You may not have thought much about the iPad background screens of student iPads. Whether you share a cart with your grade level or have a small set to use or even have 1:1 iPads in the classroom, the iPad background screen is key real estate that you want to integrate into your iPad management plan. Students look at the lock screen every time they open their iPads and the background whenever they switch apps. Here are 5 ways to utilize that space:
The latest versions of iOS for iPad include a great multitasking feature called Split View, which, much as it sounds, allows users to split the screen on the iPad between two active apps side-by-side. iPad and iPad Pro users can adjust the size of each app panel or have them take up an equal amount of space, enabling users to essentially use two apps at the same time.
Be impressed with what physics based puzzle apps can do to help your kids excel when it comes to understanding physics. Puzzle apps make learning physics fun. Let your kids’ creativity soar when they become tiny physicists to solve their physics apps and puzzle apps. Physics apps are the answer to making an otherwise boring subject exciting. Pique their interest by reinforcing the information they learn in school in a fun way. Kids love puzzle apps, so getting them to learn required material will be easier than ever. Try the best physics based puzzle apps on the market and watch kids learn with ease.
The maker movement was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that’s a good thing for me. After following maker initiatives with great interest for some time now, I have the opportunity to design a maker space this year for 6th–12th grade students at my school, Worcester (MA) Academy.
A search of this year’s program at ISTE, held June 28 to July 1 in Philadelphia, using the term “constructivist learning/maker movement” resulted in 67 related sessions. The ISTE Librarians Network hosted a maker station at their Digital Age Playground and convened a panel on library maker spaces, featuring elementary and middle school librarians, a school administrator, and the coordinator of a public library maker initiative. Vendors and exhibitors demonstrated tools, lessons, and ideas for maker spaces. Meanwhile, a four-hour Maker Playground Wednesday morning drew a huge crowd of attendees.
One of my goals at the conference was to gather ideas and tips to help me create my library’s maker space. Here are some highlights of what I discovered at ISTE."
"There are so many classroom management tools that I love (here’s a list of 19!). Two of my favorites iLEAP Pick A Student and Random Name Selector makes sure that you call on every student in your class. Instead of the traditional coffee can full of popsicle sticks with students’ names on them, use one of these free apps to make sure that all of your students are held accountable in class discussions. Try projecting the screen from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch so that students can see which one of their peers is up next!"
It is a challenge to seize children’s attention and not to let it go. Some teachers experience great difficulties in keeping students engaged and involved in the educational process due to objective reasons. Luckily, there exist some tricks to help resourceful teachers, one of them being visual aids. Looking at bright and colorful images, students are more likely to digest the material without boredom and remember it afterwards. But why are visual aids so effective and how to create them?
First of all, visual aids are helpful, because they show the data visually. Some facts, connections and outcomes are much easier to understand when they are represented as a picture. For example, some statistics, shown as a diagram will be much more winning than its detailed descriptions in words. Then, as visual images have the sense of modernity, they easily grab children’s attention for some time. Thus, they are useful for highlighting some essential points and setting true accents. And finally, visual aids and pictures boost children’s creativity. By looking at something beautiful and challenging, by perceiving the right way of data organization, students can get inspired and come up with new and outstanding ideas."
""The iPhone Camera app includes a self timer function, a great feature for any camera that allows you to set a countdown timer before a picture is snapped. There’s many uses for the timer function, but it often allows for the photographer or camera owner to be in the picture frame as well, rather than just shooting pictures from behind the lens."
I have been making printed versions of books made with Book Creator on an iPad for many years. The app produces a really decent file for hard copy printing.
First thing to realise is that your video and sound files won’t work on paper. I know that sounds silly but people sometimes get upset when they first realise this. What you do get is a paper book which looks like it was purchased from a bookstore – it looks so professional.
The Guggenheim Museum has an app for iPads that is perfect for a virtual field trip. It includes tons of images from the collection as well as informational text to explore. Students can learn about this historic building and all of the items on display.
Grouping students is easy; creating effective student groups is less so.
The following infographic from Mia MacMeekin seeks to provide some ideas to help make group work easier in your classroom. The strength of this particular graphic is in the range of the ideas. The first tip refers teachers to Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal development, which frames student ability in terms of a range: what they can do unassisted, what they can do with the support of a More Knowledgeable Other (MKO), and what they cannot do even with support. This is different for each student, and understanding these ranges for students can help inform grouping decisions, whether you’re using a peer instruction model, ability grouping, or another approach.
Understanding how technologies enable new literacies and meaningful communication should be a core curricular and pedagogical function of English education (3). Henry Jenkins (MIT Media Lab) calls this ability to function in online networks a “participatory culture” which has a relatively low barrier to artistic expression and civic engagement (4). Benefits of this digital culture include peer-to-peer learning, a changed attitude towards intellectual property, diversification of cultural expression, modern workplace skill development, and an empowered conception of citizenship. Jenkins further claims that participatory culture is the new “hidden curriculum” in schools.
Digital literacy is a crucial component in modern literacy instruction and is necessary for today’s students to be productive members of a digital world. Teachers should focus on the skills related to digital literacy, not specific tools which will soon be obsolete in the ever changing world of technology.
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.
Today we are sharing with you a list of some of the best audio recording apps you can use on your Android-operated device. All of these apps are rated 4 stars and up in Google Play store. Some of the things you can do with them include: record audio clips (e.g lectures, audio notes…etc), customize and edit your recordings, share your recordings via email or embed them into cloud-based storage platforms such as Dropbox and Google Drive and many more. For iPad users, check out this list.
For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring websites and apps for making videos and animations. Teachers know that video making is a tried and true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These apps and sites feature user-friendly tools and features that make it more fun than ever to get kids’ productions edited and polished.
Shutterfly Photo Story is an awesome free app for iPads that is great for creating authentic learning experiences for students. It lets students in all grade levels create customized self-published photo books that apply what they have learned in the classroom through a hands-on, project-based learning experience. Shutterfly Photo Story allows students to tell stories through text, photos, audio and Doodle, a feature that enables writing and drawing on any page/photo in the book
Crazy Gears is a new app that teaches children (ages 6-8) about the physical properties of motion using simple gear puzzles. It helps explain these properties in a non-threatening way that make sense, by letting children experiment with different parts and arrangements.
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