iPads

Look here for apps and their uses in the classroom.

Doodling to Help Process and Problem Solve

This five minute TED Talk by Sunni Brown emphasizes the age old art of doodling and works to remove the stigma that has been placed on the word and the action. Watch Doodlers Unite and think about how doodling can be used the classroom. The screencasting apps, like Screen Chomper and Explain Everything, for tablets areĀ  great for doodling while recording lectures or discussions that are taking place during a lesson.

Recording Lessons For Independent Work

Here is an example of a recorded page from SmartNotebook. This is something that seems more difficult than it is and take very little time to do.

If you don’t want to upload it to Youtube and then post it on a blog, it is also possible to save a file saved to your computer and paste it into a shared drive or individual z drives for students to access at school.

Creating videos for students to review lessons or introduce them to concepts can also easly be done on and iPad with a screencasting app like Explain Everything. The three types of movies below could also be done by students as a way to show their understanding of a concept or teaching other students.

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Flipping the classroom does not mean that work has to be sent home to do at home. It can mean doing things differently in the classroom.

School District Launches iPads

Adopting the iPad as a school wide tool is part of the discussions here at AES. We are having great success with the ways teachers are piloting from KG to 5th grade. The middle school is also moving their set of 20 iPads around to different teachers and subject areas, while the high school has gone the direction of making them dedicated devices to two teachers. Here is an article about a school district in Michigan that is investing in students from grades3 to 12 to have their own tablet. What have your experiences with an Ipad or other tablet been like in a school setting?

21st Century Learning

What does 21st Century Learning mean to you? Are you actually tired of hearing the term? Do you want to yell at the top of your lungs that it is what good teaching is all about? Or, does the term make you want to say that sound teaching/guiding skills need to be adjusted to the ways that students are gathering and processing information in today’s world? Please open the link below to leave your written or spoken thoughts regarding this educational buzz term. 21st Century Voicethread This will also give you another opportunity to see how VoiceThread might be used to gather ideas from students, family members, experts, etc. from outside of our elementary community.

Using VoiceThread

VoiceThread is an amazing web tool that allows for students and teachers to share ideas, projects, and lessons with others. Word documents, electronic presentations, photographs, videos, laptop camera files, basically any file that can be uploaded from your computer or downloaded from the web can become part of a VoiceThread project.

I think that one of the most powerful features of this web tool is the ability for others to record thoughts as feedback. Check out the four examples below of different uses of VoiceThread.

An English teacher shares an essay and elicits responses.

Color Poems are recorded and supported with images.

Presenting a math lesson on using a protractor that was made with SmartNotebook and then uploaded to VoiceThread.

Uploading political cartoons to create reflection and discussion.