This paper explores a few implementation strategies for teachers at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the UAE who are planning for the use of Apple iPads in their classrooms in September 2012 in the Foundations Program. It focuses on how to use the iPad to facilitate an effective cloud-based document management system, thus providing high availability of learning resources during the academic life of the student. It also proposes how to integrate a few core apps to create an effective workflow and provide a paperless alternative to common paper-based tasks in the classroom.
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With Evernote, modern college students have the chance to take notes, do homework, complete classwork, and even save class handouts in their digital notebooks without having to use a pen, paper, heavy files or copybooks. Teachers will no longer hear excuses like “I forgot my homework at home”, “My computer crashed”, “I didn’t have Internet connection at home” or even the famous line, “I didn’t know”. With Evernote, no such excuses exist; students do not miss a beat with Evernote. Evernote is great for all subject areas; students can share their class notebook with their teacher, so that the teacher can access their work 24/7. At the same time, the teacher will never have to take notebooks away from students for grading purposes. Teachers can also share a digital notebook with students, including audio files, videos, snapshots of notes taken from the whiteboard, handouts, and even class announcements.