Learn with Nintendo DSi Although I continue to see additional iOS devices, iPods and iPads, in the hands of students in the elementary grades, one of the most popular technology devices continues to be the Nintendo DS and DSi. In fact, all Nintendo DS models combined have made it the best selling handheld game console. These handhelds are often a child’s first foray into personal technology, and they can be utilized effectively as learning tools within the BYOT classroom. To learn more about these devices, I asked the experts – a group of fourth grade students!
Blooms and iPad Applications I just got tweeted a nice diagram showing iPad applications against different levels of Bloom’s revised taxonomy. Its a good and well considered diagram and I like it. Some applications there that I haven’t seen yet and I will have to look up. The only thing I would say is that the applications are just the medium in which the student demonstrates the level. They facilitate the cognitive action. – This is NOT a criticism, rather a statement from me and one I know that Kathy Schrock has definitely taken into account. Quick List: iPad Resources For The Classroom One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in these devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more. In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme (last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom. ISTE iPad In Education Webinar Resources A while back ISTE ran a great webinar with some fabulous educators on using iPads in the classroom. This site has loads of information, a collection of articles, lists of apps and information on Apple's Volume Purchasing Program.
20 Amazing iPad Apps for Educators When one looks at how technology has changed education over the past decade, one can’t help but be blown away by the sheer number of iPad apps for educators that have absolutely flooded the electronic marketplace. There are so many iPad apps for teachers released every month that even the most plugged-in educator would have a difficult time processing and utilizing them all. Luckily, when teachers are looking to learn how to use iPads in the classroom, they need to look no further than TeachHUB magazine and TeachHUB.com -- an educator’s primary go-to resource when researching iPad apps for teachers and iPads in the classroom.
Those Who Can...Write About It. I asked another class today to share their initial thoughts on the iPads. This class is much more diverse--juniors and seniors, all learning levels--and they've been using the iPads for two weeks. Some of their thoughts... Android Resources & Apps A colleague asked if I could put together a list of some great Android apps for education and some great Android resources for a presentation he is doing on the Kindle Fire. Here's what I came up with:Great Android Apps for Education and Resources for Android Comparison to iPadEvery app I want or need is available on Android. iPads, iPod Touches, and iPhones as Assistive Technology in Education 3/28/2011 By: by Eric Lawson The recent release of Apple’s iPad has opened up some great new ideas and creative paths for teachers looking for assistive technologies (AT) for their classroom.
iPad 2 as a serious writing machine (how-to) I knew when I bought the iPad 2 a while back that it would provide a number of uses for me, but I quickly discovered it fills more important roles in my work than I believed it would. One of those, a key for me, is as a serious system to use for a lot of the writing I do in my work. I write 3,000 words most days for all of the projects I have going on, and the iPad 2 has stepped up to handle a lot of the task quite nicely. I wrote about using the iPad 2 for writing a while back, and contantly receive questions about how I use it in this role. The best way to deal with those questions is to detail how I use the tablet as a writing machine on a daily basis. Writing as much as I do means a good keyboard is required, and the Logitech Keyboard Case (made by ZAGG) is as good as any I have tried.
CLOUDUCATION Sometimes as I write about what I am teaching my students in the high school, it probably makes it seem as if that is a one-way street. The truth of the matter is that it is often a two-way conversation that is very healthy. I thought I would write about a few of the things I have learned from the students I teach:
What I Am Still Taking for Granted Even though these iPads have been in the classroom for over a month, and in the past two weeks my class hasn't started using any new app, I am still taking what my students know (and are comfortable with) for granted. Case in point: Today students who were finished with their theme essay needed to share their document with two other people, copy and paste my revision checklist into the their peers' essays and then read and help the author revise. I assumed students knew two things: 1) how to share a document with their classmate so their classmate could edit the document, and 2) how to copy and paste something from one document into another. The former we have actually done maybe once in class, but that doesn't mean students remembered how to do it, and the latter I have never taught that skill to the class. Luckily, students were helping each other do this well before I realized my errors so not too much time was lost.
Web 2.0 Resources for BYOT Programs « A Teacher's Coda As my school district prepares to implement BYOT in the 2012-2013 school, I have collected Web 2.0 tools that students and faculty (grades 7-12) could use. Because of the sheer number of apps for mobile devices, I have not included any apps. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom Updated 01/2014 If I had thirty iPads in my class, what would I do with them? How would I use them to help my students learn better and help me teach better? Perhaps a better question is what would I do with them that I could not do with other tools that are available and cheaper? Certainly iPads are cheaper than computers, desktop or laptop, and they are more mobile. Speaking of computers, they were supposed to be the transformation of teaching and learning as we know it. Create your own iPad keyboard for less than $10! One of the more common complaints among iPad users is that the keyboard is awkward to use. Apple offers a wireless keyboard solution at the prohibitive price of about $70 plus shipping but you can actually create your own simple iPad keyboard for less than $10. You need two simple components: A USB camera connection kit (see left). This is normally used for connecting digital cameras to your iPad.
Educational Apps and Resources for the iPad and iPhone Apps for Education Teachers, parents and therapists are buzzing with the exciting potential and possibilities of using the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad for learning and education. The number of apps (applications) in the iTunes store is mind boggling, and with more and more apps becoming available every day (for Android phone users too) – how do you filter through all the apps and dig out what is useful? When searching for apps and evaluating them, having very clear ideas about the purpose and function of the app is helpful, you could think about questions such as; What do I want the app to do? What learning do I want to occur?