A generation of children has grown up with continuous connectivity to the internet. A few years ago, nobody had a piece of plastic to which they could ask questions and have it answer back. The Greeks spoke of the oracle of Delphi. We’ve created it. People don’t talk to a machine. They talk to a huge collective of people, a kind of hive. Our generation [Mitra is 64] doesn’t see that. We just see a lot of interlinked web pages.
I believe that the role of the teacher is really beginning to change and technology has a large part to play in this. Students now have access to lots of additional information on the internet and via e-books as well as through many resources. Therefore the role of the teacher is to help students make use of all this additional information.
Below is a collection of some very good iPad apps for creating educational movie slideshows with students. You can use your selected photos, add a video and/or a soundtrack and mix all together in a beautiful and engaging slideshow. While features provided differ from one app to the other, most of these apps let you use existing photos and videos to create animated slideshows.
“ A great tool for assessment in the 21st Century is the app Explain Everything (iOS, Android, Windows, & ChromeOS). Explain Everything is a unique, interactive screencasting whiteboard app that can be used as a tool for ongoing assessment. It is an effective application with both general education students and special education students and can be used in a variety of content areas. It creates opportunities for dynamic assessment by incorporating audio, drawing, and video functionality.”
Via John Evans
Stop Motion Studio is a filmmaking app that can be used across the content areas. Similar to the Lego movies you may have seen made by filmmakers on YouTube or claymation characters moving across the screen. In the classroom teachers are using this app to have students demonstrate their understanding of content in lots of subject areas.
We’ve shared some tips to take great pictures of fireworks with iPhone before, but fireworks are obviously in motion, so perhaps the best way to capture a firework show is with some great video. Fortunately, the iPhone and iPad have a wonderful video recording camera built right in, and with a few tricks, you’ll be able to capture stunning video of a firework reports, explosions, or even the entire show, using nothing but the iPhone and it’s built-in feature set.
VoiceThread is an excellent online tool that promotes meaningful conversation through the use of visual prompts such as video clips, images, graphs, and more. This article gives step-by-step instructions to help educators create VoiceThreads that will engage students and stimulate thoughtful dialogue and collaboration.
It has been a while since my last blogpost. Last month, I had the great honor of writing four guest posts on the topic of mLearning for ASTD. Furthermore, I have been studying hard to complete my postgraduate studies, which made me step aside from some other projects for a while. Having said that, last week I came…
I make no apologies for making this an iPad focused post. So many of the schools that I work with have iPads both for students and for educators. The majority of the 30 Apps I’ve chosen are ones I have used extensively myself in the classroom with some new additions which I have seen being used by others to great success.
Yesterday we published the article, “Coding for the Common Core – Apps for Integrating Coding With Math and ELA“, in which we shared numerous programmable robots and insights and lesson plans that offer ideas for how they can be used on classrooms teaching various subjects.
Today, we share 15 different iPad apps (many of them are free!) that can help teach coding skills while reinforcing related skills like mathematics, logic, reading, and more! These apps are geared toward students of elementary through middle schools ages.
Sadly when most educators think of Bloom’s they think of just the single domain, the Cognitive, that rules so much of what we do in education. Had we focused on all three domains equally we may have better understood the part we do use and be much closer to a holistic view of education where the ‘Affective’ and ‘Psychomotor’ domains are viewed as equals to the cognitive. It is a shame that partly due to our obsession with Bloom’s we ignore the important aspects of our student’s feelings (hearts) and their doings (hands) despite these clearly playing a part in the taxonomy.
The iPad isn’t famed for its photographic abilities. But in reality, it is one of the most useful devices a photographer could own.
Everyone who takes pictures has a favored digital workflow. For some, it is entirely iPhone-based, using filters and careful framing in preparation for the latest Instagram triumph. For others, it is a laptop operation which takes hours of patient sorting, followed by adjustment and layering. But there is a third way. The iPad’s processing power cannot compete with that of a computer, and its photographic credentials are less celebrated than those of a smartphone, and yet, you could argue that it combines the best of mobile and desktop.
I have blogged about using time-lapse before and it appears in our iPad Teacher Guide App (www.ipadteachers.com), notably to capture shadows moving across a playground. We use the time-lapse feature in I Can Animate a lot and even more recently where I have supported a number of schools who are capturing mini-beasts and even chicks hatching. The good thing about it is that it can be used with all year groups across a range of subjects but predominantly in Science.
The image above shows a typical workflow that we use combining I Can Animate, iMovie and Book Creator with Showbie used as the resource and assessment tool. The rule that we follow is that if the process takes less than a day (e.g Shadows across the playground, dough rising etc) then we use time-lapse. If it is longer than a day (e.g seeds growing) then we take the photos in I Can Animate manually because we want to use the iPads inbetween time.
"Finding interesting ways to evaluate, reflect and report on work and projects can be tricky. Many students struggle to engage with the reflection properly as it is often a dry, unentertaining end to any unit or project. But that’s where the Green Screen App can help. (How-to help sheet below)
People don’t learn from experience. People learn when reflecting on experience. People learn more when they can witness their own reflection."
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