Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Mobile 2012 was amazing! Thanks to Tony Vincent and the Arizona K-12 Center for hosting another great learning opportunity. From meeting awesome educators to being challenged in my thinking, it was everything for which one could hope. There was certainly no shortage of apps or hands-on learning opportunities! I came home with so many ideas my head was spinning, but it was others' beliefs about teaching and learning that I found myself reflecting on most. Here is a recap as told in tweets:
Technology lets out the learner in all of us. Let out the learner, let out the
Technology is just a tool that should be used to accomplish what we need to
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Happy Geeky T-Shirt Day!
I am here at Mobile 2012 learning so much about effective integration of iPods, iPads, netbooks, laptops, tablets, web tools, and phones into the K-12 classroom. Today is Geeky T-Shirt Day, so I thought I would share (via a QR Code on my shirt) a few of my favorite apps that I use in the classroom and at home and podcasts that I listen to regularly.
Apps for the Classroom: Splashtop, Socrative, Rover, Cinch, Skitch, Evernote, iTunes U, Skitch
Apps for Fun: HootSuite, Flipboard, Echofon, Buffer, Pinterest
Podcasts/Vodcasts: Classroom 2.0 Live, Two Tech Chicks, Learning in Hand, TechChef4U
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Spring Break is about to come to a close and I am excited to go back to work. I have spent the break learning through blogs, webinars, podcasts, and twitter. I have so many ideas I want to try before my students leave for summer break - many with iPads and Apple TV.
I have had 1:1 computers in my classroom for the past several years and the students have used them to complete projects, assignments, and reinforce ideas. While I am an avid Apple fan (I camped out to get the new one :D ), I have been hesitant to migrate to iPads due to the lack of flash capabilities. I teach dual enrollment math. All of the students' assignments are online and most require Adobe Flash Player. However, over the break I investigated Rover. While Rover has mixed reviews with noted concerns regarding bandwidth, the two web-based services we use worked fine.
Excited about the possibilities, I have generated a mind map about the various ways iPads could be integrated into the current classroom structure.
|Created with bubbl.us|
This preliminary list is by no means exhaustive. In fact, I know I am only scratching the surface; it doesn't include project based learning activities, vodcasting, blogging, or wikis.
I have access to three iPads and I am installing Apple TV this weekend. I plan to begin experimenting Monday. If it works as I hope it will, I will just need to convince IT to let us try 1:1 iPads next year. Fingers crossed!