Thursday, June 14, 2012

iPad Inservice

This week I taught three 90 minutes sessions as part of our faculty iPad inservice week. I taught the Productivity session, where I got to teach QuickOffice, Evernote, and Diigo (using these tools on school laptops and iPads) to groups of 10-20 faculty members. There were 3 other classes being offered by other specialists: iPad Basics, eBook Options, and Classroom Possibilities. I had a lot of fun actually teaching from the iPad as I walked around the room. I could also switch off between projecting from my iPad and laptop.  I would have loved it if the Smartboard worked with the iPad..maybe someday! The teachers had varying skills, but we all helped each other, and I had a great time. They loved it when I took their picture in an Evernote note, which was also very helpful for attendance. The most confusing parts to teach were adding Evernote's web clipper and Diigo's web highlighter to the iPads.
I am attending  an ALA session about Professional Development, because I see a lot more of this in my future (Leading Professional Development that Matters…and Works Friday, June 22, 2012 | 12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Presenters: Debbie Abilock, Kristin Fontichiaro, and Violet H. Harada). I am already planning our August inservice week, where I hope to be teaching Your iPad and the Library: Access, Collaboration, Participation. Or something like that.. Do you have favorite Apps or iPad uses you think I should highlight (or get) for the faculty? Please share!


  1. Sounds like you had fun presenting about iPads. I would love to do something like that at my school, but everyone is so busy that I don't think any one would show up.

    There are a few apps that I use that you might like as well. I use Slide Shark for importing PowerPoints for students to view on school iPads. I also like the QR code reader i-nigma. Both are free and easy to use.

    I have heard great things about the app Reflection which allows you to connect your iPad to your interactive white board via wifi. You download the software to your computer rather than to your iPad. It is not free, but it much cheaper than Apple TV. It's $14.95 for one computer. You can download for up to 5 computers for I think $49.95. Just some information you might like to pass on. =)

  2. Is Slide Shark better than QuickOffice? That is what we use. Reflection sounds great - Thanks!