"Anyone who's still wondering if iPads are truly an educational tool should check out the video Apple has posted highlighting the use of iPads in Burlington High, a public Massachusetts high school. The four-minute video spotlights much of what you would expect to see from Apple: teachers speaking about the benefits of the iPad in the classroom and shots of students using the iPad. But the most poignant moments come when administrators discuss the amount of money spent on single-purpose technology in the past."
"Coach My Video https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coachmyvideo-mobile-easy-frame/id499915119?mt=8 is an iPad app that allows coaches to video their players in action to provide feedback on their movements and techniques. With Coach My Video installed you can record a video of your player(s) in action then as you play the video back you can pause it to annotate the the video frame-by-frame. You can draw on the video to illustrate a movement or to point out something that needs correction."
Technology can make life a lot easier in the classroom. In the past criticism was often aimed at new technology coming into the classroom, recent advances in tech have made drastic changes to the learning environment.
Education must move with the times. What can be done to reach a technology-savvy generation that relies on media every free second of their time? BYOD-Bring Your Own Device, a trend that is catching on quickly.
The iPad has been making serious waves in all sorts of industries from Fortune 500 companies to airports - and nowhere is that more apparent than in the education industry. Paul Elementary School in Minidoka County, Idaho is a prime example.
"At this point in the year, the iPads are pretty integrated into our class's curriculum and daily routines. We have prioritized exploring what we call "creativity apps" as opposed to games and apps with a singular focus. Meanwhile in math, our class has begun utilizing Exemplars problems and rubrics to further student problem solving, math thinking, and math communication (see Merry Melvin's previous post for more on assessment). Each problem is rich with multiple questions, levels, and solutions, and our students are finding them appropriately challenging. We gave them free range to decide how to present their work."
"Last week I attended one of Kathy Schrock’s excellent presentations about teaching with iPads. I quickly filled up five pages in a Penultimate notebook while listening to Kathy. One of the apps that she shared that was new to me was Story Creator. Story Creator is a free iPad app that makes it easy to create narrated picture books on your iPad."
iPad Academy featured a curated list of some great iPad apps for both teachers and students. I have gone through this list and found it really interesting and definitely worth sharing with you here....
"The opportunities for learning through the use of digital gaming are diverse and massive. The speed and ease in which basic game development can be achieved using apps such as Sketch Nation can provide a platform for outstanding cross-curricular projects and really make an impact on progress, standards and pupil independence. This blog post describes one project (upper KS2) which could easily be adapted to suit Key Stage 1 or expanded to meet the needs of Key Stage 3 pupils, and to support almost any topic/subject. 1:1 use of iPods enabled maximum pupil engagement but fewer devices could have been used if pupils collaborated in groups."
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