Instructional Practices

  • Learning with iPads

    Waukesha One is a statement of belief and a commitment to meeting our students' needs in a rapidly changing world -- it is not a program or an initiative. As a result, this is not a single issue reform or change. Waukesha One is far more focused on impacting instructional practice and delivery than it is on providing devices to students. While some aspects of Waukesha One are more notable changes than others, the most meaningful changes are those that will take place in the classroom every day between students and teachers. These are the interactions that mattered most to the quality of education our students receive, and they are the interactions that will continue to matter most. While the tools and methods used in the classroom may be enhance, the district remains focused on placing the best instructors in front of students daily.

    How will iPads be implemented in the classroom?

    One key element of the iPad is its versatility. While on student may be using the iPad to research and write a paper, the next student might be using the iPad to snap a picture of a lab experiment and then annotate it to demonstrate what he/she has learned in doing an experiment. Yet another student may be shooting a video of his reading group's discussion to be included in a digital portfolio that reflects their collaborative work, and another student may be using the iPad to find out what he/she missed in class yesterday via Blackbard, our district learning management system

    It is impossible to point to one consistent way the iPad will be used by students, but that is very much by design. In an active, engaged, focused classroom, learning takes on a wide variety of forms. Having a tool that is versatile, available in the moment, and reliable is the key to supporting a wide variety of instructional designs and learning tasks and outcomes. 

    With that said, let's recognize that the hard work of learning (and I'm talking about really meaningful learning that sticks with students for a long time) has to be done by the students. Placing these tools in the hands of students, and challenging them to demonstrate their learning creatively, uniquely, and meaningfully, puts the emphasis of learning back into the hands of the students. right where it belongs. It then becomes the job of the talented staff we have in Waukesha to create the conditions for learning and the pathways to educational success.  

  • What will the core apps be in Waukesha?

    Presently our core paid for applications, which students and staff will receive are:

  • Notability

    Notability: A note-taking app so powerful that it can change the way students: take notes, complete PDF handouts, sketch ideas, review audio conversations, and annotate documents. 

    Explain Everything

    Explain Everything: An easy-to-use design, screen-casting, and interactive whiteboard tool that let's you annotate, animate, narrate, and import/export almost anything from almost anywhere

    SMART Notebook

    SMART Notebook: This is the light version of the SMART Notebook software. Use this to create light multimedia and full SMART Notebook presentations.

    Book Creator

    Book Creator: The easy way to create your own simple, beautiful, personalized iBooks, right on the iPad. 


    iMovie: A powerful digital video editing studio, iMovie allows users to tell their story through the use of video, sound, images, and text. 

     Garage Band

    GarageBand: This versatile sound recording app can be used for a wide variety of educational purposes that require the recording of sound or the creation of music.


    Keynote: Keynote is a presentation app built for iPad. It makes creating presentations -- complete with animated charts and transitions -- as simple as touching and tapping. Start with themes and add text, images, charts, tables, and shapes with just a few taps. Present right on your iPad or use video mirroring to present while previewing your slides and notes on your device using the Presenter Display.

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    Pages: Pages is a word processsor on a mobile device. It helps create reports, resums, and documents in minutes. Pages has been designed for the iPad. Use one of over 60 templates or use a blank document and easily add text, images, shapes, and more with a few taps. Then format using preset styles and fonts. Also, use advanced features like change tracking, comments, and highlights to easily review changes in a document. 

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    Numbers: Numbers is a spreadsheet app designed for the iPad. Start with one of over 30 templates foryour home budget, checklist, invoice, mortgage calculator, and more. Choose from over 250 powerful functions. Tap to add tables, charts, text, and images anywhere on the free-form canvas. Animated your data with an interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts. 

  • iBooks

    iBooks: iBooks is used to read books on the iPad. Browse your library on a bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages. Use iBooks with the amazing accessibility features in iPad, such as speaking the words on a given page. Also, PDFs open in iBooks for convenient reading. Books are available from the iBooks Store. Free content exists and is worth of exploring, however an Apple ID is required to download content from the store. Additionally, books/units/handouts creating in iBooks Author (for Mac) will function wonderfully in iBooks. 


    iTunes U: The iTunes U app gives you access to complete courses from leading universities and other schools, including K-12 institutions. This is the world's largest digital caalog of free education content -- right on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. 

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    Google Drive: Google Drive is online storage for student's work and projects. Drive provides an additional space for students to backup work safely. 

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    Google Docs: Google Docs is a word processing program that allows students to create, edit and collaborate with others on documents. 


    Google Sheets: Google Sheets is a spreadsheet program that allows students to create, edit and collaborate with others on spreadsheets to organize data. 


    Google Slides: Google Slides is a presentation program that allows students to create, edit and collaborate with others on presentations.


    Chrome: Chrome is a web browser by Google that allows students to search and sync content across device.


    Classroom: Classroom helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organize their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers