A look at some ways that teachers can manage a digital workflow for iPads in the classroom. It includes ideas for assigning work to students, receiving work from students, and grading and returning work to students.
Ideas for Assigning Work
• Post it on a Classroom Website
• QR Codes - Try Snap.vu
• Shared Dropbox Folder
• Shared Dropbox File Link
• Shared Folder in Google Drive
• Public Evernote Notebook
• Showbie iPad App
• Edmodo, Canvas or other LMS solutions
• Email it to students
A Printopia Workﬂow
1. Teacher assigns work to the student.
2. The student completes assignment in an
app with print capabilities.
3. The student turns in their assignment to
the teacher via a virtual printer on
4. The teacher grades the assignment and
returns it to the student.
An iWork-Dropbox Workﬂow
1. Each student shares a Dropbox folder with the
teacher. (The teacher can organize these in
their Dropbox as sub folders of a class folder)
2. Assignments completed in iWork can be
opened in Dropbox and saved to that folder.
3. The teacher opens the folder, grades the
assignment in iWork, Notability or
ExplainEverything, and saves back to
A Google Drive Workﬂow
1. Each student shares a folder with the
teacher. (The teacher can organize
these in their Drive as sub folders of a
2. Assignments completed in the Drive
app and saved to that shared folder.
3. The teacher accesses the shared
folder, grades the assignment and
leaves comments on the document.
An Evernote Workﬂow
1. The teacher, in a premium Evernote account,
shares a notebook with each student and
gives them editing rights to it.
2. The student completes the assignment in
Evernote, or adds an iWork ﬁle to an Evernote
note, and saves it to the shared notebook.
3. The teacher accesses the assignment, grades
it in Evernote, iWork or ExplainEverything and
returns it to the shared folder for the student.
Tips for an Evernote Workﬂow
• Groups of 3 or more
teachers can get Evernote
premium for 50% off
• Manage the shared
notebook workﬂow on a
desktop app by using
• Give students your
Evernote email so they
can email your shared
folder direct from an app
they are using
• Teachers create a class inside the free Showbie
app, and add an assignment
• Students complete the assignment in Showbie,
or in another app and send it to Showbie via
the Open in feature of that app
• Teachers grade the assignment inside
Showbie. Students can login to the app to see
their grade and teacher comments.
The Schoology Workﬂow
• The teacher creates an assignment for one of
their Schoology classes.
• Students view the assignment, work on it in an
app like Pages, then submit it to their
assignment dropbox in the Schoology app.
• The teacher can view the submitted
assignment on the iPad and assign a grade for
the student to view, or annotate on a desktop
• Teachers can assign work on their Edmodo group.
• Students complete the assignment in an app of
their choice and add it to their Edmodo backpack
via the Open in feature of that app.
• Students access the teacher’s assignment and
submit their work by selecting it from their
• Teachers grade the work from Edmodo
This will be a roundup of some of the ways to transfer student work to and from an iPad. \n\nDisclaimer: It is not an exhaustive list, nor is it meant to be. I'm not here to recommend any one solution over another or endorse any particular product. I just want to give you options, because they can be hard to come by.\n
Assigning is the least problematic. You can be creative with email, class websites, QR codes, shared Google Drive, Evernote or Dropbox folders, but you can just orally assign work or get students to record the task on the device themselves.\n\nReceiving work from students is more problematic. How do they get it off the device and to the teacher in an acceptable format and without jumping through too many hoops?\n\nGrading and returning assignments to students has similar problems. \n
Probably the easiest step in the whole process...\n
First step is getting it online somewhere so that you can direct students to the assignment.\n\nOf course, you can do it the old fashioned way and just tell them what the assignment is, or write it on the (smart) board.\n
Not the ideal scenario for a digital classroom but some people can't let go!\n\nWe gave out 300 ipads to Grant Wood AEA staff and it was one of the first things they asked for!\n\nNice to have printed copies of some assignments for display!\n
Not everyone knows you can print from the iPad \n\nAirPrint enabled printers allow you to print over wifi to a printer\n
The original purpose of this Mac app is to facilitate better AirPrining\n\nBut, you can also use it to set up virtual printers!! Explain...\n\nGreat for under 13s who have no email, but great for the teacher too.\n\n\n
If it is a media project like a movie, and you can't print it, try moving it with PhotoSync.\n
Most email systems let you set up email filters. This is an example of Gmail's filters. \n\nFilters can be a great way to bring order to your inbox.\n
A file syncing service that lets you share documents between multiple devices. Compatible with Mac, PC, and almost every mobile device.\n\nHowever, this is a 13+ option.\n
This is a recent update to the iWork suite of apps.\n\nRemember to slide to the right to see other apps that may overflow\n
Free accounts are limited to 2gb, so be wary of large media projects. Works great for text based or presentation documents.\n\n
The recently released Google Drive app is a promising first step forward at improving Google Drive on the iPad .\n\n...Discuss some features not found in mobile version...\n
A very talented Google Certified Trainer called Eric Curts wrote an amazing guide to using Google in a paperless classroom.\n\nIt was not necessarily intended for the iPad, but much of it can work on the iPad very well.\n\nRead the whole document by following this link... \n
Who went to Leslie Fisher's Evernote session?\n\nEvernote is an awesome note taking application that syncs to all Internet enabled devices you own.\n\nType notes, record audio notes, add images, and even store files created in other apps.\n
Schools are increasingly turning to learning management systems like Blackboard, Moodle, or Desire2Learn\n\nThey offer schools a lot of advantages. They are an all in one solution to grades, assignments, attendance, online lessons, communication and more.\n
Schoology does not have to be used school wide, and it is free for teachers to set up their own classes, add students, set assignments, and so forth.\n\nIf you are familiar with Edmodo, you will be familiar with what Schoology is all about, but Schoology offers more. \n\nPerhaps more suited for a high school audience. It is often compared to Blackboard in terms of features and layout, and best of all, it integrates well with the iPad. \n
Waverley Shell Rock are using Canvas as their LMS and they are 1:1\n\nThis is a paid solution, and it does offer more than Schoology, but it should do! If you are interested you can see more online, and be aware that it is available at a discounted rate through the Iowa educators consortium.\n
Annotate with freehand annotations or typed text.\n\nAdd an audio note to explain your annotations!\n
These next two apps are based on a WebDAV solution. Many apps like Pages, Keynote, Number, Notability, and ExplainEverything support WebDAV.\n\nThey are specifically designed to be a digital dropbox solution for schools.\n\nIf you buy into a solution like this it is like having a school network drive in the cloud. Everyone has their own storage space, and their own username and password to access it.\n\n \n