David Olinger

Integrating Tablet Technology

What are some best practices for integrating a tablet into your curriculum?  It seems to me that many teachers use tablets as supplements for books and spiral notebooks.  Something that I am interested in is how can brick and mortar teachers integrate the tools of elearning into their own curriculum.  When school districts integrate tablets into the classroom, I find that many teachers struggle at integrating the technology into the class time; however, would it be more appropriate to create elearning modules for our students to use outside of the classroom to replace the traditional lectures and presentations many teachers still rely on today.  The tablet seems like a useful tool for students to use at home, on the bus, or on the town.  How can we think sideways and integrate this disruptive technology effectively?  Thoughts? Examples?

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Mark DuBois

Posted on 8/8/13 7:23:08 PM Permalink

I am part of a group of Adobe Education Leaders who recently provided a report on mobile best practices at the AEL Summer Institute in San Jose. As part of our efforts, we decided to continue our group, but widen the scope to include others who are interested. If you are interested in joining our group, please complete this form by August 15, 2013 -

Nancy Parker

Posted on 7/25/13 10:12:54 PM Permalink

It will be difficult in public K-12 to optimize elearning with tablets as there are so many families that cannot afford connectivity. I don't see public K-12 schools providing it.

Quinto Martin

Posted on 7/23/13 6:57:36 PM Permalink

David, I work at Seton Hill University and we have had an iPad / Mobile initiative since 2010. I am the faculty development and trainer specialist who has created the majority of training materials and teaching support for our Elite faculty development program. One aspect of our continued faculty development is to hold supplemental Teaching and Learning sessions (in addition to our standard technology development sessions for faculty). In these sessions we share information about using iPads as creative multimedia tools,Teaching with iPads, and son. These are great ways to get faculty to think about how to use these (outside of the obvious uses).

Some suggested uses are:

Digital storytelling with iPads

Skitch (use to create markups on webpages or artwork, maps etc for critiques or integration into other apps like VoiceThread)

Voicethread app (have a digital conversation around a piece of media)

Tellagami (use to tell stories or role play through premade characters)

Puppet Pals HD (allows user to act out plays and other fun stuff)

Animoto (have students create video pertaining to specific topics)

Comic Life App: (se this video on how are faculty used this app in class)

Read more about our initiate here:

Here are some great resourses for implementing tablets into the classroom!

Tammy Moore

Posted on 5/5/13 3:44:03 AM Permalink

Classroom 2.0 Live! is a weekend webinar show and tablets in active use in classrooms is a regular theme from guest teachers. You may want to look at the archives at You can also get the shows as a podcast through iTunes. You will be able to listen to presentations by real teachers about what they are doing with technology in their classrooms full of lots of examples, tips, recommendations, and more. On occasion, app developers will be presenting. There have been several apps that I thought were terrific for everything from specific subjects through to student motivation. THe live show is every Saturday at 11pm Central (convert to your own time zone).

There are several Adobe products that will let you make content that works well with tablets. My own personal favorite is Adobe Captivate. It outputs to swf as well as HTML5. Flash can publish out to apps, but it has a steep learning curve compared to Captivate. You will be able to create Powerpoint-like presentations within the first hour with it and if you delve in a little more you will be building highly interactive lessons that go way beyond a sit back and listen presentation. Publish out as HTML5 and point to the multi-screen file and you are serving up great lessons and activities for your students.
My son is an IT specialist in our school district. Often they will know of apps, but have their hands so full keeping it all running that they often feel they cannot pass along to teachers some of the software recommendations of the things they come across. My son and I often talk about how they need a bridge team between the techs and the teachers. That team would meet with teachers and focus on what topics are soon coming up in the classroom and they would get lesson plans, tools, and tutorials for students all lined up. We had a presenter back about three months ago where their district did that and she was one of three on that team. It seemed to me to be an excellent way to put the technology to use in the curriculum without loading the teacher down with the full load of trying to find and implement apps for their course needs.

David Olinger

Posted on 4/4/13 3:51:56 PM Permalink


I agree with you, I suppose what I would like to find is a group of people developing "tablet-driven" curriculum so that the tablet truly disrupts the way teachers teach. It's easy to simply use the tablet to supplement handouts, textbooks, and notebooks; however, I think this is where we have to begin because that is where most teachers are at. In time we will find some teachers modeling new and innovative ways to use the tablet. These ways are not obvious and ... as you stated will take more time and preparation than traditional methods.

Ko Maruyama

Posted on 3/17/13 1:25:23 AM Permalink

There are some really obvious answers in that list. The possibility of engaging students in testing and finding and showcasing practical applications of the lesson is where tablets can really shine.

As difficult as it is to prepare, maintain and keep a syllabus engaging - creating unique material for a tablet-driven curriculum is even more difficult.

#13 Does this do anything that a printed handout couldn't do? Many teachers use websites and email for this type of communication with students (and their parents).

The real prize (for now) is the interest that students have with tablet technology. Almost anything on them is "interesting" and "new". Interactivity is king. Engaging students is really where tablets' strength lies.

David Olinger

Posted on 3/7/13 12:32:09 AM Permalink

Thank you Adobe Education Team for this link to an article listing 25 uses of the tablet in the classroom I really liked # 13. Students love knowing what your are about to do with them in the classroom & I like the idea of letting them know as soon as I can, which is usually within twenty-four hours of our last meeting. 13. Efficiency Tablets are more efficient. Teachers can pre-list assignments for the day and student’s can see the schedule before even arriving. Communication is fast and instant between the teacher and child as well. There is less time grading, sorting, and filing