My primary job is advising and coaching teachers to use technology in effective ways in classrooms. iPads as a technological tool in classrooms is a major part of this job. Researching effective Apps, encouraging teachers to look for connections between the curriculums and integration of these amazing devices are just 2 aspects of my job that are both challenging and incredible rewarding.
So, what are some things our students should be doing on iPads? Here are some thoughts.
1). Authoring and Publishing digital content.
Utilising Apps such as Book Creator, allows students to become authors and publishers. With a little research there is nothing stopping students publishing to the world! iBooks continues to be an under utilised App in schools.
2). Creating Multi-Modal Presentations.
Using an App like Explain Everything, students can now present and demonstrate knowledge in a variety of ways. Students who struggle with literacy can show teachers through videos and audio that there is a wealth of knowledge they have and want to share.
3). Learning to Code.
Using Apps like Hopscotch and GamePress, students can create and publish digital games and learn the language of Code at the same time. With a little structure, students can collaborate with others so that lessons are not teacher centred, allowing students to spread their wings and learn at an appropriate rate.
About Paul Hamilton, Author of this Blog:
2013 Finalist - International EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program honoring tools, trendsetters and leaders in the education and technology sector. The distinguished awards program recognizes outstanding solutions―and the best and brightest minds―in education and technology.
Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2013. Paul is a leader in the implementation of Augmented Reality in schools to improve learning outcomes, Professional Development of staff with integration of ICTs, and has expertise in the implementation of mobile devices into pedagogical frameworks.
The Tellagami Project (Presentation)
Augmented Reality in Education (iBook)
10 Amazing lessons for the iPad Classroom (iBook)
Formative Feedback for Learning and Science AR (Apps)
"Paul, you are a real Leader" - Dr Heidi Hayes Jacobs, author and internationally recognized education leader known for her work in curriculum mapping, curriculum integration and developing 21st century approaches to teaching and learning.
"Paul we designed iBooks Author to be a tool that teachers could use to create content that they develop for the classroom and can share with the world. It is great Paul that you have been using it that way to great success." - Philip Schiller - Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.
PUBLIC SPEAKING EXPERIENCE
Guest Speaker - Best Apps for Kids - State Library Queensland 2013
National Leading a Digital School Conference - 2013 (Melbourne)
Augmented Reality in Education
21st Century Skills v Technology
IWB Interactive Teaching and Learning Conference - Sydney 2012
The benefits of teaching game design and strategy.
Technology and Formative Assessment strategies.