I have completed a course created by the eLearning team at CEO Sydney about iPads. The course required me to blog about each module.
I am quite confident when it comes to using iPads and iPhones so module one was quite straightforward for me, however there is always something new to learn. Three activities that contributed to my learning from module one, included the following.
- Locating and downloading the iBooks.
- Learning little things such as how to orientate and lock the screen and revealing the multitasking bar by swiping with four or five fingers is very useful as well.
Module two required me to read the iPad User Guide, click here to read it.
The guide is very detailed and easy to understand. Chapters 9, 15 and 17 were interesting as they provided information about useful Apps.
Chapter 9 – Photo Booth: Photo Booth allows the user to apply different effects to a photo. Perhaps the App could be used in a visual arts lesson.
Chapter 15 – Notes. It got me thinking about students taking notes using this App. Perhaps it would give them some motivation to write notes/key points while listening to the shared reading book or a Bible story. They could also work in pairs and take turns writing an important point. Alternatively, the students could use it to jot down ideas as they are completing group work or it could even be a spelling activity.
Chapter 17 – Maps. When learning about a particular location, perhaps students can find it using Maps. This would allow the students to visualise the location.
This module has been my favourite so far. It provided the iLE@RN App Framework for identifying Apps that will engage students and deepen their learning. I liked the following Apps.
Questioning Skills: Socrative, Inspiration Lite
Communication and Collaboration Skills: Popplet, Sock Puppets, iMovie
Creative Thinking Skills: PuppetPals, Toontastic, Idea Sketch, SimpleMind
This module also provided fantastic App evaluation forms. I particularly liked the evaluation form which evaluated students interaction, differentiation, syllabus outcomes and feedback. It highlights the fact that it really is important to evaluate Apps and think about how they could be improved. There are so many Apps available, they should’t just be used for the sake of using them.
This module was about working with files and collaborating on the iPad. I prefer to use Google Drive to to store and share documents. The files can then be accessed from any device that is connected to the internet. I also really like the idea of being able to annotate PDF files and easily share them with others.
This module highlighted that multimodal literacy is one of the 21st century skills that is part of the iLE@RN model. Literacy exists in three modes: talking and listening, reading viewing and writing. There are useful Apps that students can use for each of the three modes, including: Quick Voice, Voice Memos, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Our Choice,Toy Story, Hangman, Scrabble, Dragon Dream, Toontastic, Doodlecast, Strip Designer, Comic Strip, Poetry Magnets, Story Kit, Creative Book Builder and Ebook Creator.
Integrating just a few of these Apps into literacy lessons can make even the simple tasks so much more exciting and engaging.
Transformative Devices: Apps may be seen as transformative devices as they allow for the creation of new tasks that were previously inconceivable.
For example: The Kids Write Text Types App allows students to plan/write their own piece of writing, annotate over it and then save or email it to someone.
Camera and Annotating: The camera allows the students find examples of something they are learning about and take photos of them and then upload them to another application (such as Skitch) and add text in a matter of minutes.
Blogging: The WordPress App allows the user to access their blog via their iPad or iPhone. I like using the WordPress App to write draft blog posts, approve comments and write comments. I prefer using the desktop version when adding images/presentation tools into posts.
iMovie: The iPad can be used to record a series of short videos. This activity gave me the idea to allow the students to use the iPad to record themselves more often. Instead of the students continually recording their reflections after a lesson into their books, I am going to encourage the students to record what they had been doing that lesson with a partner.
Have you completed this course?
How do you incorporate the iPad into your lessons?
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