Apple says schools in more than 600 districts have bought iPads for all of their students. We meet one principal, Patrick Larkin of Burlington High School, who decided to stop buying textbooks and use the devices instead.
When you look at the very best work happening in iPad classrooms, you'll see students creating media, showcasing their understanding, collaborating with peers, and communicating with broad audiences. The pockets of excellence are ever-present and inspiring. On the whole, however, tablets are most often used to reproduce existing practices—to distribute resources and enable students to take notes.
Past generations of school leaders might have been forgiven for permitting these patterns of technology adoption, but today we have the benefit of history to look back on. We know that without a change in our technology integration strategies, there's no reason to expect that a new device will magically create new teaching practices in schools.
To make the most of the investment in tablet computers, school leaders need to do three things. First, they need to work with their communities to articulate a clear vision for how new technology will improve instruction. Second, they need to help educators imagine how new technologies can support those visions. Finally, they need to support teachers and students on a developmental journey that will take them from using tablets for consumption to using them for curation, creation, and connection."
"I spent sometime this weekend curating and working on the list of iPad apps below. These are apps that students can use to create beautiful cartoons to use in their multimedia projects or in activities that involve comic strips, digital storytelling, presentations and many more. All of these apps are easy to use and do not require any advanced technical skill. Some of the things students can do with these apps include: take pictures and turn them into cartoons, capture cartoon videos, draw cartoon sketches, customize and add different effects to pictures, convert photos into cartoon avatars, and many more."
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
I have read many articles about which device is the best for education, the Chromebook or the iPad. Let me be clear from the onset: both devices are great for education. I believe there are many myths and flat out fallacies about each device that need to be explored. After using both devices in my teaching I can clearly see the merits of using each. The iPad, however, clearly stands out as the best choice for many reasons, but I feel the one thing most people fail to consider, is that the iPad is also a Chromebook.
Whether typed notes or handwritten notes are your thing, these are the best note taking apps for iPad! The iPad is a great productivity tool and that includes taking notes, whether you're in the classroom or the boardroom. The only thing you really have to decide is how you want to take notes. If your needs are simple, perhaps a simple text based app will do. If you're a student and...
Apple has released another video in their ongoing creative series — "Make a film with iPad". It features student directors from the Los Angeles County High School, including Juliet Chin, Miu Jun, and Chester Milton, as well as excerpts from Martin Scorsese's commencement speech to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Class of 2014.
Engaging students in lessons on sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation can be a challenge. MadLibs is not a new product, however their iPad app makes story creation and English Language Arts instruction exciting for students. Perfect for stations, partner work or a transition activity, MadLibs asks students to plug in different parts of speech to create a story. It’s a great springboard for conversations on sentence structure and introducing students to adverbs, adjectives, and more.
"This strange procession continues through 100 levels, with no explanation or elaboration. Addition, multiplication, division, fractions—all of them appear, without fanfare or explanation. By game’s end, at level 100, you’ve moved seamlessly, baby step by baby step, from a cute baby dragon eating a spiky two-headed lizard, to this: “2 over x plus d over e equals b over x,” which you solve, fearlessly and perhaps even a bit impatiently, in exactly 14 steps. You are 4 years old."
Visual whiteboarding is a powerful technique to integrate in your instructional methodology. It basically consists of representing ideas in a visually interactive way using drawings, shapes, sketches, charts, diagrams and many more.The strength of visual whiteboarding is that it enlivens data presentation and enhances comprehensibility through the use of graphic illustrations. There are several apps ideal for turning your iPad into a visual whiteboard to project on a big screen and share with your students in class. Below are some of our favourite titles to recommend in this regard :
When you finally decide to buy that sleek new iPad, one of the first tasks you are presented with is whether or not to turn on iCloud back-ups. Whether you decide to turn them on when you first purchase your iPad or later on is up to you. However, for demonstrative purposes, and because I bought and activated my iPad quite a while ago, I will quickly walk you through the set-up process from within the settings app. One thing to note with iCloud backups is that with iOS 8 Apple moved the backups to a different location within the settings app.
The following is a list of Google Apps for iOS (from Google, Inc. and third parties). This list is exhaustive and includes several apps that are not on the infographic Guide to Google Apps for the iPad. Some of these have natural classroom integration, and some are more for personal or business use. Some are optimized for both iPad and iPhone, some are only optimized for iPhone. Each app title is linked directly to the App Store so you can click directly from your device to download each app.
I am on spring break this week. It has been such a luxury to linger over coffee and the newspaper in the mornings. That has been about all of the luxury I’ve been able to enjoy because even though I’m on spring break from my job, I am not on spring break from doctoral classes. I have been immersed in scholarly articles on early literacy. So, while this is all fresh on my mind, I am going to share a few work samples from some of our recent literacy activities on iPads.
A recent study has found that kindergartners who use iPads in school are likely to score higher on literacy tests than those who do not.
The study, which was carried out in Auburn, Maine early last year, looked at 266 kindergartners who had been given free iPads to use in class as part of an experiment. Out of the 266 students, 129 were given lessons using iPads, while the remaining 137 were taught through traditional methods.
The results, which were published on Apple’s unofficial tech blog, TUAW, showed that in addition to better scores in every literacy test, children who were taught through the use of an iPad also showed an increased interest in learning and were more enthusiastic about going to school."
Below is a list of some useful iPad apps to help students learn new vocabulary in interactive and engaging ways. Unlike the old plain vocabulary learning, these apps enhance students learning of new vocabulary through a variety of engaging actives such as : playing games, using flashcards to build word lists, working on brainy quizzes and many more.
Florida Drops 11th Grade English Test As Part Of Plan To Reduce Standardized Testing.
The Washington Post (2/18, Strauss) reports in its “Answer Sheet” blog that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, yesterday, said that the state’s students are “over-tested” and by executive order eliminated a test in English Language Arts for 11th grade. The order was based on a report by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart recommending reduced testing. The report includes lists of all the standardized assessments given in the state by district. The report contains several recommendations for eliminating tests where the material is already covered in other tests, including eliminating local testing where state testing exists.
Mel Riddile's insight:
"students in a number of grade levels were subjected to a number of standardized tests in the double digits. Take Duval County, for example. Students in K-5 take 14 assessments and students in grades 6 12 take as many as 23 per grade."
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