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AVID, ISTE, & the iPad

posted Oct 13, 2016, 5:08 PM by Mason Mason   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 2:58 PM ]

AVID, ISTE, & the iPad


Ever since entering the education arena, I have been in awe of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). This college and career preparatory program has been helping level the playing field for underprivileged and underrepresented students for more than 35 years. One of the ways AVID helps close the achievement and opportunity gaps for students is through its curated WICOR strategies based on evidence-based best practices.


AVID’s WICOR learning structure incorporates teaching and learning methodologies for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn. AVID has been proven to change the trajectory of millions of students lives, and now that I am in an AVID school district that has deployed iPads 1:1 for every high school student, I want to help students and teachers enhance the strategies they are using from AVID with 21st-century digital skills.


The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is an organization whose technology standards for students, teachers, and administrators has become ubiquitous internationally for schools and districts seeking to transform teaching and learning through technology integration. The ISTE Standards for Students were updated in 2016 emphasizing student engagement and connectedness in a digital world.


Combined, AVID’s WICOR strategies and ISTE’s Standards for Students can marry with Apple’s iPad to truly revolutionize how teachers teach and how students learn. Here are just 10 apps students and teachers can use on the iPad to make learning rigorous, relevant, and fun.


WICOR Strategy

ISTE Standards

for Students

iPad App







Pages is the most beautiful word processor you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. This powerful word processor helps you create gorgeous reports, resumes, and documents in minutes. Pages for iPad is designed exclusively for the iPad with support for Multi-Touch gestures and Smart Zoom.



Google Docs

With Google Docs students and teachers can create, edit, and collaborate with others on documents from their iPad with the free Google Docs app.



Khan Academy

Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. With the iPad app, students can learn anything – for free: With over 10,000 videos and explanations at their fingertips in math, science, economics, history, and much more.




With a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures, iMovie lets students enjoy their videos and tell stories like never before. They can browse their video library, share favorite moments, create beautiful movies. And with the iMovie extension, it’s fast and fun to make every video more memorable — right in the Photos app.



Google Slides

Students and teachers can create, edit, and collaborate with others on presentations from your their iPad with the free Google Slides app. 




Students can podcast and be heard — everywhere. GarageBand lets them easily share their recordings with friends, family, or the entire Internet via social networks. Or save their track as a custom ringtone. They can even wirelessly share whole projects with someone near them using AirDrop.



            Google Drive
Students and teachers can have all of their files within reach from their iPad. All of their files can be stored in Google Drive – like videos, photos, and documents – and are backed up safely so they won't lose them. Thay can easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.



iTunes U

iTunes U provides everything a teacher needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and their own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, start class discussions or talk with students one-on-one to answer questions and provide feedback.


Reading to Learn


iBooks lets students lose themselves in a good story from the comfort of their iPad. They can find classics, bestsellers, up-and-coming authors, and even audiobooks—ready to download and enjoy.




Students and teachers use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, markup photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for the iPad to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, notes are always up-to-date.