Manipulating Shapes in the Elementary Math Classroom (Geoboard) As a former elementary school teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, I know how powerful iPads can be as learning tools in the hands of students. This mobile device is so much more than a content consumption tool, because students can use an iPad for hands-on learning. They can move items across the screen, write about a topic, and document their learning using audio and visual tools. No Rubber Bands Required I want to introduce you to a virtual manipulative app and demonstrate a few different ways that it can be used in an elementary school classroom to address concepts outlined in the Common Core State Standards while promoting higher-order thinking skills. Geoboard, by the Math Learning Center is a versatile app that provides a rubber-band free alternative to traditional geoboards. Geoboard is an app that is all about the activity you choose to do with it, as opposed to leading students in a particular direction. Scalability
10 Tips For Smarter iPad Use In The Classroom Unlocking The Learning Potential Of The iPad by Terry Heick The iPad. Pop culture’s plaything and #edtech’s (somewhat dimming?) neon sign. It’s an app library, a media consumption device, and a mobile learning tool that makes yesterday’s graphing calculators, smartboards, and laptops look like abacuses. It is unclear exactly how and where we expect those miracles to show up. The local newspaper? Creating A Learning Goal To establish how we can maximize the impact of the iPad as a learning tool, we first have to establish what kind of impact we’d hope to have. In this case, we’ll settle on understanding (as troublesome a term as that might be): Students being able to think critically about chosen standards or curriculum, and apply understanding in diverse, academic and non-academic environments. 10 Tips For Smarter iPad Use In The Classroom 1. The iPad is more flexible than the curriculum–it’ll figure it out. 2. 3. 4. The iPad can publish—so publish! 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
6 Ready To Go iPad Centers A few of the following iPad Centers/Stations I have posted before, however I thought it might be useful to post them again, at the beginning of the year so you know they are here if you want to try something new during your literacy or math block. All of the centers can be done using one or two iPads at the center and are actual centers that my students used last year. I hope you find them useful or they spark new ideas to try with your students. Writing Center: App Needed - Write About This Fluency Center App Needed - Audioboo, iPhone version Research Center App Needed - Pocket Zoo Math Center App Needed - Draw & Tell This one might be a bit confusing at first. App Needed - Explain Everything
iPad Activities Download the iPad Activity PDF file here. Apps Suggestions: iMovie ($4.99), AudioBoo (free)Directions: You will interview a real, historic, or fictitious person. Ask them about a specific event in their lives (historic period, eye witness event, family story, contribution to society, expert advice, etc.) Teaching and Assessing Reading Comprehension (Explain Everything) This past year, I really focused on explicitly teaching comprehension strategies to my students. I taught how to reread a text, annotate a text, leaving tracks of thinking while reading, questioning techniques and most importantly, instilling in my students that reading is thinking. We used Padlet walls to show our thinking, we drew pictures and wrote information digitally as I read aloud, we used today’s meet to make our thinking visible. Using these different strategies kept my students engaged and allowed their thinking to be seen by their peers and myself. Near the end of this past year we began an inquiry on Africa. I find one of the most challenging things about student inquiry is to find resources that are interesting and at my students reading level. I use to search for specific topics and then match my students reading levels to the text. While I was searching for different books on Africa, I noticed that the books could be downloaded in a PDF.
6 Hidden iPad Secrets That Will Turn You Into a Pro Apple loves the idea of hiding features above, below or to the side of the screen. For example, if you swipe down from the very top edge of the iPad's display, you will reveal the notifications center. The same is true for swiping from the very bottom edge of the iPad's screen where the display and the bevel meet. You can do a lot of cool things from this panel such as access the AirDrop feature, turn the brightness up or down, go into Airplane mode and lock the rotation. You also have quick access to music controls by swiping from left-to-right on the control panel to reveal the playback section. Of course, if all you need to do is adjust the volume, don't forget the buttons on the side of the iPad! There is a similar control panel on the iPhone that includes a flashlight in addition to the features found on the iPad's control panel. Bonus Tip: When you launch the Timer from the control panel, the iPad opens the Clock app.
Introduce the RAN Graphic Organizer (Padlet) We are starting a new Inquiry Unit on Animals and we are in the "Immersion phase" of the inquiry circle. Which means, I am inviting curiosity, teaching background knowledge, and inviting students to wonder about different animals. One of the things that I want my students to include in their Inquiry learning is what their animals habitat is. A RAN chart is a lot like a KWL chart. I took a screen shot of part of a RAN chart and used it as the background to the padlet wall. We then watched the following habitat video and I had students fill in the the New Learning column. After we watched the video clip we went back to the What I think I know column and moved those notes to either the Confirmed or the Misconception column. Tomorrow I will be giving students a piece of writing on habitats at their reading level.
How to Fix a Slow iPad Is your iPad running slow? Does it seem to get bogged down after a few hours? While this is more common with older iPads that don't have the processing power of the new iPad Air line and iPad Pro tablets, even the newest iPad can bog down. First: Purge Apps From Memory The most common reason for an iPad to start chugging along is an issue with apps running in the background. To close the application, we need to bring up a list of all apps that are running in the background. To close an app, hold your finger down on the active window, and without lifting your finger from the screen, swipe toward the top of the display. Go ahead and close the first four or five apps and see if that helps. If it doesn't, proceed to step two. Next: Reboot the iPad Quitting apps won't always do the trick. To reboot the iPad, hold down the Sleep/Wake button until instructions appear telling you to slide a button to power off the iPad. Check Your Wi-Fi Connection It might not be your iPad that is running slow.
Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom (Digital Storytelling) When students come to school each morning, they have tons of stories -- stories to share with their friends as they unpack or move through the hallways, stories to share with the class during morning meetings, or stories to share with a teacher about something that made them happy or sad. In the classroom, writing can happen in many different ways, whether it's free writing in a notebook to gather ideas or publishing stories to share with the whole school. The Common Core State Standards expect that children across the grades can write for three specific purposes: Opinion pieces that persuade a reader and make an argumentInformative writing that explains an idea and relays informationNarrative stories of real or imagined events. As students move from one grade level to another, the complexity of these tasks will change greatly. Making Their Voices Heard There are a handful of terrific mobile apps to help students publish their writing using technology. Storytelling Guidelines
Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom Updated 01/2014 If I had thirty iPads in my class, what would I do with them? How would I use them to help my students learn better and help me teach better? Speaking of computers, they were supposed to be the transformation of teaching and learning as we know it. Kinesthetic Learners The iPad has a number of unique features that provide for interesting possibilities in teaching and learning. As a completely portable learning tool, the iPad camera allows documentation to be taken to a whole different level. Students can also attach videos, and voice recordings to their field notes. In math class the GPS of the iPad establishes locale in ways that are profound. Connecting Beyond the Classroom Of course, the mobility provided by the iPad's wireless telephone connection capability allows the unprecedented access to the Internet anywhere students are. How do you use iPads in the classroom to help teaching and learning?
iPad as the Teacher's Pet An iPad can be a teacher’s very handy assistant! My very popular infographic has been updated for 2016! It’s still all about what can be done by Pad-using educators, whether or not their students have iPads. It is divided into seven sections: Show on a Big ScreenManage the ClassroomAssess Student WorkInteract with StudentsManage Your FilesMake Instructional MediaLearn New Things You can click the image on the right to download the PDF of Version 3.0. There are loads of apps and websites listed, so I took the time to hyperlink the text in the document. There are a huge number of resources that just wouldn’t fit in the document. Can I print it? The PDF is printable, but your printer will probably try to print it all on one piece of paper, making it impossible to read. Some folks have been known to print iPad as the Teacher’s Pet with wide format printers. Can I share it? I’ve given the document a Creative Commons license. How did you make the infographic? Explain Everything Promotion Yes!