Using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for Teaching

Two years ago I was a long-term sub teaching 8th grade math in a classroom where the SmartBoard wasn’t working properly. It wouldn’t stay calibrated, rendering it really not usable. Instead of declaring it dead, I noticed the Apple TV in the room and had a brainstorm – could I airplay from my iPad pro to the Apple TV and use it for instruction? The short answer was yes, and I used this set-up for classroom teaching. At the time I wrote about it on my husband’s blog. I am posting that here because while many things have changed and improved in two years, the heart of the matter is still very relevant. Read my original post about using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for teaching math.

I’ve divided this new post into two parts: “Getting there” and “How I’m using things.”  If you are only interested in how I’m using this technology, please skip to the second part. I included the first part because I want to thank the people who helped me with this, and I want to remember it. Continue reading “Using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for Teaching”

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Trello for Tutoring

In this post I’m going to share how I have used Trello as a great tool for tutoring students one on one. Last year I tutored several students, and to keep everything that they were doing straight I decided to start to store things in Trello. In doing so, I found out that it worked as a wonderful back and forth tool for us to communicate, share work and ask questions.

Each student interacted a little bit differently with it, and that is one thing that I found really fun and interesting. If you are a tutor, I think that you’ll find Trello really helpful for managing things. This post will share the things that I found most useful. I hope that you find it helpful. Continue reading “Trello for Tutoring”