Visualising Ideas - Sailing Away in 3 Different Directions with EDMODO Photo by Omri Epstein I first learned about Edmodo from Sandy Millin’s detailed post back in June, 2011. Yes, that was quite a while ago but till recently I hadn’t had any real incentive to experiment with it on my own. Tools I had already mastered were enough for me. All that changed after I had taught my first course to 38 adult students in a private language school and had agreed to teach another such course. “Let there be light!” 1) No student claimed that he didn’t know which assignment he was supposed to have done (or that I never said it needed to be done). 2) No student claimed that he HAD handed in assignments and its just me that was claiming that he didn’t. 3) I didn’t receive multiple copies of the exact same answers to a homework assignment, sometimes even photocopied copies of the same task! 4) I didn’t come home with piles of papers every lesson and carry them back the next lesson. 5) Students can upload a profile picture.
Using Socrative app for iPad – AfL the fun way! « Smarter Learning I have recently started to experiment with the Socrative app that is available online and via apps for iPad, iPhone and also Android mobile devices. Any device that access the internet can utilise Socrative in the classroom. Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level. Students can be engaged all lesson with educational exercises and games. Socractive has a wide variety of activities to use when assessing students learning. All feedback can be seen instantly by the teacher and can also be shared at the end of a quiz via a report. I recently used a ‘Space Race’ quiz that I had made as a starter activity to assess prior knowledge of a topic and the students loved it. The students can watch their rocket fly across the screen and compete with all members of the class to complete the exercise. Like this: Like Loading...
Taxonomy of an iPad lesson I haven't blogged about our iPad journey for a while, so I thought I'd update how it's going, and impart a few of the lessons I've learnt the hard way! Forgive the length of the post, but I thought it was time to get into the nitty-gritty of the learning which occurs when iPads are used so you can follow my thinking, and improve on what I'm doing (and hopefully suggest those improvements to me in a comment at the bottom? Who knows?). The first thing to comment on is a class procedure which has changed: The first thing my students do when they come into the class is to wash their hands with the anti-bacterial gel soap, a dispenser of which is on the wall at the entrance to the class. Change number two: Organisation. Change number three: Flipped learning: I'd always been a fan of flipped learning, the idea of setting learning for homework, and its application as a class activity which could be easily differentiated on the basis of how well the homework had been understood.
Literacy in PE Literacy is a key theme this year and one which is being raised and commented a lot in various forums. Ideas and discussion have flowed on Twitter. Numerous blog ideas have looked at how to develop better reading or writing techniques with students. Literacy in PE ideas: Here is a collection of ideas that have been shared so far via e-mail/Twitter in an effort to develop literacy ideas in PE. Fact in Fiction writing tasks - An excellent task for PE theory. SOLO Taxonomy - SOLO to help students structure long answer questions (picking out a fact, giving the definition, linking it to an example and bringing in other topics/aspects - going from pre-structural to EA). Student speak - We also teach our Year 7's & 8's how to give effective feedback through Sport Education so they can verbally structure it. School sports newspaper - Happened a few years back. Articles - Using carefully selected articles in lessons which students can analyse and dissect. Extended from idea above.
Introduction to iPads: Part 2--iPad Integration How does a teacher start to use iPads in the classroom? While Part 1 focuses on the hardware basics, Part 2 focuses on iPad integration in the classroom. Most teachers need to think through a few things about implementation before going full throttle. iPad management When I think about introducing a class to something new, I recall the lesson learned in my first year of teaching when I handed out geoboards for the first time. Those lessons learned apply to iPad management as well. iPad integration There are many apps for the iPad; however, I recommend mastering a few ways to integrate iPads to support learning at higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy when starting off, and not focusing as much on finding different apps. Some of the apps/sites below require creating accounts, which typically collects the user's full name, email and password. QR codes When taking students to different websites, it's time consuming to type in the URL, and frustrating when it's mistyped. Narrating photos
How Much Are iPads Really Helping Kids in the Classroom? The drive to increase technology use in classrooms has many asking whether the investment is more fizzle than bang, and whether it’s too early to tell how wisely the money is being spent. Education author Peg Tyre has investigated the use of iPads, one of the most popular classroom additions, in TakePart. She concludes that iPads in education may offer some new teaching techniques, but by themselves, they may not be better than traditional, cheaper methods. The classroom used to be about chalkboards, textbooks, teachers speaking directly to groups of kids, and worksheets. The iPad can take any of these roles: but in which role is it most effective? When iPads replace textbooks, they are perhaps least effective. Substituting for the teacher may be among the iPad’s most effective roles. Tyre explains that there are other ways the iPads in schools can fill part of the teacher’s role: Tyre reports that investment in education technology has soared in recent years.
Casllwchwr:Week 2 | ipadshare Well, we are into Week 2 and I have to say that the opportunities the individual iPads have allowed for my whole class have been endless. I have begun training my digital leaders for my new class. (In my own mind, they are all digital leaders as they teach me things daily: being natural investigators. Homework went out on Monday and I chose 4 children. SHOW me is a free app on the iPad. Last year, I aimed to get all of my class using ShowMe, to explain new strategies and the homework. This week has also allowed me to have fun with my new class. If you are interested in hearing their FUN raps- the link to our class blog is below! Written & Posted by Sarah Reece (e-learning Manager and Assistant Head) Like this: Like Loading...
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have By EdTech Team Updated on march 2, 2015 : The original list that was created in 2011 comprised 33 skills , after reviewing it we decided to do some merging and finally ended up with the 20 skills below. The 21st century teacher should be able to : 1- Create and edit digital audio Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :Free Audio Tools for Teachers 2- Use Social bookmarking to share resources with and between learners Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : A List of Best Bookmarking Websites for Teachers 3- Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : Great Tools to Create Protected Blogs and Webpages for your Class 4- Exploit digital images for classroom use Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :Web Tools to Edit Pictures without Installing any softwareTools to Convert Photos into Cartoons
iPads in the classroom: embedding technology in the primary curriculum | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional Last year David Andrews wrote for us about how he was using one-to-one devices in the classroom in the hugely popular blog post: An Apple for the teacher: are iPads the future in class? Here, he updates us on his progress and shares some of his favourite technology-led learning ideas. Since the start of September 2012 myself and a colleague, Chris Williams, have been trying to maximise the use of handheld technology (iPads and iPods) in year 6 in all areas of the curriculum. The school's 'Apple journey' began in June 2012. Allowing the children to work in this manner shifted the learning from teacher-centred to child-centred. Once the vehicles were built, the pupils planned, filmed and edited a car advert in iMovie. The pupils' interest and effort was evidently higher than myself or Mr Williams had seen before, especially post-SATs when motivation of pupils in year 6 can take a dip. In literacy, we have used the devices in a variety of ways, most notably as a stimulus for writing.
18 iPad uses: How classrooms are benefiting from Apple's tablets Apple's iPads are quickly becoming a popular and powerful educational tool for classrooms. Beyond the immediate benefit of engaging students, iPads can improve education efficiency and standards. However, many teachers are unsure of how to use them effectively. As the case studies below demonstrate, iPads are being used in education environments around the world with great success. So just what are they doing? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Similarly, First Words Animals aids with letter and word identification. 18.
7 habits of highly effective teachers Always Prepped Blog We’ve all heard about Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Some teachers out there may have heard of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers. Below are our 7 habits of highly effective teachers who use technology: 1) They always start with the why. Technology for technology’s sake is dangerous. 2) They are malleable and can easily adapt. 3) They embrace change. 4) They share, share, and then share some more. 5) They think win-win-win-win. 6) They are extremely thorough and think two steps ahead. 7) They actively care. What are your thoughts? Always Prepped. Teachers, we would love for you to signup for our site today. Beautiful classroom reports, designed to save teachers time.