NCCE 2015 conference sessions

Next week I will be presenting at NCCE 2015 …

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Wednesday 2hr workshop – Extend Learning using Online Discussion Forums

Extend learning by using online discussion forums with middle and high schools students.  Provide opportunities for your students to demonstrate their understanding of concept presented in class, have conversations with their peers, debate topics in a safe and respectful manner, and share resources using online discussion forums.  We’ll learn how to set up online discussion forums and compare features of Schoology and Edmodo (and others) to see how to give every child a voice in the classroom.  Bring your own device!

Website:  https://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/discussionforums

 

Thursday 1 hr session – Using Mobile Devices in the Research Process

How can teachers and Librarians using mobile devices to foster critical thinking during the research process of brainstorming, searching, evaluating, curating, organizing and presenting. We will discuss best practices and strategies and compile a list of useful apps or websites. 

Notes from presentation: http://goo.gl/nTAiYR 
Slide Deck: http://goo.gl/VFmqHr  
Padlet Wall: http://padlet.com/ccassinelli/mlearning

Digital Learning Day

 

 

Digital Learning Day – Friday, March 13th – happened to fall during our school theme week this year.  With already a ton of extra scheduled events to explore social justice issues around water, I wanted to find a simple but fun way to celebrate Digital Learning Day.

Since we went 1:1 with iPads this year I thought an iPad Demo Slam might be a fun way to quickly share how students were using their iPads in class. We set up a projector in the main hallway and invited students to display their device and show off an app, a project or a creative way they are using their iPad.  We passed out treats to encourage a crowd and posted everyone’s ideas to a poster board.

Check out the following apps shared in the iPad Demo Slam:

  • Notes+ (similar to Notability but more powerful)
  • iStudiez free or Pro – student planner
  • Pythonista – program your own games on iPad
  • Canva – beautiful templates for posters, photo albums, social media
  • Songbook – organize your music
  • Let’s create pottery – virtual pottery creator
  • Akinator – Q&A fun game
  • Skitch – draw on your images
  • Art Rage ($$) – Art creations for the serious artist
  • iMotion – stop motion animation
  • Quizlet – make your own study cards
  • Tellagami – talking avatar
  • Anatomy 4D – augmented reality 4D versions of body & heart
  • Comic Life ($) – Create your own comics
  • Phonto – Add creative text to images
  • PiksArt – create art & photo editing
  • Wunderlist – organize your life & share calendars with friends or family
  • 1Password ($) stores all your passwords
  • Day One – daily journal

#DLDay

ISTE 2015 – Unleash the Power of Your iPad with “App Smashing”

Join me at #ISTE2015 and come play and learn the power of App Smashing, the process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a new and creative final task or project. We’ll put together fun combinations of apps to use with middle and high school formative assessments, presentations and student work.

Pre-registration required. Register now! Seats are still available.
[Explore and Create : BYOD]
Wednesday, July 1, 1:15–2:15 pm

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with a hands-on session where they can extend the power of their iPad or mobile device to improve student learning – specifically geared towards middle and high school students. Participants will learn about and explore various iPads apps and learn how “smash” the apps together to form a new product. Workflow solutions will be share as well as suggestions for managing classroom activities.

ISTE 2015

Essential Questions:

How does using mobile devices encourage creativity and collaboration?
How can I encourage problem-solving by “thinking outside the box” and brainstorming solutions?
How can I combine free apps to create a new and unique product?
How can I plan workflow routines that keep students focused on learning and not just on doing?
How can my student showcase their creations for authentic audiences?

Participants will demonstrate success by documenting their app smashing product and sharing during the public showcase.

Outline

1. Introduction / Goals
2. App Smashing defined – kudos to Greg Kulowiec for the term.
3. App Smashing showcase – share real examples gathered from classrooms.
Basic Example: Camera roll + Photo/Strip Designer + Thinklink/Explain Everything = Interactive photos with narrations and links.
4. App Smashing workflow tips: Begin with the end in mind, brainstorm apps that will be smashed, decide smashing workflow. storage and transfer, and then create the final product and decide how it can be shared.
5. Let the Smashing Begin! Workshop members will create project for their subject area.

Step One: Create products from apps that can be “smashed” using: the camera roll, photo editing apps, comic strip apps, simple presentation apps, simple video apps — which then … Step Two: Can be combined with more sophisticated apps that allow embedding, annotations, narrations or sharing/publishing to a wider audience.

6. Academic App Smashing: combining apps to improve and produce a smoother and seamless academic workflow. Example: Schoology + Notability + Google Drive apps = assignments that have annotations which then can be shared with small groups.
7. Share final products using a Gallery Showcase.
8. Questions / Evaluations

Supporting research

App Smashing – Unleasing Creativity by Greg Kulowiec https://docs.google.com/a/edtechteacher.org/presentation/d/137B8alwc-L8OdXAIxOkN28IuZzBlIViJTxTpR9f_fX4/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000#slide=id.p

App Smash Creations – http://edtechteacher.org/unleashing-creativity-greg-kulowiec-app-smashing-from-beth-holland/

App Synergy – http://www.techchef4u.com/history/app-synergy-the-art-form-of-app-smashing/

The Definitive App Smashing Guide – http://www.mguhlin.org/2013/07/the-definitive-app-smashing-guide-no-of.html

Mobile Learning Parent Meeting

An essential part to rolling out any 1:1 mobile learning initiative is to get your parent community involved and provide opportunities to educate parents and answer any questions or concerns.  At La Salle Prep we put together a parent information night last Spring to present an overview of how mobile devices will impact student learning, plans for digital citizenship lessons, updates on infrastructure, information about eTextbooks, etc.

Parents had a choice to attend two of four sessions:

I presented on eBooks and Digital Resources.  We decided to attempt to convert most paper textbooks to digital versions.  Every department conducted a lengthy review of textbooks and chose the best for their subjects.  At this point many textbook companies aren’t quite ready to offer every textbook in digital format.  We also were looking for stand alone textbooks vs. purchasing subscriptions that we needed to manage.

Here are some presentation notes:

eTextbooks:  An important aspect of La Salle’s 1:1 mobile learning program

iBooksLa Salle Prep is committed to securing eTextbooks for most classes next year so that students will be able to use their iPads for course materials.  Teachers have spent considerable time this school year reviewing and selecting eTextbook options for their classes.  These textbooks are from a variety of different publishers and available in various formats:  iBooks (iTunes store), Kno Textbooks, Pearson eText, non-fiction books purchased with Kindle app for iPad or Google Play Store, and eTextbooks by specific publishers.

Once the student schedules are complete in early summer and shared with families, La Salle will make the textbook list available on the La Salle Prep website.  This listing will include: course, title, author, price, format and a direct link of where to purchase the eTextbook. iBooks can be purchased in the iTunes App Store.  Families can purchase an iTunes gift card for their child and load the value onto an iTunes account to purchase iBooks and apps.  Families might consider a family iTunes account to purchase eTextbooks to share books with siblings but then each individual child can have their own iTunes account for personal use. Families will need to coordinate credit card purchases with their son/daughter for books that need to be purchased by specific publishers, Kindle store (Amazon) or the Google Play store.

Most textbooks fall between the $15 – $25 range except for some of the specialty AP eTextbooks which are priced more like college-level textbooks. There is no need to purchase the materials too early.  It is better to wait until the student’s schedule has been confirmed before purchasing books because you are buying them direct from the publishers. La Salle Prep will not be responsible for refunds if your child changes classes.

The La Salle Prep Library has invested in numerous digital resources to support the 1:1 mobile learning initiative.  This includes digital databases, non-fiction and reference eBooks, links to free Project Gutenburg ebooks in ourDestiny Library catalog, video tutorials for specific apps and iPad procedures, and more.  Many teachers will also provide course materials through Schoology, use Google Apps for productivity tools or may require specific apps for class.

We are making every effort to assist students and families with the transition to a mobile learning environment.  All students will be required to complete Online Modules (posted in Schoology) that will cover basic use and care of an iPad, digital citizenship, rights and responsibilities.  The modules will also cover steps students should take to prepare their iPad for the first day of school.  These modules will be available beginning in early June.

All students will also be required to attend a 3 hour On-Campus Bootcamp in August.  Sign ups for iPad bootcamps will begin online on May 16th.  Students should bring their iPad to the bootcamp to register their device with La Salle’s mobile device management system and set up appropriate accounts like email, Schoology, Google Apps,etc.

Many students have commented that they are looking forward to having all of their textbooks on one device and they won’t have to carry around such a heavy backpack.

Using eTextbooks is an important component to the success of our 1:1 mobile learning program.  Please contact Mario De Ieso mdeieso@lsprep.org if you have further questions.

iPad Online Modules – 6

5. School Scenarios and the Acceptable Use Policy

At La Salle we want to be clear about our expectations with or without technology.  Below are some typical school scenarios and the related rules from the Acceptable Use Policy.  If you haven’t downloaded and read the Acceptable Use Policy, you should do that now.

Scenario #1:  A student finds an off-color cartoon that makes fun of people’s race or sexual orientation on Tumbler and posts it on Schoology for all to see.

Students may not create, send, access, upload, download, or distribute offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material.

Scenario #2:  A girl uses iMessage on her iPad to text her friend during class to discuss the upcoming Prom.

The use of social networks not authorized by the teacher for academic use is prohibited.

 

Scenario #3:  A boy finds someone’s iPad in the Library and attempts to log onto their account to see their files.

Gaining or attempting to gain access to other students’ or staff members’ accounts, files, and/or data is not allowed.

 

Scenario #4:  A student thinks it’s funny to photograph or videotape their teacher teaching a lesson and sends it to their classmates.

Publishing identifiable photographs or video of students, faculty, staff or administration without appropriate or prior written consent is prohibited.

 

Scenario #5:  A student is posting messages to Facebook during class and the teacher asks them to hand over their iPad.

Students’ iPads are subject to inspection at the discretion of a teacher or staff member.

 

Scenario #6:  A girl writes an essay on Google Docs and shares her work with a friend who downloads a copy and turns it in as her own work.

Plagiarizing academic materials, or otherwise is a violation of La Salle’s academic integrity policy.

 

Scenario #7:  A student creates a Twitter account using La Salle’s name and/or logo to post comments about what students wear to school.

Use of La Salle’s name, logo or identity in a way that negatively impacts the school’s reputation is prohibited.

 

Scenario #8:  A student brings their iPad to school but then realizes it has no battery left and cannot access the required textbook or complete the in-class iPad activity.

Students are to fully charge their iPad each night to ensure sufficient battery power to last throughout the school day.

 

From Acceptable Use Policy:

 

Violation of any of the rules from the Acceptable Use polices could result in disciplinary sanctions, including confiscation of device, restriction of network access, loss of co-curricular eligibility, suspension from school honor and service organizations, and suspension or expulsion from school.  It is important to know that La Salle’s code of conduct extends year round, to off campus activity as well as beyond the school day.  The expectation is that community members will contribute to a stable and productive computing environment using good and ethical judgment at all times.

Next:  Answer some questions about Digital Citizenship and the Acceptable Use Policy

 

 

 6.  Digital Responsibilities and Cyberbullying

 

1 Match the roles that different people play in cyberbullying situations.Matching – 1 point
· 2 Online bullying tends to escalate when multiple people become involved in the cruelty or bullying.
True/False – 1 point
· 3 All of these are things a TARGET should do if they are being bullied, except:Multiple Choice – 1 point
· 4 What advice would you give someone to convince them to be upstanding?Short-Answer/Essay Question – 0 points – Subjective
· 5 You don’t have to register your device with La Salle’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) program in order to access the student wireless network.True/False – 1 point
· 6 Which of the following online activities will be given higher network priority over the others?Multiple Choice – 1 point
· 7 To maintain the integrity of the learning environment during the school day students need to use their iPads for academic purposes during classtime.  Teachers may …Multiple Choice – 1 point
· 8 Creating, sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material is prohibited at La Salle.True/False – 1 point
· 9 Taking or publishing photos or video of students or teachers is allowed.True/False – 1 point
10 What is the “Academic Mode” and how will you use it in class?Short-Answer/Essay Question – 0 points – Subjective

 

Next:  Module 3 Next Steps

iPad Online Modules – 5

3. Using Mobile Devices during Instructional Time

Using the iPad for Learning

schoologyThe iPad is a great device for communicating, collaborating, and interacting with a variety of educational resources. Teachers will post class materials and resources on their Schoology page that you can access with the Schoology app.  You will download and access most of your textbooks on your iPad and use apps for instruction and review.   You will have 24/7 access to databases and eBooks and conduct Internet research whenever you need information. On the iPad you can create presentations to demonstrate your learning, type your papers, watch videos to learn new concepts and so much more.

Acceptable Use during Instructional Time

instructionalTo maintain the integrity of the learning environment during the school day students need to use their iPads for academic purposes during class time.  Teachers will direct you when it is appropriate to use your iPad and when they want you to put it away.

We understand that it will be tempting to want to check your email, access social networks, or even play games when you have an iPad at your fingertips all the time. Our job at La Salle is to help you understand when that is appropriate and when you need to focus on academics.

Teachers or administrators may:

  1. Ask you to close apps that are not needed in class.
  2. Spot check to make sure you are using the appropriate resources.
  3. View or control your website usage using Teacher View.
  4. Limit the use of the camera, social networks, games, videos, email, etc.
  5. Ask all students to put their devices away.

According to the AUP, students’ iPads are subject to inspection at the discretion of a teacher or staff member. Even though you own your device, you do not have the right to display apps, music, movies, games or images that violate school policies while you are at school or attending school events.

“Academic Mode”

iPads are often used for recreational purposes, but in a 1:1 environment or when studying at home, it’s necessary to avoid the potential for distraction and focus on whatever task is at hand. Try to have a new mindset that iPads are treated as tools for learning, and not just devices for entertainment.

Challenge yourself to be fully present in class, during lunch and when doing homework. Avoid the temptation to go online, check your Facebook status or message your friends. Determine set times when you are going to access social networks.

Students should place their iPads in “Academic Mode” when they come into class or when completing homework. Academic Mode means:

  • Only needed academic files and applications are open or visible on your iPad.  Avoid having distracting applications visible while working on schoolwork.  This includes any non-academic applications, websites or notifications such as:  social media, messaging, games, news or email.
  • Turn off sounds and disable notifications or alerts.

To help yourself avoid distractions, temporarily turn off Wi-Fi when working with local files like textbooks, writing a paper or creating a presentation.  Be in charge of your online usage.

Next:  Be Respectful To Community Members

4. Be Respectful to Community Members

With 24/7 access, some students might use technology in inappropriate ways. Online cruelty, also referred to as cyberbullying, takes place whenever someone uses digital media tools such as the Internet and cell phones to deliberately upset or harass someone else, often repeatedly.  People post things online that they wouldn’t say in person.

In this video from Common Sense Media, a teenage boy discusses the prevalence of saying hurtful things online and the impact those comments had on a particular friend.

http://youtu.be/YvpcWAZJzoY 

Is Ricardo is a cyberbully? He said he was just joking around. Ricardo is probably considered a cyberbully because he openly criticizes people online. On the other hand, we do not know how mean his comments were, and if he might change his behavior in the future. One of the issues with cyberbullying is the scale and the fact that it is public. Information generally travels faster and reaches more people on the Internet than offline, and this fact may make the impact harsher.

Ricardo thinks that harassing others on Internet, rather than in person, appeals to some teenagers because they can’t be attacked back physically.  People may cyberbully online because they do not have to face their target and can “hide” behind their computers. On the other hand, conflicts that start online often go offline at some point.

Have you ever encountered online cruelty? How do you think someone might feel after being the target of it?

Targets of online cruelty may feel they can be bombarded with negative comments at any time, anywhere. And when more offenders join in the online cruelty, the situation gets even worse. Watch this video and place yourself in Stacey’s shoes.

http://youtu.be/w4ugP_eQUR8

Who was involved in the story and what roles did they play?

  • Target: Stacey, whose intentions are misunderstood and who feels beaten down by being picked on offline and online
  • Offenders: The girl who misunderstood Stacey’s intent, as well as her friends who led the cruel online behavior
  • Bystanders: All of the people who might have stepped in but did not, including Stacey’s cousin and others at school or online
  • Upstander: Stacey’s mom, who empathized with Stacey and encouraged her to seek help from the school

As Stacey says, most of the comments were made anonymously and from “miles away.” It may be easier for offenders to be cruel when they are not face to face with their target. It’s easy for online cruelty to spread quickly, both because of the technology and because of the herd mentality.

Targets and Upstanders Can De-escalate Online Cruelty

You can make a difference — even if you are being targeted.  Here are a few ideas:

Targets:

  • Ignore and block the bully. Offenders often want attention. Take it away and they may give up.
  • Save the evidence. You may need it later for documentation.
  • Change your privacy settings. Allow only people you trust to see or comment on your pages.
  • Tell trusted friends and adults. Create a support network.

Don’t just ignore cyberbullying if you see it happening at La Salle.  Be an Upstander!

Upstanders:

  • Stand up to the offender when appropriate. If you see something negative, say something. Make it clear that you think online cruelty is wrong, and tell the offender to back off. (It may be easier to do this if you have good standing with the offender.)
  • Point out the bully’s motivation to the target. Comfort the target by explaining that many offenders act cruelly just to gain control, power, or status.
  • Help the target advocate. Help the target find friends and school leaders who can help de-escalate the situation. It’s easier to stand up to cruelty when you are not alone.

Bystanders may hesitate to get involved in a cyberbullying situation because they don’t want to become targets themselves. Put yourself in the target’s shoes. What would it feel like if nobody wanted to help you out when you needed it most? You can show support in many ways, even simply by listening to a target about his or her experience.

Next: School Scenarios and the Acceptable Use Policy

iPad Online Modules – 4

MODULE 2: ACCEPTABLE USE

1. Introduction: Acceptable Use Policy

The mobile learning program at La Salle provides tools and resources for a 21st century education, empowering you to maximize your potential in preparatioacceptableusen for college and the workplace. Using iPads offers an opportunity for you to enhance your overall learning experience by providing access to learn anytime, anywhere –in or out of the classroom.

This 1:1 personalized learning also promotes responsible use in today’s current technological era. Understanding and following the acceptable use policy ensures that each student gains the full benefits of La Salle’s academic accessibility.

The following modules will cover the basics of La Salle’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).  Every student will be required to have a copy of AUP loaded on their iPad, accessible through iBooks.

Download the AUP Policy here on your iPad, then use “Open In iBooks” and open the pdf file in iBooks. We will review this document during the On-Campus iPad Bootcamp and during Falcon Formation classes throughout the school year.

Next:  Filtered Internet Access

 

2. Filtered Internet Access

When you bring your iPad to school you will be required to register your device with La Salle’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) program.  You will use a dedicated La Salle wireless network just for students. At school, you will go to your wireless settings on your iPad, choose the designated La Salle student Wi-Fi and then sign in with your La Salle username and password in order to access and browse the Internet. This will be covered during the summer On Campus iPad Bootcamp).

By logging into the La Salle wireless network, you are accepting the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy.

Once on the La Salle wireless network, all users will have filtered Internet access (rated PG13). This means that some websites will NOT be available to you when you are on the school’s network.  Certain resources (e.g. Schoology, Google Drive, school databases) will have priority over user-selected websites.

selfserviceIf students remove La Salle’s MDM profile from their iPad, they will NOT be able to access the school network.  Students need to understand that the MDM program can block certain websites or allow teachers to view website usage through the Teacher View program when they are on the school network.  One benefit is that the MDM program can push out apps or eBooks to students through the Self-Service App.

If students have iPads equipped with 3G/4G capabilities, they must have their cellular network capabilities turned off while on the school grounds.

When you return home and access your own personal wireless network you will return to full Internet access.

Students who want Wi-Fi access on their phones or iPods will continue to use the Guest Network.

Next:  Using Mobile Devices during Instructional Time

iPad Online Modules – 3

3.  Quiz: Student Responsibilities

1 Students are required to have a protective case for their iPad.True/False – 1 point –  Student Responsibilties
· 2 Students must bring their iPads to school each day ….Multiple Choice – 1 point –  Student Responsibilties
· 3 Where is a good place to store your iPad during PE?Multiple Choice – 1 point –  Student Responsibilties
· 4 La Salle Prep will replace your personal iPad if it’s lost or stolen.True/False – 1 point –  Student Responsibilties
· 5 If you accidentally leave your iPad at home, you will still be responsible for getting your class work completed as if you had your iPad present.True/False – 1 point –  Student Responsibilties

4. Optional Accessories

accessoriesIn addition to your iPad, you will probably want a set of headphones/ear buds (especially for World Language classes). You might also want to have a stylus for note taking and a keyboard for typing papers — but these are optional. You might want to use your iPad for a while before purchasing these items.

You will want to find a consistent place to store and care for your accessories. Unplug your headphones when not in use, as this provide an opportunity for breakage when you store the iPad.  Label all accessories with your full name.

Optional Accessories:

  1. Protective Case (is required) but neoprene sleeve or padded area in backpack is suggested
  2. Headphones or ear buds
  3. Keyboard
  4. Stylus

 

Next:  Acceptable Use

iPad Online Modules – 2

Taking Care of Your Mobile Device

Be Preparedbprepared

Being a good digital citizen and a responsible member of the La Salle Prep community means students come to school prepared to learn. Students must take good care of their iPads and bring them to school each day:

  • In good working condition.
  • In a protected case that meets the school’s requirements.
  • With sufficient storage available for school use.
  • With the appropriate apps and textbooks installed.
  • With the battery fully charged.

Be Carefulbecareful

It is expected that students will care for their iPad during use and transportation.  Students need to take ownership for his/her own digital property and should treat and use their iPads responsibly and appropriately.

  • Use an iPad case that covers the corners.
  • Clean your iPad with a soft cloth or consider using a screen protector.
  • Do not place heavy objects on the screen.
  • Store your iPad in a padded backpack or neoprene sleeve. Do not toss your backpack on the ground.
  • Avoid getting your iPad wet or leaving it in a hot car.

Be Securebesecure

La Salle Catholic College Preparatory takes no responsibility for stolen, lost or damaged iPads, including lost or corrupted data on the devices.  While school employees will help studentsidentify how to keep iPads secure, students will have the final responsibility for securing their personal iPad. This equipment is the personal property of the student/parent and is subject to inspection in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy if found or confiscated.

  • Engrave your contact information on your iPad.  Label accessories with your name.
  • Lock your iPad in your locker when not using it.  Keep your locker locked.
  • Do not leave your iPad charging in an unsecure area.
  • Install the Find My iPad app on your device.
  • Keep your passcode private and do not lend your device to friends.
  • Backup up your data to a computer or iCloud.
  • Report your lost or stolen iPad to the school office immediately.

Members of The Tech Nest (La Salle’s student-run tech support group) created this video to remind you about some important tips for caring for your iPad.

http://youtu.be/vII4yg2P3iA 

Next:  Check your understanding with a Responsibility Quiz

iPad Online Modules – 1

For our mobile learning 1:1 program rollout, we are asking our students to go through a series of online modules using Schoology to review digital citizenship and our Acceptable Use policy, guidelines for setting up their iPads, which apps to install, care and use of their iPads, etc.

This series of blog posts will share the material for the online modules.  Schoology provides us the opportunity to require students to work through the modules one at a time and they can’t advance until they’ve met the completion rules (super great feature for online learning!).

Schoology
Online modules for mobile learning 1:1 program

 

MODULE 1: STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Welcome

These mobile learning modules on Schoology aim to provide La Salle Prep students with information about the Mobile Learning Initiative focusing on policies, guidelines and practical information about using your personal iPad at school.

These modules serve as curriculum to complement the responsibilities and rules listed in the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) outlined in the student handbook.  Students will be required to have a copy of the AUP downloaded on their iPad in iBooks.

The modules will cover three main areas:

  • Module 1:  Student Responsibilities
  • Module 2:  Acceptable Use
  • Module 3:  Next Steps

Next:  Learn how to take care of your iPad.

 

 

Embracing Mobile Devices

iPad AppsThe Common Core State Standards call for students to develop digital media and technology skills. One way to help them reach that goal: incorporate gadgets they’re already familiar with — cell phones, tablets, and smartphones — into their learning environment.

There are, understandably, some concerns about mobile devices in the classroom. The biggest is that they distract from schoolwork. Educators, however, need to take advantage of their ability to engage students in a classroom setting and provide opportunities for collaboration.

Early research supports the notion that these devices can lead to measurable learning benefits.   Lucy Gray, project director of the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative discussed North Carolina’s Project K-Nect in a recent Edutopia article.  K-Nect is a pilot program assessing whether mobile devices can effectively boost learning and math test scores.  Teachers report that Project K-Nect students “are demonstrating a greater responsibility for their learning and developing more collaborative learning skills.”

Because of their mobility, mobile devices in the classroom lend themselves well for collaboration.  Students can take the devices anywhere to take photos or video, work together on projects, interact with others using communication tools.  Some apps are specifically designed so multiple students can work on projects at the same time (Google Drive, Subtext, Prezi, etc).  Oftentimes using mobile devices as a student publishing tool allows students to share or present knowledge with one another in a creative manner or with an authentic audience.

iBooks Author is a Mac app that allows anyone to create beautiful iBooks textbooks for iPad and Mac. Teachers and/or students can work on various chapters and include galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions to create original textbooks.

With so many Apps out there, it can be challenging to find which ones to use in the classroom.  Browse through the links below for information about mobile devices in the classroom.

General Apps listings – many are organized by subject or grade level

Early Learners

English / LA

Math

Modern Languages

Music

PE

Religion

Science

Social Studies

Special Ed

Visual Arts

Evaluation Rubric for Educational Apps

Resources

Robledo, S.J. (2013).  Edutopia:  Mobile devices for learning – what you need to know. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/mobile-devices-learning-resource-guide.

Learning plan with 1:1 technology

iPadA 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.
Increase efficiency

  • 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?