iPads in the English Classroom

Charmayne Polen
This is a collection of iPad apps, lessons and resources I've taught and used this year during the Pilot Program at TCTC.
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Socrative does the same as TodaysMeet, however, the teacher is also able to create and manage quizzes.  The other positive about Socrative is that it is web-based and also offers an app.  Great for students who have something to say, but don't necessarily love speaking out in class.

Socrative does the same as TodaysMeet, however, the teacher is also able to create and manage quizzes. The other positive about Socrative is that it is web-based and also offers an app. Great for students who have something to say, but don't necessarily love speaking out in class.

Ok, Apple TV...You had me at "hello".  I <3 you!  What a fantastic way to mirror not only from my iPad, but the students' as well.  This week we were writing paragraphs, so I asked for a few students to mirror their paragraphs onto the Smartboard and we were able to workshop them as a class.  Was so effective because the student was able to make the corrections right there for all to see.  Where have you been my whole life??

Ok, Apple TV...You had me at "hello". I <3 you! What a fantastic way to mirror not only from my iPad, but the students' as well. This week we were writing paragraphs, so I asked for a few students to mirror their paragraphs onto the Smartboard and we were able to workshop them as a class. Was so effective because the student was able to make the corrections right there for all to see. Where have you been my whole life??

This is the beauty of the iPads - there is never any downtime in class.  Flipboard is a fantastic way to quickly have the students scan articles and discuss in class.  They especially love the variety of photographs on Flipboard.  And now with the use of the Apple TV in my classroom, the students are able to mirror the images on the Smartboard so everyone in the class can see.  LOVE Flipboard!

This is the beauty of the iPads - there is never any downtime in class. Flipboard is a fantastic way to quickly have the students scan articles and discuss in class. They especially love the variety of photographs on Flipboard. And now with the use of the Apple TV in my classroom, the students are able to mirror the images on the Smartboard so everyone in the class can see. LOVE Flipboard!

iBrainstorm is one of the newest apps I've implemented in my classroom. There are many uses for it, but I've been having the kids annotate literature with it and that has been very successful. Much easier and more organized than post-its all over their books!

iBrainstorm is one of the newest apps I've implemented in my classroom. There are many uses for it, but I've been having the kids annotate literature with it and that has been very successful. Much easier and more organized than post-its all over their books!

Love Phoster!  I've used it for signs of commitments for student research papers, title pages for essays and to recreate classic book covers.  So easy and fun.  A little limiting in terms of the amount of text that can go in, but user-friendly, nonetheless.

Love Phoster! I've used it for signs of commitments for student research papers, title pages for essays and to recreate classic book covers. So easy and fun. A little limiting in terms of the amount of text that can go in, but user-friendly, nonetheless.

'Lit Analysis' is a useful app for English class. It gives definitions of literary analysis terms as well as examples, all in one. Best of all, students can read about them on their own, promoting self-directed learning.

'Lit Analysis' is a useful app for English class. It gives definitions of literary analysis terms as well as examples, all in one. Best of all, students can read about them on their own, promoting self-directed learning.

Use iMovie to create book trailers for classic literature books.  Also, I've used it for the students to create movies to go along with "This I Believe" essays.  They read their essays as narration to the movie.  Many said it was their favorite project this year and some even bought the app for their iPhones and iPods.

Use iMovie to create book trailers for classic literature books. Also, I've used it for the students to create movies to go along with "This I Believe" essays. They read their essays as narration to the movie. Many said it was their favorite project this year and some even bought the app for their iPhones and iPods.

Story Start is a very simple app, yet I love it's simplicity because there are no bells and whistles. It's a collection of beautiful pictures which are used for writing prompts for students to create short stories. Great for a quick bell work activity.

Story Start is a very simple app, yet I love it's simplicity because there are no bells and whistles. It's a collection of beautiful pictures which are used for writing prompts for students to create short stories. Great for a quick bell work activity.

Comic Touch Lite. This is a fun way to have students create vocabulary words. They find an image online, put the word and the definition into the cartoon and they've created a fun flash card for vocab. Here's a short video explaining how to use it. Very fun!

Comic Touch Lite. This is a fun way to have students create vocabulary words. They find an image online, put the word and the definition into the cartoon and they've created a fun flash card for vocab. Here's a short video explaining how to use it. Very fun!

'Words That Burn' is a phenomenal app for poetry. Best of all, it's free! Spend some time exploring everything this app has to offer...

'Words That Burn' is a phenomenal app for poetry. Best of all, it's free! Spend some time exploring everything this app has to offer...

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