Students in the 6th grade Tech for Learning class developed posters to reflect their learning about topics related to media use. A variety of apps were used: Vizualize, Keynote, Scrap Pad and Pages. The students also made short videos in iMovie demonstrating the main point of the poster. These movies will be attached to the posters via Aurasma. Come check them out!
Thanks to all those who participated in Transforming Learning with the iPad over the weekend. It was a great event that saw teachers from right across Asia discussing the integral use of technology. Special thanks goes out to our student and teacher presenters who did an a amazing job!
It’s been both an exciting and hectic week @ SIS! Over the last few days every student in grades 4 through 6 has been issued a personally managed iPad to support their learning. Even though it’s only been a few days we’ve already seen students using their new devices in both thoughtful and imaginative ways. Mind-mapping tools like Popplet have become very popular while other students have begun documenting and sharing their learning with apps like Skitch and Evernote. We look forward to working with both students and teachers over the coming months as they continue on their journey with the iPad. It’s an exciting time to be a learner @ SIS!
With the integration of iPads at SIS, a basic iPad workflow needs to be established. At this point in time, moststudents have only a few free apps; however, several options fordistributing and collecting assignments are available:
Distribution of Assignments and Assessments:
Put the material on the SIS wiki for the students to access and/or download.
Email the document/s to the students as a .pdf attachment. The students will then be able to open the .pdf in iBooks.
Share files, quizzes, polls and discussions on Edmodo or the WP blog.
Collection of Student Work:
Have the students respond to work on the SIS wiki.
Have the students attach the assignment in an email.
Have the students post their responses to assignments on the WordPress Blog.
Have the students share the file/folder back with you using a shared network drive that you will be able access:
Dropbox:If you want students to edit material and return it to you, they will need to set-up a Dropbox account. Click here for complete directions on how to set-up a Dropbox account.
DROPitTOme(limited to sending pictures and video on the iPad): This is a connected feature of Dropbox and will allow students to drop an assignment in your drop box folder through clicking on a link and entering a password. On a laptop, all types of files can be uploaded, but on the iPad the file choices are limited to items saved to the camera roll or photo stream. This is a great option for media assignments (Popplets can be saved as jpegs or even have the students take a screen shot of short written work, or have them record a video response) This is my Dropittome link: http://www.dropitto.me/KatieKruse. Upload code: sistechnology. Give it a try from your iPad and see how easy it is. Click here complete directions on how to set-up a DROPitTOme account.
Evernote:If you have an Evernote account, you can set-up specific assignment folders to which the students can email the assignments directly by using your special evernote email address and a designated tag in the subject line. Video files, audio files, pictures and documents can all be emailed directly into designated folders. See here for more complete instructions.
One of my first assignments after the iPad rollout was to show the students how to send a variety of class assignments to me. Check out my detailed assignment here.
3rd grade students @ SIS were given a simple assignment to get facts on their home country and compare it to the current country they live in, China. Click on the picture below to see the learners in actions.
Incorporating technology into the classroom in China holds many challenges — the major one being access to familiar online resources. If you are accustomed to using YouTube to share content with your students, but find that student access in China is too limited to be effective, try setting-up and utilizing a Youku account. Once you set-up the account, you may use a translation program to browse the site. However, for set-up and login, you need to operate in the Chinese interface or you will not be able to access your account.
4. Get familiar with the basic features of the home page:
5. Upload a video (first click the up arrow with the blue background):
6. Upload Video Features:
7. Find your videos and edit or share them:
Happy sharing! Remember to enjoy browsing some user-generated Youku videos. There is no better way to get a sense of what is happening in China than to spend an hour or so browsing the latest videos. You will not be disappointed! Use the translation feature in your browser to read the comments under each video.