If you missed my recent presentations at EdTechNJ or the University of Delaware’s iPads in Education Conference, check them out here:
Download: Teaching Common Core Math on iPads
When I’m using iPads with my students, we often use a combination of apps to accomplish a task. For a research project on biomes, my class created posters in Pic Collage and published their reports with PaperPort Notes. This culminating project took more than one period to complete, and their colorful, detailed reports were displayed for the whole school to see!
My students publish a variety of work on their iPads and use different apps throughout the writing process. When it comes to typing up their final product we often use PaperPort Notes. Before they send their work to print, I use the highlighter and marker tool to show them where edits and revisions need to be made. I write over their work, and send them back to their seats to make changes. The best part is that I can erase my notes once edits are made without losing any of the text on their page!
*great for peer editing too!
Many people think that an iPad is just for games but I can ensure you that this teaching tool is used effectively in my classroom. I love having students show their work on a whiteboard app (and sometimes they connect their screens to work together). Students in my class not only solve problems on their iPads but they take screenshots of their work and email the picture with an explanation of how they solved the problem. This process is quicker than it sounds with a little practice. It’s a great way to gather work for tech-friendly bulletin boards!
Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plan for collaborating on iPad whiteboards!
There are lots of great ways to show off student work and my bulletin boards are full of examples of how technology is used in my classroom. Some apps allow you to send work as JPEG and PDF files and I often take screenshots to capture student work.
When I print JPGs I like to change the scale to 60% or 70% that way I have room on the page to write a comment before I post this work in my classroom. Try this trick on your next bulletin board!
Here’s my how-to guide for creating tech-friendly bulletin boards!