Students, even those in Kindy or Pre-Primary, can operate ICT effectively and teachers can start to use various tools with the students. Most activities will need teacher guidance and support but some can be completed independently.
The three key things we look at integrating into planning our teaching and learning activities are Creating, Communicating, and Investigating using ICT.
Start with an open-ended guiding question, Eg. What is Rain?
Step 2: Investigate – Locate Information
Use a variety of teacher tools and student tools to develop the skills of investigating, ie Define, Locate, Access, Plan, Select and Evaluate Data.
Download a QR reader for your ipad/ipod. Simple one for ipad/ipod is QR Reader (free).
Create QR codes, print them out, and attach them to various objects around the room/school. The students will scan the code and use these to find out more information. Where possible link these to videos or pictures.
The simplest online QR code creator is here.
(N.B. Scanning QR codes requires an active internet connection)
Step 3: Communicate – Orally
Ways to communicate orally – Online
Orally – Via iPad
Use a voice recoding app like QuickVoice Recorder (free)
Students can record and share directly from the app.
Step 4: Create
Create with the iPad/iPod
Take photos, swipe and record audio to match each photo, export as a movie.
Create an epub book, students draw images and type matching text
‘Create’ on a PC/Mac
Draw, stamp and add text to demonstrate understanding.
Simple text and inserting of pictures makes for a great book.