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But HOW do I make iPads about learning, not games?

At the start of my career, I was a self-confessed worksheet girl. I photocopied every morning and every afternoon, had folders for each day with all the worksheets I would need, complete with binders of resources that I’d collected from multiple teaching placements. I probably killed a few million trees…sorry trees.

Since I was introduced to iPads in the classroom, or for that matter any digital technology, my printing and photocopying has decreased.


But how do I teach maths now? What do I get my students to do instead of worksheets? If we don’t glue a worksheet in their book, or upload it onto a digital portfolio, how will parents know they’ve learned anything and how will we as teachers, assess them?

It’s simple:

  • teach them how to use the technology using simple instructions.
  • focus on creation apps, rather than consumption apps – make the students think!
  • give them time to explore (not ‘play’, explore) what the app can do.

To get you started, I’ve created 4 different task cards which can be used for whole class or small group work in maths. They are based around students creating and applying their knowledge, with a focus on sharing their work with their class and teacher, through taking screenshots, sharing on the big screen, or adding to a collaborative Google Slide. You can download them for free here.

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iPads for Assessment

As I am trying to cut back on my paper trail, I am always looking for ways to use my iPad.

Assessment is no different. I am using a range of apps to try and streamline my assessment records. Here are a few of my must-haves:

Calc (previously RR Calc)

Recording your student read aloud allows you to calculate their accuracy, words per minute and text level. The only way of keeping these records is via email. I email them to myself and then open them in Evernote.


I have created a notebook stack with a notebook for each student in Evernote, so once the reading recording has been opened in Evernote, I just move it to the student’s individual notebook. (Please note, creating a notebook stack can only be achieved when using Evernote on a computer, not an iPad! I have a notebook stack called ‘Students 2014’, with 26 notebooks within that stack). Having that audio file of the student reading is perfect evidence for parent teacher interviews!



Evernote is my next must-have, for the reasons above, plus much more! The ability to tag your notes with a category makes it easy to see all of the notes that you have written about ‘Meetings 2014’, or finding the web address that you typed down to access the school interview site!


The iPad version of Microsoft Excel, this app offers all of the same spreadsheet functions. I never knew how valuable a spreadsheet was until last year. I store ALL of my assessment results in Excel – scores, dates, stanine, percentages etc, while all of my anecdotal notes are for Evernote. I have a page for each different type of assessment/record keeping – South Australian Spelling Test, PAT testing, Weekly Spelling Test scores, On Demand Testing, Assembly Awards, Reading Levels and Reciprocal Reading Groups…you name it, I’ve recorded it!


Many of my colleagues use this in the secondary department as they have various subjects and classes. This app allows you to take the roll, assess student work, track student behaviour, create seating plans and add notes to lesson plans. Read more about this app here.