Design thinking is a powerful tool to really get your students thinking about and tackling a problem or topic at a much deeper level. It is a structured task that focuses on giving considerable time to thinking about and empathising with the people within the situation, designing and prototyping a possible solution that is immediately challenged in order to improve it.
Anyone who has spent time with kindergarteners knows that these enthusiastic young students love to share what they’ve learned. This is great because reflection is an important part of discovery at any age.
Using a few digital tools, students can create artifacts, record their thoughts about their work and share with the class. They can also review their classmates’ work and give feedback.
Here is a set of good iPad apps that you can use with students to enhance their mathematical thinking. These apps are meant for young learners and are specifically useful when introducing kids to those rudimentary notions of mathematical computations.
The purpose of teaching kids to think mathematically, as detailed in Kaye Stacey's paper, is three folds:
First, it will allow kids to conduct mathematical investigations by themselves.
Second, it will help them acquire other thinking skills particularly problem-solving and as mathematician Paul Halmos (1980) stated, 'problem solving is the heart of mathematics'.
Third, it helps kids get a deeper appreciation of mathematics and use it in their daily and working lives.
Stick Around is one of the best new apps we've seen lately It offers users the ability to create, share and play their own labelling puzzles. The design of the app is very user friendly but broad enough to include some brilliant little touches too.
Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.
In our more modern, connected, and ever-busy age, however, traditional library book clubs have been undergoing a quiet revolution. Lack of time, scheduling conflicts, mobility issues, desire for anonymity, and other factors have moved the conversation online—namely onto social media.
Apple will be making significant changes to iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year that should eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when adopting iPads for use in the classroom.
Looking for the best spelling apps for your beginning speller? Check these out! They're great for kids in kindergarten through third grade.
Meet This Reading Mama’s Word Study Apps. Designed by a reading specialist, they were created using the principles of word study, a research-based approach to teaching spelling. So far, the series includes two awesome apps: the Short Vowel Word Study App and the Long Vowel Word Study App.
Play, design, and share labeling and sorting puzzles! Stick Around comes with an assortment of puzzles, including ordering decimals and classifying rocks. It's the player's job to drag the stickers from the tray to their correct spots on the background before time runs out.
Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , the term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash.
What is an App Smash? Content created in one app transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Preferably the final product is then published to the web – remember, digital presence is the new résumé (CV).
If you are using iPads in your classroom without the Apple TV Unit you are really only getting half the experience. This great video from square group will explain to the uninitiated the process of getting started with Apple TV in your classroom including the setup and some basic teaching ideas.
You'll find some fascinating creative apps, apps that promote word play, story apps, several apps that encourage kids to create a digital story, image editors, puzzle and pattern apps, and apps that promote learning.
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