Three years ago, more than half of the freshman class at Clintondale High School outside Detroit failed English in the fall semester. Failure rates for math, science, and social studies were similarly high. "It's unconscionable to have that going on in your building," says Greg Green, Clintondale's chief administrator. Something needed to change, and fast. So Green decided to do something revolutionary: He "flipped" the whole structure of the school day-students did "homework" in class and listened to lectures at home, after school. Seventy-five percent of the student body qualified for free or reduced lunch. Yet a semester after doing the "flip," that freshman class's failure rate in English and language arts had been reduced by about two-thirds by the time they were sophomores.
"ChemDraw is fantastic iPad app for Chemistry teachers. This is an app that can be used by HS/College students and is ideal way for them to create/draw molecules and then share them easily w/ others. Also, this is a nice app for educators to use to help engage their students and help w/ them studying for tests. Best of all this is a very user friendly app that has users creating drawing of molecules and reactions by simply touching and dragging their finger across the iPad screen!!!!"
"If you’ve ever run into a .zip file on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you will probably have discovered it’s a bit of a dead-end initially, because by default there isn’t much you can do with zips or any other archive format. That doesn’t mean you can’t open ZIP files though, and in fact these archives can be viewed, unzipped, and opened in iOS with relative ease, but you will need to download a free third party app before you’ll have the function included on your device. This will allow you view all of the contents of any zip file quickly, and also decompress the entire archive, or just extract a single file from a larger archive, providing quick access to the zip contents which can be saved locally or opened in another application of choice."
There are two particular models for tech integration that seem promising: Flipped Classroom and Project Based Learning.The critical questions these two teaching methods ask are these: how can classroom learning facilitate a collaborative atmosphere that’s engaging for students and that mimics the 21st century work environment? And how can the same technology that students often use at home be leveraged to foster teamwork and critical thinking in the classroom?
"I love it when I come across such educators curated lists of apps because I know since these apps are reviewed by fellow teachers then there is a high possibility that they will work for other teachers in different settings too.
For instance, the wonderful work embedded below and which has been created by the folks in St.Plunkett Oliver Primary School http://www.stoliverplunkett.qld.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx ; is a great library of apps that every teacher should have the chance to explore. It contains a set of useful apps pertaining to different categories. Most, if not all of these apps, have been already reviewed here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning before but it is much more practical to see them compiled and organized all in one page."
"Creating picture stories can be a very effective activity in unleashing students creativity. There are now some great apps that students can use to create and narrate their stories on iPad. I have picked for you two of the most popular apps in this regard.
To create a picture story, students will either use the pictures they have in their camera roll or take new ones and do some customization to them then add audio narration and text before sharing them with others via emails or through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Here are the titles I have for you today:"
"Ever since the tech world collectively decided that programming is the essential skill all kids ought to learn, perhaps even before they learn to read, the market has been saturated with tablet apps aimed at raising the next Zuckerburg.
Bay Area startup Play-i is taking another approach. The company is literally making physical robots to encourage tangible play with technology."
"An app on its own is like a thinker without thoughts!
This blog chronicles the trials and tribulations of 1:1 iPad deployment in a large secondary school and, as such, covers many positives and negatives. Whilst it is clear that any decisions about iPad usage were based upon the learning intention, it is (perhaps surprisingly) a source of concern that apps played such a significant part in the blog content. It may be the nature of the beast that apps alone form the basis for conversations about new technology in the classroom. However, the success of tablet provision in the classroom is NOT underpinned solely by apps."
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