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Got GAFE? Got iPads? Get Productive!

Lots of schools love Google Apps for Education. Lots of schools love iPads too. So how can you make the most of Google when you live in both a GAFE and an iPad world? This session will provide you with a series of practical, hands-on projects that will showcase how your iPad can make you productive in a Google universe. Bring an iPad and make sure you can download apps from the Apple App Store.

In most instances where students have 1:1 iPads in classrooms, the teacher still uses a conventional computer. This often means that tasks that seem simple on a computer are not always so simple on an iPad. Many teachers in iPad classrooms don't fully grasp just how different the experience can be.  In this workshop you will take on a series of typical ICT projects on an iPad to put yourself in the shoes of your students.

All these tasks can be done on an iPad using the Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides apps for iOS. You'll need all four of them to complete this task. If you really do want to live in a Google world on an iPad, you should probably also make sure you're using Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Classroom, Photos, etc for iOS. All these apps work together to make the iOS experience much better for Google users.

Task 1: Google Docs  

Create a two page report on an animal of your choice

  • Title your document with the name of your chosen animal
  • Your report should include:
    • A paragraph or two of information about your animal
    • At least two images of the animal
    • A table showing key information about the animal
    • A bulleted list of places where the animal can be found
    • Insert a link to the source of your information
  • Format the document to be attractive, using of different type, size and color fonts
  • Check the word count of your report
  • Star the file
  • View in print layout mode
  • View the document in Print Preview mode
  • Email a copy the finished doc to yourself as a PDF

Task 2: Google Sheets

Create a spreadsheet to summarise and calculate the costs of taking a family to the movies.

  • Title the Sheet “Going to the Movies”
  • Set up columns for:
    • Items (tickets, popcorn, parking, candy, etc)
    • Quantity (number of each purchased)
    • Cost (individual cost of each item)
    • Item Total (calculate the total for each item, quantity x cost)
    • Grand total (add all the item totals together)
  • Add background colours, borders, etc, to make it easy to read
  • Format the sheet for maximum clarity
  • Sort the list into alphabetical order by item
  • Apply a filter to show only the snack bar items
  • Star the file
  • Share with a partner and ask for feedback or suggestions using comments
Here is a Sample Sheet

Task 3: Google Slides

Create a Slides presentation on the planets in our solar system

Work in teams of no more than 4 people
  • Create a group Slides presentation, choosing a suitable theme for your slides
  • Hint: only one person should create the Slides doc and share it with the others as collaborators
  • Include a title slide
  • Add a slide for each planet 
  • On each slide include:
    • The name of the planet
    • A picture of the planet
    • A brief description of the planet
    • A short note in the Speakers Notes section
  • On the final slide includes credits for the members of your group, with each person's name and photo
  • Group each name with the corresponding photo
  • Star the file
  • Present your final slides on the iPad

Here is a Sample Slides deck

Task 4: Bring it all together

  • Create a folder in your Google Drive called “Got iPad”
  • Move all your documents into this folder.
  • Star this folder


Having done some of these tasks on an iPad, how did you find the experience?  What was hard?  What was easy? What was surprising? Take a moment to complete a short reflection on the process by filling out this form (on your iPad of course!) After you submit your answers, take a moment to read what others have said.

Being productive with GAFE on an iPad

If you have a moment I'd really appreciate your feedback on this session. Thanks!