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Using iPads in theClassroom to Engage the 21st Century Learner Shauna Néro French Immersion, FSL and Spanish Teacher @MmeNero firstname.lastname@example.org
The Digital Innovation Project in SD36THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE:Engaging students in their learning requires amultidimensional approach. While social andacademic engagement is imperative to studentsuccess, we know that "...ultimately, we need toachieve the more ambitious goal of promoting deepcognitive engagement that results in learning." National Research Council, cited in Dunleavey and Milton, 2008
11 schools in the district were given access to 30 iPads (7 elementary, 3secondary and 1 Learning Center)KWANTLEN PARK SECONDARY is an inner-city school in Surrey (theWhalley area).At Kwantlen Park, 6 teachers (Science, Math, English, LST and FrenchImmersion/Modern Languages) are sharing 30 iPads and 16 iPods tocomplete their researchFollowing the results of our first year, district students involved in theproject are filling out a survey before, during and at the end of thesemester/year.We will be completing our research at the end of this year to share with thedistrict and our school. We hope to encourage the district to purchasemore iPads in order to make this technological tool available to more.Our school is also a testing school for a Learning Commons library projectwhich will see the integration of iPads, media devices (digital cameras)and a space for learning.
Why I use the iPad in class?• To increase student engagement• To empower the digital native student with using what they know (technology)• To give choices to students through a variety of apps can appeal to different learning styles A. Allows for differentiated learning so that students of all levels can be successful
What other teachers have to say:• @MmeHibou uses iPads in the math classroom to help students who struggle, she loves the visual aspect• @msewen uses them for student success and ease of use. He recently used iPad dictation for a student who cannot write (a great example of empowering the student)
Learning from my mistakes: practical knowledge• Give each student the same iPad number for the whole year (even if they are doing group work, choose one students iPad number in the group) and record this on a class list• Put a responsible student in charge, ask him/her to distribute the iPads when necessary and collect them. Do not let any student leave the classroom until YOU have checked that all have been returned.• Create a contract for students to sign which ensures their responsible and respectable use of the iPads in class.
Getting to know the iPad• Do not assume that they know how to use an iPad (this was my first and biggest mistake)• Give students a "Scavenger hunt" activity for them to learn the basic uses (taking pictures, saving pictures to Photos, surfing the internet on Safari, turning it on/off, the use of the "Home" button)• Let them have fun for a class or two in order to acquaint themselves with it, those students who have used an iPad before become the leaders
Share a Google Docs list with the terms that they need to knowSwiping: the act ofmoving between pages,turning pages on theiPadFinder-search engine:swipe to the left after thehome screen to theMagnifying Glass page totype in the name of anapp to find its locationSafari: the access to theinternet Home button: enables you to leave an app at any
Do you know.... (because I sure didnt...)• that to take a picture of the screen (Screen Capture), you hold the Power button and the Home button at the same time (your pic is then saved in Photos)?• in order to save battery power, double tap the Home button and "x" (delete) the apps that appear at the bottom of the screen?• to save a picture in Safari, you press and hold the picture and then choose "Save Image" or "Copy"?
Power of surveys and exit tickets• They give you the opportunity to know what they know• Students are given a voice, a voice to express their concerns or their joy of using the iPads• A great learning tool for you, it lets them know that you are learning as well and want to learn from them
Methods to do polling• polleverywhere.com: students can text or send answers online to open-ended or multiple choice questions • (free account is limited to 40 answers)• Socrative app (Teacher and Student) : Questions or Quiz-based activities
Set up a place to receive projects• Classroom gmail account (students also know the password)• Dropbox (using that Gmail account)