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From Notepad to iPad

Using Apps and Web Tools to Engage a New Generation of Students, 1st Edition

By Matthew Gillispie


192 pages

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This book is a one-stop-shop for secondary teachers looking to use iPads effectively in the classroom.The author provides a clear and practical overview of how to implement the technology, manage it, and use it successfully. Each chapter is full of tips and engaging classroom activities. Teachers at all levels of experience and comfort with technology will benefit from the ideas and resources in this book.

Special Features:

  • Screen shots and other visuals to help you use the recommended apps and websites
  • Strategies for managing technology use in the classroom
  • Lesson plans that effectively teach literacy and content through the use of technology
  • Connections to the Common Core State Standards
  • Samples of student work using iPads
  • Rubrics for a variety of suggested assignments


"This book is aimed at teachers interested in increasing their use of technology in the classroom. The examples given are excellent. They are very explicit and easy to follow. I have not encountered a book that does this in this manner. I really enjoyed [the author’s] writing style. It seemed like a workshop that you were actually attending."

--Dr. David S. Ellena, Principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School, VA

"I love all of the different apps shared and appreciate that he provided a classroom example of how to use [each one] that is connected to the Common Core! Very user-friendly!"

--Jessica Bennett, Language Arts Teacher and Past-President of the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Where to Start and How to Plan Lessons

Chapter 2: Classroom Management and Essential Rules for Using iPads

Chapter 3: Redefining the Teacher Website

Chapter 4: Transforming Writing with iPads

Chapter 5: Transforming Reading with iPads

Chapter 6: Formative Assessment, Summative Assessment, and Gathering Data

Chapter 7: Communication and Collaboration with the iPad

Chapter 8: Transforming Public Speaking

Chapter 9: Differentiating Instruction with iPads

Chapter 10: Looking Forward

About the Author

Matt Gillispie is in his sixth year of teaching in Lancaster City Schools. He presents at conferences and has been featured in Ohio Department of Education’s Teacher Showcase Series focusing on project-based learning with iPads.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Computers & Technology