The App market is quite saturated with Maths apps, particularly ones where pupils are just tapping on the right answer in an activity which is just a digital version of a worksheet with colour and sound. For me, the most useful feature of the iPad is the fact it has a camera which can be accessed from many apps.
This week I have been working with Year 5 pupils who have been learning about different types of angles. Once they understood the different types, they displayed their knowledge by finding angles in the classroom, taking a photo and importing into an apps such as Educreations or Explain Everything where it can be labelled and annotated. Simple idea I know but a good use of the iPad's features. Can anyone spot the mistake?
I was recently giving a workshop at a local elementary school. Walking around and speaking to teachers and children it suddenly dawned on me that several of the "revolutionary" educational changes we've been calling for have actually already been around for quite a while - just talk a stroll down to the Kindergarten classes.
The vast popularity of YouTube has inevitably found its way into the ESL classroom. This can be a great benefit, as long as pedagogical considerations are not overshadowed by the mere presence of a video. In fact, YouTube can be utilized in less known ways that can be of benefit for the student. This article discusses three tools that can be used to maximize YouTube for instructional purposes: creating video annotations, controlling the playback speed of the video, and displaying videos with minimal distractions.
Edmodo has just published this list of the top 20 shared tools and resources of 2012. My favourite is number 5. I love all the great activities that can be created around Quizlet and the fact that an App called A+ FlashCards Pro for https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a+-flashcards-pro/id395248242?mt=8 iOS can take Quizlet flashcards to a whole new level for students, of any age, who have iPads in any subject.
Showbie allows teachers to create assignments online or on the iPad for students to submit files directly from the iPad. It is fully integrated with WebDav https://w.showbie.com and allows kids to upload their work from multiple Apps such as keynote and Pages in addition to photos PDF files and both text and voice notes.
A code is generated for each assignment, whic shoud be shared with the students to access and upload their work. Students work is saved on the server and the teacher's annotations and well as voice comments can be viewed by the students. I think this is an awesome App that every teacher should try!
iPad, this mystic gadget that has been making the news since its launch a few years ago, has now secured a strong foothold inside different educational settings. Its sharp design, practical portability, and the sublime sense of mobile gadgetry it bestows upon its users and, above all, its widespread among learners , all of these factors combined made this tablet an indispensable tool in the learning toolkit of students.
This term I have been using the iPads in school to develop the pupil's speaking and listening skills. Here are a few things we have done.
Gruffalo If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed a few weeks ago that I shared a video of the animation Year 3 have produced. We focussed on the Gruffalo story and they retold it using the Puppet Pals app. The children chose a character from the story, drew it and on a separate piece of paper, drew the background for it. They then added the characters and backgrounds to the Puppet Pal's library before scripting out their scenes with other children. You can see a few examples at these links here. https://www.box.com/s/b5ercugrc8z5uuwbilm4 https://www.box.com/s/qll9bm05xqdjx61xor9l
We exported the videos to iMovie and even added the Gruffalo soundtrack. However, there is no wifi in Year 3 so I had to film the iPads in order to share. We are now using QR codes in school and I uploaded the videos above to the box cloud app (www.box.com) where you can share a link. I attached the link to a QR Code Creator app and we then put these QR codes in our weekly newsletter for parents to view the videos on their devices. With children creating so much video and audio on the iPads, QR codes are being used more and more to share pupil work.
Advertising Years 5 and 6 have been creating journeys through time using iMovie, Garageband and the Green Screen Studio FX app to impart historical information in an entertaining way. However, amongst that we worked on their advertising skills. We used the Titan Player app to download adverts from youtube to the iPad's camera roll where we put them into iMovie, removed the sound and the pupils added the voiceovers. They also created products in Foldify app, took a screen grab and added that into iMovie to advertise. The last step was to create some background music in Garageband.
For the first time since its launch in 2010, IAT TEC was moderated and organized by Emirati students from different Applied Technology High Schools (ATHS) across the UAE. 45 ATHS students, grade 9-12, presented 8 technical papers and ...
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A great collection of videos showcasing how technology improved learning in many schools and motivated students. It's also a nice resource to use as examples to share with students working on simple documentary video productions for language or multimedia classes.
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