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John Evans

Study Shows iPads Could Improve Literacy Skills in Young Children - InformED : - 0 views

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    "A recent study has found that kindergartners who use iPads in school are likely to score higher on literacy tests than those who do not.
    The study, which was carried out in Auburn, Maine early last year, looked at 266 kindergartners who had been given free iPads to use in class as part of an experiment. Out of the 266 students, 129 were given lessons using iPads, while the remaining 137 were taught through traditional methods.
    The results, which were published on Apple's unofficial tech blog, TUAW, showed that in addition to better scores in every literacy test, children who were taught through the use of an iPad also showed an increased interest in learning and were more enthusiastic about going to school."
John Evans

EdTechTeam: Worksheets vs. iPads - The Surprising Truth - 1 views

  • "I like doing worksheets better than using the iPads because I don't have to think as much."  
  • "On the iPads, I have to show my work, explain my thinking and make sure it is my best work because someone other than you might see it on my blog or on Twitter."  
      • Using the iPads leads to a higher level of understanding because students have to explain their thinking with pictures, numbers, words AND their voice. 
      •  If you use social media in your classroom like we do, it leads to higher quality work because there is a larger audience that may see the student's work.  
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    "I do not use a lot of worksheets in my math program.  So much so, that last week, I gave a worksheet during math to my grade 2 students to do and one of my students cheered.  CHEERED! For a worksheet!  I asked the child in my class why she cheered.  I figured that she would have responded with, "I like worksheets."  If she had answered that way, I would have been fine with that. I believe that we all have our own learning preferences and some children enjoy doing worksheets.  However I would never have anticipated what she said to me.  She responded with,

    "I like doing worksheets better than using the iPads because I don't have to think as much."  "
John Evans

From sceptic to convert using iPads in my classroom - Educate 1 to 1 - 2 views

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    "At first, I have to admit I was not the greatest fan of the iPad. Aside from its obvious advantages, like the battery life and the time gained from not having to get the class to 'log on', it seemed like an expensive gimmick. However, after experimenting with iMovie, I began to see some of its potential and I was hooked. I soon found that many of the content-free apps, such as iMovie, Keynote and PuppetPals provided me with a medium through which I could teach in an inspiring and innovative way.
    Three years on, the school now has one iPad between two children and the opportunities to use the technology in a creative way have multiplied. The iPad is a valuable and powerful resource which has changed my approach to teaching and learning. My lessons are now more dynamic, with greater opportunities for the children to make decisions and choices for themselves. The pupils are often scattered around the school working in small groups to develop creative ways to record, present, evaluate and explain. My role as a teacher has also changed as I have become a facilitator and guide, providing quality control and advice. I have been able to introduce longer integrated projects combining different subjects and skills where the iPad is a key tool in the process. The iPad has been invaluable in enabling me to make the curriculum change I wanted. I can now say the skills of curiosity, collaboration, critical thinking, reflectiveness and creativity are being practised on a daily basis through this technology.
    However, it is the ease with which you can create on the iPad that has had the most impact in my classroom. The controls are so intuitive that very little time, if any once an app has been introduced, is spent teaching the children how to use the technology. This means that tasks that would have seemed too complicated or time consuming in the past are now possible."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: TinyTap Introduces Challenge Mode for Building Games on i... - 0 views

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    "TinyTap is a fantastic free iPad app and Android app for building fun and interactive review games. With the app you can create games based on pictures, diagrams, videos, and icons. The latest update to the app enables you to include a challenge mode in your games."
John Evans

MacBook, Chromebook, iPads: Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms | MindShift - 0 views

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    "How long can any device realistically be expected to remain an effective tool in the classroom? Three years? Five years? Yet today, when schools decide on a device for their 1:1 programs, that choice quickly gets written into their school "brand." Schools become identified by that choice, and the evaluation of other devices ceases. There are even certifications to this extent, such as GAFE schools, Apple Distinguished Schools, and so on.

    But it's important that schools who make "the choice" don't simply stop planning at that point. As educational technology becomes key to the daily workings of a classroom, discussing the direction of its use should not end once devices are in their students' hands."
John Evans

10 Reasons Schools Should Still be Using iPads - Ed Tech Today - 0 views

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    "After its launch the iPad quickly became the darling of the K-12 education community. Schools and teachers quickly saw the opportunities that it afforded students and jumped to get them into their hands. Fast forward a few years and it seems that a lot of schools have relegated the iPad to a supporting role or ditched them entirely. As mentioned elsewhere this is primarily due to a lack of clear vision, a misunderstanding of what the iPad is and an imiginative, uninspiring curriculum.

    While the iPad may no longer be the technology de jour in certain circles it is impossible to ignore what a compelling device the iPad is. So, why is the iPad still the best choice for schools, teachers and students."
John Evans

How to choose between iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom - Daily Genius - 2 views

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    "The race to be the go-to technology in your classroom is more than heating up. It's on fire. Like, someone grab a fire extinguisher because the race is ablaze. The two biggest contestants in this race are, not surprisingly, products from Apple and Google.

    Both Apple and Google are in a high-stakes race to own the education ecosystem. They're going about it in different ways but their goals are the same: to have their products used by the next generation."
John Evans

A Guide for Bringing the SAMR Model to iPads | EdSurge News - 1 views

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    "When used effectively, iPads can develop thinkers and problem solvers. They can be used to transform learning inside and outside of the classroom, and offer limitless opportunities. Many educators are effectively integrating technology in the classroom using iPads to achieve the 4C's, or "super skills," that digital learners need to compete in our global society.

    But in order to do that, the focus has to shift from apps to content: that's when true redefinition takes place. When my district rolled out our iPad initiative in 2012, teachers thought they needed specific apps for every content area. Eventually, we ended up with literally thousands of apps in our portal. This was extremely overwhelming, difficult to manage, and eventually, a turn-off for teachers.

    Are you ready to adjust your teaching for this new learning revolution? Let me take you inside the idea of SAMR with a helpful metaphor: Starbucks. The simplest way I know to describe the levels in the SAMR model is using a visual created by Tim Holt, who uses Starbucks as a unique way of looking at the model."
John Evans

Design Thinking with iPads |  IPAD 4 SCHOOLS - 7 views

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    "Design thinking is a powerful tool to really get your students thinking about and tackling a problem or topic at a much deeper level. It is a structured task that focuses on giving considerable time to thinking about and empathising with the people within the situation (Target audience or client), designing and prototyping a possible solution that is immediately challenged in order to improve it. It is used much in business and the design industry but can be used as a general classroom task within any subject area. It also gets students to work quickly without much introduction."
John Evans

Book Writer One - A Creation Tool for iPads | Class Tech Tips - 2 views

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    "The new update to Book Writer includes a presentation feature that gives students a chance to show off what they've made.  Their new app Book Writer One is free to download and designed for education institutions.  The kid-friendly interface lets young students tell their own stories, document a field
    trip, or explain what they've learned.  Teachers can also use this app to make picture books to share with their students."
John Evans

Math Shake for Word Problems on iPads | Class Tech Tips - 1 views

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    "Math Shake is an engaging, playful app that helps students learn to solve word problems.  It contains thousands of questions which students turn into an equation by looking for keywords and clues in the problem. Once students have discovered the equation, they can use a variety of built-in learning tools such as number lines, tens frames, fraction pieces and counters to work our their answer. Teachers and parents can also use these tools to teach effective strategies."
John Evans

Learn Me Music: Tech Talk Tuesday - iPads in the Music Classroom: 5 Best Apps for Music... - 0 views

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    "One post that I have been meaning to write for these 2 (almost 3…yikes!) years is a review of my favorite apps.  Shelley Tomich over at PitchHill.com is doing a Tech Talk Tuesday and encourages other music teachers to also blog about something techy.  Here's my chance!  Thanks Shelley for getting me writing again!  She is also is a mom of little kids so we're in the same busy boat…however, I think she is able to find more hours in the day than me!!  Good going, Shelley!

    So here goes my top 5 Favorite iPad Apps for Music Class"
John Evans

iPads in the Classroom - A Student's Perspective | teachingwithipad.org - 1 views

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    "I had the opportunity to interview a Freshman student, Nick Boone (@2050TGOD) that I coincidentally met on Twitter. He saw a conversation that I was having with a popular YouTube personality, and gave his opinion on iPads in the classroom. I took this chance to contact him and ask if he would answer a few questions. He almost immediately agreed to the interview, which we completed via Google Docs just a matter of a couple hours. Nick had the opportunity to participate in a 1:1 iPad program at his high school in San Diego."
John Evans

Two Guys and Some iPads: 5 Design Tools to Spark Imagination and Promote Creativity - 0 views

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    "One of my favorite things about working with students is their ability to routinely blow my mind. Amazing things happen when students are given the opportunity to use their imagination, and think outside the box with no fear of failure. Give your students access to the 5 tools below, and let them blow your mind! "
John Evans

iPad Multimedia Tools - Creative APP- titude - 2 views

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    Lots of iPad resources categorized - artt tools, audio tools, etc.
John Evans

5 Tips To Help Integrate iPads Into Your School - Educate 1 to 1 - 0 views

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    "This fact there are over 14 million iPads in schools illustrates how many 'decision makers' have chosen the iPad as a tool for learning. As we continue to integrate the iPad into schools, it is worth reflecting how the initial setup and training can have a real impact on the success or failure of a 1-to-1 programme. The recommendations below are borne out of a desire to help teachers without overwhelming them and to model good practice to students. There are many apps that could have been chosen, but those mentioned below are generic and able to serve a purpose across the curriculum."
John Evans

iPad Lessons on Pinterest | 1848 Pins - 0 views

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    "If you would like more iPad resources, visit the TechChef4u blog www.techchef4u.com Also check out the new TechChef4u FB! https://www.facebook.com/techchef4u"
John Evans

iPaddling through Fourth Grade-Encourage...Engage...Enlighten...Empower: Guided Reading... - 1 views

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    "With second quarter in full swing, and a new reading/language arts curriculum, I am excited to update my post from March on Guided Reading in a 1:1 classroom.  My enthusiasm and passion continues to grow knowing the students  I teach have limitless possibilities.  I am able to individualize and differentiate instruction for each child in my classroom. "
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