Implementing iPads isn’t exactly a just-add-water proposition.
While they’re wondrous little devices capable of enchanting learners for hours, to get the learning results you’re likely after will take planning, design, and reflection.
It can help to start out by asking yourself some important questions, such as “What can the iPad do that is not possible without it? Put another way, what problems does the iPad solve?”
But the learning environment you’re starting with can make a big difference as well. It’s one thing to come up with individual lesson plans high on the wiz-bang factor, but low in terms of sustainability.
Below are 4 distinct areas of instruction and instructional design that can help frame the concept of iPad integration. Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Integration.
There is more to the conversation, but rather than overwhelm you (not that you couldn’t handle it), it seemed better to simply start your thinker.
Full Text: 12 Characteristics Of An iPad-friendly Classroom | TeachThought.
Skype, the free, ubiquitous VOIP downloadable, offers some unique opportunities for tech-savvy teachers to get their students learning in exciting new ways. It might prove a buggy affair depending on the version, but all the same the service still makes for a phenomenal classroom tool. Read on to find out how you can put this cool tool to work in your classroom.
Full Text: 50 Ideas For Using Skype In Your Classroom | TeachThought.
A middle school spent one term rolling out iPads.
In this article Jac de Haan describes their week by week approach, and reflects on the successes and challenges involved.
Week 1-2: No computers, just questions such as “Is technology good or bad?”
Week 2: Each child and their guardian/parent had to attend a session outlining the programme and their responsibilities.
Week 3: The basics of operation of the iPads is covered in class.
Week 4-5: IPad handed out for individual class use. Classes geared to iPad use.
Week 6-7: Students get to keep their iPad and take it with them from class to class. More advanced concepts of using the iPads is covered and projects continue to reinforce basic concepts.
Week 8: Students responsible for iPad all day, store them securely, take home at night and show up next day with the iPad fully charged.
Week 9: Students allowed to use their iPad as and when they think fit.
Full Text: How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Edutopia.
Some teachers embrace technology and social media. Others lurk. Many ignore. So what does the average teacher do if they’re somewhere in the middle? Why, use the handy infographic from Online Colleges of course!
Below you’ll see a guide to who is using social media (pretty much everyone is aware of it) to which actual social networks they prefer.
- Most teachers don’t use Twitter. They opt for Facebook and YouTube by a large amount
- LinkedIn is preferred over both wikis and Twitter
- Just about every social network can play a pivotal role in education, so it’s time to start learning about all of them!
Full Text: 25 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social Media Into Education | Edudemic.
How can you shift your classroom away from lecture and toward inquiry? You can get help from the modern phenomenon known as crowdsourcing—the practice of putting many minds to work on a single problem. Inquiry is, in effect, crowdsourcing in your classroom.
What Crowdsourcing Concepts Can Help Me?
The following four concepts from crowdsourcing can help you use more inquiry in your classroom.
Full Text: Crowdsourcing in Your Classroom | Thoughtful Learning.
In 2011, Katy Independent School District, in partnership with Cisco, launched the final phase of a technology transformation. Learn how Katy ISD realized their vision for education transformation with a BYOD mobile learning strategy.
Download the print case study: http://bit.ly/OPbFs9
Although the idea of permitting students to text in class may appear problematic at first, with the appropriate supports, teachers can take advantage of the technology and, in turn, create more meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Here are a few examples as to how teachers can utilize text message technology in their classrooms and increase student engagement and content mastery
Full Text: The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom | Edudemic.
An iPad and Apple TV can combine to provide an advantageous alternative to more expensive, traditional interactive white boards.
Guest writer [on EmergingEdTech] and High School Principal David Mahaley is using this approach and offers his insights, and observations from educators in his school.
With the integration of the iPad into the instructional environment, teachers and students have discovered many new ways in which the device can expand and enhance the learning environment. With the iPad, the Apple TV can offer a flexible, complete, and cost efficient alternative to the traditional interactive boards populating our classrooms.
Full Text: Apple TV In The Classroom – The New Smart Board | Emerging Education Technology.
Fantastic resource on evaluating iPad apps for use in the classroom. If nothing else have a look for its novel presentation style.
We loved it.
iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom
Facebook is so much more than vapid status updates. You can find resources for research, connect with local (and international) public figures, and find out what’s new and interesting in museums.
[Here is a list fo 100 ideas to get you going if you are stumped about how to use Facebook in the classroom]
Full Text: 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated] | Online College Tips – Online Colleges.