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?
This is a radio talk show from Minnesota Public Radio that aired on Monday, September 19th. This is full of information that is being discussed at AES on a daily basis. Please listen and then share your thoughts.
Infographics are a great way to present information in a colorful and eye catching format. There are sites where it is possible to find ready made infographics, although most of the ones that I have seen are geared for college students and other adults, and it is also possible to create your own. This Are Vs Our is my first attempt and I did it by copying and pasting from images on the web onto a word document. What if students were to look at and study this infographic and then look for examples in the book they are reading or look for correct and incorrect uses in their own writing? Would this be an effective tool? Feel free to try it out with your class.
Here is a page from a page from a site that gives more information on infographics that I found helpful. See what you think and possibly give it a go. What are your thoughts about having students create infographics to show understanding of concepts, comparisons, or information from different subject areas?
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.
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.
What does it mean to implement and support teaching practices for the 21st Century? I believe that the idea of having technology involved in every aspect of the learning environment is not realistic or necessary. A strong foundation of basic literacy and numeracy is vital to the future success of young learners as well as developing a sense of empowerment in the present. Problem solving, sharing ideas, creating ways to show understanding, and working with others to discuss what is relevant are just some of the terms that I use to define what will hopefully become the “norm” in schools and everywhere else. Check out the link on 21st Century Learning to hear and see what one educator thinks. What are your thoughts?