How I Use It
Many people think of Pages as just a word processor, but I am really pleased with the possibilities for creating student products that have a visual flair. This is super motivating for student of all levels, especially ELLs. I have found that all of my students want to create quality projects and ask to use Pages when given the choice. They love the templates, especially Flyers & Posters, Postcards, Brochures, and Newsletters. These type of options connect nicely into Common Core Information Text writing. Students complete projects and post their finished work on their blog in My Big Campus, our learning management system.
Pages is a fabulous app for creating and demonstrating quality work for your students. Your students will enjoy it as well. You can simply use it as word processor and/or create amazing model projects for you students. You can also make tables and graphs for math, and/or bring in shapes or pictures. When you bring in pictures, you can label parts of the picture with text boxes. The app also features some advanced writing tools and there are some coaching tips to help you learn about the available features. Like any app, there is a learning curve before you become completely comfortable navigating around. I would suggest that you spend some time exploring before using this app in front of the students. You don't have to be an expert at it though! Your students will start telling you how to use it in no time!