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An elementary library media specialist reviews iPad apps as they map to an updated version of Bloom's Taxonomy. Diane Darrow is an artist, Reading Recovery teacher, and library media specialist at Bel Aire Elementary in Tiburon, CA. You can follow her on Twitter at @dianedarrow (1) . In this six-part series, I will highlight apps useful for developing higher order thinking skills in grades K-5 classrooms.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chowd/488098373/ CC Licensed Literature Circles have been around forever. Done well, the strategy is an effective way of engaging children in reading, while teaching them specific skills and behaviours we use when immersing ourselves in a text. With clear foci during the instructional part of the Literature Circle session, teachers can direct children to use these strategies to improve their comprehension and how they respond to text.
Used wisely, technology empowers students to take responsibility for their own learning. In Leonardo’s Laptop , Ben Shneiderman provides teachers with a powerful framework, Collect-Relate-Create-Donate (CRCD) , for designing student-centered learning opportunities using computers. In particular, Shneiderman’s CRCD framework emphasizes the importance of the social aspects of learning in generating creative work. In CRCD projects, students research information, work collaboratively to create a meaningful product that demonstrates their learning, and contribute that project to a larger learning community. Shneiderman designed the Collect-Relate-Create-Donate framework as a vehicle for preparing young people for a 21st century world where innovation, creativity, and collaboration will be more highly prized than retention and repetition.
iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. Below, you will find a list of objectives, each one connecting to recommended apps and tools. I want my students to...
Since its release the iPad has garnered arguments regarding whether it is primarily a device for consumption or creation. I have always believed that it is a device capable of creation. One simply needs to consider apps such as Avid Studio , DemiBooks Composer , Pages , Keynote , Minecraft Pocket Edition , Art Rage , SketchBook Pro , Comic Life and many others. These and many other apps all allow the user to tap into their talents and produce output of which they can be proud.
After spending two hours a day this week watching seventh graders fill in bubbles on our state's standardized test, I am finding myself thinking about assessment. Specifically, I am thinking about the many ways the iPad has enriched and strengthened our daily assessment practices -- and the value I see in authentic, embedded, process-rich assessment that informs and improves instruction. Technology like the iPad offers incredible ways to gather meaningful data that shows student thinking and creates a rich and detailed picture of learning. It can also make assessment more efficient, save teachers time, and open opportunities for more responsive teaching. The iPad makes new assessment practices possible.
Digital Storytelling is very popular type of media creation on desktops and laptops. The iPAD offers several avenues for storytelling. There are multiple ways to create digital stories on the iPAD. Some apps have everything built into the app and some apps require other apps to build the pieces and be combined in the main app. A few of the apps take a little creativity to make digital stories.
There is no doubt to anyone who has used an iPad or any tablet for that matter that they show a clear alternative to teaching learning in the classroom beyond laptops, screens and monitors. The iPads simplicity of use and massive range of apps give it a great deal of appeal as a teaching and learning tool and the future looks bright for this trend to continue. Yes it does have a number of shortfalls in some areas - like any early technology so I am going to share some great resources with you that I have come across which highlight the benefits of iPads in the class room and hopefully they will be of use to you. The DEECD located in Victoria Australia has some brilliant resources located at their iPads in the classroom trial website including. The 21 Steps to iPad success which is a document created to assist schools to smoothly implementing their iPads in the classroom, and have provided each school with some support materials.
After seeing the chart on of Bloom's Taxonomy on bloomsapps , I thought I could make a more thorough table. I like the headings that were used in the chart. Creating Compile information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions. Create Predict Image
More and more schools are jumping on the digital bandwagon and adopting iPads for daily use in the classroom. Apple’s education-related announcements yesterday will no doubt bolster the trend, making faculty tools and student textbooks more engaging and accessible. But today another data point emerged, demonstrating that the iPad can be a valuable asset in education.