iPads- Apps for education
*UPDATED AGAIN!* I will be Repeating this session at #CEGSA2012 in place of “iPads in teaching and learning: New Perspectives on integration and Productivity”
Tomorrow on the 23rd of March-2012 I’m presenting on iPads at Flinders university . In this session I aim to talk about how iPads can be used to effectively enhance teaching and learning in any classroom.In order to do this, it is really important that we consider why it is that we are using this tool in our classrooms and what it is that we expect it to do to help our students to learn. There will be 15 iPads on site and ready for us to use. Thank you very much to the Australian School of Maths and Science for lending them to us.
iPads are becoming an increasingly popular tool for the classroom. Just as interactive whiteboards were five or six years ago. It is really important that we ensure that these tools are used effectively. Many interactive whiteboard are still just used as a giant cinema screens, for teacher lead activities and are not used to their full potential. This has led, in part, to a misunderstanding by many that these devices a purely for teacher led activities. As this new and exciting technology begins to be adapted by creative teachers it is vital, in my opinion, that we approach this tool with a clear focus on how it can be used with teaching strategies which are ” responsive to the learning needs and strengths of students” (NPSfT 1.3) are meeting “the specific learning needs of students” (NPSfT 1.5) and I used ” to enable deeper engagement with curriculum and support a range of approaches to learning” (NPSfT 2.6 ICT Elaboration).
In order to help us to achieve these goals, we will explore several IPad apps in the context of the TPACK framework. We will also consider how deep the students’ learning could go by considering the apps place within the revised blooms taxonomy. We will explore several websites where other experienced educational technology minded teachers have already begun this conversation so that we may get involved. Obviously this is only an hours showcase and we want to be able to do this in masses of detail. However, I hope to at least inspire some thought processes that will help teachers to continue this exploratory journey on their own, after the workshop is over.
Apps that we will be using
Each of the images below will take you to one of the Apps we’ll be evaluating and considering in the workshop. If you’re bringing your own iPad along then you might like to have these installed before you get to the workshop 🙂
Questions we’ll try to answer
- How do we know which apps are good?
- Where can we find more apps?
- Who’s using them and who can help me?
Update: Post Workshop
As promised, here’s the prezi:
Sites we should explore…
These are the sites I shared during the workshop.
- Bloomsapps – This site’s been gathering and categorizing apps by Blooms. Grows daily
- Science ‘Appy Hour– This site explores apps for Science teaching
- Bloomin’ Apps – Kathy Shrock’s inspirational guide to really bloomin’ with your app selection 😉 (Includes more than just iPad apps )
- 21st Century Innovations – Apps’ by Learning Task – don’t forget to check that the task goes ‘deep enough; 😉
- Ed Galaxy – 10 iPad apps deemed to be “essential” now you can judge for yourselves 🙂
Apps for getting to grips with iPads as a technology – before we get our ‘TPACK’ on 😉