Imagine this scenario. You have just been given the opportunity to use an iPad with your class, and you do not know how to use it. I mean, you're already doing great things in your classroom without technology. So what's the point of adding technology? They even heard that children already have enough time for the screen and that more can not be good for them. There are even colleagues who already use technology to drill and practice games, but do not take advantage of children pinching, swiping and tapping consumer apps. Why did you get so many negative information about using technology in schools an iPad that you can use with your students?
Executives know and agree that using technology to reproduce what you already do without technology minimizes student learning and performance. In fact, it can even so obviously negatively influence learning that it was not given to you. How can the iPad integration in the classroom support your learners in a positive way?
If you're using an iPad, you do not have to change everything you already do. Their dedicated lessons and student inquiries continue to be excellent teaching practices, and technology will not change that. However, adding an iPad to the mix can help improve those best practices. With an iPad, your students can record and document images, text, speech and video. Take for example what happens in the picture below. This student has created a house for a bear with tangible materials. Then he took a picture of his house and measured the dimensions and recorded them in the picture on his iPad. Later, he can add his voice to this commented image to document his thinking and learning from this task.
- With an iPad, you can create and record learning in pictures, text, voice and video
- An iPad captures and enhances hands-on learning
Make learning accessible
With an app like Draw and Tell our youngest learners can also take pictures of their work and annotate them. For example, a student can take a picture in front of the classroom door, sketch the shapes he sees on it, and then record his voice to explain what he has done. It allows the teacher to hear the student's thinking even when he was engaged with another student while the mind was being grasped. It's a far more useful task than asking the student to find and color shapes on a sheet of paper.
- An iPad supports personalized learning for each student.
- An iPad provides a low entry point for all learners, but also provides a high ceiling for those who need it.
- An iPad gives each student the opportunity to record their voice and explain their thinking
- An iPad allows the teacher to hear the voice of a student, even if he was not there when recording
In addition, an iPad is a portable device that can record learning where it is happening. It can be brought on a forest walk to document various species of trees, to capture shapes in the real world on the playground or to capture the highlights on an excursion to the Science Museum. With an app like Popplet, a student can create authentic artifacts to learn what was captured outside the classroom. An iPad allows your students to capture their learning everywhere.
- With an iPad, any environment can become the place to create and capture learning content
Document the learning
An iPad also allows a student to continuously document their learning in image, text, language, and video. The documentation does not have to be perfect the first time, since bugs can be easily fixed on an iPad. However, the work can be easily captured from the beginning of a project and stored in an app such as Book Creator. With Book Creator, students can organize and store their own artifacts (and thinking behind them) in one place.
- An iPad is a safe place to make mistakes as they can easily be fixed.
- An iPad is a safe place to capture and store ongoing learning documentation
Differentiate the learning
An iPad also allows students to create their own learning credentials, and this fits very well into a student-focused, sophisticated classroom. Each child can perform a similar math activity at the same time. However, the activity can be tailored to best suit the individual needs of the student. For example, an app such as PicCollage can be used to create a poster that shows an understanding of the measurement. A child can focus on the tools used to measure and focus on using the image search feature in the app to create his learning artifact. Another student can focus on units of measure and use the device's camera function to take some pictures and use the device's image search feature to create their personal knowledge artifact. The distinction becomes much easier if you use an iPad to support this distinction. There is an entry point for everyone.
- An iPad supports the creation of student content
- An iPad supports student differentiation
Collaborate and learn
An iPad is also a social tool that supports creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Every child does not have to have their own device to benefit from the value of an iPad. Students can use an app like Book Creator to help build artifacts of learning. For example, they can use it to write non-fiction books, create interactive stories, document the process of the sport, and capture location languages, just to name a few ideas. You can use it for stop-motion animations to document the life cycle of a salmon or retell a favorite tale. Collaborative learning often supports creativity, collaboration and critical thinking as two heads are better than one.
- An iPad supports creativity through the various ways in which students can create their own content
- An iPad supports collaboration by working together to create an artifact of learning
- An iPad supports critical thinking by being a tool that can be used to create so many options and variables
With open creation apps like PicCollage, Popplet, Draw and Tell, Book Creator and Explain Everything, anything is possible with the iPad. For more information about using an iPad in a simple classroom, see Innovations with the iPad: Lessons for transforming learning written by Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen.
Karen is a lifelong learner, author and educator. She has a hands-on approach to teaching. Karen is both Google Innovator and Apple Distinguished Educator. She believes all students CAN and SHOULD create their own content rather than consume others. Karen is anxious to change the world individually or through her teachers.
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