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Using the iPad in every lesson

We recently ran a workshop at Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen, centred around the iPad, and the ways in which it can be used as a powerful teacher’s tool. Included in the workshop was
annotation, marking up, mirroring, Google Drive and Drive File Stream.

The Markup tool on iPads is great for classroom use


It was wonderful to receive an email a week or so later from a college at Charles Read, Mrs. Smith, who had joined us for the workshop. Mrs. Smith’s email detailed the fact that she had used the iPad in every lesson that day, and what an impact it had had on the teaching and learning. As you will see, a very varied use, but none of which needed anything special on the iPad other than Google Drive. The iPad camera, built in mark-up tools and the ability to either mirror to a big screen or upload to Google Drive are often the most powerful. We’ve said it before and we’ll keep on saying it: quick, simple, effective.

Mrs Smith is Subject Leader in English, and here’s how the iPad was used and the impact it had throughout the course of the day:


Year 11 English
Year 11 had all undertaken a piece of writing for exam practice, producing a formal letter. As I was marking them, I had noticed they were using lots of interesting language to open them, so I took a picture of a selection of the best and we discussed the devices they’d used as part of the starter activity, whilst mirroring the pictures to the big screen at the front

Year 7 Drama
Year 7 had done some lovely assessed performances the week before, but I wanted them to focus on what they were doing physically when they were not performing a line. I therefore filmed them in a scripted performance, uploaded them to Google Drive whilst they did a follow-on activity, then as the plenary task, they watched the performances back and wrote an evaluation on their reactive performances. It got the message across powerfully!

Google Drive, the gift that keeps on giving!


Year 10 English
Year 10 are working on extracts of Macbeth in preparation for GCSE Literature. I simply took a picture of a key speech and used the ‘Markup’ tool to record the comments students were making during our whole-class analysis discussion. I now have that image for anyone who was absent in the lesson, as well as to refer back to if we explore that speech when revising next year. I can also mirror this to the big screen at the front for the class to see.

It may look like wizardry and witchcraft, but mirroring your iPad screen is remarkably simple



Year 9 English
We were doing a ‘quotation quest’, where students needed to locate quotations to support particular statements about the text. I used the camera to take pictures of key passages and the highlight tool to show students where the answers were - far easier than repeating the page number they’re meant to be looking at several times and waiting whilst they find it!

These are just a few examples of the way I used the iPad on that particular day! A really useful tool, and I only needed the Google Drive App plus the built in tools of the iPad!


Our thanks to Mrs Smith for taking the time to write this post and give us feedback. If you would like to know more, or arrange training for your school or department, please get in touch with the eLearning team. If you are a DRET staff member, we have lots of training videos, including how to use markup tools, on the Training Channel of DRET.TV

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