Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Perspective of a 6th grader

Zack, 6th grade

Favorite food: pizza

Favorite class: P.E.

Question: What are the benefits of using technology in school everyday?
"It saves time to go on a website instead of one person downloading it the second we need it. Now we all have  the apps we need."

Question: What are some things you would like to do it you had your own school iPad?
"Use Baiboard to do my work for math and look up a county in World Cultures. In Science, you could look up the first law of motion."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mr. Lotspeich Dreams of 1:1

Mr. Lotspeich, the choir director, shared the following:

Students use iPads to view examples of "Multi-Tracking", rehearse parts for their own performance, and record themselves singing a three part piece of music (turned into YouTube video). Students (individually) sing through three different parts with a metronome. The students then edit these videos together and it creates digital harmony in three parts! This type of recording (music making) is called "Multi-Tracking".

If we were 1:1, I could have done several small projects throughout the year with sight-reading examples, and with more time we could record an entire song rather than a small chunk.

iPads would also eliminate the need for paper copies of music, everything could be put into digital PDF and we would save on paper!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Interview with a 7th Grader

Katie, 7th grade
Favorite food: cheesy pretzels
Favorite class: Science

Question: How could you see yourself using iPads in school if we were to go 1: 1?
I can keep my personal and school life on separate devices.

Question: What's your favorite app to use in school?
I use Edmodo app all the time. If I'm in a class and I have finished all my work, I can pull up the app and access all my homework for the day.

 Question: What are some things you would like to do if you had your own school iPad?
If I had my own iPad, then everyone would have the same access to the same technology. That way no one would be left out because they can't afford a device. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Understanding Copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Use

Check out this wealth of resources to help us understand copyright laws, creative commons, and fair use policies.

Thank you to the creator, Joyce Valenza, for this amazing resource.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ms. Sokolosky Dreams of 1:1

Maddie Sokolosky, Algebra teacher and Math coach, shared the following:

In our quadratics unit in Algebra 1, learners are asked to take pictures of parabolas that they see outside of school. These pictures can come from inside their house or from around town, wherever they go! Once the learners have their pictures taken, we use the iPad app called Interactive Axes to lay a coordinate grid over the picture. Using the app Show Me, the learners are then able to create a short instructional video including all the key characteristics of their parabolas. The learners use these same pictures to find the equations of their parabolas. The iPads allow us to use Desmos, a digital graphing calculator, to draw conclusions about quadratic transformations. The learners are able to see any number of parabolas on the screen at one time, all in different colors, and be able to differentiate between the equation and the resulting graph. Throughout the inquiry-based lesson, learners take screen-shots on their iPad and record their findings using the Pic Collage App.

If we were a 1:1 iPad school, the learners would be able to take the pictures of the parabolas that they find around Coppell using their individual school iPad. There would be no transferring of pictures from cell phone to iPad or email to iPad. This would make the process of uploading the picture into Interactive Axes and saving it in Show Me so much easier! Every learner would have the required apps already downloaded on their individual iPad and would be able to do this process at home, not taking away from class time. In the second activity mentioned, the learners would be able to save pictures of their graphs made on their iPads from Desmos, directly in their Camera Roll on the iPad, which could be referenced at any time as part of the learner's notes. Class time would not be wasted erasing all the pictures and work from one class period to another and learners would be able to save all their work!  It would be very beneficial for every learner to have his/her own device that can be taken home at the end of each school day to use to complete in-class assignments or projects as well as to be used as a digital binder for organizational purposes! Imagine what it would be like if everything for all classes was stored in just one place and always available! Class time is not wasted sharing devices among learners, the device can travel between home and school, and finally, the child has the ability to keep a digital portfolio of everything he/she has learned throughout the year!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mrs. Williams Dreams of 1:1

Laura Williams, 6th grade Science teacher, shared the following:

We do labs on a regular basis in science.  The students work collaboratively in groups but each child turns in their own assignment.  It takes a lot of paper to make the copies for each child.  Also, some students don’t write as quickly as others and they get behind writing down the answers and then they aren’t able to participate in the group discussion.  Some students also do not want to share their ideas so they write down answers on their own without letting the group know their thoughts.

If we were one to one, I could transfer all of my labs to google templates and share it with each child.  This would allow them to truly collaborate together.  The template would allow each student to type their ideas on the lab template at the same time, but not over each others entries.  I would be able to tell which child typed what, to make sure each child’s ideas were being written down.

Another benefit is that it allows students to receive immediate visual and verbal feedback on their data and responses.  Students have different learning styles and some need to “see” as well hear what feedback and directions I have for them.  They can access the documents at anytime from anywhere as long as they can get on their google account.  This allows them to look back over their work, reflect and self-correct.  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thoughts of a 6th Grader

Joey, 6th grade
Favorite food: Brownies
Favorite class: Social studies

Question: How could you see yourself using iPads in school if we were to go 1: to: 1?
I can use and research right at my fingertips, blog, and get the work done that needs to be done and try challenging myself. 

Question: What's your favorite app to use in school?
For school iPads, I like to play pre algebra games like inequality football. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Cool Utility Apps


 Giant Timer for iPad
Because who doesn't need a giant timer app every now and then?

Adobe Reader
Use this app to type or write on any PDF files - including adding your digital signature so that you don't have to print documents in order to sign them!

This is our favorite QR code scanner! You barely have to hold your device camera over the code for it to scan.  No more trying to perfectly hold your device steady at just the right angle!  Get the iOS app

Self Timer Camera
Now your whole family can be included in the pictures your take with your phone.  Just set the camera timer, walk away and join the group, and the phone will snap your photo for you!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mr. Timm Dreams of 1:1

Brian Timm, 7th grade Math teacher, shared the following:

For my geometry unit, my learners have a class set of iPads.  I've used a flipped-mastery model for this unit, which means each student must demonstrate mastery of the concept before moving on to the next one.  Their lecture and instruction are online, as well as their practice.  Once they're comfortable, they attempt a mastery challenge and then create a blog post on the concept.  Since the iPads are still shared and do not stay with the students, they're mostly used for them to consume the videos, practice, etc.  Learners do create some pictures, but most of what they do for the unit is not created by them.

If we were a 1:1 iPad school, the unit would shift to a more learner-created unit.  Their products to demonstrate mastery of a concept could be a video tutorial that they create, teaching the concept back.  Since they would be able to have their iPad with them at all times, I would not have to worry about them using each other's material.  I'll know that their content is their creation.  Their math blogs could include these tutorials created by the learner, essentially creating their own online textbook.  Since these would be posted on their blogs, this form of a textbook can stay with them throughout their schooling.  Learners would have a voice, quite literally, in their own instruction.