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What can you do with an iPad in the classroom?

What can you do with an iPad in the classroom?
It’s a tool, it’s a tool, it’s a tool. The iPad is not going to replace teachers or ‘fix’ education. There is a cost implication that must be taken into account and only an educator will know if it is right for their students. Indeed the cost-benefit analysis for an establishment must take into account a host of factors when considering iPad use in the classroom. However, if there are iPads in the classroom, there are a number of applications that can enhance learning and assist the educator in developing student skills. In fact, the iPad allows educators to build on existing styles and increase flexibility in their classroom whilst personalising learning. Assessment for Learning The most valuable weapon in an educators arsenal is feedback. Applications such as eclicker, Socrative and Nearpod have the ability to provide instant feedback for every child in the classroom. Collaboration Practical Use These are a few of the applications that have been made a little easier by the use of an iPad Related:  Classrooms and pedagogy

Teachers Guide on The Use of ePortfolios in Education Have you ever thought of teaching your students how to create an ePortfolio ? Well if you have not then it is about time to take the idea seriously. There are actually several reasons why you should encourage students to create their own ePortfolios but before we delve into them let me just briefly define what an ePortfolio is. ePortfolio is an electronic journal where one collects evidence of their learning. The good thing about ePortfolios is that they help students reflect about their own learning.This reflection is a necessary mental process for developing critical thinking. " The overarching purpose of portfolios is to create a sense of personal ownership over one's accomplishments, because ownership engenders feelings of pride, responsibility, and dedication." " The e-portfolio is the central .and common point for the student experience. Here is a list of some great web tools teachers can use to create ePortfolios.

Apps Gone Free Editor’s Pick: Cut the Rope: Time Travel HD Cut the Rope: Time Travel HD(4.5 stars with 3985 User Ratings) iPad App $0.99 → Free for a limited time Cut the Rope: Time Travel(5 stars with 8565 Ratings) iPhone App Everyone has heard of and played Cut the Rope, right? How Technology Can Support and Enhance Your Reading Workshop I'm a firm believer that technology integration should not be something done in isolation. In fact, even referring to integrating technology indicates that the curriculum has some sort of special ingredient added. My hope is that one day the resources we use to support and enhance student learning will no longer be labeled with special buzz words. From my observations, when a lesson goes really well, the teacher cannot identify one specific program that made this happen. As I teach reading, I find that my students make the most gains when they have the opportunity to sit with a book and read. The Problem: Students would get so wrapped up in their books, they had to share the funny parts, ask questions for clarification, and tell me about each and every connection they were making. The Question: As with most of my planning, I started with the end in mind. However, for everyone to have the opportunity to share would have taken too long. The Solution: Padlet: Answer Pad: Aurasma: LiveScribe:

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. Highly effective teachers who use technology always have a reason for using new technology tools. 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.

Socrative Science GCSE Quizzes Comment:Last Updated:2 April, 2014Section:Resources This collection is a series of highly interactive and exciting revision quizzes and short answers questions that you can use to involve and engage the whole class. The revision activities are aimed at Yr11 revision (age 15-16) and they are suitable for the current GCSE exams as well as for the new exams starting in 2013. The quizzes and short answer tasks are all Socrative activities that you can import in your Socrative Room. Socrative is a free Web 2.0 Tool that allows you to get your learners to join your room without the need of registering. If you are not familiar with Socrative you will find the video below really useful. This collection was put together by our Science Adviser Alessio, whom you can follow on Twitter @TESScience and/or contact via email, and by Gavin Smart (member of the TES Science Teacher Panel) whom you can contact via email or on Twitter @gavinsmart GCSE Biology GCSE Physics

27 Good iPad Apps for Elementary School Students As the new school year starts many teachers and their students will have iPads at their disposal for the first time. If you’re one of those teachers getting iPads in your classroom for the first time, you’re probably on the hunt for apps for your students. The short document embedded below provides a sample of some of the apps that you might want your students to use. The document is hosted on You should be able to download it from here. Tags: digital storytelling, free ipad apps, ipad apps, ipads in education, ipads in elementary school, Math, science, social studies

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. Coupled with concerns over the costs involved, iPad implementation in schools is seen as an unnecessary and expensive risk. 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.

Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide! How to Use Augmented Reality in Your Classroomthis post is read best via a desktop due to the embedded video content Augmented reality allows someone to add another layer to an existing image. For example, imagine holding your phone over a poster on the wall as if you were going to take a photo of that poster, and then instantly a video starts playing to offer you additional information about that particular poster. Pretty cool, right? The first time it happens, it seems like magic. After watching the video below, I knew I had to figure this augmented reality thing out. Aurasma is the app I use to create augmented reality. Sharing Aurasma with My Husband's Colleagues Not only is augmented reality amazing, it's also free and easy to do. While waiting for our table to be called for dinner, we were discussing the nice decorations displayed around the reception hall. His colleagues began instantly brainstorming how this could be used for their business. Augmented Reality Vocabulary Step 1:

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking Suggestions from educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School on how to help develop and assess critical-thinking skills in your students. Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students' critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond. 1. Questions, questions, questions. Questioning is at the heart of critical thinking, so you want to create an environment where intellectual curiosity is fostered and questions are encouraged. In the beginning stages, you may be doing most of the asking to show your students the types of questions that will lead to higher-level thinking and understanding. 2. Pose a provocative question to build an argument around and help your students break it down. 3. 4. 5. Lively discussions usually involve some degree of differing perspectives. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

MuyBlog – The Empty Backpack It’s almost time for school to start again, and when the students walk in I know I’m going to see them lugging backpacks loaded with textbooks, notebooks, trappers, worksheets, pens, pencils, and numerous other things in their bags weighing 10, 20, 30 pounds or more. I, however, envision a much different school. A place with empty backpacks, where everything a student needs is on one device, their iPad. Replace the textbooks with an iBook, their notebooks and worksheets with a simple app like Notability, and their pens and pencils with their finger or a stylus. When the first iPad came out a few years ago I was part-time technology coordinator and part-time teacher at the school and we decided to get one to check out. About six months later, I convinced my superintendent that if we were thinking about going one-to-one with iPads, which we had discussed, we should do some type of pilot program to check them out and I would volunteer to do so in my chemistry class.

What Students Can Actually DO With An iPad Online, in workshops, and even with friends, I frequently get asked What can the iPad actually do? as a sort of challenge to the worth of the device. I would rather that they ask, What can you actually do with an iPad? So last week, in preparing for the New England Reading Association Conference and the NYSCATE Mobile Learning Summit , I decided to change my approach. Rather than structure my presentations by tool, or by app, or even by project, I organized myself around desired student outcomes – aka. what students can actually do. However, before addressing that question, I asked not only WHY iPads but WHY Technology ? I want my students to communicate in complex and modern ways. What does this tangibly look like in the classroom? I want my students to demonstrate their knowledge of the parts of a story. Learning Objectives: In addition to learning the story elements, students learn… Project: Book Posters – students create a movie-style poster to advertise their book.

Why Teachers Should Be Preparing For A Multi-Screen Classroom You don’t need an infographic to tell you that your students (and probably most of your friends, colleagues, and family members) have their nose pointed towards a screen more often than not. While I’m definitely not above chastising my dinner mates for getting too cosy with their phone instead of interacting with everyone at the table, I wouldn’t necessarily transfer that same open shaming technique to a classroom. Studies show that so much of our daily media interactions are screen based – 90%, in fact. So while your inclination may be to have students focusing on one thing at a time to make sure they’re getting all they need to out of an activity, maybe you should think again. Google has put together this little graphic (below) that shows that most of us are quite adept at functioning in what they call a ‘multi-screen world’. Something to keep in mind as you’re planning classroom activities, for sure. A Multi Screen World A Multi Screen Classroom