As students are being exposed to different apps, the focus needs to remain on the purpose, creation, workflow and sharing of what they can “do”with the iPads. They should “do” what they could not conceive or accomplish without them before.
"Using iPads in the classroom and particularly workflow solutions for iPads has slowly progressed from maddening to relatively seamless. While just last year an app for Google Drive didn't exist, it now directly interfaces quite nicely with a number of student creation apps and nearly everything can upload to Google Drive using the "open in" feature."
Our teachers are not teaching to the iPad, nor are they teaching apps. They are teaching skills and assessing student learning in a more dynamic way. Many of our classrooms are flipped; project-based learning and assessments are being integrated more prevalently; and students are engaged in relevant, purposeful learning experiences.
Here are a few examples of what a few of our teachers have put together.
"Today we launched the iPads in first grade. After several technical delays due to syncing issues, we launched a one-to-one, hands-on introduction this afternoon. My tech coordinator pushed-in to help with this lesson and it was wonderful to have two adults to provide support and also model appropriate iPad behaviors. My amazing tech coordinator taught students how to transport the iPad using a “table-top” carry, how to use a “butterfly touch” to interact with the screen and how to keep the device flat upon the table when working."
Even though downloadable apps for smartphones and tablets are quite inexpensive – most hovering around a buck or two -- anyone who owns one of these digital devices understands how these purchases could add up over time.
"...check out this straightforward workflow for iPads in the classroom. It details how (and when) to use 8 popular iPad apps to upgrade your pedagogy. In case this single image isn’t enough, did you know there’s an entire set of free courses dedicated to iPads in the classroom on Modern Lessons? Worth checking out!"
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