With the advent of wireless video mirroring in iOS5, the possibilities of using the iPad to help support the learning process grew. The iPad could, of course, mirror content through a physical link to a projector or HDMI capable TV, but it would mean being more rooted to one area. Moving around the classroom and engaging with the students resonated with me as it would allow me to:
It’s been a few years since she last made a VoiceThread book report, so since the VT iPad app is now available I figured this would be a perfect chance to put it through its paces. We had fun and were successful making the VoiceThread book report. Here are a few of our lessons learned.
Focuses on an Algebra lesson via the iPad utilising iTunesU, Khan Academy, Algebra Touch to reinforce concepts or as a prelesson and then Showme to show their understanding of the concepts. From David Baugh - apple Professional Development Consultant
Feedback on students’ work is, according to the research (John Hattie and Dylan Wiliam), the most effective way to raise achievement. Despite knowing this, we find it hard to give the necessary time to discuss in depth the strengths and areas for development due to perceived constraints (syllabus/curriculum coverage, behaviour management issues or lack of time)
Our teachers are not teaching to the iPad, nor are they teaching apps. They are teaching skills and assessing student learning in a more dynamic way. Many of our classrooms are flipped; project-based learning and assessments are being integrated more prevalently; and students are engaged in relevant, purposeful learning experiences.
Here are a few examples of what a few of our teachers have put together.
a 21 page pdf booklet from RM education with inquiry based lesson ideas, objectives and workflows around using various Apps and the iPad to achieve the learning outcomes.
e.g: “I’m a math teacher and I want to test my pupils’ understanding of key concepts explained in class. I give them an assignment ( individually or in pairs): they should imagine they are planning a school disco in aid of charity. Their task is to identify and research the possible costs, plan the budget for the event and answer some questions such as : What are the three main costs, what is the correct ticket price, how many attendees should we have to break even and what is the value of the funds raised.”
Then goes on to outline an iPad App workflow for this learning task.