Use the Apple iPad in class - the iPad Teacher's Guide helps you get started

In this practical handbook, Anton Ochsenkühn has bundled all the information that a teacher needs to have in order to start teaching with an iPad (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

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.

In this practical handbook, Anton Ochsenkühn has bundled all the information that a teacher needs to have in order to start teaching with an iPad (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

In this practical handbook, Anton Ochsenkühn has bundled all the information that a teacher needs to have in order to start teaching with an iPad (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

25 children, 25 iPad and zero attention

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.

Didactically effective: learning videos, which can be called up via QR codes in the book, help explain certain functions.

Didactically valuable: learning videos, which can be called up via QR codes in the book, help explain certain functions.

How does the iPad Teacher's Guide help the teacher?

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.

The Apple Classroom app featured in the book was previously unknown to me. But it is a very good tool to keep an eye on the students' iPads.

The Apple Classroom app featured in the book was previously unknown to me. But it is a very good tool to keep an eye on the students' iPads.

What I find particularly successful in the 150-page manual, I would like to briefly explain here in bullet points:

  • Right at the beginning, the book explains why an iPad is not only more useful than other devices from a pedagogical point of view, but also shows why the administration of school and class iPads through parental controls and MDM solutions (central management options) works much more efficiently than for PCs or non-Apple tablets.
  • In many places in the book you can find QR codes that can be scanned directly with the camera app on an iPhone or iPad. This calls up a link in Safari to a video that practically shows you on the iPad what the relevant chapter is about.
  • Functions and apps such as the Classroom app, child safety and the like, which are particularly important for using the iPad as a teaching device, are explained.
  • Basic functions, included apps and setting options are clearly explained for newcomers to the iPad. You don't have to be an iPad crack to use the iPad in class, but with the manual you can quickly get the basics of operation explained.
  • In the chapter "Many useful apps" the author lists a lot of learning apps with a small description so that teachers can quickly put together a small collection of suitable apps for their own lessons.
  • It points out ways in which teachers or schools can manage the iPads and "fill" them with apps. For example, reference is made to the Apple School Manager and MDM solutions.
  • The manual shows how to successfully use the iPad in class with other non-iOS software such as Worksheet Crafter or the LearningApps.org website.
  • In the appendix you will find links with QR codes that refer to free eBooks that other schools - based on their own experiences with iPads in class - have written and are openly available on the Internet. This eBook list alone is worth the money for the iPad Teacher's Guide.
Using QR codes in the book, you can quickly access suitable explanatory videos at amac-buch Verlag, which help you to understand the explanations in the book in practice with the iPad.

Using QR codes in the book, you can quickly access suitable explanatory videos at amac-buch Verlag, which help you to understand the information in the book in practice with the iPad.

 

Apple's own apps such as GarageBand are also discussed in the book and briefly presented with the most important functions.

Apple's own apps such as GarageBand are also discussed in the book and briefly presented with the most important functions.

Conclusion: a huge relief for teachers

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!

Anyone looking for a manual for macOS Mojave can be with me "Standard work on macOS Mojave"Recommend. It is really extremely comprehensive and helpful in practice if you want to get to know the new functions of the system.

 

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