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When you place an iPad(s) in your classroom, you have the ability to create unique opportunities for student learning at every level.  Before one can really begin to use the iPad as an integrated learning tool, you must gain a basic understanding of how to use the iPad for teaching and learning purposes.  In this course, you will learn the basics of iPad “how to” – from using your Apple ID, to taking screenshots, to privacy settings and much more.

Prerequisites: None

Contact Hours: 5

Course competency:

  • Gain an understanding of how to use guided access with students
  • Utilize airdrop to share items with students
  • Take screenshots on the iPad and use them as learning tools with students
  • Organize iPad resources and create folders for different grade level/subject specific apps
Course Syllabus


Work through the resources provided below.  Already know the content? No problem! Skip to #5 and submit your evidence of learning from the provided Choice Board. Receive a Proficient or Accomplished rating (grading rubrics are provided for each module) from the instructor and you are awarded a badge and certificate of attendance. Graduate credit is available, as well!

1. Bell Ringer:

Let’s get started!  Complete the pre-assessment to help provide context and focus to your learning experience.

2.  Setting The Stage:

Watch Setting The Stage For iPad Basic Skills.  Consider the different ways you use technology to strengthen learning experiences.

3. Play List:

Explore the resources provided below.

4. Integration In Action:

Emphasis on Task Design

The iPad offers hundreds of possibilities when it comes to uses with students, but as teachers who may be new to using these tools, handing over iPads to students can be a daunting task. It’s important to have a basic understanding of the tool, as well as hear from other educators who have been through this same process. The links below provide you with ideas and helpful tips as to how you can help your students understand the basic iPad skills needed.

As you view the resources below, think about these questions:

  • Why might having the students take part in a scavenger hunt as an introduction activity be of value to you and your students?

  • The first five days of school can be the most challenging. Why is it important to take time during those days to work with your students on understanding basic iPad skills?

  • Each of the teachers in this next link are sharing projects, ideas, as well as tips and tricks.

  • Why is it not only important but beneficial to hear stories from other educators?

Integration in Action resources:

5.  Choice Board:

Choose an assignment from the choice board to complete and submit as evidence that you have mastered the information and applications found in the course.  Refer to the Choice Board Evaluation Rubric and the Guidelines for Submitting Your Assignment to ensure your evidence contains the necessary elements.
When you have completed your evidence of learning, finalize the purchase process at the bottom of this page.

6.  Reflection:

Take a moment to reflect on the work that you’ve accomplished and where you will go from here.

  • As educators, we know it is important to plan our lessons and gain enough background knowledge on the topic. Why is it just as important (if not even more) when using the iPad?

  • How do you plan to give enough time at the beginning of the year to give students a few minutes each day to get to know this very powerful learning tool?
  • Exit Ticket – Show what you know!