Then here is the one article you should share with them. The Essential iPad Guide for Principals is a concise, practical guide to simple steps principals or any other member of your School Leadership Team, who are interested in getting the best out of their iPads can use. There seems to be the notion that iPads are great “toys” – which they are!! – but the educational purposes are less obvious. If we want those who make the budget decisions to see just how great a tool for themselves and other educators then we need to show them.
This article is written by Justin Baeder, and appears on the eduleadership.org website. He is a public elementary school principal in Seattle and a doctoral student at the University of Washington.
In this article he limits himself to just a few apps that he finds most useful. They are all great, but I particularly like Evernote which Justin describes as his filecabinet and i-annotate, a specialised app that allows you to annotate your PDF’s.
I had a conversation with my principal just last week about iPads and how I was suffering from “iPad envy”. I told him I would be requesting one in my 2013 Library budget. His response was that he hoped I could justify how I was going to use it educationally with students. No worries about that, I replied! I’ll provide plenty of examples of how it can be used for education!
Guess what he received in his email inbox from me this morning! I challenge you to share this with your principal this week and then be prepared to back it up with a conversation with them about it.