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iPads are becoming a common sight in the classroom, in the hands of both teachers and students, and the number of educational apps is growing everyday. Learn how to get the most from the iPad as a classroom teaching tool in this course with author and educator Aaron Quigley—and enhance student achievement, save time, and be more productive. Aaron shares his favorite apps for students of all levels, from categories like science, math, English, and others designed specifically to help teachers. Use this course to decide if these apps are right for you before you purchase them for the classroom.
TeacherKit is a free application that takes a lot of the day to day administrative functions of being a teacher and rolls them into one application. Let's go and explore Classroom TeacherKit and then talk about how you can use TeacherKit in your own classroom. I'm going to go and enter my Life Science class, simply by tapping the door. When I do this, it will bring up the Life Science class as well as the description and I can simply tap one more time to actually enter the class. I only have four students in this class for demonstration purposes, but we can still move through the functions of this class. The first thing we can do is take attendance. In the top section, directly above the name of the class, I can choose the Attendance tab.
Here, I have the ability to tap a student, and I can mark them present or absent or unrecorded. In a little bit, I will show you how to add other attendance functions, such as late. You can also click on Behavior and have the opportunity to add notes to each student. Let's say that Shea Miller was being disruptive in class today. I can click on Shea and bring up the notes and behavior and her and I can go ahead and add a note or behavior. Here I'm going to just say that she was disruptive. I can also note that this is a negative behavior. And I can go and add a description.
Once I like my description I can click the Done button. I can click Save. I now have an ongoing list of notes I can track for each students with a visual indicator of whether they're mostly positive, mostly negative or mostly neutral. I can also come to the Grade book. Inside of the Grade book, I have the ability to create new grade items. When your setting up a new class, you have the option to go ahead and lay out your entire unit. If you do this you'll automatically create Grade book entries at that point and don't have to create them one by one inside your Grade book itself. I'm going to go ahead and click back on my class and I'll show you how you can view this application as a visual seating class.
In the upper left-hand corner next to the Classes button, there's two options. One is just have your students listed. As of right now they're alphabetical. If I click on the Chair icon, I now have the opportunity to move the students around on the screen and order them as I wish. For example, I hold down on Jolie until the desks start shaking. I can now move Jolie around and the little black lines will appear to tell me when she's in line with other groups of students. Let's say that I'm going to move her to the back of the class. We'll just put her right there. If you had a lot of students in here, you could quickly rearrange your seating chart, and then have that visual representation available during class. I can also switch back to my Alphabetized view at any time.
I'm going to go ahead and click the Classes button to come back to my teaching home page. To add a new class, I'm simply going to click the Plus button in the upper left-hand corner. Here I'll choose Add New Class. And I can go and give this class a title and description. So there I've added Chemistry in 8th grade. And I'll go ahead and add an icon. There are some preset icons, but you can also choose to select from your camera or from your photo library. I'll choose this icon of these beakers and go ahead and click the Save button. At this point, I have the opportunity to turn on Timetable mode. By turning Timetable mode on, I can actually go through and configure my timetable and start building in the structure of my unit.
I can simply find the day of the month that I'd like to have a lesson. I can click the Plus button and go ahead an type that lesson out. I can also choose to repeat certain parts of it, so for example, if I know that every Friday I'm going to have a quiz, I can just go to the first Friday. Type in quiz and then repeat that every single Friday. I'm going to go and cancel out of this. I'm going to choose to have chemistry not in Timetable mode, so they can manually enter these assignments as I go through the class. I'll go and click the Save button and I'll have a second class added. I can also click and hold on a class and I have the ability to archive it, export it or even delete it.
I'm going to click the Done button to come back to our teacher homepage. As you're setting up your classes from the main application screen, you can also click on the gear to the right of the teacher desk. Here, I can set the general settings for this application, including when I want to be notified when students have exceeded a certain number of absences, or when they're below a certain threshold in my grade book. Also for customization I can come under attendance fields, and I can choose to Add Additional Attendance Items, such as late. And I think late should be kind of a yellow color. So now when I'm in my attendance taking fields, I can either choose to mark students as Present, Absent or Late.
I'll go and click the Save button to come back to the main home screen. In addition to setting the preferences, here I also have access to link a Dropbox account. So if you're using Dropbox for collaborative planning, you can access those files directly inside of your TeacherKit app. I hope TeacherKit can be an application that's beneficial to both you and your students and that you enjoy finding new ways to use TeacherKit inside of the classroom.
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