Free Technology for Teachers: Free Collaborative Video Creation with iPads on iPads in Education curated by John Evans (Free Technology for Teachers: Free Collaborative Video Creation with iPads | @scoopit via @WebTeachersUK
Happy New Year to all. In my first blog post of 2014 I thought I would focus on game creation and programming as that seems to be the hot topic at the moment. At school I have introduced a number of programming elements across all year groups over the last few years. This has included Scratch but also newer apps such Hopscotch and Kodable. I think the skills these apps and software introduce are important but I also think it would be good if the lessons can be applied to other curriculum areas. Mostly this is not possible but some apps do allow this.
I have been working with Year 4 at the end of last term and beginning of this. Their topic has been the Romans so we have tied in many different aspects across literacy, art and history. Firstly we looking at story settings in Roman times, this include looking at images and making notes. The pupils described their own setting and then drew it. We then looked at characters such as soldiers and Celts. We then described and drew a character (note the characters were drawn on a white background with a dark outline). Using the Sketch Nation app the pupils worked through the processes to create a platform game using their illustrations. I was really impressed with their work and how well they worked together on this task. Their finished games were excellent and very engaging. The final task was to show the games to other pupils who would review them.
What I like about Sketch Nation is it talks to the iPad's camera roll which means it can be applied to any topic.
Overall, these activities have taken about six 40 minute lessons. I only work with this class once a week so it would be nice to do more on this idea. Please let me know if you have done anything similar. I would love to hear your ideas.
"This is the last post on iPad for this year. I have recently published several guides on the use of iPad in education starting with the best educational iPad apps for teachers and concluding with these tutorials and a soon to be released eBook that will be comprehensive enough to include everything we have covered about iPad so far. If you are an Android user and wondering why I don't talk about Android as much as I do about iPad , I recommend that you subscribe to my second blog Teacher's Mobile Technology http://www.freemobiletech.com/ to stay updated about educational Android tips and apps."
"With the improved tech features of iPhone and iPad , more and more people are using their idevices to capture and immortalize some moments in their lives.This has never been as easier as it is now especially with the abundance of apps that enhance users and guide them through simple step by step process in creating their movie.In this regard, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is providing you with some awesome apps that you, as a teacher and educator, can use to film your project and share it with the world. Check out the list below and let us know if you have other suggestions."
Via John Evans
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything's flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad 2 (and the new iPad) video display.
Insert a web browser for live annotations and basic recordings.
Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone.
"Our kids are ‘going digital’ at earlier ages than ever before. It has been well-documented that technology usage among kids is happening essentially from birth and only increases with each year that kids increase their tech-savvy and adeptness at using these engaging devices."
I have mentioned in previous blog posts that my favourite education app is the Camera app. Any app that then talks to the camera app makes it a more powerful and widely used app. One of my favourite examples of this is I Can Animate. It allows pupils or teachers to take a series of photos and then the app plays the photos as a video.
Firstly this can be used to inspire creativity as pupils can make inanimate objects move, such as Lego and plasticine by making subtle movements for each photo. What's nice about this app is it keeps an 'Onion skin' image each time so pupils can see where the previous photo was when lining the camera up.
At school we have used I Can Animate more for science than any other subject as we are able to capture processes. Here are a few ideas: Take a photo each day of a seed growing and then watch the seed grow as a video. Videos of seeds growing in different conditions can be played side by side using the Split screen feature in iMovie app. 2. Take a photo every 5 minutes of different materials absorbing water. I Can Animate also includes a time lapse feature where it will automatically take photos at intervals predetermined by the user. 3. Using the the time lapse feature, capture a shadow moving across the playground. 4. Put a bird feeder outside the classroom window and record animals visiting. This video can then be used for data handling. 5. Record the weather outside the window. I can animate include a speed tool so you can condense longer videos.
Most of the time we only have one iPad in the classroom so the teacher can share the videos with pupils as a shared resource in Dropbox or Showbie.
Wes Freyer's awesome interactive resource for product-based learning.
Great examples how one can use 21st Century tools in the classroom while every part is well described with "Definition", *Workflow", *Tools", "Workshop Description"... This is how it should be, take it as a very good practice example!
As I reflect upon the last year in terms of educational technology and the impact it continues to have on student learning and achievement, I thought I would compile a list of my favorite web tools—those that have transformed reading, writing, critical thinking, collaborating and creating in my classroom.
Check out my 2012 collection of “Cool Tools” here!
Math Party was one of the first Maths apps I downloaded on the iPad and I have used it ever since. Pupils love it because it's competitive and teachers love it because of it's depth. The basic idea is multiplayer on one iPad where the objective is to put the moving numbers in size order faster than your opponent. There are four levels of difficulty including numbers to 10 through to sums.
The latest update adds multiplication only questions, putting letters in alphabetical order and Roman numerals. This really makes the app effective across both Maths and Literacy from Early Years through to adults. A great app, check it out.
Via iPad Teachers
Online Universities recently came out with a list of the top 50 iPad applications geared specifically for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Renee Henderson
"The iPad is not going to replace teachers or ‘fix’ education. There is a cost implication that must be taken into account and only an educator will know if it is right for their students. Indeed the cost-benefit analysis for an establishment must take into account a host of factors when considering iPad use in the classroom. However, if there are iPads in the classroom, there are a number of applications that can enhance learning and assist the educator in developing student skills. In fact, the iPad allows educators to build on existing styles and increase flexibility in their classroom whilst personalising learning."
I working week for me involves a mix of iPad Consultancy, app design and teaching. I teach at a Preparatory School in Wolverhampton, called Tettenhall College. The school provides education for 2-18 year olds and I teach predominantly in Key Stage 2 but also teach ICT to Key Stage 1 pupils. In the last 6 months I have collaborated with a new company called Gazoob.
Gazoob have introduced a range of educational content and the most exciting of this is the Biff, Chip and Kipper Interactive Book Apps. Most Primary schools in the country use the Oxford Reading Tree books to help pupils learn to read from an early age. At Tettenhall College, we have been lucky enough to use the Biff, Chip and Kipper Interactive Books this week. There are 6 iPad apps, each containing 8 books. The apps in essence re-create the books word for word and with the original illustrations. However, there are some nice interactive features, including 'read to me' which will read the stories to children and highlight the text as they read along. Each word can be touched to have it read aloud and some of the illustrations includes sound effects. Perhaps the greatest appeal to teachers will be the interactive activities that appear at the end of the books. This will help guided reading and group discussion. The app is designed not to replace the books but enhance the scheme, appeal to reluctant readers and to be used at home by parents with their children.
We are lucky at Tettenhall College that we have been able to form a partnership with Gazoob and use our technology with this new way of teaching reading skills.
Biff, Chip and Kipper will be released on the iPad in October. Visit www.gazoob.com for more information.
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