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iPads for Collective Knowledge Construction in Science

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This presentation was shared at the Science Teacher's Association of Victoria conference in November, 2013.

This presentation was shared at the Science Teacher's Association of Victoria conference in November, 2013.


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  • 1. iPads for Collective Knowledge Construction in Science
  • 2. Why go mobile? • • • • • • Engagement Connection with environment Students have the tools Great outdoor learning opportunities Extend camps and excursions Science is fun!
  • 3. Flora and Fauna apps Atlas of Living Australia Museum Victoria’s “Field Guide to Victorian Fauna” Zoo’s Victoria “Act Wild” Ecolinc Field Guide to the VVP
  • 4. Voice recorder • For reluctant writers • Students who have difficulty with literacy • Record predictions, observations and explanations • Not necessarily assessing literacy but understanding of science concepts
  • 5. Communication with Images • Find creative commons images on “Flickr” ,“Getty Images” or search http://creativecommons.org • Take a screen shot and then crop the image with “Crop Suey”. • Annotate the image with “Etch Lite” eg. Experimental equipment • Draw diagrams with “Draw Free” or “Doodle Buddy” eg. Water Cycle • Images can be sent by email to the teacher or to a “Posterous” blog.
  • 6. Evaluate Understanding • Students can create their own images and videos using pictures stored in the device or Creative Commons images clipped from the internet. • They can annotate photographs or other images from the Photo Album. • Draw your own Water Cycle or diagram of experimental equipment and save it, email it or post it to a “Posterous” class blog.
  • 7. • Students can use “Draw Free” to create diagrams to insert in digital stories or email their drawing to you as an ‘exit slip’ •“What did you learn today about photosynthesis?” • “Draw a labelled diagram of how you will set up the equipment tomorrow.”
  • 8. Communication • Use “Strip Designer” or “Comic Touch” to annotate images and create comics. • “My Life as a Carbon Atom” • “Journey down the Digestive System” • “How Rocks are Formed”
  • 9. Skitch for annotating images • Use an image from the camera roll or creative commons image from the internet • Annotate to label parts or explain processes
  • 10. Explain Everything and Show Me • Create short, sharp screencasts to explain a concept using images, annotations, text and audio
  • 11. iCard Sort for Matching • Match key terms and definitions • Classify and group • Body systems • Rock Types
  • 12. Thinglink – a digital bucket • Create a dynamic, interactive image with links to various videos, web pages and other digital content. • Use as a way of checking student references for projects.
  • 13. Explaining Biology • Virtual dissections are possible with the iPad, for students who are squeamish, if you cannot obtain specimens or for practise prior to the real thing.
  • 14. Explaining Cells • iCell has annotated diagrams of plant, animal and bacterial cells (iPod only) • 3D CellStain allows users to selectively stain different organelles. • Vcell has animations about photosynthesis and the electron transport chain.
  • 15. Exploring with QR codes • Use a mobile phone or iPad with a camera to scan a “quick response” code, which is similar to a bar code. • It allows almost instant print to mobile to web messaging, with the code directing the user to a website. • Information, such as names, addresses, phone numbers and URL’s, are stored in the code, which can hold up to 7,000 digits. • There are web and mobile apps which generate QR codes, so students can create their own codes.
  • 16. QR codes • Use the qrstuff website to create your own codes • Link to studentcreated content and scan to share
  • 17. QR codes to learn chemistry
  • 18. Evaluate Understanding • Students can create their own digital stories using text, images and audio. • “Reel Director” is a movie making app using your own videos or images from the Photo Album and allows you to add your own audio, including music from iTunes. • “Show Me” allows you to create ‘Khan-style’ video clips using drawing and audio recording.
  • 19. Communicating and Collaborating • • • • • • • Puppet Pals Comic Life Strip Designer Toontastic StoryMaker StoryKit All apps for creating digital stories.
  • 20. Learning Collectively - PBL • • • • • • Sonic Pics Evernote iMovie Show Me Popplet FlipIt
  • 21. Citizen Science • Project Noah • Collect badges for different challenges • Images are shared to build a data base of flora and fauna