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Yesterday a new book by Anton Ochsenkühn arrived at my place amac book publishing house the result is: The iPad Teacher's Guide. Thanks to the publisher for the review copy. The aim of the book is to introduce interested teachers to the new possibilities that the iPad can offer in class and, at the same time, to give them instructions on how to manage their practical use in class.
Anton Ochsenkühn writes in the blurb:
Juhu - the iPads for school lessons have just arrived and we're ready to go! The euphoria is great, but how should you as a teacher go about it all? How can you hold attractive iPad-supported lessons in a competent and didactically valuable way? Which of the functions and apps should be used sensibly?
Exactly these questions are answered by the book and you even get some bonus content, which I explain below in the list of particularly successful things about the book.
Anyone who has ever given children an iPad without restrictions or goals will be able to imagine that an iPad can not only have a positive effect on lessons. The children lose themselves too quickly in the countless possibilities and apps that the tablet offers and we adults then find it difficult to get the focus of the children back on ourselves.
If you let go of a class with 25 or more children on just as many iPads without preparation, you will have chaos in the class within a few minutes and you are further away from productive work than in some substitute hours. For this reason, the teacher should be well prepared before entering the classroom with a bunch of iPads.
When I first flipped through the book, I thought it was just a general guide to the iPad and its apps like Numbers, Pages, and iMovie is. A little bit of disappointment set in for me. However, when I took a closer look at the book, I noticed a number of points that make it particularly valuable for educators.
In some areas it is a general guide for the iPad, since as a teacher you should also know how to operate the device and what options are available with the included apps such as iMovie, GarageBand, Numbers, Pages and others offer, but after that the book goes very much into the needs of teachers who want to use iPad in the classroom.
What I find particularly successful in the 150-page manual, I would like to briefly explain here in bullet points:
Regardless of whether you are in elementary school, middle school or high school: If you as a teacher want to use the iPad in class, but don't know exactly how to start, then the iPad teacher's manual is the best choice. You can collect all the information in it yourself with the free Apple manuals, hours of research in the app store and endless searches for helpful eBooks and articles - but why should you do that? There are over 150 bound pages that do all of this work for you: The iPad Teacher's Guide.
With just under 15 euros for the paperback print version and tight 4 euros for the Kindle e-book version the manual is so cheap that you don't really have to think about whether you want to take it here as a teacher. And last but not least, the book can even be tax deductible - so it is almost free. ;-)
I can only praise Anton Ochsenkühn again. This new work once again bundles a lot of very helpful information in a fully colored and appealing manual. Well done!
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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