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GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo

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Tons of educational iPad apps organized by grade levels and categories.


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 11, 2014 5:54 PM

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Karen E Smith's curator insight, October 25, 2014 8:57 AM

Every teacher should create a list of apps that work/don't work for their teaching purposes.

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, October 25, 2014 10:28 AM

I really appreciate the early childhood apps. I'm gonna recommend them to my students' parents

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Redefinition: (SAMR) Creating new learning tasks using the iPad (September Blog Post)

Redefinition: (SAMR) Creating new learning tasks using the iPad (September Blog Post) | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

The start of term has quickly come around and it has certainly been a busy one. I have been in 6 schools already and there is certainly a great deal of enthusiasm about using the iPad to support learning.

 

I blogged a few months ago about choosing the best apps for use in the classroom and finding ones that allow for wide use across the whole curriculum rather than closed content apps that have one specific purpose. In July I attended the ADE conference with Apple and there was lots of discussion about the SAMR model (pictured) which is a theory highlighting how technology can be used in education. It starts at the bottom with Substitution (my example of which would be a simple eBook with no interactive features or an app with a moveable clock face) and moves up to Redefinition. Redefinition is the goal for technology in education; to be able to create new tasks that are not possible without the use of technology. I have been discussing this with teachers on my training and thinking about it in terms of my own teaching.

 

When planning lessons and training I have been keeping in mind the SAMR model. What has struck me instantly in both cases is how streamlined everything becomes. The school iPads have been reduced to apps which cover just over one page with apps like Book Creator, Explain Everything and iMovie forming the core. Pupils creating a book that includes video, voice-overs and images is not possible without technology and the iPad has proved to be a master at this type of activity. It may be worth considering the SAMR model next time you are looking for education apps on the app store.

 

Book Update

In line with the streamlined approach to using the iPad in Primary Education, my book: A Guide to the iPad in Primary Education has recently been updated to include less apps and more activity ideas. The September update will include over 40 minutes of video tutorials and will be updated for free every month from here on in. It is available for £3.99 on the iBook Store and the update will be available shortly. Please follow this link.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/guide-to-ipad-in-primary-education/id577989200?mt=11


Have a good start to term.


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EduMel's curator insight, December 15, 2014 7:35 AM

The framework could help influence how we choose apps for our class - trying to understand it from the Maths Education's point of view.

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Using iPad Stop Animation within Primary Education

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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.


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Brian Romero Smith's curator insight, April 27, 2014 11:28 AM

Check out these great uses of stop motion video for Science classes. I truly enjoy  Stop motion video lessons as it provides  wonderful analytical problem solving situations for students.  When I conduct digital storytelling lessons, students display their critical thinking skills more often for me when using stop motion video, especially when using Legos. 

Vera Weber's curator insight, April 28, 2014 2:07 PM

Awesome ideas for Science!  Thank you so much!

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GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo

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Tons of educational iPad apps organized by grade levels and categories.


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Helpful collection of educational apps organized by grade levels and categories

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 11, 2014 5:54 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

Karen E Smith's curator insight, October 25, 2014 8:57 AM

Every teacher should create a list of apps that work/don't work for their teaching purposes.

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, October 25, 2014 10:28 AM

I really appreciate the early childhood apps. I'm gonna recommend them to my students' parents

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Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils!

Finally a Green Screen App I can use with Pupils! | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

In my opinion, though others may disagree, the iPad has been crying out for a simple and effective Green Screen app since it's introduction. I won't mention any specific apps but the ones I had tried were far too complicated for Primary pupils and the activities became very teacher led. I have recently been using Green Screen by DoInk. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8 with upper Key Stage 2.

What I like most is how quickly the pupils can create their videos using the app. They find the background video/image and add that into the time line. The video of the pupils standing in front of a green screen can then been filmed in real-time over the top. Videos can then be shared to the camera roll. I particularly like using the app in conjunction with apps such as I Can Present (as a teleprompt) and iMovie (to stitch videos together and add soundtrack for GarageBand)

I am looking forward to trying more Green Screen work with other age groups next term to see how they handle the app.  I am also keen to try the Touchcast app as it includes many of the features of iMovie, Explain Everything and Green Screen in one app.


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BookChook's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:38 PM

Green Screen by Doink has lots of potential for educational use. 

Angela Watkins's curator insight, December 23, 2013 2:13 PM

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Cath Parker's curator insight, January 22, 2014 3:40 PM

I have tried using Green Screen FX app on iPads with Year 2 with limited success so looking forward to trying this one. One of the main problems with Green Screen FX is that most of the backgrounds are of war scenes / weapons - the only useful background was a beach. 


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Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

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Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 20, 2014 3:42 PM

Teacher professional development is one of the most important things for teachers during this time of change. Although teachers need to take more ownership of their PD, there needs to be a shift at other levels to accommodate a changing educational environment. Teacher PD needs to be directly linked to what the teacher is doing in the classroom, focused on providing students with feedback, using a variety of assessment techniques and strategies, integrating different technologies and examining a shift in pedagogical approaches. Large scale conferences and PD delivered by experts and major key notes, although still having benefit for providing a large picture of the education picture, aren't going to have lasting effects in classrooms without follow up teachers having support, coaching, time for reflection, and their own vision for where they want their learning to take them. Hopefully we are coming closer to seeing teachers take control of their own professional development through developing PLNs via SM and collaborating more with colleagues in their building and around the globe. A greater focus on helping teachers directly in their classrooms and less effort on finding another great keynote speaker might be a shift in the right direction.