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?
Art lessons for kids Elementary School iPad Apps Create and publish your own wikis and blogs. Use these web services to communicate and collaborate with your friends and coworkers. It's easy to edit this page and create new wikis. To edit this page, click the Log In (lock) button, log in as a wiki administrator and click the Edit (pencil) button. To create a new wiki, log in, then click the Add (+) button and choose New Wiki. Content previously available at this address is temporarily available at If you're looking for our iPad wiki content, it's still online at: Calendar | Change Password | Profile Manager Paint Chip Phonics I found a great idea on The Snail’s Tail. She really does a good job of explaining it on her site, but I’ll try to do it here too. The idea is to practice the consonants, blends, digraphs and common word families. Shopping List: 13 long cards (6 colors to a card) or 26 short cards (3 colors to a card) for consonants, blends, and diagraphs34 cards that have the hole cut out…12 if there are 3 colors on a card. Here is a sample of the families, blends and digraphs (you can click on the images to see them larger): Consonants and cards in action: Since I had cards left over, I decided to make a “Shades of Color” game with them for my preschooler. These word families go on the cards with the square cut out on them: agab ailainackakeamanankapallatayeedellestewickightillineinginkipobogoreotoutowuckumunky The following consonants, blends, and diagraphs are all written on the long paint chips. Consonants: b cdfghjklmnpqrstvwxyz Blends: blclflglplslbrcrdrfrgrprtrscskspstsmsnswsplsprstrsqu Diagraphs:
Langwitches blog I was thrilled last school year when our First Graders created their own Read Along Audiobook for the iPad. My regret was that while it was created TO BE READ on the iPad, it was not CREATED on the iPad. I used a wordprocessor, then converted it with an online converter to then be able to import the ePub file to my iPad. Not a “fluent” solution. A few days ago, I ran across Dan Amos on Twitter, announcing his soon to be released app called Book Creator (Released on September 15, 2011). When I contacted him to find out the possible educational uses of the app, he was so kind to extend a promo code for me to give a test run. The app is super intuitive! The book cover and project file in the Book Creator app (image above) The book ready to be read on the iBooks shelf. The interface is uncluttered and simple. I easily imported images, that were in my iPad Photo Album. The text was a snap to insert and to format. I used Wikipedia to save the images of the map and flag into my photo album.
circle painting We were asked to complete a 10-foot panel for a Principal's luncheon with the ACE (Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County) recently which needed to depict the art form of "Media Arts"...of which I do very little. I do not have a bank of computers or iPads (YET!!!) so we needed to get creative with our approach! I decided to do this special project with a group of 6 2nd grade self-contained ESE students. The logistics of that project were simple, and because I only had 6 kiddos working on it it was even EASIER! The following week I gave each of them their own large paper (18x24) and did the same thing with the paints and brushes so they could make their own paintings. While I realize that circle paintings are supposed to be group efforts, I was glad they were able to create a panel of their own.
Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in these devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more. In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme (last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom. ISTE iPad In Education Webinar Resources-A while back ISTE ran a great webinar with some fabulous educators on using iPads in the classroom. iPads For Education- While this site comes courtesy of the Department Of Education in Victoria Australia, there is lots of information that can cross the Pacific that you can use in your classroom. Sample Lessons-iPads In Education-5 Quick Lessons using various iPad apps. Cybrary Man's iPad Resources- My friend Jerry of course has a great page with tons of resources related to everything iPad.
A Crafty Autumn Leaf Project for Kids (and Adults) Photo: Ksu/ kokokoKIDS Monday in my home means one thing--arts and crafts. My daughter and two of her homeschooled friends spend the morning with us learning about all sorts of ways to be creative and express themselves through art. For a recent craft, we decided to make leaf animals. First took a walk though a local park to collect different sized and shaped leaves. Making the Leaf Animals Once the leaves were pressed, we were ready to turn them into colorful animal artwork. 1. A leaf bird. A leaf moose. 2. The projects in progress. 3. 4. Learn While You Work Working alongside your kids is the perfect opportunity to teach them all about leaves and trees. 1. Top Articles on Art:A Quick and Easy Craft Project: Homemade Felt Finger PuppetsThree Simple Origami Projects to Do With Your Kids10 Family Friendly Halloween Pumpkins Inspired By Your Kids' Favorite Characters
The Ultimate Guide To Using iPads In The Classroom How Students Benefit From Using Social Media 14.60K Views 0 Likes A lot of criticism has been leveled at social media and the effect it has on the way students process and retain information, as well as how distracting it can be. However, social media offers plenty of opportunities for learning and interactivity, and if you take a moment to think about it, it's not too hard to see how students benefit from using social media. 100 Web 2.0 Tools Every Teacher Should Know About 44.24K Views 0 Likes We're always trying to figure out the best tools for teachers, trends in the education technology industry, and generally doing our darnedest to bring you new and exciting ways to enhance the classroom. To Flip Or Not Flip?
Five Ways to Create Word Clouds This morning at the Massachusetts School Library Association's conference (a fun conference that I highly recommend) Pam Berger presented some good ideas for working with primary source documents and Web 2.0 tools. One of the ideas that she shared and others elaborated on was the idea of using word clouds to help students analyze documents. By copying the text of a document into a word cloud generator your students can quickly see the words that appear most frequently in that document. ABCya! Tagul is a free word cloud generator that offers the option to link every word in your word cloud to a Google search. Word It Out creates word clouds out of any text that you paste into the word cloud generator. Tagxedo makes it very easy to customize the design of your word clouds. Wordle is regarded by some as the "original" online word cloud generator. Disclosure: ABCya!
The Must-Have App Review Rubric Added by Jeff Dunn on 2011-11-22 So you just downloaded a few educational apps that you think might be useful in your classroom. How do you accurately compare and contrast them? Thanks to a new app review rubric from by eMobilize , it’s easier than ever to understand just how useful an app may be in the classroom. On a related note, the Edudemic Directory features many educational apps and lets you quickly compare them to see how they stack up. I’ve rewritten the original rubric from eMobilize and tailored it to fit all school districts. Download The Rubric Here (PDF) Overview of the App App Title: App Publisher/Developer: Version: Link to App Store: Curriculum Compliance Yes/ No – Is it relevant to the curriculum framework? Operational Yes/ No – Is navigation easy? Pedagogy Yes/ No – Does the material accommodate diverse ways in which students learn? Comments are closed.
FlipCards - Flashcard app for memory training for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store iPads in Education - Exploring the use of iPads and Tablet computers in education.