There is More to iPads in the Classroom Than Apps In a previous post, Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind, I describe my ambivalence about teacher asking my for the “perfect” app to teach this or that. I have teachers ask me frequently about app recommendations for different subject areas.“What app could I use to teach subtraction?”“What app would you recommend for my students to practice writing?” In a recent article, titled ” How the iPad Can Transform Classrooms” by Ben Johnson on Edutopia, raises awareness of the difference between using the iPad as a way to teach students versus the iPad as a tool to learn for students. The lesson planning questions I hope my teachers will learn to ask will change from “How can I teach this content?” He calls for the paradigm shift in seeing the iPad as a TOOL TO THINK WITH: images used with permission from Andrea Hernandez @edtechworkshop You can download all four images as a pdf. iPad apps and Bloom’s Taxonomy iPad apps and The Digital Learning Farm Related 27. 15. 20.
iPad as the Teacher's Pet Update: iPad as the Teacher's Pet was updated to Version 2.0 Click to see the new version! Hey, teacher! Got an iPad? Then you've got a toolbox that you can fill to help you be an even better teacher! It's all about verbs, that is, the things teachers can do with an iPad. So take a peek to see how iPad can help you capture learning artifacts, plan lessons, poll students, visualize concepts, share demonstrations, and much more. The Test Generator 1 Adjust a few settings. In a few clicks, you can completely customize your test. 2 Add your questions. On a single page, you can insert, edit, and rearrange all your questions. 3 Distribute the URL. Just email the URL to your students, or post on your website, and you're done. At a glance you can see how everyone performed. You can quickly create questions, move them around, copy them, import questions from your other tests, change question types, and move questions into pools. The test is autosaved while you're working on it, so you don't have to worry about losing your changes. You can mark questions as ungraded, you can shuffle the questions for each test taker, you can shuffle the answer choices, and you can show an explanation for any question. You can even import questions from a properly formatted Excel file. Testmoz is powerful, and more features are being added all the time. Testmoz provides you with a simple URL that you can email to your students so they can start the test.
best iphone/ipad apps for kindergarten-aged kids Last week I shared some of my favorite apps for the preschoolers, and today I wanted to share some of my favorites for my two kindergartners. I’ve found some really great tools for my iphone that help reinforce what the kids are learning at school. At our house, we have an ipad, and we also have two iphones (the one I use as a phone, and an older model that is no longer activated but can still get apps via wifi). The kids are constantly asking to play on them . . . and since we use a timer and have mostly educational games, I feel pretty good about our moderate use of technology as a teaching tool. First things first, though: if you have a child playing on your iphone, I highly recommend some kind of a screen protector. If you haven’t yet discovered ABCmouse.com, I highly recommend it as an educational website. The Sight Word app is fantastic for kids of all ages. ABC Tracing is a great tool for helping kids to learn letter construction. [disclosure]
20 random iPad Maths Apps that help cover all areas of curriculum Around this time last year, I wrote a post about the lack of engaging Maths apps on the iPad that went beyond “skill and drill” number activities. Since then, developers have introduced a greater range of apps across all areas of the Maths curriculum that can be used to enhance the Maths teaching and learning in your classroom. Here’s a selection of 20 apps that cover Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability ( these are the Content strands (CS) Australia’s Mathematics curriculum has been categorized under ). They also cover the proficiency strands (PS) of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. I’m sure other countries’ curricula are similar in many regards and you will be able to make the connections. Undecided (free at time of writing) CS -Statistics and Probability PS – Reasoning Decide Now! Does what Undecided doesn’t with spinner. DragonBox+ ($6.49 – expensive for multiple copies) Dartfish EasyTag (free) Pattern Blocks ($0.99)
Search, Collect, and Share | SMILE 12 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom, Even for Technophobic Teachers Everyone wants teachers to use technology in the classroom. But you're busy -- meeting standards, prepping students for tests -- and maybe you’re not too fond of computers, anyway. Never fear – there are easy ways to bring your classroom up-to-date, technologically. Do you have a iPad in your classroom for your use? How about iPads for students to use? Could you get a classroom iPad? What kind of Internet access is available at your school? What do you have to do to get Ipads for your students? Also try to find a technology “mentor” on campus – the computer teacher or just another teacher who uses technology more than you do. Perfect Ed Tech Activities for Beginners Do a PowerPoint “Game Show Review” Many tech-savvy teachers have used Microsoft PowerPoint to create review games based on famous game shows, including “Jeopardy! Have students complete a written classroom activity as if it was online. Ever have your students write a diary from the perspective of a character or famous person?
Teaching Vocabulary and Language Skills This year I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with teachers and students in integrating technology into the curriculum. It has been such an awesome experience and I have learned so much in the process. One thing that I have learned is how hard it is for some teachers to transfer what they already know about their teaching practices to developing lessons that integrate technology. One reason for this is not knowing what technology is available. Also, teachers seem to get stuck on the idea of the technology rather than how the technology can enhance instruction. With that being said, I have been developing a curriculum for teachers to show how technology can move lessons to the next level.
Collaborize Classroom | Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students Exploring Non-Fiction Text Structures Using iPads | Reading. Writing. Thinking. Sharing. Happy February! Hope everyone is having a great start to 2014! Since the holidays, my days have been filled with winter benchmark assessments, report cards, parent conferences, building data days, schedule changes, oh… and teaching! Anyway, I’ve been meaning to post this, and I finally found a few minutes to share! Getting Started Once you download the apps, they’re very easy to use! All apps require students to create a username so that they can save their projects. Venn Diagrams The Venn Diagram app is very user-friendly. You can print the Venn Diagrams, or you can save them as pictures on your iPad’s Camera Roll. I’ve only used the app for comparing topics within a text, but I’m looking forward to using it for other purposes as well. Timelines The Timeline app is perfect for exploring Sequence & Order in informational texts. My 4th & 5th grade students created timelines from the Reading A-Z book The Story of the Statue. In the mean time, I would love to hear how you use these apps!
Search results for primary Lots of people have been asking about using the iPad as a way of teaching young students to write. I personally would not advocate this as the primary way of teaching youngsters the intricacies of handwriting and letter recognition but as fun supplementary activity it might provide some motivation. Here are a couple of fun apps that reinforce some of the basic writing skills taught by parents and teachers. School Writing: $4.99 AU School Writing allows the teacher to prepare lessons using written instructions, unique images and audio instructions, to which the student can respond using written and audio recordings. iWriteWords: $2.99 AU iWriteWords teaches your child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game. Alphabet Board: $1.99 AU A fun way to learn to write! rED Writing - Learn to Write: $1.99 AU Co-designed by an Australian teacher for children aged 3-7 years old, rED Writing contains 8 education approved handwriting fonts used throughout Australian schools. Letter sounds.
Popplet Why App Smash? Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash. What is an App Smash? Content created in one app transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Preferably the final product is then published to the web – remember, digital presence is the new résumé (CV). Reasons to App Smash: It demands creative thinkingIt demands more from the technology (value for money)It turns the issue of not having a ‘wonder app’ into a positiveIt removes any restrictions to take a topic as far as it can be taken.It often results in more engaging learning productsIt’s a fun challenge for ‘digital natives’ Key rules for successful App Smashing: Key Apps when App Smashing: Examples I’ve used: Watch me here chatting about App Smashing Final thought Other links: Like this: Related
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