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Making assessment meaningful

Making assessment meaningful
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. As I explained in an earlier post, the camera also adds a new layer to the assessment process. Using tools such as Google Forms allows for an additional method of embedded, just-in-time assessment. Other web 2.0 tools can help teachers gather critical assessment data.

Elimäen lukio - iPad opetuksessa Ohjeita ja apua iPadien käyttöön Kuuden lukion - Voionmaa (Jyväskylä), Muuramen, Elimäen (Kouvola), Kauhavan, Otavan Nettilukio ja Kuopion Klassillinen lukio - hanke Mobiluck - mobiiliopetusteknologia lukiolaisen arjessa ja oppimisessa testaa iPadien käyttöä lukiolaisten arjessa, tiimioppimisessa ja yrittäjyyskasvatuksessa, ilmiöpohjaisessa oppimisessa sekä luokkaopetuksessa. Twitterissä hanke käyttää hashtagia #mobiluck ja #iFinnPad. Hankkeen Hankkeen tavoitteet: Urheilulukion opiskelijoiden opiskelun tukemista mobiiliteknologian keinoin. Näytä Mobiluck Finland suuremmalla kartalla Muita linkkejä ja linkkejä iPadien käyttöön: Muutama lisälinkki LyseoPad - Jyväskylän lyseon blogi iPadeista iPad opetuksessa (IlonaIT) IPads in Education “News, reviews, resources and more on the use of iPads in the learning environment” curated by John Evans Ohjelmia eli appseja eri käyttöön Apps in Education. Applen omat ohjeet: Muuta aihetta sivuavaa: Sivun ylläpitäjä rehtori Kari Rajala.

Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? [for additional ELA/Reading specific apps and ideas see Reading on the iPad] Is only one iPad in a classroom worth it? This question keeps reappearing on the EC Ning and in other blog spaces. The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom. If more iPads are in the future, you might want to check out iPad App Reviews and iPad 3C's: Some Planning Questions. Setup and Projection You will definitely need to set up a unique Apple ID (iTunes acct.) with a password that is kept secret from the students. OK - I have apps, now what can I do with them?

40+ Super Secret iPad Features and Shortcuts We all want to get the very best out of our devices! Who doesn’t love finding out a new trick or shortcut? This roundup aims to enlighten those new to the iPad, and guide old hands to a few new tricks – the heading might be laced with hyperbole, but you’re going to have a look anyway… For those of you who are super-confident about your iPad knowledge, I’d like to propose a challenge. Like the article? 40+ Super Secret iPad Features and Shortcuts 1. Let’s start gently, taking a screenshot is one of the simpler things on this list. Simultaneously hold down both the Home button and the Lock button for almost a second, and voila! 2. While we’re talking about the Home button, you can double-click it to bring up the Multitasking bar (more on that in a minute). Double-Click Home 3. Yep, that’s right. Triple-Click Home 4. Ever thought it might be useful to magnify the entire screen? Zoom 5. To alter the zoom, double-tap with three fingers and drag up or down. 6. 7. 8. Multitasking Gestures 9. 10. 11.

An introductory guide to iPads for Teachers I’m delivering some iPad training to a school tomorrow, so thought it might be useful to collate some of the links I’ve been putting together for the session. The session is concentrating mainly on teachers using the iPads for their own professional use, rather than being used as a classroom resource, but a lot of the apps below will be suitable for use by students too. I’ll do another post sometime of great apps for different subject areas. Here’s some of the useful apps I’d recommend investigating. File storage / Transfer Dropbox Dropbox is probably one of the most useful applications I’ve used in years. Other apps also work with Dropbox too. Word Processing / Office Capability Documents to Go Microsoft have yet to release an Office app for the iPad – so there’s a need to look at alternatives. The spreadsheet would make it possible to set up grade books and student record sheets without having to buy additional gradebook applications. Note taking Also worth taking a look at these apps too :

Dark Side of the iPad ~ Collecting student projects is difficult! 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. Of course the iPad is also a worthy consumption device. [Note: A number of readers have begun adding comments below which may also interest you. The Dark Side Yet, the iPad has a dark side. Which interface!? Imagine that the students have created an elegant report in Pages, a short movie in Avid Studio or a sketch in Art Rage. Transferring files is not easily accomplished, if at all. Why? So, what are some of the stumbling blocks? This is due to the fact that each app on the iPad manages its own files independently of all the other apps. Educators and other iPad users have written about this dilemma. This is madness. iTunes File App DropBox

25 Ways To Use Tablets To Enhance The Learning Experience iPads in a Junior Classroom 100 Essential iPad Tips and Tricks Change the way the default apps and the operating system behave, to make them suit your particular needs. You’ll also discover ways to squeeze more functionality out of the default apps. The guys over at have put together another great article on the iPad. 01 Which Direction Am I Travelling In? When using the Maps app, you can see your current position on the map as a blue dot. 02 Share Your Location If you want to rendezvous with a friend, tap the ‘i’ icon by the pin that indicates your current location. 03 Drop a Pin If you can’t find a precise location via the Maps app’s handy search option, you can tap on the curled paper at the bottom right and press ‘Drop Pin’. 04 Get Bus Times By default, the Maps app’s Directions function displays the route and time it’ll take you to get to your destination when travelling by car. 05 Instant Traffic Repport 06 Give Turn-by-Turn Driving Directions 07 Pause Your Downloads 08 Create Big Print 09 Perform a Double-Tap Zoom 10 Activate VoiceOver

Learning with iPads iPads (or other devices) and Literature Circles – co-starring Edmodo. 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. One of my main concerns ( and the concerns of many I have worked with in implementing Literature Circles) is monitoring the independent reading and meetings as well as the work done by children in between sessions. The Organisation Traditionally, from my experience, students have a quick meeting to decide how much of the book they will read before the discussion meeting and what role/s each member will prepare for during the discussion. Now that Edmodo’s iPad app has been updated with access to GoogleDocs and the iPad’s camera roll, posting documents on the site is now quite easy. The Reading Experience iBooks and Kindle for iPad are the two big players here. Coveritlive chapter discussion embedded in Edmodo Edmodo.

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