A team of teachers and administrators at my school identified eight areas where we feel that mobile devices could really impact student learning. This is not an exhaustive list but represents how we need to really look beyond the iPad as a consumer device and look for opportunities for content-creation, authentic learning experiences and collaborative projects.
- Students have 24/7 access to Library databases & ebooks with Access My Library, Destiny Quest and Follett Digital Reader app. Accessing these resources right when student’s need the information promotes the “flow of learning” and reliability on credible sources.
- Students have access to productivity apps to use right when they need them for note taking, writing papers, completing science labs, etc. The apps include: word processing (Pages), spreadsheets, presentation (Keynote) and annotation apps (and more).
- The built in camera gives immediate access for students to take photos and movies and edit it with the same device. This streamlined process is much more efficient and easier than using desktop software and eliminate scheduling issues in the computer lab.
- Having eTextbooks on devices means that students don’t need to purchase separate books for each subject area and will have the resources they need 24/7.
Increase student engagement
- Use Socrative or Nearpod to engage students will polls or teacher-led or student-paced quizzes
- Using enhance eBooks – like E. O. Wilson’s Life on Earth – that contain audio & video can engage students with multimedia elements to further their understanding of the content material
- Students can gather, create or digitally manipulate images to demonstrate their understanding of a concept learned. The learning can be even deeper if audio recordings accompany these digital images (SonicPics). Audio recordings could be language practice, persuasive speeches, debates, poetry readings, etc.
Improve speed and quality of feedback to students
- Record student giving speech/presentation with camera. Open in iMovie and orally record feedback soundtrack on top of movie. Publish and upload to share with student
- Teachers can use iAnnotate to give feedback to students on written drafts.
- Share resources, assignments and images through iTunes U or Google Drive.
Scaffolds learning for students
- Use ExplainEverything, ShowMe or EduCreations to record an explanation for a student. The screencast will record voice, diagrams and written text.
- Students use Inspiration Maps to brainstorm ideas for writing and project planning, or provide a visual representation of learning.
- Students can use a virtual dissection app before conducting a science lab in class. This can provide students with an interactive environment to learn concepts being presented and alleviate concern and stress during the activity.
Promotes discourse focused on critical thinking and problem solving
- Using Book Creator, students (or teachers) can create eBooks that demonstrate their understanding of learning targets. These eBooks can contain text, audio, images and embedded video and can easily be shared as a PDF or uploaded to iTunesU.
- Use authentic data to create graphs and charts to support a hypothesis or thesis in Numbers.
- Use interactive tools of Algebra Touch to interact, manipulate or create math problems for deeper understanding.
Engages students in metacognition / reflection
- VoiceThread provides an asynchronous threaded discussion around images or documents. Students can leave comments by text, audio or webcam or it can be used for personal reflection about projects, art, participation, etc.
- iAnnotate gives students the ability to annotate iBooks, pdfs and written documents with their personal reflections.
Helps students meet / exceed standards
- Apps can provide review for material presented in class such as Algebra Touch, Hello Hello World (languages), Library of Congress Docs Teach, etc..
- Students can use math or science virtual simulation apps to help their understanding of concepts that are difficult to “see” or understand.
- Students can access free online courses through iTunes U or review videos from Khan Academy, TED, or Discovery Channel.
Engages students in application-based authentic learning
- Using Skype or Facetime to communicate with guest speakers or experts in the field.
- Use camera and video features to document service learning projects. Upload them to La Salle YouTube channel.
- Access news and information in real-time as current events are happening.
- Create their own textbook for use in class.
What would you add to our list?