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How do you choose the best educational app for your classroom? Check out this great post from Tony Vincent on LearningHand , sharing his own rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps and other rubric resources. Spotlighted in the Rubric are: Relevance The app’s focus has a strong connection to the purpose for the app and appropriate for the student Customization App offers complete flexibility to alter content and settings to meet student needs Feedback Student is provided specific feedback Thinking Skills App encourages the use of higher order thinking skills including creating, evaluating, and analyzing Engagement Student is highly motivated to use the app Sharing Specific performance summary or student product is saved in app and can be exported to the teacher or for an audience Download Resources:
iPads are quickly becoming a popular and powerful educational tool for classrooms. Beyond the immediate benefit of engaging students, iPads can improve education efficiency and standards. However, many teachers are unsure of how to use them effectively. Coupled with concerns over the costs involved, iPad implementation in schools is seen as an unnecessary and expensive risk. As the case studies below demonstrate, iPads are being used in education environments around the world with great success. Teachers can have paperless classrooms, take attendance, share interactive presentations and test their students—all on their iPad.
Learning is rarely fun; it’s even less fun when being taught within the confines of a lecture hall or classroom. While this may be true, there’s no reason why you can’t make the process more entertaining and challenging. The tablet market has paved the way for educational resources in the form of slick, new apps, with text-books now being replaced by online downloadable versions of themselves. An array of stunning apps are at your disposal waiting to be exercised, so with this in mind, we decided to whittle down our top 10 iPad educational apps for students. Evernote It seems wherever you look nowadays, there’s Evernote.
Kyrene School District has found a way to help its students demonstrate academic growth by updating its walk-through procedure with the use of iPads. "Kyrene has received $6.8 million from a capital override, thanks to support from taxpayers," said Karin Smith, chief financial and operations officer for the district. "This is far more than we've ever received through the state funding formula and it helps fund items such as iPads, which cost $500 a piece."
Even though there are numerous other blog posts by principals using the iPad, I have said numerous times that my blog is a great place for me to reflect on my practice and seek the feedback of others. I have learned a great deal of iPad tips from other princpals, and I will list those blog posts/helpful sites below. I plan to use this post to explain how I am using my school issued iPad to increase my productivity and spend more time in classrooms (my ULTIMATE goal as a principal). As basic as it sounds, the top 2 reasons I use the iPad more than anything else are to keep up with emails and my calendar. Since I spend more time out of my office than in it, I am able to quickly read emails while walking the hallway and delete, respond or file for action later. I have a busy schedule (what administrator doesn't) so I love having my calendar right there with me.
Classroom walk-throughs are a trend that is on the move! The non-threatening, non-evaluative walk-throughs give principals a quick snapshot of student learning.
Yesterday after receiving my iPad I quickly reached out to my PLN for some suggestions on which apps to download.
<img title="Teachscape launches iPad app for its Classroom Walkthrough users" src="http://images.intomobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Teachscape-iphone.jpg" alt="" width="318" height="413" /> K-12 teaching web tools provider Teachscape launched an iPad app for instructional leaders to help them gather Classroom Walkthrough (CWT) data. Here’s what’s it all about (from the press release ): Teachscape Instruction | Mobile is implemented as part of the Teachscape Classroom Walkthrough process – a process that uses walkthrough data to engage instructional leaders and teachers in reflective learning communities focused on adjusting instruction to meet student needs.
In my last post I wrote about some iPad apps that I thought were must adds for administrators and educators alike.
I’ve been trying a few different methods for doing walkthroughs and giving feedback to teachers using my iPad.
One of the mandates for high school principals in the School District of Philadelphia is to give more frequent written feedback to teachers based on the teaching and learning we see on a daily basis on our walk-throughs. It is one of those mandates that is pretty much indefensible in theory, but the devil, as always, is in the details.
Riverview High principal Linda Nook used to sit down at her desk with a massive notebook of calendars, notes from evaluations, curriculum guidelines and everything else a principal should know about his or her school. She would manually enter information from classroom walkthroughs into her desktop computer. “I used to get so backlogged with paperwork,” Nook said of the notes taken during classroom walkthrough evaluations. That was until Nook started using an iPad for classroom walkthroughs.
I recently described my iPad workflow , and thought I should describe my favorite apps and how they support my work as a school leader. I would appreciate any comments or feedback you have on iPad apps.
How Much Did Steve Jobs Change the World? You might be reading this on your iPhone, iPad or computer, but whether or not you have a Macintosh or a PC, Steve Jobs is responsible for so much of the technology we are using today. Did you know that Windows computers copied the drop-down window interface from Apple computers?