Thursday, October 11, 2012


Here is a quick bulleted list of what is happening with iPad’s in our MS as of 10/11/12 (gotta love this date:).  By no means is this list a reflection of the only ways in which iPads are being used.  
 
The Middle School staff are integrating the iPad in a variety of ways to focus student learning at levels that reflect organization, critiquing and generating new ideas and products.  These skills, which correspond with the Characteristics of Effective Instruction, as outlined in the Iowa Core, are also at the higher end of the revised Bloom's Taxonomy

The Middle School saff are also collaborating with one another to increase their own knowledge level on ways to use the iPad to increase student learning and create classroom websites that students and families utilize both at school and home.


 
Here's our list...
*QR codes being used our MS pass book with a google doc being used to record passes for MS students (restroom, office, nurse, etc.) - thus seeing trends in student behavior

*QR code being used to upload a document that students work with in an English classroom

*Spelling app being used by students to input spelling words verbally and then being able to practice typing (spelling them) and hearing them again before the assessment at the end of each week

*1st days of school students taking screen shots of schedules – giving staff ideas of ways to utilize the camera – now students take pictures of textbooks so they don’t have to take textbooks home

*Students creating spreadsheets with the Numbers app to record classroom data

*Students observed during classroom walk-thru the first week of school utilizing:  google calendar, google mail, simple physics, notes, notability, edmoto, imovie

*No issues with wireless network with addition of 250 devices plus 15 apple tvs -- way to go "Magic" (aka our Technology Director)

*MS Staff presented to HS staff @ one way they are using iPad in the MS on 9/5/12 (only 11.5 days into the new school year)

*As of 9/26/12 – 4 teachers had not used any paper – all documents for class work were accessed on the iPad

*Ag Science – using iPad to create notes on parts of plants

*Music classes (band and vocal) accessing quizlet to have students demonstrate competency with pre-determined learning targets for the course

*All google email accounts and Edmoto username and passwords were made to be the same for every MS student
 
*Students accessing websites for learning about the changing population in the world and historical events

*Teachers giving both written and verbal feedback to students on homework and assessments

*Students creating EduCreations to demonstrate learning – both written and orally

*Biggest challenge to date - - students remembering passwords
 
 
 

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