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One of the things I love about using my iPad in school is the way it frees me from being stuck at my desk while demoing a lesson.  There are various apps available that let you control your desktop using your iPad.  For me, this is a wonderful tool – I hate being stuck at my desk while teaching, I’d rather be up and moving.  Now I can demonstrate a lesson on the Promethean Board from anywhere in the room.  I can walk around and make sure students are on task while in the middle of a demo.  I can even hand the iPad off to a student to have them demonstrate what they just learned!

Last year was the first time I used an iPad in class, and I tried out the Splashtop Remote Desktop app as a means of controlling my desktop remotely.  It worked very well!  I was able to teach from anywhere in the room.  It made me more aware of what my students were doing, and it made my students pay more attention.

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When I learned we were doing an iPad pilot this year, Splashtop was one of the first apps I thought of.  I knew my colleagues would find it as useful as I did.  The only problem was the cost.  We have a very limited budget for apps right now, and we want to make the most of the money we have.  Thanks to one of our techs, I discovered LogMeIn.  LogMeIn is another remote desktop app.  It does everything Splashtop does, but it’s FREE!  I like free!  There are paid versions of LogMeIn available, which offer some upgraded options, but for basic classroom use the free version is plenty.