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21 Reasons To Use Tablets In The 21st Century Classroom

21 Reasons To Use Tablets In The 21st Century Classroom by Julie DeNeen, opencolleges.edu.au When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens. How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio. Now, it is the age of the tablet. Yet, some educators are still skeptical. 1. In a subject like art, people might think, “How could a tablet be useful? It is, but what about an app that helps with color matching and combination, or tools for interior design where the child can map out their project in concept before getting to work? And how about access to Google’s Art Project? 2. App developers have continually surprised the public with the complexity of tools they are able to create for tablets. 3. It is an affordable way to see the world without having to actually leave the room. 4. 5. Related:  iPad

Apple & Educación Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating Teaching Strategies Chris Davis, Powerful Learning Practice LLC By Shelley Wright I think the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy is wrong. I know this statement sounds heretical in the realms of education, but I think this is something we should rethink, especially since it is so widely taught to pre-service teachers. I agree that the taxonomy accurately classifies various types of cognitive thinking skills. Conceived in 1956 by a group of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom, the taxonomy classifies skills from least to most complex. Many teachers in many classrooms spend the majority of their time in the basement of the taxonomy, never really addressing or developing the higher order thinking skills that kids need to develop. Rather than starting with knowledge, we start with creating, and eventually discern the knowledge that we need from it. Here’s what I propose: we flip Bloom’s taxonomy. Creating at the Forefront In media studies we often look at the creation of print and digital advertisements.

Tablets and Apps: How to ensure impact on teaching and learning (1 of 5) – The Big Picture Tim Scratcherd (the School House Partnership) and I were recently asked to write a report for the Oxford Education School Improvement Series on the use of Tablets and Apps. The purpose of this report is to provide practical support and guidance for school leadership teams who are considering the purchase of tablet devices. The report is aimed at school leaders and teacher in England but the ideas within the report are transferable to other parts of the world. With permission from Oxford I’ll be duplicating some of the report on olliebray.com over the next week. Part One - Tablets and Apps: How to ensure impact on teaching and learning – The Big Picture In many countries across the world we will move to ubiquitous 1:1 (one computer per child) learning environments within the next 5-10 years and it is highly likely that tablet technology will be at the heart of these deployments. The Place of ICT in Schools ICT and the National Curriculum ICT and School Inspection What the research tells us

10 Steps to a Successful School iPad Program Portions excerpted from new book, "iPad in Education for Dummies" by Sam Gliksman iPads have certainly become a highly desired commodity in education. Apple is reporting that schools are purchasing iPads by a ratio of 2:1 over MacBooks. Stated simply, technology alone doesn’t have the capacity to improve education. Well-planned technology deployments have the potential to have a remarkably transformative impact on schools and students. 1. Do you have adequate incoming Internet bandwidth to connect all the devices and use them at the same time? 2. Can you explain why you have decided to purchase iPads? It’s the question that’s rarely discussed before the decision is made to rush out and purchase new technology. 3. "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. " --Albert Einstein There’s a natural inclination to stay in your comfort zone. 4. 5. It’s important to remember that iPads are not laptops. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Tablets y Game-Based Learning: nuevas formas de aprender jugando A mis oídos ha llegado otro chisme muy interesante, concretamente un webinar sobre el uso de Tablets en el aula utilizando el método de aprendizaje basado en juegos o Game-Based Learning. En este webinar liderado por Carlos López Morante se hablará sobre la utilización de tablets y la metodología del aprendizaje basada en juegos o Game-Based Learning que él mismo utiliza en el aula.Lo más interesante del webinar es que no es uno teórico al uso sino una experiencia del mismo conferenciante sobre cómo lo aplica en su día a día. Si tu también quieres saber cómo aplicar el juego como método de aprendizaje en el aula este es un webinar que no te puedes perder sin duda. Si te interesa conocer cuáles son los elementos que no debes olvidar al implantar un método de aprendizaje basado en el juego, aquí te dejo “7 tips for a Game-Based Learning Success” un artículo que publiqué en inglés para eLearningIndustry.

Digital Leaders – Why you need them in your school? (Plus a few tips on how to get started) | syded Students are curious. Without this curiosity, I don’t believe a Digital Leader programme would be so successful. Show them something they are interested in and they want to know more. If they come up against a barrier, they want to overcome it. If they can find out something no-one else knows, they want to share it. A guide when using technology to support learningExponent of new and existing applicationsTrainer and supporter of school members including parental, teacher and student bodies The example below is taken from our 1:1 iPad initiative which serves to illustrate how crucial Digital Leaders will be to the success of the rollout. An iGenius in each class (responsible for communication with students and teachers alike)Four further Digital Leaders in each classGenius Bar run every lunchtime (in a very public space)Training every Friday lunchtime given to Digital Leaders to support their developmentEdmodo group for communication, sharing good practice and new ideas Like this:

How To Start Using Google Apps In Education As teachers, our plates are perpetually and impossibly full. The idea of adding one more component – such as incorporating technology into instruction – can seem daunting to say the least. In my own attempts to incorporate technology into my practice, Google has been the most valuable tool I have found thus far. Not only does it increase my ability to organize my instructional tools, but it also allows me to incorporate more technology when I feel ready to do so. Why use Google Apps? Google provides a multitude of Apps that can be accessed through multiple mediums – computer, smartphone, or tablet. These apps are all free and come with varying levels of privacy ranging from completely public on the web to limited only through sharing with specific contacts. So how can I use Google Apps in my teaching? To showcase the management advantage of Google Apps, I will highlight an example of how I use Google Apps in my own instruction. Maybe not right now…

23 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able To Do With An iPad Using an iPad is simple due to its intuitive interface, elegant touch interface, and user-friendly operating system. Below we’ve listed 23 different tasks a teacher should be able to perform with their iPad. We’ve tried to focus on the basics, along with some typical tasks a teacher may be required to complete. And let us know which important ones we’ve missed below on twitter or facebook. 1. Power button; long press and plug it in. 2. Apple has you covered: “To redeem an iTunes Gift Card or Gift Certificate, click the Redeem link in iTunes, enter the code on the card or certificate into the Redeem Code box on the page, and click the Redeem button. 3. For reference, check Apple’s help page, or Appducate’s page for some troubleshooting tips. 4. And this probably means social media messages, too. 5. This one is simple provided you’ve got an iTunes account. 6. 7. Just as you organize your books, magazines, clothes, and holiday decorations, organizing your apps isn’t a bad idea either. 8. 9.

25 Ways To Use Tablets In The Classroom When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens. How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio. It never quite caught on in lower grade schools. See Also: 25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom by Degree of Difficulty Now, it is the age of the tablet. Yet, some educators are still skeptical. 1. In a subject like art, people might think, “How could a tablet be useful? It is, but what about an app that helps with color matching and combination, or tools for interior design where the child can map out their project in concept before getting to work? When they are done, they can share in galleries with other students for critique and encouragement. 2. App developers have continually surprised the public with the complexity of tools they are able to create for tablets. 3. 4. 5. 6.

DATORN i UTBILDNINGEN MIKAEL PARKNÄS Rektor, Smedingeskolan, Kungsbacka E-post: mikael.parknas@kungsbacka.se I huvudet på en skolledare – Dags att sluta prata om IT-projekt och snacka skolutveckling istället Jag har arbetat på olika sätt med att införa IT i undervisning sedan början av 1990-talet. Då skaffade jag en dator/klassrum på Askimsskolan. Den tidens pedagogiska ”guru” inom IT var Seymour Papert. Han kombinerade tekniken med konstruktivismen och försökte anpassa tekniken till barns lärande. ITiS I slutet på 90-talet och i början av 00-talet arbetade jag med Itis skolledarutbildning. PIM Uppföljaren till Itis heter Pim (Praktisk IT-och mediekompetens) och har bidragit till en bra kompetensutveckling. Hur är läget nu då? Det går för långsamt I en rapport underkänner Skolinspektionen samtliga granskade skolors användning av IT i undervisningen. Artiklarna är mycket bra och de fyra punkterna är nyckelfrågor som måste lösas. Ordet ”skolutveckling” nämns inte en enda gång? Här följer några utdrag:

20 Types of Tablet Tools for Teaching UPDATED on October 1, 2012 In May 2011, after a year of experimentation, I became sold on the idea of using a tablet instead of a laptop as my primary mobile computer. It was my turn for a workstation update, and I chose a desktop. I’ve been happy with that decision ever since. My laptop used to remain on the desk when I left the office, but these days I take my tablet wherever I go! I have thought a lot about which tablet apps are most likely to be useful to a college teacher. Under each category I name specific titles for iPad and Android which you may want to explore as good examples. I generally do not use a phone connection. Teaching This first group of tools is the one most directly connected to the act of teaching. Grade Book – iPad: Gradekeeper ($5), Gradebook Pro ($4), Android: Grade Book, AndroClass ($7)Annotation – mark up student-submitted PDF files with highlights, text and drawings. Content Use your tablet as a tool for course readings or to create materials for class. Generic

23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow 23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom by TeachThought Staff The iPad is not magic, and as many educators have found integrating them meaningfully is by no means a just-add-water proposition. The same applies to Project-Based Learning. Project-Based Learning is a method of giving learners access to curriculum in authentic ways that promote collaboration, design, imagination, and innovation while also allowing for more natural integration of digital and social media. Below we’ve offered 23 ways that the iPad can be used in your classroom. Note that the visual is also arranged in a kind of visual spectrum, as our past visuals have been.

6 Apps That Teach Math Concepts For young learners, there are a plethora of apps out there to help learn how to count, and for older learners, often times a graphing calculator or scientific calculator app will do the trick. But what about all of those students in between? You know, the ones who already know how to count, but have to learn a multitude of math concepts that most of their parents have long forgotten? We’re taking a look at 6 apps that are easy to use and teach more than just counting. Geometry Pattern Blocks This app allows you to create virtual geometrical shapes using a grid. Fractions Fractions by Tap to Learn This app uses everyday items (like a pizza or an apple) to demonstrate and quiz users on fractions. Order of Operations Name That Number Name That Number is a game based learning tool where players use five number tiles to build number sentences that equal a target number. Estimation iEstimation Graphing, Mean/Median/Mode Graphs by Tap to Learn Multiplication Ghostblasters

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