An iPad is tablet device made by Apple with up to 10 hours of battery life and large selection of apps. It is available in several versions ranging in price from around $500 to over $1000. The latest iPad and the all versions of the iPad Pro are compatible with the Apple Pencil which allows you to write and draw on the screen. Because they are extremely portable iPads can be very useful for mobile teaching.
You need to set up your iPad prior to use. If you don’t have an Apple account, you will have to create one. You can link a credit card to the account to pay for Apps and content or skip this and buy App Store credit by purchasing gift cards which are available at retailers. If you want to use your iPad in teaching spaces, you should also download Zoom from the App Store.
There are several ways that you can use an iPad to help you with your teaching:
You can use Zoom on an iPad for mobile or untethered teaching in university teaching spaces, see the Zoom page for more details on using Zoom.
Download Zoom and tap Sign In on the start page. Use the SSO Sign In option and type vuw as the company domain, this will take you the university single sign on page. Entering your normal username and password will start Zoom.
There are differences between running a Zoom meeting on a computer and using an iPad, so set up and practice using Zoom on the iPad prior to using it for teaching. It is especially important to do this if you would like to share your screen because you need to change some of your iPad settings the first time you do this. Contact your Learning Technologist for more help.
Online grading with Turnitin
Turnitin has an App that can be used to grade Turnitin assignments.
You can download the app by searching for Turnitin in the App Store.
To find out more about using Turnitin for assessment visit the Turnitin page.
Blackboard Grader app
Blackboard has an app called Bb Grader that allows you to grade student work which has been submitted as a Blackboard assignment. The app works with the Apple Pencil, so you can annotate student work with handwritten notes and diagrams. You can also make comments with text, voice or video and assign a grade. You can download the app by searching for Blackboard Grader on the App Store or by following this link from your iPad.
Panopto has a standalone app for iPads and iPhones. With the app you can record videos at any location and upload them to your course. If you make a recording in the app you can combine it with a Powerpoint presentation in the Panopto editor when you are back at your computer.
The app also lets you upload any video you have on your iPad or iPhone directly to a folder in Panopto.
The app is available by searching for Panopto in the App Store or by following this link from your iPad. For ideas on how you can incorporate video into your teaching see your Learning Technologist.
There are a wide range of Augmented Reality (AR) apps that are useful for education. Augmented reality on the iPad works by using the iPad camera to place virtual objects in the live camera view on the screen. This makes the objects appear as if they are in in front of you as you view the screen. Augmented Reality is a rapidly developing field so if you are interested in using this as a resource in your teaching you can search for apps that might help your students or ask your Learning Technologist for help.
Case studies which cover examples of how this technology might be used in teaching.
Talk to one of our learning and teaching team about using an ipad in your teaching.