Kristin Thomsen

Your Lead Learner
 Apple Distinguished Educator      
Welcome Activity (15)
Facetime Demo/Skype Demo
GarageBand Demo ($4.99 from Apple)

Overview of iPad 2 (30)
Software Controls
iOS Device Tips - Go through and practice
           What's in the box? Apple's Guided Tours
Apple's Official iPad in Education Site:
           Discussion: What does this device mean for education?

Setting up your iPad Settings 

Browsing the Internet

  • Multiple browsers- Safari comes with the iPad. I really like iCab mobile ($1.99) because it is feature rich.
  • Adding a Bookmark
    • Add iTunesU for easy access to all kinds of great info
    • Adding a web icon to your Home Screen (try creating one for this agenda)
  • Saving Images
    • Tap image>Save image
    • Finding images on iPad
  • Printing 
iTunes, Apps, and the App Store

Activity 1: Create a Video (30)
Download the Splice App for iOS (Note: this is optimized for iPhone, but works well on iPad.)
Shoot some video!
Interview three colleagues: How might you use an iPad in your roll as an educator?
Edit the video.

BONUS: Export your project to your camera roll. Then upload it to YouTube.

Optional: Check out VideoliciousAnimotoVimeo, or Apple's iMovie for 4.99

Activity 2: Annotate an eBook (30)
The End of Books? (Blog Post)
Create an account at or login.
Download the Kindle App for iPad.
Register your kindle (from inside the app).
Download Treasure Island
Search for "public library" in the text.
Annotate something important in his story about establishing the Philadelphia Public Library
View your annotations online at

BONUS: Search your annotations, and cut-and-paste them... or save and share them using another service, like Evernote. 

Optional: Check out Apple's iBooks for free too. Why iBooks is the Best Ever blog post.
Download a PDF from Apple in Education site and open the PDF in iBooks.

Tip: Create an interactive reading experience for your literature groups! Make Highlights and create sticky notes for your literature group novels~ with the Kindle app, 6 devices can be synced with the same novel. 

Create your own eBook with the Creative Book Builder app ~ include vidoes, (if you use Explain Everything you can include your tutorial videos) images, music, and text! Send to DropBox for your students to access and open in iBooks.  This can also be done with Pages from the iWork suite (export as an ePub). 

Activity 3: Edit a Google Doc (30)
Editing Google Docs on The Go (Blog Post & Video)
  • Begin by launching Safari, navigating to and then login by using your Google account user name or create an account at that site.
  • If you've used Google Docs before you'll see your documents list, click on one to open it and then edit that document. If you're new to Google Docs then create a new document. 
  • Your work is saved in "the cloud" as you work on it to your Google account. It is backed up and you can access it from any web browser using any computer, smart phone or tablet.
  • Try collaborative editing with us using this demo document
  • BONUS: Click on the downward chevron and select "use desktop version" to have access to additional features.
  • Optional: Try creating a Form, which can easily be filled out on an iPad (for custom walk throughs or rubrics).

Acitvity 4: ScreenCasting on your iPad (15)

Screencasting is an activity that addresses many 21st Century skills and fits in with all areas of the curriculum. Please read this blog post from Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano on using screencasting apps on the iPad and how this activity addresses so many literacies. You will also find reviews for three screencasting apps currently available in the iTunes store.

Acitvity 5: Reflection Activity (15)

Scan this QR code to go directly to a GoogleForm. Fill out and submit~ 

To view a QR code: 

  1. Download the i-nigma app.
  2. Open the i-nigma app. 
  3. It opens to the camera and will automatically snap a photo of the QR code. 
  4. The app will take you to the site

To create a QR code from your iPad:

  1. Download QR Maker
  2. Highlight the URL for your intended site
  3. Open the QR Maker app and select 'Web Lind to QR Code'
  4. Paste URL in the box and tap QR Code in upper right corner
  5. Save to Photo Album (and then you could bump it over to another iPad, iPod, or iPhone using the Bump app) or email and send
In addition to QR Codes linking directly to a website, there is other cool stuff you can do with QR Codes:
  1. Share student created  audio files, movies, or images by posting the project to a class blog. Share the digital project by creating a QR code and gluing it to the rough draft, work in progress, or artwork.
  2. Create an answer 'sheet' for math, science, etc. and allow students to self correct work by scanning the QR code you made of the text.
  3. Even Google Maps can be encoded. Here's QR Code generator with multiple options. 

More Activities: Elective (15)
Visit and browse for something relevant to you or your students.
BONUS: You might also want to try Google Translate

Additional Resources:
Check out these slide decks by Cheryl Davis, Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher:
A Community effort to Grade Educational Apps:
More (from CUE's iPad in Education workshops):


CUELA November 2011

 Additional Tips from Ted Lai's workshops:

How to add a bookmark?

In Safari, click on the "+" next to the address bar, you can add a shortcut to either the "desktop" (also known as the home screen) or as a bookmark to the Safari browser.  This can be handy to access websites you frequent often. 

Portrait vs. landscape mode!
Often times, certain features of some applications will have a different layout whether you're looking at it in portrait or landscape mode.   I've noticed, while in pages, that some features weren't present in landscape mode (which is easier for me to type on) that were available in the portrait mode.   Key point:  try both ways to see if it's something that is hiding from you! 

How to take a screenshot of the iPad screen!
Taking a screenshot of whats on your iPad can come in very handy when you need to share something with people who don't have access to see your screen.  By holding down the home button (the only button on the front of the iPad) and the power button (top of the iPad), the screen will flash and take a picture of whatever is on your screen.   The iPad will store this in the "Saved Photos" album in the Photos app!

How to transfer Apps from one computer to another?
I sync my iPad with my home computer, but sometimes I'll be at work and find a cool app that might be available free for a limited time.  I typically download the app to my work computer, then in the apps window of the, I'll right click on the app and Show in Finder (or Show in Explorer).   I then take that .ipa file and store it on my dropbox to transfer that purchase to my home computer. 

How to limit students from accessing certain content on the iPad!
There are some obvious reasons why you might want to limit certain applications (perhaps iTunes) while your students use your iPad.   If you go to Settings - > General - > Restrictions -> Enable Restrictions...  you can dictate what apps can be accessed after you type in a passcode.  While that passcode is setup, those apps won't even display on the screen.   To disable this, simply navigate back to this page and enter the passcode!