The iPad – A Device To…


    Despite Steve Jobs having declared the iPad as a device for consuming media, students at Zeeland Public Schools (ZPS) continue to create engaging papers, presentations and multi-media products to demonstrate their deep understanding of the curriculum. Pic Collage, Story Creator, Corkulous, Scribble Press, Videolicious, Educreations, Evernote, Haiku Deck, and iMotion HD are just a small sampling of the amazing apps students at every grade level are using to synthesize their understanding.


    text bookNot only are students creating on the iPad, but teachers are generating their own products for their classes to consume. Apple’s iBooks Author enables educators to create immersive textbooks filled with interactive content that is tailored to meet the specific needs of their students. Similarly, there’s no more skipping around through bulky, one-dimensional textbooks to cover appropriate material for one’s class. Now learners have just the necessary text, images, embedded videos, interactive graphics, and mini-quizzes to check for understanding, all in one digital book. A  number of our teachers have begun using iTunes U as a course management system. The simple design affords an elegant means for delivering course content and assignments that help keep even the most disorganized students on track with due dates.

    Collaborate & Communicate

    Collaboration and communication go hand-in-hand, and the 1:1 technology initiative at ZPS fosters these skills. E-mail and messaging are decidedly the most common forms of digital communication that have bridged the gap between students and their teachers. During class time, students can demonstrate their understanding, or lack thereof, through such Web 2.0 resources as,, and Nearpod. All of these innovative resources enable students to immediately communicate their understanding of what’s being taught, thereby allowing teachers to know if re-teaching is required and with whom. Also, Google Drive and Dropbox make for seamless, cloud-based sharing of content among students and teachers alike. Indeed, increased communication via the iPad has vastly improved collaboration with instructors and learners.

    Critical Thinking

    Pencils 2Metacognition and critical thinking reach new heights as our teachers challenge learners to evaluate their own work, that of their peers, and even that of people in other countries. Analyzing blog posts using; evaluating articles found on such apps as Zite, Readability, and Flipboard; and researching in the academics-friendly search engine space of, all make for 21st Century resources that engage higher order thinking. Our teachers actively seek out and model how to use resources that help their students develop creative problem solving skills, guiding them to be life-long learners.

    Green Apple on BooksTeachers can visit this page to learn through reading or video tutorials about different apps and workings of the iPad.

    Instructional Technology Resources

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    iPad Integration Matrix

    The iPad Integration Matrix has been adopted from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology  and modified by Zeeland Public Schools to help teachers reflect on their levels of iPad integration into their learning environment. The matrix below mirrors the TIM however, wording has been changed to pertain to a 1:1 iPad environment.  In the future we hope to add short videos showcasing ZPS staff and students participating in various learning activities aligning to different levels on the grid.

    About the Grid:  The columns reflect the various depths of which the iPad is integrated into the instructional setting. Generally speaking, the “Entry” category indicates little use of the iPad/technology to enhance the learning experience while the “Transformational” category indicates a learning experience that could not be possible without the use of the iPad/technology. The rows indicate the various characteristics of the learning experience.

    Levels Of iPad Integration

    Characteristics of the learning experience
    Entry Adaptation Transformation
    Active Learning
    Students consume content from an iPad...
    Students are beginning to work with the iPad...
    Students have options on how, when, and why to use...
    Constructive Learning
    Students consume content from an iPad...
    Students begin to use the iPad independently to...
    Students use the iPad to construct and share knowledge in...
    Collaborative Learning
    Students are primarily working in isolation when using the iPad...
    Independent of teacher direction, students use the iPad to...
    Students regularly and fluently use the iPad to collaborate and...
    Authentic Learning
    Students use basic iPad features to complete and turn in...
    Students begin to use the iPad on its own in activities...
    Students extend and explore with the use of the iPad and participate in...
    Data-Driven & Differentiated Learning
    Students receive direction and feedback from teacher via...
    Students use the iPad to set, manage, and meet their...
    Students engage in ongoing meta-cognitive activities that are...
    Safe & Responsible Learning
    Students receive instruction about digital citizenship on a...
    Students regularly engage in discussions and activities that encompass...
    Students seamlessly and effortlessly use the iPad in responsible ways to...

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    Giving Your Classroom An Online Presence

    We are living in a constantly connected society in which it is becoming increasingly necessary to communicate with colleagues, parents, and students in virtual spaces. One major component in a 1:1 learning environment is an online classroom presence. Teachers can connect with students and parents outside classroom hours. They can post pictures of student work, examples of student writings, and student created digital content for their parents and a world wide audience.

    In Zeeland Public School classrooms this can take on many different forms. Some teachers chose to create their digital classroom using a blog or website, some choose a more academic tool such as Moodle, while others have chosen a social platform like Edmodo. Below are some examples of Zeeland teachers digital spaces.




     Edmodo is a great place to host content, connect with teachers and peers, and find out what’s on schedule for the week. Teachers can build and distribute quizzes from within Edmodo that are auto corrected and sync into the integrated grade book. Teachers can upload files/links, and more to share with their students.

    Pros to Edmodo

    Free, 2-way communication, built in safety measures for student communication, parents can connect and view student progress, upload 100MB files, unlimited space for uploading, embed videos & share links, small group collaboration features, connects to Google Drive, supports digital submission of work, integrated quiz maker & grade book, badge system for student progress, & many more!

    Cons to Edmodo
    Can be overwhelming, no blogging or wiki feature, learning curve to navigating and organizing

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    Moodle is similar to Edmodo however it offers more of an academic framework. Moodle is a program that needs to be hosted on a local server. For our teachers that server is located at the Ottawa Area ISD and they are responsible for the up keep of this service. In addition, they provide many great video tutorials to help teachers get their Moodle space up and running.

    Pros to Moodle

    Free, 2-way communication, upload up to 1GB files, unlimited space for uploading, embed videos & share links, small group collaboration features, connects to Google Drive, supports digital submission of work, integrated quiz maker & grade book, dashboard for displaying student progress, integrated blogs and wikis, here is an example school!

    Cons to Moodle

    Not as intuitive to build and navigate for teachers and students, not visually appealing




    iTunesU stands for iTunes University and is a relatively new place for teachers to host course content.  Teachers can easily build public or private courses and distribute subscription links to their students so that they can access and download materials. In addition, iTunesU is home to 1000’s of other courses both at the secondary and college level.  If students are looking for additional help or extra curricular subject areas such as iOS programming, iTunesU is a great place to go.  Click here to view the current public courses offered by Zeeland Public Schools.

    Pros to iTunesU
    Free, upload large files up to 20GB of space for teachers connected to an institution, students can download videos for offline viewing, integrated notes for videos, ibooks, and course notes, very easy set up for teachers, automatic push notification for students
    Cons to iTunesU
    Not a two way system for communication, no homework submission, need Apple ID to subscribe to course




    Websites and Blogs are another way our teachers like to bring their classroom online.  Google Sites, Weebly, and Shutterfly are three website building platforms that offer teachers free and easy ways to publish and distribute content to parents and students.  Below are some great examples of ZPS teacher websites/blogs.

    Pros to Website/Blogs

    Free options, comments to posts can be turned on/off, embed videos & share links, typically easy to build and publish, create multiple pages for different categories, easy to navigate for users, easy to display information, publishes to the world wide web and easy to share

    Cons to Websites/Blogs

    More often a one way direction of communication: from teacher to classroom, maybe limited in size of files uploading, may not be as ‘protected’ for students, may need to be careful of publishing student information

    1st Grade Example  3rd Grade Example   Middle School Example   High School Example
    Using Apps To Enhance The Learning Experience

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    All along we at ZPS have said that the decision to integrate technology is not about the device. Rather it is about the increased ability of the student to engage content, connect with peers and teachers, and create authentic artifacts that are publishable to a world wide audience.

    The iPad just so happens to be our device and in many ways it allows for all of the above characteristics of a digital learning experience. In addition, the unique applications of the iPad allow for richer, more interactive learning experience that is not possible from a regular computer.

    Be sure to check out our Zeeland Apps page for more details on how to use specific apps to achieve various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Below is a list of apps that can be used to accomplish various tasks of the learning environment.  content pertaining to using apps in the learning environment to Gather, Organize, Manipulate, Format, and Transmit information.




    Using Student Data To Personalize Instruction
    With iPads in the hands of every student teachers can leverage its ability to gather real time data on student understanding and use this to drive their instructional focus.  There are a variety of ways that teachers can collect data on student understanding.  Below is a list of some apps and websites our teachers use to get instant feedback from students.


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    The following apps and sites are used by our instructors for mastery based learning.




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    On the fly Apps  

    Socrative- is an app teachers and students can use to push out multiple choice, true/false, or open text response questions and get immediate feedback on their answer. This helps students form their understanding of concepts and allows the teacher to intervene in real time to support student learning. Teachers can choose between teacher paced and student paced quizzes. In addition, teachers can set up quizzes ahead of time or create questions on the fly.  Quizzes can be set up to be self graded and quiz reports can be sent to the teacher after the students have taken them.

    View tutorial on Socrative.

    Pre-made Online Assessments

    There are many premade online assessments that can be used by teachers to gauge student comprehension.  Among the many sites our teachers use,  Braingenie and Tenmarks are the most used. Both of these sites allow for the teacher to select standard based strands to quiz students. They both provide embedded video tutorials to support student learning. In addition, teachers get a dashboard view of student progress displaying data on individual student performance.

    Mastery Based Learning

    In addition to using websites with premade quiz questions there are many sites that allow teachers to create and distribute their own online assessments. Some of the more popular ones among our teachers are Moodle quiz maker, Edmodo quiz maker, and Thatquiz. These online assessments can be used for Mastery Based Learning.  In other words, students would need to prove they have mastered the content of the current section before moving on to the next topic.

    Publishing Content To An Authentic Audience
    Being connected to the world wide web students are no longer submitting work for just their teacher to critique.  Now students have the ability to write a paper or post and publish it to an authentic audience around the world and get feedback from multiple perspectives.  
    Inquiry And Project Based Learning

    Project based learning (PBL) is a strategy that approaches learning through research and inquiry around global issues, solving real world problems, and creating authentic artifacts that are meaningful and relevant to a larger audience. The iPads, and technology in general, lend themselves to the research, exploration, and creativity necessary to project based learning.

    Mike Fenlon, physics teacher at Zeeland East High School, participated in Ottawa County ISD iChallengeU summer program last year. It was during this summer institute that Mike became passionate about PBL. Since this time he continues to refine and share his expert knowledge of PBL by helping staff and putting on workshops with the Buck Institute of Education.   Needless to say Mike’s science classes are much more orientated around Project Based Learning these days.  Some of the projects his class have done are “The Physics Of Sports”, “The Physics Of Cartoon characters” and as pictured in this video “The physics Of frequencies In Wind Chimes.”

    Ben Braymer’s 5th grade class has been taking on a Placed Based Learning project around the retention ponds located just outside their playground boundaries. Below is a direct quote from Ben’s blog post describing the project.

    “I have always wanted to do something with Quincy’s wetland ponds.  I read a book this summer called “Place Based Education” which was about getting kids involved in real world projects that directly improve their local community.  I thought our school was the perfect place to start.  With help from our Service Learning Coordinator, and many others we have a pretty cool project planned this year.”

    Our quick plan is as follows:

    1.  This fall dig and put down stone for a short wetland walking trail.  The kids call it Q.N.I.T. (Quincy Nature Interpretive Trail).

    2.  Over the winter we are planning to design the information signs along the trail, incorporating ecosystems, wetlands, and various other applicable information from our fifth grade curriculum.  We would like to have some prototype ideas to get quotes from local printing companies and have them printed and installed in the spring.

    3.   The building trades students at the high school would like to help us build a small outdoor classroom with a water testing deck.  This is a big wish at this point, but I am hopeful.  They will build it in May, and it would complete the project for this year.  I would like to have a ribbon cutting ceremony on the last week of school and have the kids officially hand the outdoor classroom and trail over to the Quincy Community.
    Mr. Braymer’s students have used the iPad in many ways including researching ecosystems, writing up summaries of what will appear on signs, and creating commercials.  Check out how they are learning about business, marketing, and the economy. View post.

     “If anyone can loan us your wheel barrel, a shovel, and stone rake, please bring it to school.  
    We would like to spread some stone this Friday near the end of the day.”
    Apps by Blooms I need an App for… Suggest an App

    Photo Oct 31, 10 27 18 AMThe 1000’s of apps available to education do make the iPad an incredible device for consuming, collaborating, critical thinking, and creating digital content. Zeeland Public Schools is committed to providing students with quality apps to enhance the learning experience. In addition, teachers and tech coaches regularly review free apps and update managed (grades 3-9) student iPads.

    Below are the lists of apps students have available to them varying by grade levels.  All student apps are (or were) free accept for the Apple Suite and a note taking app.

    **Paid For App

    3rd -5th Grade Apps
    6th-8th Grade Apps
    9th Grade Apps
    10th-12th Grade Apps



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