This morning, I have the opportunity to listen to Holly Dornak (@hollydornak) and Jessica Dyer (@MrsJDyer) on the topic of 10 iPad Projects Students Will Love. As I sit here waiting for the presentation to start, it’s amazing to consider how tough it can be to integrate technology into instruction.


It’s as if the technology, instead of being used for the best possible ways to enhance teaching and learning, gets drafted for reinforcing silly apptivities that just dazzle the eye. Unfortunately, it’s all too common. I was chatting with a colleague in a large urban district with over 18,000 iPads deployed. Unfortunately, the iPads get used in just that way. The lesson is sobering. Imagine the tremendous investment school districts are making in technology only to see if waste away for intro activities.

Presentation Notes

Resource materials –

Holly Dornak speaks…

Listen to Holly Dornak (Lamar ISD)

Essential Skills:

• Spotlight search

• adding images to camera roll

• taking ideo

• action button

Turning in Assignments

• Use Showbie (50 assignments)

• Dongle

• Email

• Cloud storage

• Edmodo – turn any assignment you can save to your Camera Roll

High Quality Freee Apps

• Apps Gone Free


Project Idea #1 –  Vocabulary Building

• Use Skitch, (pictures that are friendly)

When you start layering apps, then students start thinking at higher levels. (Miguel’s Note: This is app-smashing!)

Project Idea #2 – Send Postcards from the Edge

• TurboCollate Lite

• Postino

• Red Stamp

Project Idea #3 – Go Hollywood

• Stickyboard

• Grafio Lite

• Sock Puppet


• Puppet Pals

• iMovie (also try out CuteCut app)

Side Note: How neat! I got to meet Sarah J. Hibbits, who is sitting next to me in this session! Catch her on Twitter @Hibbitts_SJ

Project Idea #4 – Use Student Instructors

• Educreation

• Stick Around (created by Tony Vincent, Learning in Hand) – Take an image, add stickers, 

Students are tools that are being used the least in our schools.

Project Idea #5 – Become Thread Heads

• Voice Thread

Project Idea #6 – Write & Illustrate


• Outline

• Drawing Pad* Highly recommended

• Strip Designer

• Comic Life

• Scribble Press

• Little Storymaker

• Book Creator* Highly recommended

• iBooks

Project Idea #7 – Witness and Report

• Pocket BMX

• Evernote

Project Idea #8 – Build a Taking Museum

• Drop Vox – records audio and creates a URL

• Scan