Does the iPad foster or hinder creativity? Is it a comprehensive tool or just a mere distraction? Do we use the iPad just because it makes our classroom look cool? Are we missing the forest for the trees here?
Disconnects between policy mandates/supports and desired practice were found in most of the schools and all of the systems in our sample. For example, teachers were often being asked to innovate while being incented and judged solely by measures of the facts that students had acquired through traditional means, or given ICT to use without related curricular materials and models for ways to use it powerfully and effectively in subject matter learning. It was rare that teachers experienced standards, curriculum, professional development, assessments, and incentives that all aligned to support the development of students’ 21st century skills.
The new digital education environment will look and function very differently. In addition to classroom teaching, staff will develop new ways of teaching that embrace digital education, and ‘bring your own device’ learning models will be integrated into the learning environment. Strong leadership in schools will be needed to support this new environment, to increase teacher capacity and to support the uptake of digital education in schools.
The basic lesson design sequence for Direct Instruction–established by Madeline Hunter–includes 6 fundamental steps: 1. Anticipatory Set 2. Objective & Purpose 3. Input & Modeling 4. Checking for Understanding 5.
Throughout the report the authors also highlight other tablet devices and their place in the educational tablet landscape. If you are thinking about, or already have, iPads or other tablet technology to enhance the learning experience then this report is well worth a read.
The famous rivalry between Google and Apple is finding its way into schools, and Google is looking to dethrone the famous iPad with its new Google Play for Education, a suite of apps and management tools that will be available to teachers and...
Narrable is an online storytelling platform that combines your important photos with the voices that bring them to life. The Narrable iOS app includes a lightweight camera to capture memories as they happen and a built-in audio recorder to preserve the voices behind the memory. After you have uploaded your content, log in at narrable.com to view, edit and share your story.
"It sounds so cool to say “We have/use iPad in our school/classroom”. Parents, community members and stakeholders might equal hearing such a statement with the assurance that the teacher/school is on the cutting edge of technology and their students are being prepared for a new world. iPads (just as Smartboards used to) are a visual, easily counted and recognizable icon for such assurance. Many schools around the globe are jumping on that proverbial “iPad bandwagon”
iPads are being handed out to faculty.a small number of devices or a class iPad cart is made available for classrooms to checkout.students might be asked to bring, lease or use school owned devices to create a 1:1 environment
You might be one of the teachers who is excited about the possibilities or apprehensive and fearful of the seemingly overwhelming task in front of you how to manage your classroom, students and the devices AND at the same time use them to improve student learning.
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