About iPads in Action

iPads in Action is a resource for districts, administrators and teachers to use as they deploy iPads in their schools and use iPads effectively in the classroom for years to come. This project is funded by the Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan. 
 

About REMC

The Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1969. Its members are the 28 local regional educational media centers operated through the intermediate school district structure.

MISSION AND BELIEFS

  • The REMC Association of Michigan believes that it must provide proactive leadership to the Michigan educational community by participating with other organizations in building a vision that supports quality teaching and learning and provides equity to Michigan's pre-K-12 students.
  • The REMC Association of Michigan will accomplish this within the framework of the following principles:
  • Improve learning for all students.
  • Support constituents and improve teaching and learning statewide through future-focused collaboration, leadership and service.
  • Empower teachers to create high quality, engaging instructional environments when they have access to the necessary skills, tools and rich sources of information.
  • Provide effective cost savings through statewide cooperative purchasing, which allows local resources to be reallocated to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Advance statewide connectivity through delivery systems and infrastructure.

EXECUTIVE BOARD, 2018-19

Tina Tribu, REMC 12W, President
Andy Mann, REMC 4, President-Elect
Ron Houtman, REMC 8, Past President
Melinda Waffle, REMC 12E, Secretary
Steve Schmunk, REMC 21, Treasurer
Laura Cummings, REMC 17, Member-at-Large
Sue Schwartz, Executive Director, ex officio

Curious where to find your REMC? Click here! 

About iPads in Action

Whether you are new to iPads or an experienced user, iPads in Action helps you to unlock the full potential of using iPads in the classroom. This tool features in-depth review of iPad basics, settings and built-it apps that can be leveraged for integration of iPads in the classroom.

OVERVIEW

This site and resources will be added to throughout the coming years. All of these resources are provided FREE to the public.

GOAL: iPads in Action is a website that provides K-12 districts with resources for integrating iPads into the classroom to take technology and learning to deeper levels.

CREATED BY: This resource is a project started by a team of education technology specialists in Michigan. The project receives funding through a the REMC Association of Michigan. The team appreciates the support of Apple and their Education Team and their work on "Workflows" built in to the site. 

ORGANIZATION: 

Basics: This is where you will find the basic functions of the iPad. If you are brand new to the iPad and how it works, this is where you would like to start. Included in the basics section is also information on deployment for districts to make the transition to iPads run smoothly. Also in this section, users can learn how to facilitate learning in their school with the iPads. 

iPad Settings: Many iPad users do not know the full capabilities of the iPad. In this section, user learn how to change settings on the iPad and access accessibility features to help all students learn. 

Built-In Apps: This section shares with users how to use apps that come on the iPad straight out of the box. Facilitators can use the iPads in their classrooms without ever downloading an extra app. These are the sections outlined throughout the Built in Apps section:

  • Learn: Each app features a "learn" section detailing the usage of the app. Although the iPad is fully functional without adding anything extra, other apps take learning to deeper levels. 
  • Integrate: includes Workflows created by Apple Education Trainers to use in the classroom today. Workflows are a visual lesson with step-by-step directions that allows facilitators to use each app. 
  • Level-Up: This section includes resources from Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE). Each ADE is asked to create a "One Best Thing" iBook that highlights the use of an Apple App or Program. These books are included in this section based on the apps they use. 
  • Explore allows teachers to find other ways this app in being used in the classroom, or in education. Resources are pulled from blogs, websites, and other teachers in order to see how others are putting the app to use. 

*COMING MARCH 2018*

Apple Apps: These apps are available from Apple for free through the App Store. Apple Apps allow students to collaborate on projects, share what they have learned in a meaningful way, and redefine the way they learn in the classroom. 

As this project continues, the team will be adding additional workflows for each grade level, third-party apps and workflows, as well as updates for the new iOS system. 

The iPads in action team includes Jeremie Coplin, Gayle Evans, Lacey Khon, Anne Thorpe, and Keith Tramper. 

Also on the team from Apple is Rae Niles. 

Special Thanks

The iPads in Action team would like to give Special Thanks to the Apple Team who helped make this project possible. Part of this team includes the Class of 2018 Apple Education Trainers. 

We would also like to thank the REMC Association of Michigan for making this project possible.