October 2, 2012
What you can actually DO with an iPad – From Beth on Edudemic
Online, in workshops, and even with friends, I frequently get asked What can the iPad actually do? as a sort of challenge to the worth of the device. I would rather that they ask, What can you actually do with an iPad? So last week, in preparing for the New England Reading Association Conference and the NYSCATE Mobile Learning Summit, I decided to change my approach. Rather than structure my presentations by tool, or by app, or even by project, I organized myself around desired student outcomes – aka. what students can actually do. However, before addressing that question, I asked not only WHY iPads but WHY Technology? Because….
- I want my students to communicate in complex and modern ways.
- I want my students to make their thinking visible as an alternative assessment.
- I want my students to document their thinking as they work through a process.
- I want my students to have multiple ways through which to interact with learning objects.
I want my students to demonstrate their knowledge of the parts of a story.Learning Objectives: In addition to learning the story elements, students learn…
- To write a constructive review
- To assess the credibility of an author or source
- To create a sense of visual hierarchy for their information
- To document their sources
I want my students to master the concept of the story arc.Learning Objectives: In addition to demonstrating their understanding of the key elements of the plot – problem, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution – students learn…
- To incorporate imagery and sound with written elements
- To collaborate and communicate with their peers
- To search for and incorporate Creative Commons vs. Copyrighted media
- To properly document their sources
I want my students to make a personal connection with their text and then communicate that back to their peers.Learning Objectives: In addition to asking and answering questions to demonstrate their understanding of a text, students learn…
- To prepare and deliver effective oral presentations.
- To support their thoughts, opinions, and ideas with literature.
- To independently work through a process of scripting, storyboarding, recording, and editing.
I want my students to collaborate in order to better comprehend difficult texts or dramatic works.Learning Objectives: In addition to identifying key quotations, references, and literary devices, as well as defining vocabulary in context, students learn….
- To collaborate with their peers
- To communicate with text, imagery, sound, and animation
- To present information in a clear, logical manner
What can students DO with an iPad?My colleague, Greg Kulowiec, recently wrote iPads are like Hammers. He concluded his post by saying,
“Start with the end goal in mind, the inspiration, the challenge and then determine if an iPad can be used to effectively, not to teach new content to students, but to allow them to achieve the end goal. To demonstrate their learning and share that understanding with their peers, a broader audience and even potentially the world.”Rather than ask what the iPad can do, ask what your students can demonstrate, explain, represent, communicate, visualize, DO with the iPad. Beth will be elaborating on this concept at the November 6-8 EdTechTeacher iPad Summit.