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One iPad in the classroom: essential toolkit

If you have only one iPad connected to an Apple TV in the classroom (like me), here is a list of 5 apps I use everyday and I found essential for teaching.



It is a great app that helps keep all your notes organised. I have made specific notebooks for each class I teach, or lessons I am working on (grammar, reading, listening etc.). You can then organise them into Notebook Stacks. You can also create shared notebooks to share with students or colleagues, but remember you need the PRO version if you want them to modify the files.

I have Evernote on all my devices, it is easy to use, and it is really versatile. It allows you to attach images, video files, web links, pdf etc to all your notes.

> I often use Skitch connected to Evernote to quickly annotate pictures or notes (e.g. to focus on vocabulary)

> The Evernote Web Clipper app is an extension for your browser, it allows you to “clip” any content from a webpage you are visiting and attach it to your note.

> The latest iOS 7 version has introduced the presentation function, it means you can present content to your class directly from Evernote.


Google Drive

It is a safe place to store all your files. You can get access to it everywhere, it gives you 15 GB for free, and it also allows you to share and collaborate easily on files. You need a Google account to sign up.


Explain everything

It works as an interactive whiteboard, it records drawing and annotations on the screen, you can also record your voice via the iPad microphone. You can create a lesson by uploading all sorts of files (pdf, keynote, powerpoint, word, photos, MP4 video files) from your Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, iPad photo roll, iTunes. You can record and insert a new video while presenting, or simply take a picture that helps you explain something. At the end you can export your project as pdf to share with your class.


I think it is the best app to create presentations. It offers a lot of different layouts. iCloud helps to keep all presentations synchronised on all my devices.



Classroom management



It is the best classroom management app I have used so far. The essential layout helps to have a quick look to the class. TeacherKit allows teachers to keep record of students’ behaviour, attendance and performance. All in one place, all with only a few ‘taps’ on your screen. You can also email students or parents directly from the app, and connect it to your Dropbox account.