Are you using paper pencil tasks with students such as worksheets for eye hand coordination tasks such as mazes, dot to dot, tracing in the lines, word searches, handwriting, letter formation, drawing and coloring activities?
Would you like the option to have a student perform these drawing tasks on your iPad?
Online resources for worksheets on many subjects are plentiful. Here are just a few online educational resources that organize worksheets by grade, subject or thematically:
Most offer free worksheet as well as may have memberships or subscriptions for educational materials but most worksheets are typically are in a PDF format that you can save on your computer or print out for use with the student. You’ve probably found your favorite sources already!
To make a drawing task or worksheet available for your students on your iPad I use Doodle Buddy for iPad due to ease and familiarity of use.
So how do you do that? First you need to get the electronic files on your iPad.
Here are a couple of ways to get the files onto your iPad:
Option A. Using Email:
- Save the worksheet to your computer then send it via email to an account your can access on your iPad.
- When the email is received the document is embedded in the email. Tap on the picture of the document (now an image) and “Save Image” or “Copy” choices are presented on the iPad screen. Choose “Save Image” which puts the image automatically to the Photos library.
- If the picture has extra text from the email use the Edit button (top of screen) to crop the picture using the crop tool that appears at the bottom right of the screen.
- Next open Doodle Buddy.
- To import your picture of the worksheet into Doodle Buddy first click on the small icon that looks like tic tac toe at the bottom right of Doodle Buddy screen (arrow in image below).
7. You will then get a background, photo and camera buttons (circled in red). Click on the Photos icon which takes you to your Photo library.
8. Once in your Photo library, find the image of the worksheet you want to use, tap it to import it into Doodle Buddy.
The “worksheet” image is now available to be used with the drawing tools. The chalk at the bottom center has drawing tools including a brush, chalk, glitter, smudge or eraser. Here is a finished product of a worksheet completed in Doodle Buddy.
Color and size of your line are other options available to you with the drawing tools.
Option B. Importing a Worksheet using the Camera
If you have an iPad2 with a camera you can take a picture of worksheets or pages and import them into Doodle Buddy to draw or mark on.
- Take a picture with the camera, centering the worksheet and getting the best picture possible. Lighting is important as is the background the worksheet is on. A photo of the worksheet will not be as clear an electronic document but it is doable.
- With your picture in your Photo library you can then follow Option A steps 5-8 to bring the pictures into Doodle Buddy for use.
When a worksheet is completed, options for what to do with it are:
- Erase the students lines
- Send it in Email (click on wrench at the bottom right of Doodle Buddy screen)
- Save to Photo Album (another option in the wrench icon on bottom right of the Doodle Buddy screen)
Saving to your Photo Album can be a method of collecting assessment data on your student work. You may not want to save everything they produce but occasional products or repeated products for pre-post data collection can be another method of formative assessment.
You may want to organizing your photos in albums or using a photo album app asPhoder or My Photos to help you name, organize and retrieve their work on your iPad for IEP reviews, or to reflect on their progress for quarterly reports. (Don’t forget to back up your iPad if you are collecting student artifacts!!!).
There are other ways to import worksheets using online resources such as Dropbox or when syncing your device. Photos can also be transferred using or Bluetooth with apps such as Bump which can transfer photos between iDevices with Bluetooth services turned on. I think the above methods are the easiest. So many possibilities!!
Now you have one more way to use your mobile tool box for student interventions or for documentation purposes. Once you start using the iPad in other ways, the possibilities seem to be endless, although it may take a specific app for that!
Ideas or suggestions? Please share!