IPSHA - Today's Learners - Our Digital Life
21st Century teaching and learning has nothing to do with iPads, iPod Touches, Android devices or Tablet technology. In fact, the only 1:1 that we should be concerned with is; equitable access to rigorous, relevant and irresistible learning experiences that reflect and harness the times, environment and ultimate goals of learning. The use of technology should ultimately help students to become resourceful and habitual learners. Having students simply ‘use’ technology in the classroom will not necessarily result in their preparation for life in the world as it is today and will be tomorrow. Technology should be interwoven within the student’s learning experiences and should be used to facilitate an experience that is relevant and engaging . It should allow each student the chance to customise their learning to best cater for strengths, weaknesses and learning styles. Successful schools in the 21st century will be laced with a curriculum aimed at engaging students in addressing real-world problems, issues that are important to humanity, and questions that matter.
The things that good teachers cannot live without!
- Just like a student workbook
- Share work between teachers
- Can include text, pictures/photos and embed other documents
- Creation of ePortfolios
- Simple to use and works across all platforms
- Search for boards that interest you (someone has done the handwork of collating all the good stuff!)
- Create your own boards to look at later on - ‘Pin’ your favourite things
- Follow people of interest and see what they are doing in their classrooms!
Best Apps for Kids website
- Subscribe and get notified when Apps are on sale
- Receive weekly emails - usually on the weekend about new Apps
- Emails contain examples of how to use Apps/iPads in the classroom
- Search for Apps based on age and categories
- Provides unbiased information, trusted advice and innovative tools to help teachers and parents harness the power of media and technology
- Search for ratings on Apps, books, movies etc.
- Gives reviews from Parents, Students and Teachers
- Provides lesson ideas
Little Bird's Internet Security Adventure
- There are a lot out there but this is one of my favourites!
- Little Bird is designed to help parents initiate conversations around internet safety in an age-appropriate manner.
- You can even print out a PDF to display in the classroom (https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Faa-download.avg.com%2Ffiledir%2Ffas%2Ffamily-safety_little-bird.pdf)
Apps to enhance student engagement, inspire creativity and promote inquiry based learning:
- Big easy to navigate buttons
- Match animals and hear their sounds
- Develops concentration, memory and cognitive skills
The Monster at the end of this book
- This 12 page book offers different activities on each page.
- App is hands on asking students to untie ropes, touch a knot to make it unravel, knock down brick walls, and tickle Grover by tapping on his image.
- As the book's words appear on each page, various characters say them out loud and reveal hints that help kids interact with the book.
- Activities include letter and word matching, letter tracing, letter recognition, word spelling, word grouping and read aloud
- You can change the level of difficulty (basic activities for ages 3+, medium difficulty for 4+, advanced for 5+ age group)
Tellagami (Teacher Tool)
Tellagami is an app that allows you to create a 30 second clip to share information with others. You design an avatar-like character, add a background, then type in the text or record your own voice to share the knowledge you want.
- For story telling
- Introduce a new topic
- Give instructions to an activity
- Tell parents about activities
- Used to explain a students thinking
Word Salad (Teacher Tool)
- Reading comprehension
- As a story Stimulus
- Practice grammatical knowledge
- Practice reading
- Recall and review texts
- Assess understanding
- Show progress
- To introduce a new topic
- To show parents what has been covered in a day/week