"Concept-mapping–or mind-mapping, idea-mapping, or some other variation that makes sense to you–is the practice of demonstrating the relationship between ideas in a map-like form.
Concept-mapping allows creators to articulate nuance, context, and interdependence between ideas in a very user-centered way. This makes them especially useful in education, whether you use them for pre-writing, research notes, or “back-mapping” a unit or unit assessment. They encourage macro-thinking, can provide a bridge to struggling writers who have trouble turning their thinking into prose, and are a powerful tool for visual learning."
"How do you learn best? For me, it depends on what I am learning. Sometimes I need to take notes, other times I need to think out loud. Some things are easier to learn with another person while with other things, I need to be alone. My guess is most of us have different styles for learning depending on what it is we are working on."
"Students need our guidance to use virtual platforms for ACADEMIC purposes. We can’t rely on their “so called” native status to know how and what to do. Just a few years ago, no one had heard of “backchanneling”, nowadays, it has become main stream (although most people might not associate the term “backchannel” and “backchanneling” with something they might be familiar with."
"At Lower Allen, my kindergarten class is using iPads to help teach students several different skills. I incorporate Daily 5 into my language arts block, and found that iPads are a great recourse to use for every area of Daily 5 (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work, Listen to Reading)."
The investigation shows that almost all objectives, teaching tasks and concepts of thecurriculum can be promoted with the aid of tablet computers. Nevertheless, a lot ofprerequisites in terms of hardware and software are required for a successful integration of tablets. In addition, there are some drawbacks, such as the lack of teacher training and slower text production.
My students use their iPads as creators every day, whether they are recording their thoughts, using virtual tools or publishing authentic assessments. Content can be both created and consumed using an iPad, and my students take on both roles. "
"Last year I volunteered in my child’s Kindergarten class daily for an hour with our family’s three iPads. I learned a lot about selecting educational content (primarily early math & literacy apps) and how to set up an environment most conducive for learning. I was most impressed by the potential for mobile devices to improve the experience in class for both teachers and students. So this year I volunteered to bring our iPads into my child’s First grade class once a week for ‘buddy reading’. As I do more outreach and training for local teachers in my community, I am surprised at the large number of classrooms getting devices without any guidelines about how to integrate them into their existing institutional structures or curriculum. From these experiences, I have come up with the following five tips for starting a new program in any classroom …"
"“There’s an App for that”… Well actually, sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes the App you want is the one in your head, not in the App Store. This is where German startup “Cleverlize” steps in to help educators create their own custom apps… In minutes… With no programming required at all!"
"AppCrawlr mines app data scattered all across the web to learn everything about apps. AppCrawlr knows good alternatives to Angry Birds are physics based, challenging, addictive games with great sound effects, solid replay value, and super fun.
AppCrawlr lets you know if there are better options out there. This could be a similar game with more challenging levels. Select 'See how it compares' for a detailed feature-by-feature comparison between apps. "
"Move aside, whiteboard; we’re going to explore new methods of using technology in the classroom with nothing else but an iPad’s touch screen. This interesting gadget offers many connectivity tools that make students’ learning experience very exploratory and creative… and it’s something that can be applied to both online and traditional college students."
"Working at Pilgrims Teacher Training, we have developed our framework for ICT courses with Kristina Smith. Last year, I started teaching with an iPad, so I adapted the framework for teaching with iPad apps."
"The learning quest does not have an end and ,as teachers and educators, we are forever learners. We learn to make better learners ( out of our students ). Part of our learning is keeping updated with what interests and engages our students and I personally think there is nothing else much more interesting to the generation Y than the digital component."
There are numerous options for teachers looking to invigorate their curriculum and get their students (re)engaged and inspired. Let's take a look at what's possible when you pair a document camera with multiple iPads.
"or 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!"
"Last summer I took a short trip to Iceland. Before I went I tried to learn a couple of phrases (I wasn't terribly successful, my mouth just wouldn't make some of the sounds). This summer I'm taking a short trip to Costa Rica so I'm brushing-up on my Spanish vocabulary before I go. If you're trying to learn a new language too, here are some free sites and apps that could help you."
"Have you tried 30 Hands yet? This free iOS app is a great storytelling or presentation app that has lots of potential for the classroom. I first learned about it from the TCEA iPad site, and my head has been spinning with classroom applications ever since."
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