at the same time
  • An exact copy of your screen is saved into your Camera Roll
  • Here's a jigsaw puzzle you can play with the Up in Pieces app
  • Read more about Up in Pieces
  • Take screenshots in the Google Maps app street view for virtual field trip photos


Keyboard Tips 

  • Touch and hold certain keys to access hidden characters. 
  • Pull the keyboard apart to split it into two. Now you can hold iPad while typing with your thumbs.
  • Double-tap the spacebar at the end of sentence to insert a period, a space, and to activate the shift button.
  • Tap the spacebar with two, three, four, or five fingers at once to type that many spaces at once.
  • Shake your device to see the Undo button.


  • Use a photo as the background and add speech and thought bubbles.
  • Story Me is free. You can make multi-panel comics.


  • Pic Collage app is great for combining images and text


  • Funny Movie Maker is free. Pick a photo and then record your lips speaker. Your lips are placed on top of your photo.
  • Puppet Pals HD is free, but you'll want the Directors Pass for $2.99 so that you can use your own images as puppets and backgrounds.
  • Educreations is free and records what you draw and your speaking. The movies are saved on educreations.com.
  • Tellagmi is free. Select a background and then make an avatar speak in front of it. Limited to 30 seconds. To make a longer video or to change backgrounds in the same video, make a series of Tellagami videos and stitch them together using the Splice app.


  • Make narrated slideshows using 30hands.
  • No need to create a 30hand account. Skip that step. 
  • Export as a video to the Camera Roll.

iOS Tips


  • View, store, and annotate PDFs with Adobe Reader
  • Here's a collection of PDF graphic organizers that you can open in Adobe Reader
  • When saving PDFs, be sure to choose the Flatten option when asked


  • Socractive.com works great on iPads. The teacher creates an account and can make quizzes. Assessment data is stored as an Excel document for you.

Finding Apps