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I have been teaching with iPads since the beginning. I broke out the credit card for the iPad 1 and lined up to purchase the day it came out, did you really think I could pay cash on a teacher's salary, and started using it with students on Monday. Think about it, the iPad ONE...this stunning tablet had no camera, and if you wanted to project it, you stuck it under your document camera.
Luckily, we had been using a shared cart of iPods for about a year. That prepared us for the inevitable question that I have been answering for years now:
"What is the best app for ___________?" - Fill whatever subject or learning concept you like in the blank
We just want a quick solution or place to go to get started. The problem is there are so many different scenarios for this question.
* What is the learning goal? * Do you want the students to have choice? * Do you want them to be creative? * Do you want them to collaborate?
Not to mention the workflow side of things.
* Is it a shared cart? * Do you have a system so students can use the same iPads over the course of a few days? * Do you have access to put on your own apps? * Do you want to share their work? * How do you plan to share it? * Is your district locking down and blocking sites you should have access to?
So when your district asks you to create an app list there are so many ways you can go. The iPad isn't built to be a one size fits all kind of item. There isn't an app list that can cover a K-12 school district, in my humble opinion. When we previously tried to create one for just elementary the people I worked with wanted to put over 90+ apps on the recommended list. That is absurd! Teachers do not have time for that. How does a student feel looking down at a home screen with all those apps? Overwhelmed is the first adjective that pops in to my mind.
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The "Big Game" provided us with a real world opportunity to share with students today. I love NFL football. I have spent many years talking about it with 4th and 5th graders over my years of teaching. One of our most popular math games was "fantasy football math." That would all end today with the final act known as "Big Game." Tomorrow we would go on with dreary old "regular" math for a while.
Last night I saw something interesting in the postgame press conference. Cam Newton, who I really like, could not get himself through his press conference. He wore his hood over his head, (BTW I LOVE hoodies) and could barely answer questions. This goes against how we have seen him act all year. He acted very child-like and not like a grown man that had to answer some tough questions. It made me think, what did Russell Wilson say last year after his terrible defeat? Luckily I have Google, and I could see video of how he reacted last year. I think you could keep going on down the list of losing QB's and see what the results are. I only looked at Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning from the last two years.
I think this is a great opportunity to teach students a life lesson using people that many elementary students idolize. I think it would be interesting to have students look up the videos on their own and compare and contrast the actions of both quarterbacks. If it were me, I would give them the assignment in Google Classroom, put students in groups, and let them research and discuss the differences in a Google Doc before bringing the class back for a discussion.
There is a lot of information that would be good for students to process and reflect on. I would continue to go back to this example throughout the rest of the school year.
I am not indicting Cam Newton. No one is perfect. I can't even begin to imagine how it would feel to be on the losing end of a game of that magnitude. I love how he gives footballs to kids in the crowd and all the other things he does for the community and the Play 60 campaign. However, I think the interview is a great talking point for students. I have provided the links for Cam Newton's interview, as well as Russell Wilson's from last year. There will be commercials. You have been warned.
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