The Principal Center is the leading provider of iPad professional development for educators. This page describes our iPad training workshops and services. Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-861-5172 with any questions or to request more information about how we can meet your school's needs.
iPad for Educators
iPad for Educators is a comprehensive iPad training program for teachers and other school staff using iPads, brought to you by Justin Baeder, Director of The Principal Center.
After spending thousands of dollars on iPads for your staff, the last thing you want is for them to collect dust. The iPad has amazing potential and is easy to use, but there's a big difference between using the iPad casually and using it to teach. With the right training, the iPad can be a transformative tool.
iPad for Educators is intended to be both comprehensive and differentiated. Rather than providing a single training for your entire staff—whose iPad proficiency may vary widely—we offer our most powerful training sessions in a variey of formats that your staff can access in whatever way fits your schedule, including:
- Online workshops (webinar format) - keynote presentations demonstrating the iPad's potential for educators, with the opportunity to ask questions via chat or email
- Screencasts - detailed, step-by-step visual directions for using the iPad, in a downloadable video format
- Phone and email support
- Custom trainings (optional) - live, online or on-site sessions designed to meet your school's needs
Rather than offer four or five separate workshops, we're offering iPad for Educators as a single package to meet the needs of all your staff—from complete newbies to iPad aces. Each staff member can access whichever portions of the training are most relevant to their needs.
Both the workshops and the screencasts feature actual onscreen iPad modeling, so you can see exactly what to do and follow along on your iPad.
This training covers the following topics in three presentations, plus bonus screencasts:
- iPad 101 - Basics of how to use the iPad, install apps, set up accounts, charge, sync, and more
- iPad and Your Documents - using your iPad to manage documents, photos, notes, email, lesson plans, and more with secure cloud services
- Teaching and Presenting with iPad - using your iPad as a whiteboard, document camera, video/digital camera, gradebook, and more
- iPad and Google Apps - how the iPad integrates with your Google Apps account to facilitate collaboration, document sharing, file access, and more
- Securing Your iPad and Your Data - preventing and responding to loss/theft of your iPad as well as your data using the iPad's built-in security tools
In addition to the live sessions, iPad for Educators includes a variety of screencasts to walk participants step-by-step through specific tasks on the iPad. If you have a specific issue or question that doesn't fit into one of our workshops, we'll cover it in depth in a screencast.
Cost and Custom Options
Individual rate: $199
Group rate: $199/first person + $99/each additional person
Site license: Call 1-800-861-5172 or email email@example.com for a quote based on school size
Custom training: $2,000 - includes customized live online session for staff, phone consultation with administrators, and site license to all training materials—LIMITED AVAILABILITY—Please Call
Onsite live training: From $2,500 plus travel - customized live onsite training for your staff, plus phone consultation with administrators, and site license to all training materials. One-day and multi-day options available. SOLD OUT
To check availability, learn more, or book a custom training, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-861-5172.
About Justin Baeder
Justin Baeder is director of The Principal Center. A former Seattle Public Schools principal and teacher, Justin's professional mission is to improve the efficiency of schools by helping educational leaders maximize the impact of their work.
His presentations, online and at major national conventions, have helped hundreds of school administrators increase their productivity using digital as well as low-tech tools and processes.
Justin writes about principal performance and productivity at eduleadership.org and studies principal productivity at the University of Washington.
What Participants Are Saying
I found your workshop to be very informative and valuable to the work that I do as a principal. Thanks so much for offering this.—Joanne, CT Principal
I really enjoyed it and learned so much really good practical, usable information. I'm an older principal who was surprised my iPad could actually make my job easier.—Barbara, TX Principal
I was very impressed not only with your presentation style but with the time saving ideas you shared with us. It is going to take some training and work on my part, but everything made such good sense.—Bob, Executive Director, WA
We believe this training will dramatically increase the effectiveness of your staff in using the iPad in their work as educators. If you are not satisfied with this training for any reason,* let us know and we will issue a full refund. In addition, make sure you request the topics that your staff needs help with, and they can be added to the existing workshop resources at no extra cost.
*Note: Because we can't ensure that every computer everywhere works with our online meeting software, nor can we prevent potential issues such as power/internet outages and technical glitches, we do not guarantee that you will be able to participate in all live sessions. However, we will make every effort to support you in connecting successfully (via PC, Mac, or iPad), and we will also send you the recordings afterward so you can review the entire training at your convenience. If you schedule a custom training, we will conduct tests prior to your live staff training sessions to ensure that everything will work. » Read more about our guarantee and cancellation policy
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What sessions and topics are included with my registration?
A: Your registration includes the full list of sessions and topics listed above, and you can request additional help or screencasts any time.
Q: Can we determine when to view the training recordings?
A: Yes, all of the sessions are available in HD video (MP4 format), and you'll have full control over how you use them. You can skip around, pause, and watch the recordings in whatever time you have available.
Q: What's the difference between a web conference and a screencast?
A: The main presentations are designed to inform and inspire, and to help you understand how to put your iPad to the best uses.
The screencasts are more detailed and specific, walking you step-by-step through particular tasks on the iPad. They cover individual topics in more depth than the main presentations. You can ask questions via email at any time. You may not be interested in all of our screencasts, but they are very useful when you want to learn exactly how to do something. We can do additional screencasts on any iPad topic you need help with—please feel free to ask at any time.
Q: How long can we keep the recordings, and what format are they in?
A: The recordings of both the web conferences and screencasts are in MP4 video format, playable on virtually any device. You can keep them forever and watch them as many times as you'd like. If you purchase a site license or custom training, staff hired in the future can access the recordings as well.
Q: What if the training becomes outdated?
A: The iPad world changes quickly, and we are constantly updating our training materials to keep them current. Your purchase entitles you to access future updates free of charge, so if you purchase the training now, you'll be able to access our current materials as well as our updated materials in the future.
Q: Do you accept purchase orders?
A: Yes, please see our registration form below and select the Purchase Order option. If your district has special requirements for vendors, please email us at email@example.com with your requirements. Our IRS form W-9 is available here.
To register for iPad for Educators, use the form below. We will contact you to arrange your attendance at any of our public live sessions, access to downloadable materials, and custom options if applicable.
Please make sure you understand our policies regarding cancellations and changes to your registration
Other iPad Workshops Currently Available On-Demand
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This workshop focuses on using the iPad as a teaching tool, assuming you have a single iPad for your classroom. Led by NBCT David Lowe.
This workshop will guide you through the process of generating support for, planning, and launching a "one iPad per student" initiative in your classroom or school.
If you are interested in a workshop that is not currently offered, please contact us at 1-800-861-5172 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss options for providing your staff with the professional development you need to make the most of your iPads.