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When you develop an iPad classroom one of the things that will come up are what accessories do you need or not need? What should you purchase for the students that will last through the wear and tear? There are a number of third-party devices and tools for use with the iPad. There are many types of accessories available to enhance the use of the iPad for teaching and learning. These include cables, connectors, power adaptors, stylus types, tripods, cover and cases. External keyboards, external speakers, camera connectors, card readers, microphones and headsets and ear buds.
There are even some really fun homemade do it yourself ideas. Apple has a whole section devoted to iPad accessories. The accessoires that are available on the iPad store include things like your cables, earbuds with microhphones, which I highly recommend. I actually have my students purchase this as since they're put in the students ears. Adapters for the HDMI and for the camera then there's the power adapters. And as you can see it's a small list but it's the basic go to items you might need.
There are some really good sites by educators available that have done some review and research and make recommendations. This is one of my particular favorites. It's called iPad Education and it's a professor in the UK. Presentation becomes a big issue. A lot of the projects that you're going to do with your students can be multimedia projects, videos, slide shows. So getting a nice little stand with the iPad is a really great idea for presenting ideas and displaying what students have done. In class you'll find that being able to hear the sound in videos and to hear audio recordings will also become one of the things that you'll want to deal with. And there are a number of small speakers that you can get that work perfectly well with the iPad or you can stream out to different projection systems that use audio.
I love this. There are all kinds of floor stands. This floor stand was actually originally developed for musicians and it's got a telescoping way that it works but it doesn't take up space on the ground. So you can use this as you see on the left. It can be very, very short. And here it's being use ad as a document camera. But it could also be used for a musician or for a speaker presenting in a more formal situation. And it doesn't really cover up the speaker and it gives you mobility and the ability to work around. So if you're doing a large kind of multimedia with garage band and music and videos this might be a really great stand.
There are all kinds of cases this one of course made me laugh but I guess it would be indestructable by students its got rubber bumpers all the way around it. And for lower grades or active classrooms or field trips. Maybe this is the kind of pad you might look at. I do want to remind you that with the iPad Cart there are very slim slots, so you want to make sure that you have a slim cover if you're using the iPad Cart. These are two of the devices that have become almost must haves as teachers are embracing using garageband, this let's you link to the GarageBand and to.
Start working in Garage Band to dock your musics and do all kinds of things. Part two of his recommendations are other things that people look at and sometimes and or don't want. I know for a while everybody a wanted a keyboard talks and there are a lot of Bluetooth keyboards available for the iPad. I personally don't use them in my classroom. I'm not thinking of it as being a word processing device. Just small answer, small amounts of typing. There are all kinds of USB cables. This one's a nice one because you can attach it to your belt. Or you can attach it to something you're wearing around the neck and you can use it as an adapter.
The teacher really should think about for their own personal iPad getting some sort of case that protects it you'll be traveling around a lot more with this device than work stations. You're going to be more active. So having a way to protect your device as you travel from classroom to classroom or out to field trips is very important. As school's are adopting iPads they're finding that a lot of their projectors don't have HDMI. And getting something that works with VGA is an important thing because most of the schools that I know and this is going to change. Have VGA adaptors so that you want to get a link that works well with your iPad so that you can link to whatever projectors are available in the room in which you're going to be teaching. Again, I said there's all kinds of tripods.
This is a pretty heavy duty tripod but it does allow you to do real kind of camera work and photography and video shots. Now, I'm going to go right now and tell you how I started shopping for the first stylus that I bought for myself and some of the recommendations that I make to my students. Whenever I'm making a purchase of an accessory, the first thing I do is go out and find a site that's reviewing that accessory. So this is a great site that does a very good job of reviewing what styluses are available for the iPad. And they do a little video where they talk about the different styluses available.
And as you can see they're all located right there but as you scroll down, my favorite part of this website is that they put up this secondary navigation that allows you to see all the products that they're reviewing. And then you can just jump to the different ones that you want. For instance, a, a fairly low inexpensive one, believe it or not, is the Amazon stylus. And lots of people are purchasing that. My own personal favorite is the Jot Pro and the reason I like it is I am a design teacher and it gives you the most precision and in my hand personally, it feels the most like holding a pencil or holding a pen. But there's all different kinds.
And then at the bottom of this review, it does a comparison by price, by productivity and byactually your kind of personal user styles. So I think this is an important site to look at and get these comparisons before you go out and make the purchase. So here are their best recommendations for using something for writing, using something for diagramming, something for quick scribbling, painting and then the all around. This gives you an idea of what's out there, what the prices are and what the functionality of each of those items is. So once I've done the review and the research, one of the things you can do is go out to Google.
Click on shopping and then up in the Google search box, type in Stylus for iPad. And as you can see it instantly brings up a lot of different products and pricing that you can look by. If you're really on a budget, just come over to the sort by and you can go low to high. And you can see that you can actually buy for your classroom and for students packages of three and four at a time. I often do this with my students.
I give them as rewards for challenges in class or for special projects or for helping teach, being the mini-me teacher in the classroom. So I find rewarding the students with a stylus is a great way. And they really appreciate it. And they learn different ways of working with the iPad. So we all know Apple pricing. If you're an educator, you've been working with the Apple store and Apple education products for a long time. If you were proposing a budget, just like any other expenditures you might make. I recommend doing the research, reading the reviews and checking out the various competing vendors such as Monoprice.
And there are the two giants Google and Amazon that distrubute for a wide variety of vendors. You need to consider your budget before you go out and make purchases. So my personal favorites are the Jot Pro. As I told you, I teach Design so writing and drawing precisely were my number one objectives. I don't have my students purchase it. It's a fairly expensive pen. But I use it in class to demonstrate what the range might be out there for a professional in the Design area. For our iPad cart at Pasadena City college we're using the monoprice clear silicone case.
It fits inside the icart very well in those tiny narrow slots and it has a rubber edge to it that gives it a little balanace and makes it more durable in the classroom. So some great do it yourself presentation ideas are to use Velcro on the back of your iPad. And then put Velcro onto the cupboard or wall in your classroom and you can make a grid wall of iPads that way. Or you can simply purchase an inexpensive shelving from home accessories in many department stores. They are made originally for putting up art and photo frames or books. It's also great presentation tool for doing boards and posters and things like that.
I want to leave you with just a couple of thoughts about getting accessories. Yes, you're going to get accessories and want accessories for your iPad classroom. But, if you follow my three steps, which is research, review, budget, you'll make wise purchases and have just what you need for the kinds of projects and the teaching style that you want in your iPad classroom.
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