Using iPads in the Classroom Martin Behrman Charter School Teachers Technology Team Meeting 11/9/11
Target areas for iPad use • Language Arts • Mathematics • Sciences • Communication • The Arts • Organization • Work habits • Social and fun
To use the iPad to it's fullest potential... • LET STUDENTS USE ‘EM! Put it in the hands of the students! (earphones needed) • IT’S MORE THAN JUST A TOY! Get away from just thinking of the iPad as a reward during the last 5 minutes of class. • LET YOUR STUDENTS TAKE THE LEAD! Allow students to utilize the iPad across the school environment.
Language Arts • Intuitive way to present information • Provides multiple opportunities and incentives to practice phonics skills, sentence building, mind mapping • Increased access to individualized literature and independent reading • Flash cards • Personal whiteboards • Reference tool
Creating and adapting written language • Students can use Storykit to create their own books • Teachers can use Storykit with students to simplify grade level text • Applications such as Sentence Builder encourage students to create full and complete sentences
Mathematics • Discreet and immediate access to manipulatives and tools • Provides incentive to practice skills • Allows independent exploration of virtual materials
Speech and Communication • It doesn't have to be an education app to be useful in the classroom • Use Make an Martian to encourage specific verbal description of attributes • With ArtikPix students can hear models, record and match sounds • Students can work on receptive language with flashcards that include emotions, actions, household objects
Text to speech • With Speak It students can paste documents and web-based text into application and have it read to them. • Students can save pre-typed phrases or passages to be read out loud. • Applications such as this can be used for research projects and as preparation for verbal presentations. • The iPad can potentially replace clunky, single-use communication devices.
iPads as a replacement for Augmentative Communication devices • Traditional aug comm devices are cumbersome, only designed for single function, require isolated skills and make the user stand out. • Applications such as Proloquo2go, TaptoTalk, Speak It allow iPad to support communication without negatives of aug comm devices.
Organization and scheduling • Applications such as iStudiez allow students to program their daily schedule into iPad and receive alerts for transitions, assignment deadlines. • IStudiez can be customized to provide information on class location and class description. • Applications such as First Then Visual Schedule can be useful for students who require a step-by-step breakdown of tasks
Fostering independent work habits • Applications such as TenPlusTwo, Task Timer, Visual Timer, First Then enable students to work independently and give themselves a work-break schedule during longer work periods.
Social and entertainment • It's hard to forget how much entertainment an iPad can provide. Give students the opportunities to have fun independently too! • YouTube favorites • iBooks and other ebook applications • Games • iTunes
Why is the iPad so suited for student use? • Tactile learning tool- Children think with their fingers. The iPad is an intuitive interface that allows users of all abilities to access the technology to it's fullest. • Affordability of apps- with so many apps being available for $.99, teachers are empowered to acquire, explore and provide diverse and current software for their students. • Universal Design- Everyone benefits from using an iPad. When using it to foster independence in the school and broader community, students not only want to, but are able to without standing out from their peers.
How can I check out an ipad for instructional purposes?Teachers of Students with Special Needs – Sign one out for year and return for summer.All other teachers – DAILY checkout procedure sign out for research and instructional use.Student ipad lab stays intact. Stored in 210. Teachers may use ipads by appointment in library.Help us to create our website to showcase the use ofipads across the curriculum at Behrman.
Links and resources • itunes.com • http://www.iear.org/iear/2010/7/4/ipadipod-touchiphone-apps-for-spedspecial-needs-by-david-lig.html • http://speechlanguagepathologysharing.blogspot.com/2009/12/iphone-and-ipod-touch-apps-for-special.html • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703945904575644940111605862.html