You Oughta Know About the Handouts App


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As a tech-loving teacher, I am always trying to find new ways to incorporate my iPads in lessons to help enhance my students’ learning. One day while perusing on Facebook, I saw an advertisement for an app named Handouts. On a whim and because it was free I downloaded the app and played around with it. All I have to say is…AMAZING! I think you oughta know about the Handouts app and how it can help your technology-infused classroom.
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Now let me begin by saying that you are going to need an Apple or Android device to use this app, but the great thing is that this app is free for most of the features that you need.  The first thing you’ll need to do is to register for a teacher account. There are options to log in with Edmodo (my new favorite) or with your Google account. I chose to register.
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After registering or logging in, one of the first things that you will need to do is to add a new class. Give your class a name and assign a grade. Then click “Create”.
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Once you create your class, you will be given a unique class code. This will be used to register your students later. I have the options of choosing a color or even uploading a cover image.
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If I touch the colored rectangle, I will see a new screen. Currently, I am on the “Handouts” tab. Here, all of the handouts that I have created will show.
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If I touch the “My Inbox” tab, this will show all of the worksheets my students submit to me.
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If I touch the “Students” tab, it will show all of the students in my class. If you stay on this page, you will be able to add students to your class. Touch the white rectangle that says Add student. I created the login information for all of my students. If you have older students, you might give them the option of creating their own usernames and passwords.
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Here I made up a fictional student just to give you an idea. I can take a picture of my students to have a profile picture of them too. When I have entered all of the information in, I press save at the top of the page.
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Now, Jane Doe is in my class!
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Now I need to give Jane an assignment to complete. I am going to go to the “Handouts” tab at the top. I need to click “Add New”. I am going to give my worksheet a name. I can add a unit and a tag, but I typically just add a name. Now I need to add the page that I am going to use, so I will touch the green button that says “Add new page”.
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I love that there are so many option to choose from. I can use a PDF worksheet that is already save to my library on my iPad, I can add a file from my Dropbox account or my Google drive account, but I am going to just take a picture of the worksheet that I want to use. So, I will choose take a new picture.
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Using my iPad, I try to get in as close as I can for the picture. Be careful of shadows! (I clearly do not follow my own advice!)
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Once I have taken a picture of my worksheet, I can either retake it or use the photo. I think I like for the purpose of this little tutorial, so I will touch “Use Photo”. If I need to rotate the picture of reposition it in any way, I can do that. When I am finished, I will touch “Done” at the top.
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I now see a preview of my worksheet and so I will choose “Save” at the top to save my handout.
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Looking at the handouts tab, I now see my handout. I’m ready to send this worksheet to all of my students, so I will touch “Select to Distribute” at the bottom of the page.
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I should see my worksheet or worksheets (You can send more than one at a time). I only have one worksheet, so when I touch it, a check mark will show on top of it and I will have a few options at the bottom…very fancy. I am going to keep the default options and then press the green button “Send” at the bottom. The number “1” indicates how many worksheets I will be sending out.
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Now, I will let Jane Doe log in so that she can complete the worksheet. After logging in, Jane will see that she has one assignment waiting for her to complete. When she touches the number “1” she will see the worksheet that I have sent to her in the tab that says “My Handouts”.
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When she touches that worksheet, it will come to a new screen that will let her write. She can choose different colors, she can erase, and she can type I her answers. I don’t have a stylus for each student, so they just use their fingers. Once Jane is finished with her worksheet, she will select the green button that says “Turn it in.” This will send her complete worksheet back to the teacher so the teacher can grade it.
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Now, I can grade the worksheet that Jane just did. (If you have multiple devices in your classroom, this process would be easier, but HEY, I am showing you that this can be done even if you have one device in your classroom) Once I log in, I see that I have something to grade. When I go to my inbox, I see which student submitted their worksheet and what worksheet they submitted. When I click on Jane’s worksheet, I have a screen that is almost similar to hers except, I can grade it and add notes. If I click on “Grade”, I can add a number grade, a letter grade, or a sticker.
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Now, I’m going to add a note to Jane’s worksheet to give her feedback that she will be able to view. I will then select the yellow “Submit All Graded” button. This will send the worksheet back to Jane.
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When Jane logs back in, she will go to the “Graded Handouts” tab. After clicking on her worksheet she will be able to view the grade and feedback that I gave to her.
Quite a lengthy tutorial, but I just wanted to share with you the amazing things this app can do. Go and download it now! There are more features with the Handouts Pro version for $100 per year, but the free version works great as well.

25 comments

  1. Wow that is too cool! Think of all the time you save not having to make copies every morning and all the paper too. We don't have tablets yet in my classroom, I'm going to add this to the list of why we need them. Thanks for sharing and as always thanks for hosting.
    http://www.anchoredinlearning.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yes, it will save tons of copies! I have a copy limit each month, so this app has proven very helpful!

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  2. This app is amazing! Thanks so much for the tutorial. We had one to one iPads in my district (now I stay at home with my daughter) but this would be perfect for saving paper but still being able to create and use all of the great resources I already have. I love that it would keep a record for me to reference for conferences, report cards, IEPs, etc. Amazing!

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    1. I agree, it is quite amazing! I really love the fact that students can receive instant feedback on any work that they submit.

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  3. Super cool! Thank you for sharing. You broke it down into easy steps that I can follow! Teaching Science With Lynda

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    1. Thanks Lynda! Hopefully if you're able to implement it in your classroom, this little tutorial can guide you along the way.

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  4. So awesome!!!! Thank you for sharing this! I can't wait to download it!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Marine! Yes, go download it now lol!

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  5. Wow, I've been given a copy budget this year (5000) per quarter. This app would really save me! We don't have classroom iPads, but most of my students have one at home. I could make the handouts with my iPhone and send it to them for homework. Great ideas, thanks!

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    1. Natalie, that is great idea and you're right; most kids already have the devices at home. This would really put a spin on the term "home" work :-)

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  6. What a great tool! There are a lot of possibilities here!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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    1. Yes Tara, there is so much to do with this app. I'd love to have the upgraded version.

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  7. Wow! That's just about all I can say about that! This is incredible and I will definitely download and use! Thank you so much!
    Susan

    Friendly Froggies

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    1. Hi Susan! Yes, it is a great app. What's best is that pretty much all of the awesome features are free!

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  8. Wow! That is awesome! Our school just got 20 new iPads to share... I'll have to look at having this app loaded onto them! Thanks for sharing, and for hosting this great blog hop!

    ~Erin
    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

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    1. Definitely Erin! This app is a real time saver in the classroom!

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  9. One word - mindblowing! This is perfect for those kiddos that have to take time away from the classroom (vacations, illnesses, surgeries, etc.). I LOVE THIS! And I don't have to hand it all over at once, I can add work throughout the time someone is gone from the class.
    Amanda
    The Take Home Teacher

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    1. Oh wow Amanda, I didn't even think about using it as a way to keep students who are sick updated on their classwork. Such a great idea for using this app :-)

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  10. I have used this app and it is great! The only complain I have is that it is very slow to save student work and when I'm grading it takes a lot longer than paper because it is slow. I continue to use it because I can upload pdfs of reading passages and I don't have to copy long passages for my students (or store them for next year!). Students still complete the questions on their own paper or we orally discuss them in small groups. It really is a great app!

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  11. This is great for the environment and students who miss. I wonder though if it gets faster with practice? I know your tutorial is detailed but I am wondering if it takes tons of extra time. Thanks! :)

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  12. Wow! This looks awesome! I look forward to the day that I get an ipad (should be soon!) and I'm definitely keeping this one bookmarked. Thanks for another great idea and another great blog hop!

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  13. We do not have ipads in the classroom. Gosh! This is amazing.

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  14. WOW! What an awesome app, Jasmine. My heart breaks a little every time I see some super cool app for a classroom that is used with an iPad. I don't have those in my classroom =( I wish I did, especially after reading your post on this app. What a paper saver and copy saver too! I will definitely keep this in mind if I ever get an iPad donated to my classroom!

    A LoveLi Class

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  15. This is so cool, especially with more and more schools cutting the number of copies for teachers. Many of my friends are in districts that are buying devices for the classroom but no software or apps to use the devices, thank you for sharing it with our blog hop followers.
    Thank you also for all your hard work organizing this blog hop every month! :)
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith's Pinterest Boards!

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  16. Wow! I can't wait to use this app!
    I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate iPads into the learning process.
    Thanks for hosting this Blog Hop! I learned a lot from some great teacher authors!
    Best wishes
    Jessicca
    The Third Grade Zoo

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