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June 23, 2015
Envisioning iPads in the hands of your district’s youngest learners? Not sure how to make an early childhood initiative possible—or more importantly, successful? At first glance, the Apple App Store can be an overwhelming place for educators to find the best content for young learners. With 100,000+ educational iOS apps on the market, it would take a significant chunk of time out of each week to identify those "needle in a haystack" apps that will be most effective and age appropriate for preschool and kindergarten students.Continue Reading...
April 2, 2015
The introduction of technology and the transformation to blended learning in classrooms is rapidly growing. However, simply bringing technology into classrooms isn’t going to change education. To truly develop a blended environment, the culture of the classroom setting must radically shift.Continue Reading...
With an average class size of about 30 students, educators know how difficult it is to personalize learning in the classroom. Some students are performing at a higher reading level, some are at a higher math level, and some need a little more help in science. The current approach to education includes textbooks that serve as a one-size-fits-all approach. A teacher stands at the front of the classroom with textbook material and is probably only fully stimulating 2-3 students.Continue Reading...
March 12, 2015
My students just started using iPads and due to their experiences at home, they only associate iPads with fun games, not learning. Any ideas to help them put a purpose behind their classroom iPad time and encourage metacognitive awareness?
Jen in Missouri
January 27, 2015
Whether you’re in your second semester or second year of iPad learning, now is the perfect time to take a step back to evaluate the effectiveness of your technology current program and identify potential for growth. Below are 9 suggestions on how to take your district's initiative to the next level and reap the benefits of technology in education.
It’s easy to want to hit the ground running at the start of the new year, but pause for a moment to reflect on what worked last semester and what didn’t. Check in with your teachers, students, and parent community to get a pulse on their technology adoption and comfort levels.
- Teacher surveys: Giving teachers a voice and an opportunity to submit program feedback is key as they are on the ground with the devices and know what’s working as well as the challenges they’ve encountered. Deploy surveys and include questions about the ease of iPad use. Do teachers enjoy using the tablets from both a technological and instructional standpoint? What ideas do they have to improve the iPad initiative?
- Informal student check-ins: Students love talking about using the iPad. Check in with them during class to collect their opinions and share their feedback with other teachers and administrators.
- Parent night and take-home letters: If parents in your community are involved in your program, invite them to the district for a parent night to showcase student projects completed with iPads. Alternatively, send a parent letter home with quotes from your student check-ins and include information about what you accomplished with iPads last semester.Continue Reading...
January 22, 2015
Increasing engagement in the classroom is always at the forefront of teachers’ minds. When students are engaged, it’s much easier for them to learn and grow. Gamification is a current concept that’s proving to be extremely powerful. With the use of game design to enhance non-game situations, gamification can be a powerful way to increase motivation through getting students involved in something they find interesting and enjoyable. What exact role does gamification play in helping students learn? How do concepts from things like technology, videogames, and interactive apps play into getting students more involved? To help answer these questions, let’s take a look at a few specific ways that gamification in education can be a powerful, engagement-boosting tool.
5 Ways to Access to Benefits of Gamification in Education
December 12, 2014
It's that time of the year again when everyone is asking for my holiday wish list—but the only items I really need are ones for my classroom! What are the best holiday gifts for helping me take my tech-savvy classroom (and my new set of iPads) to the next level in 2015?
Christine in PA