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From Twitter to tablets: my best lessons using technology. David Rogers explains how students' own devices and school tablets can enhance data collection alongside traditional paper based techniques on field trips.

From Twitter to tablets: my best lessons using technology

Photograph: As curriculum leader of Priory Geography department, I am privileged to be able to see my colleagues deliver many high quality lessons that utilise technology every day. So, when asked to write about my best tech lesson I decided early on to focus on some of the ideas that have spanned not only my classroom but moved into others. IPads. My Edmodo Journey. I decided early this year to try using Edmodo with a class.

My Edmodo Journey

I had met three VLEs during my PGCE, and I considered Edmodo to be the best fit for what I wanted. Edmodo, in my opinion, is nearly perfect for use in the classroom. It’s free, is easy to set up, and easy to use. The students can use it intuitively, as can staff. It works perfectly for an individual class (class calendar, discussion etc) but also works well for students who may have more than one class (one calendar with all their deadlines on, a combined feed with all discussions etc).


The Art of Teaching Science. If only teaching K-12 science was itself a science – assess student knowledge deficits and remedy them.

The Art of Teaching Science

This “knowledge deficit” model has been shown ineffective time and again. Most teachers already know that; it’s why they work so hard to develop lesson plans and activities tailored to their students. So here’s a new tool for any teacher who’s spent evenings and weekends trying to find a lesson that’s the perfect fit for their class: it’s called MOSART, brought to you by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. MOSART stands for Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers, but don’t let the government-report-sounding name deter you.

Based on the National Research Council’s science standards and research on science education, MOSART is a free tool that, after a set of multiple choice tests and a few clicks in your favorite spreadsheet program, gives you incredible views into the brains of your students. 10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom. If you haven’t heard of 20% time in the classroom , the premise is simple: Give your students 20% of their class time to learn what they want.

Yes, that’s it. Below is a list of the 10 reasons you should consider 20% time in your school, and you will not regret making that choice! 1. You will join a great community of learners When I first did the 20% project with my students I didn’t have a community of teachers or learners. iPads in the classroom: embedding technology in the primary curriculum. Last year David Andrews wrote for us about how he was using one-to-one devices in the classroom in the hugely popular blog post: An Apple for the teacher: are iPads the future in class?

iPads in the classroom: embedding technology in the primary curriculum

Here, he updates us on his progress and shares some of his favourite technology-led learning ideas. Since the start of September 2012 myself and a colleague, Chris Williams, have been trying to maximise the use of handheld technology (iPads and iPods) in year 6 in all areas of the curriculum. The potential for enhancing teaching and learning through technology has been particularly interesting: we've developed a range of apps using both iPads and iPods to engage, motivate and inspire pupils' learning in the classroom. The school's 'Apple journey' began in June 2012. Once the year 6 SATs were finished, we gave both our year 6 classes a two-week project to build a controllable vehicle.

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14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class. Case studies. Taxonomy of an iPad lesson. I haven't blogged about our iPad journey for a while, so I thought I'd update how it's going, and impart a few of the lessons I've learnt the hard way!

Taxonomy of an iPad lesson

Forgive the length of the post, but I thought it was time to get into the nitty-gritty of the learning which occurs when iPads are used so you can follow my thinking, and improve on what I'm doing (and hopefully suggest those improvements to me in a comment at the bottom? Who knows?). Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have.

By EdTech Team Updated on march 2, 2015 : The original list that was created in 2011 comprised 33 skills , after reviewing it we decided to do some merging and finally ended up with the 20 skills below.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

The 21st century teacher should be able to : Casllwchwr:Week 2. Well, we are into Week 2 and I have to say that the opportunities the individual iPads have allowed for my whole class have been endless.

Casllwchwr:Week 2

I have begun training my digital leaders for my new class. (In my own mind, they are all digital leaders as they teach me things daily: being natural investigators. This is what a 21st Century teacher needs to accept. Introduction to iPads: Part 2. How does a teacher start to use iPads in the classroom?

Introduction to iPads: Part 2

While Part 1 focuses on the hardware basics, Part 2 focuses on iPad integration in the classroom. Most teachers need to think through a few things about implementation before going full throttle. How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom? The drive to increase technology use in classrooms has many asking whether the investment is more fizzle than bang, and whether it’s too early to tell how wisely the money is being spent.

How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom?

Education author Peg Tyre has investigated the use of iPads, one of the most popular classroom additions, in TakePart. She concludes that iPads in education may offer some new teaching techniques, but by themselves, they may not be better than traditional, cheaper methods. The classroom used to be about chalkboards, textbooks, teachers speaking directly to groups of kids, and worksheets. 17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom. Post by Ashley Wainwright in SecurEdge 17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom - For many schools this year, the dream of having iPads in the classroom turned into a reality.

17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom

Some schools have brought them in through 1:1 initiatives and other seen them start to flood in after implementing BYOD policies. As with anything else, teachers have seen some pros and cons with this cool, new classroom technology. Here’s a list of some things to expect with iPads in the classroom. Students love them- this one’s pretty obvious, but they really do. iPads in the classroom will get even the most stubborn students excited and engaged.Good battery life- this is one of my favorite things about it! Taxonomy of an iPad lesson. Using Socrative app for iPad – AfL the fun way! « Smarter Learning. I have recently started to experiment with the Socrative app that is available online and via apps for iPad, iPhone and also Android mobile devices. Any device that access the internet can utilise Socrative in the classroom. Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level. Students can be engaged all lesson with educational exercises and games.

You can gather feedback instantly from all students anonymously. Socractive has a wide variety of activities to use when assessing students learning. All feedback can be seen instantly by the teacher and can also be shared at the end of a quiz via a report. The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using.

The world of edtech is abuzz this week thanks to a smattering of exciting news. 5 Essential Tips To Help Integrate iPads Into Your School. 8 million iPads have been sold to educational establishments. This is a remarkable figure and illustrates how many ‘decision makers’ have chosen the iPad as a tool for learning. As we integrate the iPad into schools it is worth reflecting how the initial setup and training can have a real impact on the success or failure of a 1:1 programme. The recommendations below are borne out of a desire to help teachers without overwhelming them and to model good practice to students. There are many apps that could have been chosen, but those mentioned below are considered generic and able to serve a purpose across the curriculum. Visualising Ideas - Sailing Away in 3 Different Directions with EDMODO. Photo by Omri Epstein I first learned about Edmodo from Sandy Millin’s detailed post back in June, 2011.

Yes, that was quite a while ago but till recently I hadn’t had any real incentive to experiment with it on my own. Tools I had already mastered were enough for me. Literacy in PE. 18 iPad uses: How classrooms are benefiting from Apple's tablets. Apple's 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. 7 habits of highly effective teachers Always Prepped Blog. What can you do with an iPad in the classroom? Teachers Guide on The Use of ePortfolios in Education. MuyBlog – The Empty Backpack.

Top 3 #Edtech Inspired Learning Tips – Plus 5 App Suggestions. iPad/iPod pedagogy - Mat Pullen's teaching and learning journey. Touch and go. Since the introduction of the iPad and the subsequent parade of similar touch screen tablets, there has been much speculation about exactly what impact the devices might have on learning and teaching.

A lot has been written about the potential of the devices, and much has been purely anecdotal. Grr! The ‘Flipping’ iPad (Top 3 Workflow Solutions?) It’s not a problem as such. It’s not even a real concern.