I want to be able to easily track students’ progress and I want everything to be in one place. So I made this spreadsheet (though I have to confess that, at the beginning, I wanted to make a workshop dedicated to spreadsheets so participants could learn as many functions as possible).

There are 18 sheets in this spreadsheet. I called the first one Home (“Accueil” in French). On this home page, you will find links to all the other sheets. …

What’s an ePub?

That is a fact: teachers love books. But for whatever reason it is, when they have to deliver content to their students, their first choice is a Word document, a PDF or maybe a website such as Google site, not a book. To be honest, I have not the faintest idea why.

But you should give it a try. Write your first ePub (short for electronic publication), the standard digital format for ebooks? I promise you, you are going to enjoy it.

As it is a standard, ePubs can be read anywhere: on a PC, on a Mac, on an…

So you are teaching from home.

You have everything you need: a desk in a quiet place, a good computer or a tablet, a reliable internet connection. Every student got one. You have a Learning Management System (LMS). Students know how to use it and so forth. So everything’s fine.

All you need is to know how to deliver online classes in the most effective possible way, how to set up your virtual class in a new learning environment. But that’s not the easy part. …

Do you find students getting easily distracted during class because of the iPad? Do you think they spend too much time checking their email and that it takes too long to get back to the task? Of course, as they need their iPad, they can’t simply turn it off. But some very simple things can be done so students stay focused.

Mute all sounds on the iPad or turn off notifications will eliminate a lot of distractions. On top of that, we have to make sure students come with a fully charged iPad at the beginning of the day. But…

Wouldn’t it be great if students could find in one place all the information they need: their timetable with the Zoom links? What if, on top of that, they could get a reminder saying: “Hey! You have class in 5 minutes!”

With Google Calendar you can do that. Here’s how.

This tutorial is divided in two parts:

  1. How to create and share a Google Calendar.
  2. How to create recurrent events

How to create and share a Google Calendar

First step, visit the Google Calendar web page.

Scroll down a little bit, click Add other calendars (+) and find Create new calendar.

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:


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…

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

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…


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…

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.

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!


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.

2. Use Shortcuts

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

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