iPads are the most amazing tool to use with any year level. They are easy to use, simple for students and have the capacity for all ages to produce fabulous final products.
The Prezi below explains how important it is to understand the concept of workflows when working with iPads in a classroom. One app is not usually going to provide you with enough content to complete a final product. Understanding and explaining this concept to the students allows far greater flexibility for the students.
iPads are the most amazing tools. The level of adaptability and complexity that can created with a simple, easy to use device is astounding. It is really only limited by your imagination and those of teachers and educators working with classes and individuals.
When considering how to use iPads with students with special needs there are four main things to consider.
1. The accessibility functions built into the device.
IPads have a number of features built into the device that allow great functions like voice over, speech, guided access, zoom and black/white picture.
Below is a video explaining guided access. Guided access allows the iPad to be locked into one app and only released with a passcode. This is a fabulous feature when working with students who are easy distracted or have poor motor control and keep accidentally exiting the app.
2. The wide variety of apps in the app store.
Currently there are over 1 million apps in the app store and approximately 10% of those are targeted at the education sector with another 20 000 targeted at the medical market.
Apps like Prologue toGo are invaluable for assisting students to communicate their needs.
Third party providers are constantly responding to the needs of the market. A huge range of cases, wheelchair mounts, stylus, keyboards and other accessories are released onto the market every year.
The site has a huge range with labelled links and pictures:
Moving into a 1-1 environment or even just trying to create an anywhere, anytime experience for the students can be difficult. Understanding the different online spaces and how they can work, ways to use multiple forms for different purposes and how to create individual spaces is an important part of the transition to a connected world.
In my many web wandering I find countless snippets of information that can be useful in many different contexts. One such nugget I love to use is the SAMR model developed by Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura (Twitter: @rubenrp ).
This model discusses how technology can in integrated at vaious levels within any organisation, and it translates particularly well to the educational context.
1. Substitution: the computer stands in for another technological tool without a significant change in the tool’s function.
2. Augmentation: the computer replaces another technological tool, with significant functionality increase.
3. Modification: the computer enables the redesign of significant portions of a task.
4. Redefinition: the computer allows for the creation of new tasks that would otherwise be inconceivable without the technology. (Source)
IPads are the perfect device to assist with this “Transformation”.
Below I have a number of sample set of activities incorporating iPads with the SAMR model.
LITERACY EXAMPLE: Taking notes to create a non-fiction text
Using Safari on the iPad to search for information on a new topic.
Use a simple note taking app like Neu Notes to collect notes about the topic.
Use a note taking app that allows a variety of inputs, eg audio and hand drawings.
Sound Note allows you to input sound and drawings into the simple format.
Notes Plus also allows text, audio and pictures to be added to the notebook.
Paper Helper creates a split screens so students can research and take notes at the same time.
Paper Plane Notes allows one person to share their notes with others to create a set of shared notes. Fabulous for collaborative projects or meetings.
trunk Notes allows users to create notes and then link them like a wiki and to share the notes with others.
Sling Note allows users to cut and paste from webpages, complete with the links. It allows multiple entries including click and drag from webpages, text, pictures and freehand sketches.
Using Google Drive with google docs integrated allows users to share and collate information. It is simple and easy on the iPad.
Using an online tool like Titan Pad on your iPad allows users to write a simple collaborative document in real time or use the time slider to view what has been written and by whom.
NUMERACY EXAMPLE: Recording and collating the speed/velocity of various moving objects
Use the basic Calculator app to record and calculate the speed of objects as they travel over various distances.
Use a simple StopWatch to record running, skipping etc over various distances.
Numbers can allow you crunch numbers just like Excel. Start the students using simple spreadsheets to collate the numbers.
Keynote (and Pages) has a function that allows users to put in a chart, enter data and then Keynote creates the chart of the data.
Tutorial Video below
Speedclock will calculate the speed of any moving object that passes the screen. Gather multiple sets of data about people moving in different ways, cars speeding or balls zooming around.
Survey Deck is one of the few apps that allows users to work off line to collect data. Gather data about the speed etc of many objects and use these results as the basis of new calculations.
Create a school/class WordPress site to capture, collate and share data.
SCIENCE EXAMPLE: Tell me what you know.
Use the Google app to search a wider range of topics and have the more advanced tools within easy reach. Don’t forget to encourage students to press and hold an image to save it to the camera roll.
Use a free QR Reader like Scan to read QR codes that will direct students to more specific websites and links.
Use an app like the Khan Academy or iTunes U to collate and distribute multimodal ways of presenting content.
Use a QR code generator like Qrafter that allows the students to create and share their own QR codes linked to relevant content or content they have created.
Use a private social media platform like Edmodo to share the curated content the students have accessed or created.
Use an app like Explain Everything that allows the students to import pictures and then create an audio over the top to explain what they now know about a particular topic.
HISTORY EXAMPLE: TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW.
Use an app like Wikinodes to fine tune the searching and present visual links for the students to use as search terms
Use an app like iCardSort to collect notes about a topic. Share these notes with others using bluetooth or wireless.
Use Keynote create a set of slides about the topic. Take screen shots ready for iMovie.
Use iMovie as the format the students can present their understanding about the topic. integrate pictures, Keynote slides and audio into the one movie.
Use an epub creator like Creative Book Builder to integrate the audio, movie, picture and text files collected and created during the unit, into a multimedia book.
Book creator also allows videos and text and presents it in a prettier format on each page.
No one method is guaranteed to achieve the magical transformational teaching and learning within a classroom. Instead work on how to move just one level up and start to create small degrees of transformation in your teaching and learning activities.
Later this week I have the pleasure of working with a group of parents in a regional centre. This workshop is focussed around social media, the internet and all the questions that arise from these things including how to develop a positive digital footprint.
As part of my research I found a few fabulous sites I would like to share.
Parents find the navigation and privacy of Facebook quite complex. Facebook has a number of how to guides on its website including a great info graphic about what happens when you report a site or a person.
Social Media Discussion
As the title of the site says, this is a Common Sense approach to social media and discussions about your child’s digital reputation. The language is simple and easy to use to explain to parents.