Do you have an iPad? A stylus? So ditch that marker and start writing on your device with these apps instead of using the physical whiteboard on your class:

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Why?

Written notes are awesome and colourful but I guess you probably have a limited range of two or three colours if you use a physical whiteboard whereas you’ll have a merely infinite range of colours on the aforementioned apps. Moreover, on note-taking apps such as Notability or GoodNotes, you can add rich content like images, sounds, shapes… Even a web page!

And, last but not least, when you are online, you can share your whiteboard easily. This is an important feature when your students learn remotely but also when you have to deal with hybrid learning and you want to show what you are writing to both students who attend in person and online. …


Apple Classroom is different from Google Classroom. The former is an app that helps you manage student devices; the latter is an LMS (that is to say a Learning Management System). If you are not familiar with Google Classroom, I suggest you read the introduction guides.

To give you an example, with Google Classroom, you are going to assign an activity or send a document to your students. While this is possible with Apple Classroom, you’ll want to use it to monitor a student’s iPad: is the student working? Is he or she playing a game or doing something else?

Let’s get started

You don’t need to create a class. …


The iPad is a hybrid machine. It has a multiplicity of input systems. It adapts to the context you’re using it: you may use your finger(s), you may add a Bluetooth keyboard or you may choose to use a stylus.

There is great flexibility which serves different purposes: browse a web page or a book, take note, grade an assessment, scribble or draw something, edit a long text document…

Fingers

Well, this is pretty self-explanatory! iPads can be used with fingers!

But this is far more complicated than it seems. Let’s review very quickly the possibilities:

  1. You can use one finger (say to open up an app or a link). …


There are many ways at our disposal to help students figure out how to overcome the difficulties they are facing or to tackle the challenge of understanding new things, to improve what they can do. In every case, the importance of feedback is paramount. You may want to encourage or give them substantial explanations about how to do this and that.

During the lockdown, we couldn’t sometimes simply talk to students, sit next to them and give simple and quick advice, but with some apps, it was possible to find powerful and interesting solutions to produce effective and rich feedback.

You will find apps and advice on how to help your students, but keep in mind that students can help each other. …


As as student, the iPad can help you overcome many difficulties and offers you many solutions to help you with your writing or improve your ability to read.

These solutions are classified into three parts: Read, Write & Understand.

Here they are. And they are all free!

Read

1. Use Speak selection

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Speak selection to activate Speak selection.

You can then read any piece of text on the iPad. Handy when you can’t pronounce or recognize a word.

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2. Use Shortcuts

Use this shortcut to display a web page with the Open Dyslexic font. …


Your children have been given a brand new iPad. And while you may be happy that they are provided with an appropriate ICT education, you may have some concerns about what they will be doing with their new device: will your children do their homework? Will they be watching YouTube videos or playing games for long hours?

As a matter of fact, maybe, as a parent, you feel that you are completely blind and unaware of how the iPad is being used by your children. …


Let’s consider some of the best practices when using Zoom whether you are a teacher or a student.

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As a teacher

  1. Get a headset and a microphone. You can always cut off the video if your internet connection is slow but you definitely need to be heard.
  2. Keep your background clear of distractions or use Virtual backgrounds.
  3. Mute yourself if you don’t talk.
  4. Name your students as much as you can to get them involved.

As a student

We are asking students to have their Pronote profile picture on their Zoom account and to only display their real name.

As far as one can, I prefer my students to show their face but many of them are reluctant to do so and I can fully understand why: they are worried about showing their room, about being photographed or filmed and maybe bullied. On top of that, you have to remember that the iPad is not always a multitask device. So when the students open a doc, it turns off the camera. …


Now that you’ve learned the basics of Zoom, let’s finish this introduction by giving you a quick glimpse of what we can do in the settings and some final advice.

Change the settings

For numerous security reasons, you should change some settings. But it could also be for pedagogical purposes as well. Indeed, once you will absolutely want as a teacher is Breakout rooms.

Breakout rooms

Breakout rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting in up to 50 separate sessions. …


1. Schedule your meeting

We saw in the previous document how to invite people to your meeting.

It’s very convenient to be able to schedule a meeting for obvious reasons. To do that, first, press the big Schedule button.

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Then change the settings according to your preferences.

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Introduction to Zoom (part 1)

This is the first part of a series of four tutorials dedicated to Zoom. In our school, all teachers are licensed users.

For now, Zoom offers the best experience when it comes to videoconferencing. During the lockdown, we were able to teach remotely and Zoom has been incredibly helpful. Here are some of the functionalities we like:

  • It’s easy to set up.
  • It runs on all Operating Systems (Mac, Windows, Android, Linux…). …

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