Improving Student Writing Using iPads


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Slides for a series of hands-on iPad workshops by Dr. Wesley Fryer with elementary teachers in Lewisville, Texas, January 23-24, 2014. Learn more on:

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  • Mr. Fryer,
    Hello! My name is Catherine Stalvey and I am an elementary education major at the University of South Alabama. When I started this semester, I was anti technology in the classroom because I didn't like the possibility that it could decrease a child's ability to lead a normal social life. However, my view points have vastly changed, because I now realize that technology is actually enhancing the way our children are able to learn. I'm a human being and my teaching methods will always be flawed, but technology is hardly ever inadequate. My only concern is, what will we do if something crashes in the classroom? I observed in a middle school a few weeks ago and out of nowhere, the computer/Smart Board crashed in the middle of a lesson. My teacher had to improvise (luckily she's incredible at her job), but it made me wonder if you were a first year teacher, would it make teaching even more difficult if your resources were to stop working temporarily?
    I really enjoyed the slide show you put together about improving writing skills with an iPad, and I thought your 'Saturday morning cartoons' joke was hysterical. I would love to be able to use iPads in my classroom one day, and I will definitely look into the apps you suggested throughout this presentation.
    If you would like to check out my blog, feel free -
    And I would so love a Tweet from you (I just started following you)! @cd_stalvey
    Thanks for your time!
    -Catherine Stalvey
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Improving Student Writing Using iPads

  1. 1. Improving Student Writing Using iPads by Wesley Fryer, Ph.D. 22-23 Jan 2014 Lewisville, Texas
  2. 2. Please install these FREE iPad apps! KidBlog AudioBoo
  3. 3. Referenced Resources Today Are On:
  4. 4. documenting our learning … practicing communication skills
  5. 5. Remember Saturday Morning Cartoons?
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  7. 7. 2013
  8. 8. <1> Inspire you to CREATE with your students <2> Equip you to start using interactive writing! & narrated art projects with students <3> Persuade you to OPENLY SHARE student work
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  10. 10. sadly many adults just see devices as“arcades”
  11. 11. see iPads as... imagination! machines bridges to! creativity
  12. 12. photos by @bradflickinger
  13. 13. Expand your classroom MENU! of how students show what they know & understand
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  15. 15. discounted copies of my latest! eBook for today’s! attendees 99 9. $ $14.99! (June 2013)
  16. 16. picture the importance of relationships at school
  17. 17. I know from watching and listening all over the country in schools and in workshops, however, that many educators have become less creative, more timid and unimaginative, and have indeed lost pride in their work in the face of how heavy-handed the states have been in promulgating this retro and harmful “accountability”. Why is not the state responsible for ensuring that the incentives are right and the resources are available to do the work well? States should have to be accountable for how local leaders interpre their mandates. But states wash their hands of the problem of change; they merely issue mandates. So, teachers become brow-beaten by scores, encouraged to do test prep, and in general, down the authority line, to teach worse rather than better – somehow in the name of “standards.”
  18. 18. too many people today believe in the power of TECHNOLOGY & TESTING rather than the power of WORDS & PASSIONATE PEOPLE
  19. 19. “If you just buy this...” “your test! scores will! look like this:”
  20. 20. Dr. Larry Cuban (2003)
  21. 21. research on improving literacy skills? Identifying Similarities & Differences! Summarizing & Note-Taking! Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition Homework & Practice! Nonlinguistic Representation! Cooperative Learning! Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback! Generating & Testing Hypotheses! Questions, Cues, & Advance Organizers time on task parent involvement by Stephanie Sandifer @ssandifer
  22. 22. 2004 2013 “Let’s re-draw the! map for! “digital literacy”
  23. 23. creativity is intrinsically valuable
  24. 24. “what will! we create! today?” 2001 revision of Bloom's Taxonomy
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  27. 27. (free) KidBlog
  28. 28. <2>
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  30. 30. Field! Trip! April 25, 2013
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  33. 33. Workflow: iOS or! Android! with! camera + (free)
  34. 34. closing thoughts
  35. 35. <story>
  36. 36. books can be bridges
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  42. 42. Create ENHANCED eBooks on iOS (record your voice) Book Creator for iPad Creative Book Builder
  43. 43. Epiphany: student! agency! &! voice
  44. 44. empowering students to discover their VOICE! and the POWER of their WORDS
  45. 45. Mapping Media to the Common Core (with iPads) by Wesley Fryer, Ph.D. 14 Sep 2013 Classroom 2.0 Live!
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