With the integration of 20 iPads coming to our math class in October, this probably should have been my first “Tuesday’s Technology Integration Tools” post. This addition to my classroom set of teaching tools is one of many reason why I started blogging, in July. I wanted to reflect on how to effectively implement the iPad as a tool for students to produce and create original content. Since then, it has provided a platform for others to comment and provide me with ideas and feedback on best teaching practices.
10 ways we are using iPads in our math class.
- Digital Portfolios: students will use the Edublogs platform as a digital portfolio.
- Standards-Based Capstone Projects: students choose from a list of five project ideas to complete as a summative assessment for each standard.
- Video Creation: students will regularly use apps such as ScreenChomp, Educreations, ShowMe, and Explain Everything to record math videos.
- Formative Assessment: students will use MasteryConnect and the BubbleScore app with multiple choice formative assessments. This will completely changes my approach, but provides immediate information for me and the students to see, that will direct our lessons and guided instruction.
- Generate Interactive Feedback: incorporate “clickers” through the use of Socrative. Or look at other options. There are similar programs that also allow students to back channel questions to you during the class period, as well. Will need to look those up again.
- File Sharing: Dropbox! Students will turn in files during class or away from school using our class dropbox. With the addition of dropitto.me, there will always be a link they can access to submit assignments. If we were 1:1 with iPads, I would use the Notability app and have students sync all Notebooks to dropbox. You can click here to create a Dropbox account (it is a referral link, so it will give both of us bonus free space).
- Group Whiteboarding/Presenting: using apps such as whiteboard or groupboard, students can work on the same slate via different iPads. The final products can then be shared with the whole class using the Reflection app (or Apple TV).
- Peer Tutoring: this is where I started, last year, with my personal iPad. Student assistants in my math class were matched up with students and they worked together on math problems outside the classroom. The apps listed above, in Video Creation, were used for students to show their thinking. These were saved for me to view at later times, as well. This year, I will have my peer tutors creating a weekly video to share with the class.
- Homework Check-In: students will check-in homework at the beginning of class by scanning the qr code attached to their desk. Read more about that in this post.
- Math Practice Apps: I will look to implement a few math games and practice apps using iPads during math station rotations. Are the lookout for these; do you have a favorite?
CSD509j Professional Development Training with iPads: effective integration into the classroom.
For those who are coming here from twitter or edmodo, I need your help and input on a professional development session that I have been asked to provide on iPads in the classroom. Of course, anyone else can help too! Please.
This is the first time I have ever done something like this. A little scary, but I am excited for the opportunity. It will be an hour session, with 20+ participants each time I present. The following is a list of questions that I have churning in my mind:
- What are the best iPad apps to demonstrate and provide time for the teachers to briefly play with?
- What apps should be on a web page for them to look up after the session?
- What kind of experience would you be seeking, if you were attending an “iPad Integration in the Classroom” session?
- What are your pros and cons of iPads in the classroom?
I would love to take the ideas and information you provide, and make the iPad session a valuable training. The district is providing time for interest-based professional development, with 20-25 options for teachers to attend. This is a very exciting step in the direction of meaningful and collaborative professional development, in our district!
Here is the title and short description that I have submitted for the session:
Effectively Integrate iPads in Your Classroom
- Come learn how to use iPads to provide students a setting for original thought and creation of content. Pick up tips on using this tool to increase student engagement in an interactive and skill-based curriculum.