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(App page links under iPAD Apps {Question 3} or use the search) Now that you have bought your iPad, what are the questions you need to ask? Questions: 1. What is an iPAD? -- The iPAD is a WiFI/ 3G slate computer that is based on the iPhone/ iPod Touch operating system. The iPAD can be used in any direction It can be used as a note-taking device; an e-reader; a web browser; to send email; and has many other uses as new applications are developed.

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Stories from the Field – ELLstudents Going Beyond 'Turn & Talk': Academic Conversations for ELLs Posted by Sarah Ottow on A lot of my time as a coach supporting schools is spent observing teachers and providing targeted feedback to help boost language development for their English language learners (ELLs). I also train and coach school leaders to more effectively evaluate teachers of ELLs. In both cases, educators often wonder why their ELLs' oral language isn't where they want it to be when they are using the infamous strategy of 'turn and talk'. We all know that student talk versus teacher talk is an important starting place for allowing students to practice language more.

How Do You Know if an App is Truly Educational? Let’s take a look… Was a rubric used? Are cross curricula activities applied? Are built-in differentiation of skills being utilized (is it a SMART app)? Is the app aligned to the Common Core Standards? The Secret To Successfully Using iPads In Education My brother recently built a shelf for my daughter’s room. It is in the likeness of a boat that she will one day spend sunny afternoons on, cruising around Plymouth harbor. He used a saw, a hammer, glue and other assorted tools that I couldn’t explain or name. I am not a carpenter nor am I skilled at building anything with my hands.

10 Best Apps 4 Teachers Most of what we do is for the students. The focus of this and many other blogs and websites is about learning, and rightly so, but there are also apps that will make our jobs easier too. I am talking about that catergory of apps that are designed specifically for the classroom teacher. Those apps that will assist us in the everyday little jobs that need to be done, often on the run and often while 10 other things are also happening in the room. Getting students to be more than just iPad Neanderthals. #edtech #edchat #elemchat Many educators believe that students already know how to use their iPads, but the truth is that most students only know what I call “The Neanderthal Basics.” The Neanderthal Basics when it comes to students on iPads are:

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien – The ESOL Mentor Teacher Every time I read I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien, I discover something new I love about it. First I want to talk about all of the things that the book can teach/remind adults about English Learners (ELs). They are going to go through culture shock when they first arrive in your classroom.Many could read and write in their first language and were thriving as students.Some Els are learning an entirely new alphabet system.ELs may not be talking, but their minds are full of thoughts, ideas, and dreams.They may feel isolated, lonely, sad, confused, and homesick.ELs learn social language first. You will see them talk on the playground and in the cafeteria first.They work better with partners and groups. Collaborate is key to ELs thriving in the mainstream classroom.ELs can teach children and adults new things.They need you to make their environment safe, so they can take risks.Every EL has a strength that can be highlighted while they are still learning English. Like this:

4 Great Rubrics to Help you Select Educational Apps As iPads are increasingly infiltrating our educational systems the question of the pedagogical implications ensuing from the use of these mobile gadgets in the classroom come to the surface. Some do look at them as an added distraction and that learning can be more focused without students having access to them during the class. Traditionalists do advocate this view and are , in fact, against the " over-digitization " of education. To these people I say what John Dewy once said " If we teach today as we thought yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow ". Back to School App-pack The image above was created using PhotoshopTouch on an iPad and was then uploaded to Thinglink to create the hotspots. The summer is quickly winding down & a number of teachers will be returning to their classroom with new mobile devices (iPads). Throughout the summer I have been conducting workshops on iPad integration with EdTechTeacher and I thought it might be helpful to pull together a back to school list of apps structured around specific classroom goals. While many schools may already have an Apple VPP program already in place, I know a number of teachers will also be purchasing the apps themselves.

The Questions I Ask I have been fortunate over the past few days to have attended the Authorspeak Conference. This experience has allowed me to listen to and connect with some of the best minds in education (i.e. Robert Marzano, Rick DuFour, Carol Tomlinson, Doug Reeves, Will Richardson). Additionally, I have been able to network with other amazing educators from all over the world and actively share how we are transforming the culture at New Milford High School.

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