Teaching Kids with iPads - Part 1 of 5

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A few months ago I took a survey of my elementary kids to see what kind of mobile technology they had at home and it turned out that 53% of my students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades had iPads and 82% had iPods! With over half of my students having iPads, there is no doubt that soon they will be bringing these devices to school -- so it go me thinking...

How do I teach students with iPads?

So I called my friends over at Atomic Learning to brainstorm some ideas and we both agreed that this was a question worth answering. They explained that they are working with classrooms that have iPads and they have been gathering some interesting ideas on how iPad classrooms are a lot different than conventional ones. So with some pointers from them, I decided to do an iPad Boot Camp.

Planning iPad Projects:

The first thing I did to get ready for my iPad Boot Camp was to start designing iPad projects, projects that were designed with a focus on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and the principles of UbD. Every project was focused on the new Common Core Standards and not iPad apps. The apps were to be used as tools and not the center of the project.

Day One of iPad Boot Camp:

So after two months of project planning, I started the iPad Boot Camp this past Monday with 10 students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades to see how to teach students with iPads. So one of the first things I did was to replace the conventional whiteboard with a 32" HD LCD TV. I attached an Apple TV to the TV and this allowed me to use my iPad to teach students through AirPlay. AirPlay allows me to connect wirelessly to the TV, which allows me to walk around the room untethered. Student can also use their iPads to connect to the same TV and show the entire class their iPad and what they have been working on. This is a great new way to teach.

Sense of Purpose using Puppet Pals: our first project gave the students this challenge...

How can your team make a short puppet show with Puppet Pals that teaches people how to find their sense of purpose?

Here are some photos from that project:

Principled using Storyrobe: student were given this challenge...

How can you use your iPad or iPod to make a narrated slideshow to show people what your goals are to show better responsibility?

Here are some photos from that project:

What have I learned from day one? A ton! I have three pages of notes of ideas that shocked me when it came to teaching kids with iPads. I will organize my notes and include these ideas in an upcoming post.

I've got to get back to work, day two starts in a few minutes.

- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School