¿Para que quiero que mi alumnado use su tableta?

EdTechTeacher ha agrupado un gran abanico de Apps según los objetivos de aprendizaje que buscamos cuando los docentes queremos que nuestro alumnado use las tabletas. Concretamente en su sitio web, la agrupación gira en torno a iPads, pero hay muchas Apps que están disponibles también para otros dispositivos móviles, así que me ha parecido interesante dejar aquí los enlaces a las categorías, bajo los epígrafes tomados del post original (en inglés), donde se dividen las Apps según los objetivos de aprendizaje, el nombre de la aplicación, su precio, una descripción, una puntuación según la utilidad de la misma, y el nivel de dificultad de manejo.
  • Quiero que mi alumnado use su tableta como agenda, para organizarse.
  • Quiero que mi alumnado use conmigo su tableta en encuentros virtuales.
  • Quiero que mi alumnado y yo, como docente, controlemos la PDI a través de la tableta.
Para terminar, he de confesar que me ha parecido más que interesante el artículo y ese ha sido el motivo de compartirlo en este espacio, por si a algún docente le sirve, pero también he de confesar que encuentro un pequeño inconveniente a esta propuesta, quizá no insalvable porque al fin y al cabo los docentes siempre nos arreglamos para adaptarnos, pero incoveniente de todos modos: el dispositivo, la tableta.
¿Cómo consigo yo que mi alumnado use su tableta para hacer todo esto, si no tienen tableta?
¿Quizá lo más realista sea cambiar el encabezado de este post y titularlo: “Quiero que mi alumnado tenga una tableta”? No lo sé, pero yo, hoy por hoy, en mi realidad educativa, no veo factible que mi alumnado de lenguas extranjeras haga esto, aunque sí, quiero.

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1:1 iPAD Journey

January – a new year

A time to reflect



Change is invigorating. As I look back and forward that is what I see – A very positive change.  It has not even been a year  since class set of iPads entered my life. Yet , it has changed my thinking, my manner of looking at my students &  work , & how I design and share lessons.  I love being able to watch and listen to my student’s thinking and learning process as many times as I need. Hearing  them demonstrate their learning through Educreations is so uplifting and helpful. This also gives me time NOW during the lesson to teach , guide and enjoy their learning process. It allows me to SLOW DOWN and  take more time with each student. Such a gift getting more individual time with a student. 
I felt I was always very good at differentiating due to my experience teaching a multi-grade classroom all these years.  The iPad is such a unique device and   lends it self naturally towards differentiating.  I am thrilled with this aspect of the iPad. But the biggest change is the level of engagement I see whenever this tool is brought out by the kids. My students typically struggle with attending, processing and learning in a typical fashion. They   need visuals , interesting repeated practice and hands on engagement in a meaningful manner to stay on task & learn. The iPad has provided the means for my students to stay engaged, learn and show me and their peers what they know. Their pride and self confidence is truly inspiring . The iPads have given my students a voice we can all see and hear now. 


Guiding and Facilitating Choice



The time has come  where my students  have learned  3 Apps well and understand their unique applications. So, I gave them a choice to complete their final draft letters of advice to Rudolf using Scribble Press, Educreations or Puppet Pals. It was  very interesting and rewarding to observe them all so engaged and independently working with a high degree of competence & skill . I was able to walk around and participate , guide, enjoy, and learn. I look forward to many more of these opportunities. 





Took the plunge !  My students went to the Edmodo walled ‘garden’. Edmodo  is a protected secure educational place to connect, comment,  collaborate and share content. One must be invited to participate and a teacher moderates all posts  (at least I do for now).   Edmodo is similar to a facebook design. 
Today, my students learned how to respond in complete sentences to a question that my clever  Roger  the pirate character asked them about the weather. They each responded. When they saw their posts pop up on the big Apple TV screen after they hit reply there were shouts of excitement.  It was wonderful for me to see a ‘first’ for these kids.   They each earned their first Edmodo badge today! 

Finally an Easier Way!!! Chirp it!



Chirp lets you send images & PDFs to  any nearby device with Chirp installed and running. This means I can send photos or charts to all my student  iPads  thus by – passing syncing, emailing etc. Today I chirped several pictures to my class all at once. Amazing!



Fun Game to learn the basic keyboard – They love Typing Tuesday & so do I ! No more shout outs like “Ms. Rice where is the B?”

A few student iTyper tutorials 😉


Pumpkins, Popplets and Email



I finally braved letting the kids use the Gmail+1 account I had created to email me their Popplets. Worked seamlessly ! It was their first time sending an email and they were so excited! So was I. 

Puppet Pal Social Stories



In Pirate Club  ( our push-in SLP service to focus on Social Thinking  skills )  I started using Puppet Pals to create Social Stories. The children had a planning sheet to sequence and plan their story before making their puppet stories. Once the planning was completed, they eagerly created their social stories using a variety of puppets and background photos they created with a variety of drawing Apps  or photographed . This is a fabulous use of this powerful App. I can see it growing into a class favorite soon! 

Class DoJo


Data and tracking just got easier! This is a simple yet flexible  App which allows a teacher to easily track and keep data on student ( or students) behavior, IEP goals/obj , track a specific reading or writing benchmark on the iPAD. Pre Dojo, I  used weekly pen & paper checklists with  my aides which we  marked  for our ‘Power Beads”. This powerful App simplified all  this  & I  can easily keep & generate PDF reports, its paperless & it is visually appealing to children.  It can be shared if desired. VERY easy to set up & use.  An App that simplified my day!


Reading the ebook Flat Stanley on the iPAD was  an amazing  experience for me. The kids loved using the dictionary option  and making predictions using the post it  function!  I found projecting the ebook via Apple TV a powerful whole group teaching tool.  For example,  I could highlight commas,  parts of speech etc.  for emphasis & focus to reinforce the reading strategies I have been teaching. The dictionary is a wonderful  addition (although  it is  for adults so I found myself explaining the definitions themselves sometimes ;-).  I LOVE the stickie option- we make smart guesses ( predictions),  comments  or typed in  a question which stays there for later review  before we read on – they loved this! The bookmark is nice too. I especially liked the  100% engagement for a whole class shared reading experience – amazing! I hope to ask parents to help me buy more ibooks.

 August – Sept 2012-2013


                        Scribble Press Books!
The students started their 1st digital book If I Was a Pirateusing the Scribble Press App. This is a nice way to introduce  digital book making, typing, illustrating and parts of a book. The App  has a guided  structured format which helps the students be successful in their first attempt at making a book which I find appealing.  It includes book features that are familiar to students & they can incorporate these features ( front and back covers, title, dedication page etc.) into their own book. Their books  can be saved into iBooks for all to enjoy. Once they have mastered the guided books the App also allows kids to start a blank book on their own with all the same book features mentioned. 
We made our first book report using Scribble Press as well.


Parts of a Sentence – Angry Verbs!

My Language arts unit is wrapping up with  ‘Angry Verbs’ using the Angry Birds App. Playing Angry Birds took on new meaning in my class. The students played the game looking for and listing VERBS. After we played the game we made an  Angry Verb Poster.  Each child made a bird or pig , wrote a sentence on their animal   using an interesting  underlined verb.
           Angry Birds App was FUN! and Educational. 

Welcome Back to School 



The first week  back to school we learned the iPAD basics, classroom iPad rules  & earned our personal iPAD  license by passing a series of tests .  I started the year  focussing on character traits and personal adjectives. The 2nd week the students used the camera and  Mad Lips App. This is an amazingly educational App. For my class,  one of the greatest areas of  of need is to look & attend to  the  speaker. So,  this is an amazingly fun and effective way for  the children look at each other’s faces and lips. The children completed their handwritten GO chart with their 8-10 adjectives describing themselves  and then added their own voice and lips speaking these attributes  using I statements into their own picture. The laughter, engagement, sharing and task completion was 100%. Great day! 

Each child can take AR quizzes on their own iPAD                     

A New Way To Teach May 2012



1:1 IPADS in a 3-5 SDClass
I was awarded a class set of iPADS in  April of 2012. Swiftly, these iPADS became powerful teaching and learning  tools in my classroom  to deepen and broaden student learning, differentiate instruction, provide a variety of methods for students to demonstrate what they are learning & provide more interesting ways to receive the needed practice of basic skill. These tools  allowed my  students to access the  curriculum and information  in an engaging and personal manner. The iPad allowed  my students & myself  to read, write, annotate,  draw, narrate, take pictures and videos, record sounds, communicate, collaborate, manipulate data, and access a world of resources.  And, when not needed, they were easily put away to be retrieved at a  later time. 
Since the iPADS have been used in my classroom  significant changes in student  ( & teacher) performance was  observed.  My teaching changed dramatically  as I learned alongside  my students (who often were  more knowledgable and comfortable with this new technology. ) I felt more energized and excited and met very interesting people. I had to become  more flexible and comfortable with glitches and not being able to plan as deeply as I was used to since I was learning as well. I was able to innovate,  be creative & spontaneous.  I enjoyed the challenge and learning some thing new.  In addition, I now have a flexible and wonderful  Assessment Tool as well.  The iPADS have even taken me to the cloud !
Changes I  observed in my students were equally dramatic-

  • Engagement & Particpation  dramatically improved. They stayed on task and worked more independently.
  • Increase confidence !
  • Innovation  and creativity was evident
  • Increased communication ( This surprised me.)
  • Much more  detail and thought  went  into their assignments .
  • They revised more and asked to go back and fix their work!
  • Spontaneous sharing of ideas and knowledge.
  • Laughter, joy AND they talked to their parents about school. 
  • Positive emails from parents started pouring in. 
  • Because I linked their homework & classwork  completion to earning iPAD Friday Fun- Yup you guessed it – ALL homework and classwork was turned in. 100%

It took me very little time to realize this was a game changer for me and my students! I also realized  I could  was now closer  to my goal  of going paperless.

I have been teaching over 20 years. I have made  small tweeks here and there which made  a difference but iPADS are clearly  a different animal.
The iPADS  also opened up a world I had been ignoring &  now I  have a web page and use the clouds. If it can do this for me think of what will happen for the children!



Helpful Bytes & Student Tips I have Learned



5 Mistakes SDistricts Make Implementing iPads
Edudemic article
Biggest mistake listed in the article in my opinion is trying to have multiple users on one iPad. These devices are best suited for single users. Sharing them and trying to standardize them limits the power of this incredible tool. 

Take the Plunge



iPads are more than their Apps
Learning to use the iPad effectively and efficiently doesn’t happen immediately nor for some ( like me) easily. I have found it takes a certain type of curiosity, flexibility, research, failing & learning, planning and a LOT of humor.  You can take it out of the box and start using an  App right  away for the most part  BUT the power of the iPad is more than its Apps. This was something I hadn’t realized initially. There are  many cool tricks and tips to make it a wonderful teaching tool. It is my hope my journey and what I learned helps others who find themselves with an iPad in their laps scratching their heads. Have fun!

Helpful Bytes & Student Tips I have Learned



1) Because 1:1 iPADS in a classroom setting is still somewhat new and novel get ready to step out of your comfort zone a bit . There will be a lot of trial and error , glitches and spontaneous learning. There are few mentors, fewer guide books  but a lot of opinions and people willing to share their experiences. I have discovered so many willing to share their success and failures.  So, It is exciting but at times frustrating and lonely. Especially if like me, your are the only teacher at your school with iPads in the classroom. 
2) Prepare your self for the occasional misconceptions and sadly negativity. I experienced this more than once. The root cause is a bit unclear- fear of change, jealousy, thinking it is just another fad, different technology priorities, too expensive, thinking iPads should replace computers, etc.. But know you are making a difference while having the courage to change inside a system that rewards conformity, lock step teaching, assumes children all learn the same way and at the same rate. Also, the current fad  to standardize everything  even our children coupled with  the   believe that state mandated tests are indicators of real learning conflict with this tool.  iPads don’t lend themselves well to standardization- they invite innovation, creativity and thinking. iPads are a personal tool not meant to be a shared laptop/computer. 
3) Give yourself permission to experiment, fail , innovate and grow. Remember making mistakes are chances to  grow and learn. Really !
4) Have FUN and enjoy this incredible opportunity and journey . Be curious, explore and play…then get planning.
5) Balance-  find ways to integrate hands on learning the old fashion way with this powerful tool. The iPAD should not replace good teaching nor be the  sole teaching tool. It should help us THINK about, analyze, demonstrate knowledge etc. but not simply absorb material. 
6) Get to know your IT folk!  But also familiarize yourself with the techie side of the iPads, Wifi, Syncing and a host of other techie information and tasks  as needed. I found I had to learn a great deal more than I had anticipated. Still learning by the way.
7) Understand how apps are purchased and how a .99 App can get very pricey when put on every iPad.  Search out those fabulous free Apps! Test drive an app 1st.
8) Find like minded people to share and collaborate with if possible! 
9) The Jiggle- You can organize your apps easily into folders. This was such a big hooray for me! I love to be organized. Just tap & hold  on an app  until it starts to jiggle. Drag one app at a time onto another app to create a folder you can then name.  Name or rename folders into categories to keep it all organized. I like using  folders for the children and have have created many math, language arts, book making, story telling, choice, typing etc… I  have also created  a DO NOT TAP folder…so far it is working 😉  I can place  folders on the DOCK as well. This increases how many commonly used apps are very easy to get to.
10)  Double tapping the home button opens up the  multi-tasking dock along the bottom of the screen. This lets you  see recently used apps & you can toggle between them. While in this multi-task dock, if you hold the apps down so they are jiggling, you will get a red bar on each app. Clicking this closes down the app totally, which can be useful if the app has frozen or needs restarting.  BUT it does NOT delete the App. 
11) Take a screen shot by holding down  the power button and home button simultaneously quickly. You should hear the camera click & the screen shot is now in your camera roll.Wonderful.
12) SET up your own free DROPBOX account- You get up to 2GB free. Needed for many apps and a nice way to get photos, documents etc  to all the iPads.
   Student Tips

1) Children learn quickly and fearlessly when it comes to technology. Enjoy and relax your  control. Trust in their learning process it is awesome to watch.
2) BACK UP plans! Be prepared for glitches- wifi down, batteries low, updates installing, missing apps etc. It happens.
3) Let the students explore and get comfortable with the iPAD before using it with  lessons. It motivates them and gets that excitement a little bit out of their system. 
4) Talk & use  the same language,  vocabulary and terms. For example, everyone calls the home button the “home button” sounds silly but if everyone uses the same vocabulary  giving  and following directions is much easier!  I say ” Home button, power button , apples down, hands and eyes.” works well.
5) Content VS Creativity. To use the iPAD as an electronic work sheet is not taping into its full power.  

6) EMAIL- I created a gmail+1 account   for each iPad ( thus each child)  which also sends a copy of any email from that iPad  to my main gmail account. I made the password for all of us the same thinking of simplicity here. Each iPAD also generates an email  signature the children cannot change that reads ‘from iPadRice1’  ( or iPadRice2 etc.) so now  I  have that piece of helpful information – no matter who they email I will know. 
7) Listen to the kids- they pick up things so quickly and easily. They have taught me and I have been open to it. They love to be an expert and teach the teacher  and with the curiosity of a 9 year old they adapt and learn rapidly. Oh to be 9 again !  I am learning to be flexible and release my control and trust the learning process. It is amazing. I know this was also my #1 but it was and is an important reminder. It was a shift for me.
8) Think seriously  about online security for kids. Great links below to start teaching and having this discussion with your students. 


Protect Kids Online


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Australian University to distribute 11,000 iPads to students and faculty

In an educational initiative set to kick off next year, the University of Western Sydney will rollout some 11,000 Apple iPads to all faculty and newly-enrolled students. 


The iPads will be used to help facilitate a curriculum overhaul across the university’s six campuses, with educators looking to offer more flexible study options and a “blended learning model,” reports The Australian.

“With digital technology revolutionizing how we connect and interact with the world, university study should be no different,” said UWS Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education Kerri-Lee Krause.

Krause said the iPads will be at the center of new teaching methods that combine traditional lectures with interactive programs to create a more dynamic learning experience. 

“Mobile technologies will be a key part of this strategy,” she said. “We want to support our academic staff to make the most of iPads and custom-designed apps in class so that, even in the largest lecture theatre, students have access to just-for-me, just-in-time interactive learning experiences.” 

In a race to garner the lucrative education market, Apple released iBooks Author earlier this year, which teachers can use for the creation, distribution and upkeep of textbooks and other class materials. The digital textbooks can be “marked up” with highlights and feature interactive graphics capabilities. 

Market data from September illustrated that the iPad is accounting for a growing portion of U.S. educational sales, clearly outpacing Macs and PCs as students opt for more portable and flexible tablets.

The news comes after Apple extended volume app purchasing programs outside the U.S. for the first time, granting nine countries access to the program including Australia. Under the program’s terms, educational institutions like UWS can buy both apps and e-books at reduced prices on purchases of 20 units or more, and content can be distributed to students, teachers, administrators, and employees.

Similar education programs leveraging the iPad have already been rolling out in the U.S., one of the largest being the San Diego Unified School District’s purchase of 26,000 units in June.

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6 herramientas para crear nubes de palabras

¿Necesitas elaborar nubes de palabras pero no sabes qué herramientas utilizar? ¿Ya utilizas alguna y te gustaría probar otra aplicación para crear nubes de palabras? Aquí te presento 6 herramientas que he encontrado para generar nubes de palabras.


  • Permite imprimir o guardar la nube de tags.
  • Puedes personalizar hasta el número de palabras (100) que tenga en cuenta para generar la nube de tags.
  • Permite personalizar los colores que se van a utilizar a partir de una paleta de colores.
  • Permite personalizar la fuente.
  • Permite personalizar la alineación del texto.
  • La combinación de colores es limitada y no podemos escoger específicamente los que deseemos.
  • Hay publicidad en la página, teniendo en cuenta que está orientado a los más peques no me parece muy apropiado.
Mi ejemplo


  • Permite imprimir la  nube de palabras.
  • Permite generar diferentes tipos de nubes de tags.
  • Da la opción de publicarlo y compartirlo a la comunidad de Wordle.
  • Te prepara el código para que puedas embeberlo en tu blog o página web.
  • No permite guardarlo en nuestro PC. Para poder hacerlo es necesario realizar una captura de pantalla y luego almacenarla en el equipo.
Mi ejemplo

TagCloud Generator

  • Genera la nube de tags a partir de una página web específica.
  • Se puede generar en función de las palabras que uno incluya.
  • Puedes personalizar color, fuente utilizada e incluso si quieres que se publicque en flash o en html.
  • Tiene tantas funcionalidades que se hace complicado su uso.
  • Cuando utilizas la opción de colocar una URL tarda mucho en generar la nube de tags.
A mi personalmente, esta herramienta no me gusta.


  • Crea la nube de tags a partir de un texto, una url o de un archivo específico.
  • Detecta el idioma en el que se genera la nube de tags.
  • Permite personalizar el número de palabras a mostrar, desde 25 hasta 100.
  • Permite indicar qué palabras no queremos incluir.
  • Permite exportar en HTML, se puede imprimir y guardar en PDF.
  • No guarda en ningún formato de imagen.
  • Sólo hay un tipo y de un color y de una sola letra. Por tanto, personalización = 0.
Mi ejemplo


  • Crea nubes de tags interactivas.
  • Permite insertar enlaces a las palabras, no obstante, por defecto enlaza al buscador de Google. En el ejemplo de más abajo lo he vinculado a su fuente original.
  • Nubes de tags atractivas en diferentes formas.
  • Se genera a partir de una URL, texto o a partir de los textos que nosotros incluyamos.
  • Permite generar un archivo PNG, SVG e imprimirlo.
  • Permite publicar a una página web.
  • Requiere registro.
Mi ejemplo
Exemplo de nube de tags utilizando Tagul


De todas las que he visto esta es la más configurable y la que ofrece resultados espectaculares. Os aconsejo este vídeo de 3 minutos aproximadamente que muestra cómo se utiliza y los resultados que podemos obtener.

Para más información: http://www.tagxedo.com/

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E-LEARNING-INCLUSIVO…. en 19 líneas…

Resumen del elearning inclusivo
Si vas leyendo mis articulos creo que todo está ya dicho, aunque nunca se hace y se dice todo, claro.. ya puesto ahora solo voy mejorandolo, pero te hago una sintesis:
   E-LEANING-INCLUSIVO sigue con lo que es elearning y con lo que es la educacion inclusiva, lo junta y hace…. EL USUARIO-ALUMNO es el UNICO responsable de su formación online, y por tanto de su evaluación y de dirigir su camino educativo, el resto del sistems(cursos formativos y demás) y todos sus elementos que pertenecen a él ; provfeedores de software, materiales instrumentos, administradores, COATCH, PROFESORES…deben estar pendientes de llos de manera personalizada , con una sincronia constante (videoconferencia, webcastings..chats…) y con un soporte asincrónico de webquests, blogs, wihis…, para ver en cada momento las necesidades del usuario y responder entonces el sistema para lo que necesita.
Entonces la pregunta es obvia? si la web 2.0 es socializadora, ¿qué hacemos que solo trabajamos de manera personalizada’?, pues todo lo contrario, con el inclusivismo de mi elearning, la socializacion y la colaboración son esenciales, el usuario-alumno nunca podrá superar los objetivos que él se haya marcadao si no se relaciona con los demás, sino aprende de ellos…por tanto la parte colaborativa de la web 2.0 siempre debe estar presente con multivideoconferencias, donde cada uno aporta a los demás.
Esto se puede trabajar en entornos virtuales, campus virtuales,,,pero yo propugno el trabajo con REDES SOCIALES, porque su grado de obertura y de flexibilidad son mayores, y ya se que la gente dice que no son fiables, pues ok, las no fiables las dejaremos de lado, trabajaremos con las MÁS ACCESIBLES, LAS DE MEJOR USABILIDAD Y LAS QUE PERMITAN UNA INTERCONEXIÓN Y unas posibilidades de enseñanza aprendizje mejores. …ves por donde va esta investigacion?

E-LEARNIG-INCLUSIVO (más creatividad, menos e-learning) by .@juandoming

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10 Steps to a Successful School iPad Program

Portions excerpted from new book, “iPad in Education for Dummies” by Sam Gliksman
iPads have certainly become a highly desired commodity in education. Apple is reporting that schools are purchasing iPads by a ratio of 2:1 over MacBooks. However, that rush to purchase the latest technologies often precedes the careful planning and preparation that’s crucial to their success as educational tools.
Stated simply, technology alone doesn’t have the capacity to improve education. It needs to be woven into a holistic approach to education that encompasses thorough planning and ongoing review of the skills and competencies required by the rapidly changing society that characterizes life in the 21st century.
Well-planned technology deployments have the potential to have a remarkably transformative impact on schools and students. Here’s a list of ten vital elements of a successful iPad implementation in schools.
1. Determining Whether You’re Ready
Don’t even consider purchasing iPads if you haven’t setup the appropriate technical infrastructure to manage and deploy them. Consider the following questions before putting in your iPad purchase order:
  • Do you have adequate incoming Internet bandwidth to connect all the devices and use them at the same time? Remember that you may also need significant upload bandwidth as students start to create and deliver large media files.
  • Having a solid Internet connection is a great start but how is your bandwidth being distributed around campus? Is your wireless network robust and secure enough to manage and distribute a strong, reliable signal throughout campus?
  • Do your classrooms have safe, secure locations to store the iPads?
  • Have you discussed and set policies for appropriate technology use? Do you have the tools and means to monitor those policies?
2. Communicating Why You Want iPads
Can you explain why you have decided to purchase iPads? It’s the question that’s rarely discussed before the decision is made to rush out and purchase new technology. Any successful initiative requires that your entire organization be on the same page and that calls for a clear and well understood vision. How will iPad use integrate with your educational mission statement? That vision should be clearly communicated to all constituent groups within your organization – including teachers, students, parents, directors, and administrators.
3. Targeting 21st-Century Learning Objectives
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. ” –Albert Einstein 
There’s a natural inclination to stay in your comfort zone. We shun change. Many school administrators and teachers would rather continue using the same pedagogical practices they have always used in the classroom. When asked to use technology, they place a premium on technology that can make their existing practices easier and more efficient. Why purchase expensive technology and then using it to reinforce outdated pedagogical practices such as frontal lecturing, content delivery, and drill and practice?
Technology however has the capacity to empower students and address 21st-century learning objectives. Utilized to their full potential, iPads facilitate the integration of multimedia, communication, collaboration, project-based learning, and more.
4. Developing Simple iPad Management Strategies
iPads require unique mechanisms for organization and management. Here’s a short list of issues to research and document as you develop plans for managing your devices:
  • How you plan on allocating responsibilities for the selection, purchasing and deployment of iPad apps.
  • Your process for the management of user profiles. What restrictions will you enforce? Will you have one common student profile or vary them by class and group?
  • How will you handle the steady flow of constant system and app updates? How do you plan on synchronizing data that collects on the iPads? How often will these processes occur and who will be responsible for them?
  • Would you consider allowing your older students to manage their own iPads? Have you considered the risks versus benefits of such a policy?
  • Where will you store student generated content storage? What workflow will be used for students to store and submit work? Will you use cloud services such as Evernote or Dropbox? Will you create and/or use a WebDAV server? How will students submit digital work to teachers?
  • How you will deal with instances of damage and theft? Will you buy insurance? Under what circumstances, if any, will students be held accountable? Has this been clearly communicated to parents through a Responsible Use policy?
  • How you plan on creating and using e-mail accounts? Will students be given e-mail, and if so, at what age? If not, will the iPads have generic e-mail accounts to enable outgoing e-mail of content from students to teachers?
5. Understanding That iPads Aren’t Laptops
Many laptop programs use network servers and domain logins that determine their permissions for computer use. Laptop use is monitored and controlled to the point that often administrators can view students’ screen activity.
It’s important to remember that iPads are not laptops. There’s no login, and the ability to secure and control iPad use is minimal when compared to traditional laptops. Instead of focusing on control, look for ways to utilize the iPad’s unique assets. Take advantage of their mobility, built-in camera, microphone, video, and so on. If monitoring and controlling activities are essential criteria, it may be advisable to consider staying with laptops.
6. Overcoming “There’s an App for That” Syndrome
You hear it all the time: “There’s an app for that.” One of the biggest mistakes teachers make is to constantly search for apps that directly address and deliver very specific curriculum content – everything from 20th-century American history to the geography of California.
Many great apps exist, but the real benefit comes from viewing iPads as tools that can be used as part of dynamic and creative learning processes. Encourage students to create mock interviews with famous historic figures, explain scientific phenomenon with stop-motion animation, create podcasts for the school community, practice and record speech in a foreign language, create screencasts that illustrate and explain principles in algebra, and more. Given the opportunity, students will naturally gravitate toward creative and innovative iPad use. Allow them that opportunity instead of boxing them in with rigid, content specific apps.
7. Share and Share Alike – but not with iPads
You learned the value of sharing all the way back in preschool. Although it may be an important life lesson, forget all about sharing when it comes to using iPads in school. iPads are designed to be personal devices and contain your personal data and files. Since there isn’t any login that distinguishes one user from the next, any information on the iPad is available to all users.
Sharing iPads creates privacy and security issues. I generally recommend 1:1 deployment of iPads from 4th grade and upwards. If that causes financial concerns, you can either scale down your deployment or consider an alternative approach such as allowing children to bring their own devices to school. Sharing at upper grade levels, however, is not the solution.
8. Developing an Ongoing Training and Support Structure
Deploying iPads can be a major step towards addressing the learning needs of 21st-century students. It also involves a major change in school culture. Organizational change requires adequate training and support. It’s also important to understand that “training” doesn’t mean a one day workshop at the start of the school year. Schedule time for ongoing training throughout the year. Develop teacher support groups within your school and with other schools, where teachers can exchange experiences, share their successes, and learn from each other.
9. Connecting
The web has many helpful resources. You can easily connect and benefit from the knowledge and experience of other teachers. Join Twitter (www.twitter.com) or sites such as the iPads in Education network (http://iPadEducators.ning.com).
10. Enabling the Unpredictable
You’re giving your students wings; let them fly. Technology is most effective when used as a tool for student empowerment. Giving up control is often the hardest part of any technology implementation in schools. We’re accustomed to being the classroom conductors that direct and control every instrument of the learning process. That can’t and shouldn’t happen in the iPad classroom. Don’t expect to control every aspect of students’ learning and don’t feel that you always need to be the expert on technology use. You already have rows of them sitting in front of you.
Technology is the modern day student’s canvas. Guide them, but allow them the freedom to paint their own masterpieces.

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The Paperless Classroom

I always wanted to know  how I could actually go conduct a paperless classroom. Could I create a learning experience for my students that does not require making copies of notes, worksheets, and assessments. After a couple of hours of planning, I think I have a plan. Tomorrow students will complete their warm-ups on the iPads using Socrative, followed by their assignment list on EDU 2.0. I have created their worksheet as a pdf file, that they can write on using the neu.Annonate app. Our class discussions will be posted on Today’s Meet and Corkboard.me. Excited and ready to see how this work.

Our paperless classroom begins with students completing their warm-ups on EDU 2.0 and then reading their agenda for the day. Textbooks are provided to students as a PDF file that they can highlight and annonate as needed to understand the lesson. Students use their own paper to complete problems and take notes. Practice problems are embedded in our EDU 2.0 class for students to complete during class. Online tools such as Today’s Meet and Corkboard.me provide our class with the opportunity to collaborate with each other. We use apps such as Doddle Buddy as our personal whiteboard to share our answers during our class discussions. Class ends with students using EDU 2.0 to complete their Exit Slip and summarizing what they learned in class on our Discussion Board.

We are definitely saving trees and copy cost in Room 117. How do you use technology in your class?

(11/8/2012) Adding a new feature to our Paperless Classroom…Evernote!

Evernote + iPad = e-Portfolio

Evernote is a wonderful free app for students to be creative and stay organized. Evernote is an app that provides students with the opportunity to create a digital file of their notes, projects, assignments, and more.

I am going to use the iPad and Evernote as a tool to create e-portfolios for students to see, understand, reflect upon and share thier growth as a learner in my class. Students will be able to store anything in it and access it anywhere, from school, home, or their phone.

E-Portfolios will be used to store finished work and allows students to use it as a place for ongoing work.

5 Ways My Students Will Use Evernote

1.    Take notes in class. – Students can write their notes in Evernote or write handwritten notes and take a picture of it to save in Evernote.

2.    Go paperless. – Students can use Evernoteto save all assignments

3.    Portable textbooks. – Take pictures of required reading, charts, activities and save it into Evernote.

4.    Multiple Notebooks – Create multiple notebooks to organize different subjects.

5.    Record important lectures – You can record audio notes on your phone or iPad right in Evernote to ensure you didn’t miss anything from the class lecture.
The Talking Worksheet
Have you ever heard of a worksheet that talks to you. This is a fun way to leave specific instructions when you are out. Students can create a talking worksheet to explain a topic or complete an assignment to show their understanding of  a topic. It is very easy and fun to create. With Photo Booth or iMove and Pages, you can create a worksheet that talks to your students.
Project Ideas: Math ~ Explaining the steps of a word problem. English ~ Reading a paper that was written. Social Studies ~ Explaining the events on a timeline Science ~ Explaining the Scientific Method…the possibilities are endlessly!

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