Teacher Review for Pages

No need for Microsoft in the Apple envirnoment

Chris C.
Technology coordinator
Heathcote School
Scarsdale, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use it to have access to lesson plans, plan books, student anecdotals, etc across all my devices. I use both the iPad and a Mac so being able to have instant access to my files, regardless of device, is an amazing timesaver. In addition, I teach students primarily on Macs, using Pages, but knowing the Pages app is nearly identical to the desktop version means can be confident my students can transition to the mobile operating system in an instant with no loss of time nor need for additional instruction.
My Take
Microsoft Office is no longer the "go to" application suite available to teachers and students. The best part about Pages as an app is that is is almost identical to Pages on OSX. Teaching students proper word processing skills such as typing and formatting is no longer limited to a full OS version of a Microsoft suite. In addition, if you are in an environment that uses both Macs and iPads for instruction, Pages is great in that it makes the transition between devices and platforms easy and seamless. In a 1:1 environment where students have unique iTunes logins they can sync their Pages documents across devices and move between the iPad and the iPad/MacBook, working on the same file, in an instant.