5 Simple Ways to Use a Tablet in Your Classroom


Following the deployment of Android tablets to grades k-4, teachers often ask for simple ideas to integrate tablets into the existing curriculum. Here are five ways enhance the classroom experience through the use of a mobile device.

Use Animoto to create presentations.

  1.  Animoto offers an easy to use app where students can create short videos. Assessment becomes less “painful” when students can demonstrate knowldge using a multimedia format.

Research is at their fingertips.

2. Students have access to endless research resources. For younger students, consider housing links on Symbaloo. Presented in a visual format using tiles, Symbaloo organizes your links into a shareable webmix.

After researching, students can be content creators by writing articles on a class Wiki or blog.

Free E-books

3. While nothing can replace the feel of a paper book, tablets can provide students with free e-books. Emerging readers can use sites such as We Give Books, while Project Gutenberg offers a wealth of books for older students.


4. Kids love taking photos, and they take good ones. Their spontaneity results in sincere images, offering us a glimpse at the fresh perspective of a child. Something as simple as the tablet’s camera can be used in lessons spanning across the curriculum.

Students can take photos to create visuals of a variety of concepts. Send them on math scavenger hunt for angles or geometric shapes. A nice day may warrant a nature walk to photograph science concepts. Create a photo journal of school or community events. Take photos in the style of an artist to accompany a biography unit, or to fit a certain theme.

Compile student photography using Photopeach to display at open house or for class presentation.

Create classroom videos

5. Using the tablet’s video record option can offer a variety of learning opportunities. Creating short videos is appropriate for all grade levels and can incorporate math and literacy skills.

Using props, younger students can create a video demonstrating math word problems. Recreate a part of a story, record speeches, make commercials as part of a persuasive writing unit, demonstrate a “how to”, or develop a public service announcement to share with the school or community.