So, it’s been about a month since we’ve enforced using an iPad to teach with rather than the use of a ‘Smart’board. Some teachers love and some are not so sure. The keen ones tend to be those new to the school (and so perhaps expecting to have to do things differently than before) and those who hate it tend to be the old hands.
Here are some of the things people miss:
- On screen timers. I know the iPad has a timer app, but you can’t have a timer in the corner of a screen in Explain Everything.
- Being able to watch YouTube videos easily. The iPad YouTube app sucks when it comes to AirPlay mirroring, so teachers are having to switch to Safari on the Mac.
- Having a decent surface to write on. Some classrooms have separate whiteboards (of varying quality) whereas others are using flip charts a lot.
- AirPlay mirroring isn’t always the most reliable thing in the world.
One solution to some of these problems is to add web browsers to Explain Everything and then add web timers designed for iPad. Handy!
To fix the other issues will probably involve getting decent whiteboards everywhere and installing new wifi.we shall see…