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  • 8:00-8:20 Introductions, Polls
  • 8:20-8:50 Keyboard, QR Codes
  • 8:50-9:30 Project-Based Learning, Sticky Notes
  • 9:30-9:40 Break
  • 9:40-10:30 Mind Maps, Drawings
  • 10:30-11:30 Investigations, Videos
  • 11:30-12:15 Lunch
  • 12:15-12:40 Books, Collages
  • 12:40-1:20 PDFs, Cartoons
  • 1:20-1:30 Break
  • 1:30-2:10 Slideshows, Narrations
  • 2:10-2:45 Animations, Screencasts
  • 2:45-3:00 Audio Recordings, Summary


  • Sign up for a free teacher account at
  • Go to My Profile where you can change your room number. Room numbers can be words.
  • Students go to to enter their name and room number. Have students add this to their Home screens or make it into a QR code for quick access.

Keyboard & Other Tips

  • Add a website to the Home screen by clicking the Share button and choosing Add to Home Screen.
  • Arrange icons by touching and holding one icon until they all wiggle. Drag icons around the page or to the edge to place on the next Home screen. Click the Home button to stop the wiggling.
  • Take a screenshot by quickly pressing and releasing the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time. Your screen flashes and an exact copy of what was on your screen is saved into the Camera Roll/Photo Library. See the screenshot by opening the Photos app.
  • Autocomplete happens automatically unless you click the X next to the word that pops up.
  • Touch and hold text to view the magnifying loop. It's easier to position the cursor using the loop.
  • Touch and release or double-tap a word to select it. Use the blue circles to adjust how much text you select. With text selected, you can choose to Copy and Cut.
  • Paste text by touching and releasing where the cursor is. The Paste button should appear.
  • Shake to Undo. There is an undo button on the 123 keyboard.
  • There are hidden characters on the keynote. Touch and hold a key to see if there are any hidden symbols or characters you can select.
  • Want to type while hold iPad? Split the keyboard by dragging it apart. You can push it back together.
  • If an app wants to access your location, the typically safe answer is to allow.
  • If an app wants to access your photos, answer yes.
  • If an app wants to send you push notifications, the typical answer is No.
  • If an app wants to access your contacts, the typical answer is No.

QR Codes


  • Show iPad's screen on your computer screen by double-clicking iPad's Home button and swiping over to the left to access the AirPlay menu.

Lino and Padlet

Project-Based Learning

  • Students work over an extended period of time answering a driving question.  The question is so deep that it requires students to create a product to share their findings with others.
  • Think of it as Question • Investigate • Share.
  • The question and project comes before and guides the learning. It's the main dish, not the dessert at the end. Watch the video.
  • Sample Driving Questions
    • How can we best stop the flu at our school?
    • What if we had a chicken house at our school?
    • Is it worth the expense to move to an organic diet?
    • Make the case for using the metric system in Illinois.
    • Which simple machine is most important to you?
    • Is it better to buy or lease a car?
    • What if Rosa Parks never gave up her seat?
    • Design a better lunch menu for your school.

Mind Maps

  • Popplet Lite
  • The free version only lets you work on one mind map at a time.


Most Important Video Tip Ever!

  • Not suffer from Vertical Video Syndrome!


  • Search the text on a webpage in Safari click the Search field and then entering search word.
  • Duo Browser puts two browser windows side-by-side on your screen.
  • Investigation doesn't have to be on the web! Students can explore using apps, interviews, experiments…


  • Storykit makes single-webpage books.
  • Pic Collage makes posters by combining text and images.
  • Tellagami makes a cartoon character talk, using the background of your choice.
    • Use Splice to workaround the multiple backgrounds limitation.
  • Haiku Deck makes stunning slideshows.
  • 30hands makes narrated slideshow from a group of images.
  • Puppet Pals HD makes animations by recording your voice while you move object on a background.
  • Educreations makes screencasts by recording your voice as you draw.
  • records your voice and gives you a web address to copy.

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