This is an optional area for exploration. But, if I were a betting person, I'd put some time and energy into this area. More and more schools are utilizing them. When I went into an interview I'd want to be able to talk about how I might use them in my classroom and show some examples of lessons and student products. Are you looking to earn an A in this class? Here is a good area to show you are going above and beyond. Set your goals then work towards them. Personalize your learning so you can get that job and meet your students' expectations. Any assignment we are doing in class can be completed using a mobile devise. The only difference will be in which app (software) is used. Go out on a limb and do our assignments on a mobile devise, it's fine with me.

Don't have an iPhone, iPod or iPad? Check one (iPod or iPad) out of Polk library then download some free apps to play around with them.
You can create an iTunes account without using a credit card but you have to choose a "free" item from the store before you create the account..

- open iTunes
- go to the iTunes Store Tab
- find a free App or Song (wont matter what you choose as long as its free)
- choose "get"
- when asked to signin with AppleID choose "Create Apple ID"
- when asked for payment information choose "none"

that should create an account without having a CreditCard assigned to it.
You can find a prettier version of these directions here.

iPad Training video playlist on Lynda (login with your UW Oshkosh ID)

Another area you might explore is the use of Chromebooks (Education Boosting Chromebook Shipments to 5.2 Million Units This Year). In fact, some schools appear to be switching from the use of iPads to Chromebooks. (Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads). Yet another option is Windows Surface machines (Why Windows Surface will replace iPads in schools) Which way will the market tease out? How should you position yourself? What platform(s) should you learn? Good question... do some exploration then make a decision. It's your future. Start forging it to make yourself marketable. Check out machines from Polk Library Resource Center (basement of Polk across from the Testing Center) to give the various platforms a try.

How much does education spend on technology? During 2014, American K-12 schools will spend an estimated $9.94 billion on educational technology, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, according to Joseph Morris, director of market intelligence at the Center for Digital Education. On average, he said, schools spend about a third of their technology budgets on computer hardware. (Murphy)

Education Boosting Chromebook Shipments to 5.2 Million Units This Year (08/13/14) --
Chromebook sales will reach 5.2 million shipments this year, largely on the strength of the education market, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. That's a 79 percent increase over 2013 sales, and the company predicts the devices will continue to experience impressive through 2017, when it forecasts 14.4 million shipments.
Education is far and away the driving force behind Chromebook sales, accounting for 85 percent of shipments in 2013, according to Gartner, and the United States, where 2.9 million of the devices were sold last year, makes up the bulk of the global market.

A few resources you might explore include:
  1. 5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices
  2. Class Tech Tips: 23 Virtual Tools for Tablets (all free!)
  3. Class Tech Tips: 14 Apps to Help Students Create & Collaborate on iPads
  4. Sites that rate the educational value of apps Balefire Labs, Common Sense Media,
  5. Top 100 Apps of the Year (Jan 2014) or Top 100 Sites and Apps of 2013
  6. Apps for Kindergarten Students
  7. Adobe Voice Combines Sound, Graphics, Photos and Motion to Make Video Stories
  8. Pads remain the mobile device of choice for schools (July 22, 2013)
    About 80% of district technology officials who responded to a recent survey said they are either using or planning to use iPads within the next two years in their schools, according to the results of a survey released by Interactive Educational Systems Design. Coming in second in the survey was Google's Chromebook, which 31% of officials say they are using or planning to use. Next came "mixed technology" through schools' bring-your-own-device programs, followed by Android tablets, which 17% of respondents say they are using or planning to use.

  9. How Does iPad Workflow Fluency Look in Kindergarten?

  10. 100+ Tips on how to Integrate iPad into your Classroom and Getting the Most Out of iPads in the Classroom

  11. "Will the iPad revolutionize education?" This podcast is 9:24 minutes.
    And, check out Evaluating iPad Apps.

  12. Apple Unveils E-Textbook Strategy for K-12
    Check out the nifty textbooks that are in development.

  13. Cell phones -- Learn more about cell phones in education: listen to an interview with author Liz Kolb on ISTE Casts. Liz Kolb wrote Cell Phones in the Classroom.
    History of Cell Phones in Education10+ Ideas for Using Cell Phones with Young Learners **50 Reasons It’s Time For Smartphones In Every Classroom**
  14. Turn your documents into an ePub. It's super simple. Use an online converter such as
    Okay, my iPad reads pdf's so why convert then into another format? Because you can. For some that's reason enough. What format does your mobile devise prefer? Can you convert your Word document into that format? Try it.

  15. Google Chrome -- Google's Chromebook is catching on with schools-- Some schools [i.e.Grace Lutheran School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin -- yes, I know principal Peter Iles, he would be excited to have you work with his teachers!] that have outdated computers or need to supplement their technology are turning to Google, which rents its Chromebook computers for $20 each per month. Educators say benefits, such as ease of use, outweigh the drawbacks of the Web-focused devices, such as not being compatible with interactive whiteboards. However, the low monthly cost of the Chromebooks was more manageable than the price of upgrading old computers, said Peter Iles, a Wisconsin principal. blog

  16. Explore Naomi Harm's iPad resources

    Here is a listing for you on iPad MS Apps:
    Here is another great collection:
    Essential app listing repositories and by grade level:
    And.... my Everything app list of preso's on every grade level found in my file under my iPad Folder listing's
Oh and one more great list of apps compiled Karen- please note @Langwitches on Twitter is a very well respected edtech educator who created the ipad grids on this blogpost:

  1. Five Common iPad App Questions Answered

  2. A Catalog of iPad Apps for Teachers and Students

  3. ScreenChomper -- see sample on Talking Graphics page

  4. ShowMe -- create videos on your iPad -- You and Your Students Can Be The Next Sal Kahn with ShowMe

  5. QR codes -- see discussion on Wikis and Web Pages page

  6. Assessment -- See article and resources on Assessment page
    Assessment Apps by Vicki Windman
    K-5 iPad Apps for Remembering

  7. Speak & Spell for the iPad Generation

  8. Word Wizard ($3.99) turns your iPad into a talking typewriter, and a powerful language-learning tool that is ideal for a child learning to read.

  9. High Tech Schools: 7 Innovative Ways Teachers Are Using Tech In The Classroom

  10. Can Mobile Phones Help Teachers Manage Classroom Behavior? --- ClassDoJo --

  11. K-5 iPad Apps for Remembering: Part One of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy

  12. A new iPad app -- developed by scientists at New York University-Polytechnic Institute -- is aimed at simplifying the process of learning chemistry and is being used by a group of students at an all-girls public school in Brooklyn, N.Y. "Lewis Dots" is a free app that allows the students to create and manipulate chemical bonds using the devices' touch screen. "Instead of having it as abstract objects in a textbook or on the blackboard, you have something you can touch with and play with and own it and make," professor Jin Kim Montclare said.

  13. Using Twitter in High School Classrooms

  14. How the Interactive Whiteboard is Really Ed Tech’s Laserdisk -- Instead, we need to embrace more fully mobile technology.

  15. Mobile app improves social skills of students with special needs -- Pediatric psychologist Mark Bowers and his wife Kelly have created and released Sosh, a mobile-device application designed to improve the social skills of students with social interaction disabilities. Although the application was initially designed for youths with Asperger syndrome, Mark Bowers said that "some treatments overlap for students with ADHD or social anxiety disorders, or people who are just shy." The application is compatible with iPhones and iPads.
  16. Apps for Common Core Math Standards, Grades 6-8

  17. Android 4 Schools: A great new site for Android in education

  18. 5 Ways to Expand Smartphone Learning

  19. There's an App for That: Common Core Reading Apps

  20. A Great Twitter Cheat Sheet for Teachers
  21. Part 2: 36 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class
  22. Recommended by some WI science teachers as an etextbook source for science and other areas.
  23. Gettysburg Battle App
  24. Virtual Tour of the Statue of Liberty
  25. Dyslexia article and apps
  26. Social Studies Apps to meet the Common Core Standards

**Special Characters On an iPad**
Q. I connected a Bluetooth keyboard to my iPad Air, and by accident I found a few special characters like §, Ç and ß that appear with certain keystrokes. How do I find out the key combinations for more international characters and symbols?
A. Many of the keystroke combinations used to create accented characters, math symbols and other diacritical marks on Mac OS X work the same on a Bluetooth keyboard connected to an iPad. Adobe has a handy printable chart of the keyboard shortcuts for the standard Mac character set at The MacStories site has also compiled a list of navigational shortcuts at
If you do have a Mac, you can also use the OS X Keyboard Viewer (explained at to reveal the hidden characters when you hold down the Option, Shift and other modifier keys. Then try the same keystrokes on the iPad’s Bluetooth keyboard.
If you do not have the external keyboard connected, you can find the same accented characters by pressing and holding the vowels (and the C, L, N, S, Y and Z keys), then selecting the accented versions from the menu. Shortcuts to legal and financial symbols appear by pressing and holding characters on the numerical keyboard.
You can also change the iPad’s settings to use keyboards for different languages and hardware layouts. Apple has instructions for doing so at