Devices like the Apple iPad call for purposeful experimentation to see how mobile technology might be used in teaching and learning and in updating established educational models to engage today’s students. This ELI Brief describes the findings from three Indiana University (IU) faculty learning communities that spent the 2010/2011 academic year studying the effectiveness of iPads for teaching and learning. iPads were found toincrease student engagement by providing innovative and creative learning environments, despite the effort required to make adjustments to the technology. In addition, successful iPad initiatives depend on effective, scalable support models, for both pedagogical and logistical support.
For today's post I am sharing with you an excellent presentation featuring some of the top educational iPad apps. I have gone through each title and found them really worth sharing with you here. Have a look and share with us your comments . Enjoy
Teacher-Helper 1.0.1 for iOS, a multi-function app for teachers that takes a colorful, graphical approach to class rosters, schedules, grades, and notes.
MultiEducator today is pleased to introduce Teacher-Helper1.0.1 for iOS, its free, multi-function app for teachers that takes a colorful, graphical approach to class rosters, schedules, grades, and notes. Teachers can choose any of their classes from the chalkboard opening screen, revealing its full-screen bulletin board, which displays the days, times, and locations of the class. Color-coded file tabs offer instant access to Attendance, Participation, Assignments, Student Lists, and Notes & Emails. The app allows teachers to select how much each grade the student has received over the semester counts toward the final grade.
* Keep track of each of your different classes
* Maintain attendance records
* Follow student participation
* Post and track assignments
* Place your assignments on a calendar (iPad version includes a custom calendar)
* Grade assignments
* Write a note about a student
* Send a group email to all parents or students in a particular class
* Save a note and/or email the note to the student or to his/her parents, directly from within the app
* Calculate final grades (set percentages for weighted grading)
With bright colors and a classroom motif, Teacher-Helper is the ideal app for helping teachers keep all their records and notes in a single app. Not just a convenient alternative to paper records, the app takes advantage of the technology built into smart devices. For example, teachers can include thumbnail photos beside the name of each student; send emails directly to students and parents from within the app; send group emails; quickly email administrators; allow the app to calculate final grades, specifying the weighting of each test, quiz, project, assignment, and daily participation grade; and set an alert notification 5 or 10 minutes before a class ends.
We don’t want iPads to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks, we want them to be objects to think with. We want students using them to mess around with the world around them and their courses of study.
"Imagine walking up to a stream. On the far side lies our ideal learning environment — student-centric, inquiry-based, resource-rich — our Someday. A series of stepping stones indicates a way across. These are our Mondays; achievable objectives interspersed across a torrent of new technologies, practices, and theories. This Someday/Monday dichotomy captures one of the core challenges in teacher professional development around educational technology. As we look across to the opposite bank, we can see that the deep integration of new learning technologies into classrooms requires substantially rethinking pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and teacher practice (Someday). However, as teachers, we need stepping stones (Mondays), and one of the easiest ways to gain experience with emerging tools is through individual projects or units. Teachers recognize the need to imagine a new future, to move towards the creation of innovative learning environments that provide our students with the best possible experience (Someday). In the meantime, we seek out a path of connected Mondays."
http://vimeo.com/67796739 When our Year 1 and 2 teachers embarked on our 1:1 Mobile Learning program last term, they immediately saw the challenges of workflow. While embracing the multimodal capab...
Collecting, organising and giving feedback on digital media produced by students is a challenge! Until now.
Showbie is a workflow app and cloud solution to assign, collect and review “assignments”. It’s clever use of the “Open In” feature allows students to “hand-up” just about anything they create on an iPad using the Showbie app. What’s more, its simple interface makes this a workable solution even for our 6 and 7 year olds. From a teacher’s perspective, they can assign tasks, share resources for the tasks and easily see who has handed up their work and comment on it using annotations, audio notes or text comments.
The support team are very responsive to support requests and have made it easy to answer your own questions including useful tutorials on how to use ShowBie with dozens of apps including my favourites: iMovie, Explain Everything, BookCreator, Comic Life and anything in the Camera Roll.
Showbie address the workspace part of an ePortfolio – but does not currently serve as a “showcase” environment or collaborative space.
If you like iBA's review widget but want real-time interaction and data reporting, then this is the perfect widget for you. Our Quiz widget is easy to use and fully customizable. You can choose your own layout and upload your own background and images. You can also change the font face/style and color to suit the style of your book.
Question Types & Features
Quiz Builder also supports many questions types, which are outlined below. However we will be adding many, many more question types in the coming weeks. Send us your requests via the Quiz Builder Forum.
Multiple choice, multiple selection, fill in the blanks (in-line), textbox field entry, question hint options, math support with LaTeX, calculator.
Table field entry, word order, picture order, match, take photo, drag to target, graph calculator, sketchpad area, self-directed learning, random question pooling, points/rewards/badges, links to other widgets.
Quiz is Reader Cloud Rooms Enabled
Reader Cloud Rooms lets you connect and interact with other readers of the same widgets - locally or remotely - in real-time. For example, from within a book widget teachers can create a Room for a particular lesson and invite students to join that Room (physically or virtually). Once participating in the same Room teachers can see which students are in the Room, see their quiz responses and control progression through the Quiz with mirroring. Watch our YouTube video to learn more about Rooms.
Developing a strong vocabulary is an important area of focus for ELLs who are building their reading comprehension. Educators use a variety of strategies to grow readers in their classroom, and there are many free iPad apps that support vocabulary acquisition.
Since the time I published " The Best Free Documentary Websites " Two years ago I got several recommendations from teachers asking to add some new titles to the list. I have been bookmarking several of these tools and I am planning to share them in an extensive list in the coming weeks.
For today's post, I am sharing with you some great iPad apps that will enable you to watch documentaries on the go. I have only featured the most popular ones in this field. If you know about other apps that you think are worth adding to the list, please share with us in the comment form below. Enjoy
Professional Learning Community. Edmodo has been around longer - about a year to be exact. Perhaps for that reason - or perhaps because of a different company focus - its professional learning networks are more mature and active than those in Schoology. I myself am part of quite a few Edmodo groups and find them helpful to connect with other educators and get ideas. The "discover" link on your page is also a neat tool to find great resources that you otherwise might not come across.Small Groups. Schoology's platform allows for the creation of different classes, and even the ability to invidivually assign quizzes or assignments, but you cannot create small groups. In Edmodo, you not only have the ability to do this, but the tool is easy and intuitive. Moreover, it is possible to have the same students in multiple small groups - a great feature when creating multiple project groups or ability-based scaffolded groups.
Where Schoology has Edmodo beat... iOS App / iPad Workflow. This was the biggest win for me. I should have honestly put this one first and could write an entire post on it. Instead, I'll just bold the subtitle and make the font red so hopefully you continue to reading to here. The Schoology iPad app solved (almost) all of my iPad Workflow issues. It's a one-stop solution for turning in students' digital work directly to Schoology assignments - from almost every productivity / creation iPad app we use (without having to first put it in a backpack or another file repository as Edmodo requires). It works with any app that allows you to either save the video or image to your photo roll, or open the file into another app. Some examples: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie, Puppet Pals, Popplet, PaperPort Notes, iAnnotate and Doceri / Explain Everything (the screencasting apps we used to replace Educreations / ShowMe / ScreenChomp).
praktisch vorgeführt werden. Android nahm an der Live-Demo allerdings nicht teil.
Hier die Aufgaben als PDF, die den jeweiligen Systemvertretern im Vorfeld bekanntgegeben wurden.
Die gesamte Veranstaltung wurde per Video aufgezeichnet.
Gegenüberstellung der Lösungsansätze unterschiedlicher Tabletanbieter zu schulrelevanten Workflows als Videodownload (Achtung! Lange Ladezeit da sehr große MP4-Datei mit 421 MB).
Heiko Idensen's insight:
… interessante Veranstaltung! Hilfreich wäre ein kurzer Überblick der Ergebnisse des Vergleich .. vielleicht in einer Tabelle oder so? Sich ein langes Video dazu anzuschauen ist nicht immer der optimalste Weg …
I’ve started creating a table of important skills, some derived from the Padagogy Wheel, and actions, some derived from iPad As… What I am planning to highlight is that there are many apps that can be use for many purposes and for developing many skills. For example, I have already added “Explain Everything” to 9 categories as I see it as a multifunctional app and one worth its price because of the educational benefits it provides. Over the coming months I plan to add text descriptions to each category to explain how the apps listed address the skill or action they have been linked to and may also link them to other online sources that show them in action. I’ll also provide direct links to the App Store, as I always do on this blog when I mention apps so you can check them out yourself if you want.
Now this sounds like a big task and it is. So I do need some help. What do I want from you? Anything you can give. Just add them to the comments of this post.
Examples of apps that help to develop specific skillsAdditional skills I haven’t listed hereExamples of apps that are multifunctional.Explanations of good pedagogical practice with apps. Don’t worry, all credit will go to you when I include your suggestions.Links to blog posts, websites, Youtube tutorials, open wikis, nings etc that promote good practice that I can link to from here.Examples on add ons like bookmarklets for curation sites, websites that work well with iPads ( Flash-free) that can still be categorised under these headings for iPad use.Spread the word regularly through Twitter, Facebook, Curation sites like Pinterest and Scoop-It to keep educators coming back.
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