1) I was actually looking for an article to review when I found this one. I think it can be an amazing resource for anyone who has iPods or iPads in class. It’s on the Gale data base though WOU.
Title: Less than a class set: just a few iPads in a classroom can support and enhance learning and facilitate individualized instruction
Author: Kristin Redington Bennett
I love this source because it give specific ideas of how to implement these devices in your classroom. The article talks about how many people who have or want to have these devices in their classrooms worry about the number that they would be able to get. Obviously, the ideal situation would be to have a whole class set, but for most of us, that will not be an option. This source gives you ideas on how to use the devices if you have only a few, or even just one.
My favorite part is that it gives you a list of apps that would be helpful for you to have…On top of that, it tells you the ones that are free! (I will be heading to my iPad in the new few minutes!)
NETS-T aa: Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness. This standard is addressed because teachers will have to do all of these things when finding apps and incorporating them into your lessons. The “interactiveness” and individualism of iPads helps kids be creative and do their best work.
NETS-T 2a: Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity. Adapting lessons is so important, what a better way to do that than to have individualized practice/learning time on iPads or iPods. You will be able to keep high and low kids engaged in the same lesson!
NETS-S 6c: Troubleshoot systems and applications. If students are going to be using mobile devices, they are going to run into issue. Students will learn how to fix this the more practice they have!
NETS-S 5b: Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity. The more kids use this type of learning, the more they are going to appreciate it. They will get a better attitude, although there may be a few that you have to “find the right app for”.
2) This is a very cool resource that I stumbled upon! This would be a great place for an educator to go who has just decided to get an iPad for the classroom, or someone who is looking to incorporate the iPad into their classroom. It has basic diagrams that show you the parts of the device, and also has instructions on how to use it. It goes from basic to more in detail. There are many different pages to look at on this site, and i think they all have something great to offer! I love that they share videos and photos of kids using the device so you can actually see it in action. NETS-T 3a: Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations. We need to be able to work all different kinds of technologies… This is a good place to start!
Probably one of my favorite parts of this site is the list of apps that they think are great for elementary classrooms. I know that lots of people (including myself) get overwhelmed when thinking about apps. There are SO MANY to choose from. It’s hard to know which ones are good or bad… It tells you how much these apps are as well.
The last thin that I think i like the most is in the resource page. There is a section that tells you about more apps, BUT, they are in a blooms taxonomy organization style! You can decide which kind of apps you want your kids to do (according to bloom’s,) and go to that app list and they are all laid out for you! FABULOUS! This is perfect fon NETS-T 2c: Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources. You can really personalize this and find exactly what you need!
3) This site talks about using student cell phones in class for educational use. Many schools do not have the money and resources to have all kinds of awesome technology, so this website gives you ideas on how to use those cell phones in class! One concern I have is that not all kids have cell phones, so how do you work with that? Well, since we are talking about elementary students (probably upper) i think it would be more than ok to have the kids work in partners. i think lots of teachers get upset because their districts don’t have the time or money to put out for “techy” devices, but we need to look at the resources that we do have an hone in on those. MANY of these cool programs that are designed for educational use are free! All you have to do is set up an account!!! There are sites where you can actually set up quizzes and the students can take them from their phone! The students log on to the sight (using wifi, which most schools now have) and take the quiz. It’s great for instant feedback on how your class is doing on one thing or another. This goes right with NETS-T 1c: Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative process. If you were to use something like this in your class, you would get instant feedback (in a different way that kids will like) and know what you need to do from there!
Another great idea that this site has is using students’ personal phones to make podcasts and then submit them as assignments. I think lots of kids are more comfortable using their own technologies…. and most of them love to talk… Why not let them use their stuff?!? I think kids will really enjoy this! They are proud of their own stuff! I think this is a great link to NETS-T1a: Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness…We have to think outside the box!
If you go to the homepage there are also lots of really cool things… I just wanted to tell you about the cell phones in the classroom part!
4)I found this article and thought it was worth sharing. Although it’s not a list of apps and how-to’s for iPads and iPods, it is a success story of how technology is revolutionizing education in Jordan. A type of mobile technology, netbooks, were given to older kids (7th grade) to change the way they were going to be taught. At first, people didn’t think it would change the way things went to much. But as time went on, these 7th grade girls were creating online lessons for younger girls. We all know that when you teach something to someone else, you really have to know the material. Well, because these girls had access to the internet all the time, they were able to do some things that they never thought possible. I think this addresses NETS-T1b: Create original works as a means of personal or group expression. These girls are using their tools and creating things for themselves and younger kids. What a great thing to happen! These younger girls now have built a connection with someone older than them that could influence their lives later on! This also deals with NETS-S 2a: Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media. Without these tools, there’s no way that these girls could ever make the projects that they have made.
My last note about this story is that the teachers learned a lot from this project as well. Their teaching went from lecturing on a blackboard to asking questions that kids could research and find out their own answers to…Most of us learn better when we find the answers for ourselves, here’s proof! NETS-S 4c: Collect and analyze date to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
5) This last resource seems a little to obvious, but at the same time I think it’s one that most of us wouldn’t think to look at. It’s at apple itself. Apple seems to be the company that is revitalizing things right now, so why not go to the source and see what they were thinking anyway!
The first thing I saw on this site was the list of seminars you can attend online. Some of them have certian times, but most of the ones I looked at were on-demand. There are all different topics from “learning on the iPad” to “deploying and managing OSX in education”. I love that these are very specific topics that can be done from your home or as a part of a professional development time at school. Lots of teachers are not able to go to these awesome seminars, so I love that they put these online to be viewed at any time that you want. I think this addresses NETS-T5c: Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning. Never stop learning!
There are even sections on the web site that show you top apps to use, e-textbooks, and even a part for special education. i think technology can be a very powerful tool for special education, it just needs to be done right. I think it’s important to make sure we look at the makers’ point of view to get the best idea of what we can do for our kids. This addresses NETS-T4b: Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies and providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources. For us to incorporate all these great strategies, we need to learn about them. Apple has lots to show us, we just need to take a look.
Aside from the advice part, there are all different kinds of products that you can look at and decide if it might be a good fit for you own classroom! Go to apple, they have lots to offer!