Apps in the Elementary Classroom. One area that I have not written much about on this blog is educational apps.
This is mostly due to the fact that my school has one first generation iPad and two iPod Touches for the entire school. We also ban cell phones and other electronic devices, so these are not available for use in the classroom unless the teachers specifically plan for the kids to use them for a lesson or activity, hand them out to the kids and collect them at the end of the lesson. I won't pretend to be an expert on apps in the classroom, which is why I haven't covered their use here. However, with more and more schools investing in iPad carts, iPods and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, it's an important topic. I don't want this to be one of those "top 10 apps" posts, so I will share a few thoughts about apps in the elementary classroom, some implementation ideas for certain apps, and an obligatory list of resources. What is the Role of Apps in the Classroom? Cost Some Resources for Educational Apps.
K-12 Education & Learning Innovations with Proven Strategies that Work. 60in60 - info. 10 Beneficial Facebook Pages For Educators To Check Out. A selection of Facebook Pages providing resources and dialogue focused on education and instructional technologies.
Like most Facebook users, many educators use Facebook to connect with friends new and old, but the Internet’s most popular site can also be a great learning (and teaching) tool. There are many Facebook pages that have been created as a resource to collect, share, and disseminate information about education and education technologies. Here’s 10 of our favorites. Facebook In Facebook in Education examines ways in which Facebook is being used in an educational context.
National Education A popular and active page. The ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education and their goal is to provide “leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in education.” NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young # This is a different type of group – #Edchat is Twitter based. Education Free Technology For [Bonus Page!] Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board. An iPad and Apple TV can combine to provide an advantageous alternative to more expensive, traditional interactive white boards.
Guest writer and High School Principal David Mahaley is using this approach and offers his insights, and observations from educators in his school. With the integration of the iPad into the instructional environment, teachers and students have discovered many new ways in which the device can expand and enhance the learning environment. With the iPad, the Apple TV can offer a flexible, complete, and cost efficient alternative to the traditional interactive boards populating our classrooms. As a school administrator and teacher, I have explored the Apple TV and its offerings as an alternative to one of the many types of interactive whiteboards currently available to instructors. We have committed our school to issuing every high school student and instructor an iPad. Image by K.Walsh, Apple TV logo source: www.apple.com/appletv Print This Post. EmergingEdTech. Education Technology. Internet and instructional technologies for teachers & other educators.