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Our second grade teacher, Ms.S., was ready to “upgrade” a traditionally taught unit on reptiles. We met to discuss how she could incorporate the 5 C’s of 21st century skills as well as support new emerging literacies. The basic idea was to upgrade a typical report, using books from the library to research and fill out a “research” template on a piece of paper. “Upgrading” meant to find ways to go beyond the traditional text based resources and local classroom community and AMPLIFY… the skills being introduced or supported… the reach students’ voices (in a myriad of media) have… teaching as a skill of learning… the audience they are writing, talking or presenting to… With that in mind, we came up with VoiceThread , as a tool to allow for this amplification to happen.
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The app development market is exploding. More and more companies are creating “educational apps”. In some cases, they are simply digital versions of a book or a web based tool.
Description This app is designed for children who are 8-11 years old, elementary science teachers, and anyone interested in photography. This is truly an educational application. The app contains photographs that pertain to earth science on an elementary level. Each photograph contains 3 details with audio. A photo album is displayed and a photograph is chosen.
In honor of Digital-Storytime’s recent makeover, this top ten list is a based on the books that scored high in a new category - Educational. These are all top picks for iPad books that make learning especially fun. These apps are for a wide range of ages and topics, showing off the iPad’s flexibility.
Last year I wrote about a few useful handwriting iPad apps for note taking and drawing. Since then other similar apps have been developed that are just as stylish, but contain a few unique features or approaches you might might want to consider if you’re looking for such a writing tool. Let’s face it, if you have an iPad there’s probably less and less need for using pen and paper these days. I would rather grab my iPad and jot down a few notes than do so on scraps of paper that clutter up my desk or get misplaced. Inkflow Inkflow is one of the newest writing apps to hit the iTunes App Store.
Posted by Melissa Taylor on 10 May 2012 33 Comments As I started a go-to list of the best educational iPad apps for kids, the list got so long, I split up my posts into categories. So, today we’ll start with my favorite iPad apps for literacy — reading and writing for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age kids. Also, I’ve included special needs iPad app resources at the end of this post. General Literacy and Learning iPad Apps
© Sandra Crawford My daughter’s fourth grade class is using iPads to play the Stock Market Game . So far she’s invested in the movie company behind Hunger Games, Apple computer and Procter and Gamble. She uses my iPad at home to check her stock performance. As with my daughter's classroom, iPads are being used by students in the classroom for learning purposes. Educators find ways that technology can aid learning.
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. Students learn shapes, letters, numbers, words and more.
Science is one of those subjects that really excite students because they get to see cause and effect, they get to create, record and then document results and they get to manipulate the variables that produce the data. Students then get to make connections between what they do and the real world. Add an iPad, a series of carefully chosen apps and a couple of probes and you can make all of these observations happen in a mobile environment - outside, at home or even on an excursion.
Page Content The iPad has increasingly become a more and more useful teaching and learning tool in the Music program at Irwin Park. Currently, we have eight iPads, one 2nd generation iPod Touch and one MacBook Pro for the Music program, with the iPad playing the largest role.
These are my notes from Felix Jacomino and Inge Wassmann ‘s breakout session, “Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads” at the 2012 Mobile Learning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 13, 2012. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. The official conference session description was: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts Learn what one technology team experienced from initiation to implementation of iPads in a school in the heart of Coconut Grove, Florida. “Computer teachers” have transformed into “technology integrators” and move from within the lab to the classroom, the campus, and beyond.
Reading 2030: Or, 4 Reasons the New iPad is Better than Printed Books and What that Tells Us About the Future of ReadingI have glimpsed the future and it came in the form of the new iPad that arrived on my doorstep on a recent Friday. After a few weeks of using it I can confidently say I prefer reading on it over a tree-based book. Now I know there are a lot of people out there that prefer the feel of a real book. I'm not here to say that they are wrong or to convert them to the way of the iPad. I do however wish to demonstrate why the iPad will be so transformative and get you to think about what this means for our education system in the next 18 years.
What if your school had the means to purchase a piece of education technology for your classroom? What would you pick? Given the choice, a school in the UK went right for the iPad (as you probably guessed from the title of this article).
Hmmm . . . my quick answer to that question would be a simple: I don’t know. My (slightly) more involved answer would be: