Every teacher can successfully integrate an iPad in the classroom by remembering it is not the central focus of the classroom. Effective instruction is the central focus. Instead of thinking about what to do with the iPad, teachers must decide if there a tool that will help them complete a lesson and meet their objective. Rather than creating new lessons just for the iPad, look at current lessons and see if there are activities that the iPad can help with. Technology should make life easier.
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1. Google Forms for Assessment
Using Google Forms on the iPad makes it easy to keep track of student work. Using a form is a simple way to generate evidence of student knowledge. This makes a perfect Formative Assessment. Multiple methods of assessment are available such as checklists, paragraph style responses, and rating scales.
Google Forms provides an array of options. Plus the spreadsheet and summary are easy to use for assessing student success. The summary gives a quick overview of which skills students are succeeding with.
The spreadsheet shows exact results.
With an Google Forms, formative assessments are quick and easy way to integrate an iPad in the classroom.
Use presentation software to display lessons is a second way to integrate an iPad in the classroom. This has the benefit of keeping lessons stored for future use. Editing and improving lessons is simple. Adding streaming video, links, and animation complements the lessons. Upload lessons to the web or download to DVDs or CDs for students to study at home. Flipped classrooms are dependent upon presentation software.
Students can create reports for the classroom using this same software. Depending on the grade level, students will be able to vary the amount of technical details added. Students creating reports digitally improves engagement, speaking skills, and digital literacy.
Prezi is a fun and energetic presentation tool that adds movement. This is my favorite tools for beginning of the year introductions. It zooms in close to focus on each aspect of the presentation. This program provides plenty of movement and action that keeps the students focused. This is a highly visual program.
3. Group Alerting
This is the strategy to hold students accountable to answer questions. Research shows that without having random ways of choosing students, teachers often call on a small group of students repeatedly. Traditionally many teachers use Popsicle sticks or other similar methods for randomizing calling on students.
Teacher’s Pick – Brad Brooks is an app that randomly selects students. In this app, you can create individual classes. Then within the class add students. You can manually add one student at a time or you can import an entire class of students at once.
The student names show on visual Popsicle sticks. A happy face on the Popsicle stick means the student can be chosen. If you click on the happy face with a green arrow, the app randomly chooses a student. That student’s name becomes blue.
If you wish not to call on a certain child, you can click the happy face on the Popsicle stick to change it to blue. This is useful for an exit ticket where students must answer a question before leaving.
You can create groups. It will let you choose the size of the group and then randomly pair up students. You can assign numbers to each student through the badge option.
Teacher’s Pick – Brad Brooks makes it easy to integrate an iPad into the classroom.
Evernote is a powerful way of keeping track of notes and pictures and not have tons of loose papers or files. When you create an Evernote account, it gives you an Evernote email account. This account name is long. It is helpful to save this as a contact. You can email yourself and the email is kept as a note. The title of your email is will become a searchable title in your note in Evernote. It can even search text in pictures and recognize handwriting. Tag documents to increase search capability.
I love Evernote. I use it to collect interesting items I find on the web. I share notebooks filled with pictures of trips or family events with other family members. The same can occur in the classroom. Create and share notebooks for each topics.
This app can take movies of student presentations. Break the presentations into sections based upon which student is presenting with student names in the subheadings. Then you can add sound and external pictures can to the project.
Create lessons in iMovie. You can add still photos of the assignment, embed your voice reading the assignment, and then add in details or information that will help the students complete their assignment.
For more ideas check out the Top 15 Productivity iPad Applications for Teachers. With the Common Core Standards in effect as of 2014 Common Core Standards in an iPad App provides resources for lesson planning.
If you have other great ways to integrated an iPad in the classroom, please contact me and share your idea.
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