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Book Review – Teaching and Learning With the iPad: 20 Days to Expert

by Kelly Walsh on June 22, 2014


Educator, Administrator, Technology Leader David Mahaley Helps Teachers get to the Next Level With his Newest iPad eBook

Are you using iPads in your classrooms and thinking about how you and your students can get more out of the experience?

In April, Franklin Academy’s David Mahaley released a new eBook providing a structured approach to helping teachers who are using iPads in their classrooms move to a higher level of expertise. The new book is titled Teaching and Learning With the iPad: 20 Days to Expert and it is available for sale here on for $7.99.


Mahaley’s first offering focused on the use of the iPad in the educational setting was published in December of 2012. The eBook Teaching and Learning With the iPad: Instructor’s Guide was well received. Reviewers noted that “This book is an easy read and very informative”, it provided “Nuts and Bolts Basics”, and that it was “Very Helpful”. A few also noted that they were looking for more depth of coverage, and Mahaley has responded with this new offering, which does just that.

Teaching and Learning With the iPad: 20 Days to Expert provides a 4 week format with the following structure, to walk teachers who are ready to learn more about using the iPad in their classes through the process of getting there, one day at a time.

Week 1 – Developing Workflow

Here you will learn about tools needed to address day to day tasks that are essential to both instructional process and student assignments. Apps for word processing, storage, communication, workflow, and more are described in terms of their function in the classroom and the instructional workflow that they support.

Week 2 – Content Presentation

In this section you will be introduced to tools for presenting your content to students, as well as many of the best apps for creating and interacting with presentations. This section of useful tools for teachers and students alike also gets into guided reading and eBooks.

Week 3 – Assessing Student Performance

The iPad can enable real time data collection, embedded assessments, formal assessment and more. Learn how in this section. Here you will also learn about assessment rubrics and multimedia projects.

Week 4- Your iPad Toolbox

The final section covers various fun, powerful tools and ideas that can add to your iPad based educational tool set, like iMovie, Garage Band, creating your own iBook, and more.

Regular readers of EmergingEdTech know that we’re big fans of David Mahaley’s work at the Franklin Academy, and the Teaching and Learning with the iPad conference (the nation’s first all-iPad education conference). You could hardly ask for a more experienced and successful advocate to seek guidance from when it comes to the use of the iPad as a teaching and learning tool .

Principal Mahaley introduced iPads at the K-12 charter school four years ago, and with his stewardship and a faculty that embraced the technology, the school grew to become a widely recognized leader in academic 1:1 iPad programs. They’ve since hosted countless schools that have come to learn from their experience, as well as such dignitaries as the Governors of South Carolina and North Carolina!

Whether you’ve already spent time with the iPad in your classroom, or you are just getting started, there is something in Teaching and Learning With the iPad: 20 Days to Expert to help you get more out it.

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Book Review – Teaching and Learning With The iPad by David Mahaley
iPad Educator Professional Development – The Three R’s
Registration is Open for the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference!


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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