#edtech #atomiclearning #ipaded
This morning while going to the Atomic Learning website on my iPad, a window popped up as soon the page loaded informing me that they had just detected that I was accessing their website on my iPad and then informed me they will soon have an iPad app.
Having access to the Atomic Learning workshops and tutorials on my iPad through an app is a dream come true. I can’t wait to see it.
I’ll let you know when it comes out.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School
#edtech #mlearning #ipaded
As I work on my new professional development course “Teaching iPads,” I have come to realize that iPads are not only good for teaching 21st-century skills but also assessing 21st-century skills. For example, during a recent lesson on the Renaissance I had students develop their 21st-century skill of communication and collaboration by working together in groups of three on one iPad as they used collaborative apps to help them plan a script for a video that they would later shoot with their iPads.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School
#edtech #edchat #elemchat
Since I feel strongly that the future direction of technology in elementary schools is really going in the direction of tablet computers, and more importantly for now at least, the iPad, I decided it was time to do something about this so I have put together the iPad boot camp for my students to go to during the winter break. We sort of have a long winter break this year, even after New Year’s Day we still have another week of winter break so I’m going to do this boot camp at the observatory near my house We are going to meet for six hours a day for five days and really get to the bottom of what students can do on an iPad.
The first thing I am going to cover is moviemaking using these devices. We are going to film with an iPod using a special tripod with an iPod mount on it and a microphone plugged in the bottom movies shoot a legit movie over the five days. It is so cool that kids really can edit video using iMovie on the iPad complete with sound and video effects. I really think that this is the type of things that is a great direction for kids to go with being able to express themselves by making their own videos on these devices.
The next thing I am going to cover is making little animations on their iPods using these funny little apps that allow students a simple way to animate stories and ideas. I’m also going to bring in stop motion animation were we to put the iPad on a tripod and do actual stop motion animation, again these are creative outlets for students to use to express their education in a way that that works for them. Students want to create digital artifacts with their iPads, and with the movie that I’ve mentioned previously and making these short little animations on their iPads, this is going to give them a creative outlet that will amaze you.
Another thing I am going to cover is iPad photography. With an iPad, I am going to show my students how to take great photos and then how to edit these photos by adding the appropriate filters and effects to them to make a powerful image, that they can use to tell a story. In addition to just plain photography the students are going to learn how to take 360° photos. These are immersive type photographs that students can use to show what is going on all around them.
This is just a sampling of what we are going to be doing during this iPad Boot Camp. There are many more apps and projects that the students will be doing.
After talking with my friends at Atomic Learning, it turns out they are very interested in this boot camp and they have offered to help in any way. Together we have decided that every lesson should be standards-based and linked to the new Common Core Standards. So stay-tuned to updates from this boot camp.
- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary SchoolRead More
I am working on a Podstock iBand (everyone is welcome to join) set-list, please send me ideas for easy songs to play and sing…
1) Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
2) The Blues Brothers – Soul Man
I am also working on an app list for iPads or iPods…
- Pianist Pro
- I Am T-Pain
- Saxophone musicofx
Just comment below to add songs or apps to this list:Read More
#ebc11 #edtech #elearning #iste11
I am currently hanging out in the blogger cafe at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia and having a great time with my fellow bloggers. But before I get caught up with everything ISTE, I wanted to get a few things written down about yesterday’s Edubloggercon. So here are my five take-aways:
1. BYOD IS UNSTOPPABLE. (Bring Your Own Device) Five years from now we will be laughing about how we wanted to buy all students a district owned laptop for 1:1, when all students really wanted to do was to bring their own devices like iPods, iPads, and smartphones. We need to let them store in the cloud and not on our networks and let them use cloud based apps like Google Docs.
2. TEACH WITH PASSION, LEARN WITH PASSION: We all crowded around a local 16 year old student named Jeff who taught us that he wants to learn from teachers who are passionate about their subjects so that he can be passionate about his learning. He has been lucky that at his school he has such teachers — we were amazed.
3. STUDENTS SHOULD HELP STUDENTS: Before a student gets help from his teacher he should ask 3 or 4 of his classmates. Holy crud, the teacher doesn’t have all the answers! I don’t know how to use Prezi, so should I ban my students from using it? No, instead we should let them teach each other technology that we don’t understand.
4. STUDENTS WANT SOME AUTONOMY: They want to have a little choice in what they do. If we give an assignment, we should let them pick their own method of learning proof — sometimes. You could really be surprised by what you get back (good and bad).
5. MAKE A GOOGLE CLASSROOM: This one is connected to the point I made above. If you don’t know already, the company of Google has an 80/20 rule. Employees are to give 80% of their time to current Google projects, the other 20% of the time they can work on whatever they want — they still must work, but they can work on anything. Imagine if we allowed that at school. Just think of the cool projects that kids could work on during this free learning time.
To be fair, I must admit that only attended 1/8th of the discussion, since there were 8 classes per hour and I had to pick. So this was my take, other participants probably walked away with totally different ideas.
- Brad FlickingerRead More