In Monday’s ICT we were looking at how versatile iPads can be both inside and outside the classroom. In the session we looked at the different apps that can be used to extend and improve learning. For example, one that we focused on was Pinterest and how we as teachers can both use it to gain inspiration for teaching. I started an account and began my various boards which I’ve been adding to across this past week.
We then went on to look at the use of iMovie and I was surprised at how easy it was to use and if used in the classroom it could be affective in changing and making lessons more and more exciting. My group created a trailer using pictures of textures that we had found around campus.
I did some more research into the use of iPads in the classroom and came across a helpful website (http://www.bbcactive.com/BBCActiveIdeasandResources/iPadsintheClassroom.aspx)
It helped me to see why technology can be at the heart of lessons. The website talks about how using iPads makes learning more interactive and engaging and an example of this which we looked at in the seminar was the use of iMovie. On my pre-course placement I saw iPads being used in a french lesson. The task was that the children in groups of 2 or 3 had to record a conversation in french between a shop owner and a customer. The lesson incorporated and extended their skills in both french and ICT as the challenge was to explore using the iMovie app. They were given a couple of opportunities to work on this and then were presenting them to the rest of the class.
The website goes into further details about the multiple opportunities that iPads offer for making lessons more interactive. These include; internet research, making videos, live debates and discussion forums, blogs and opportunities for schools to get textbooks on the iPad which is becoming more and more possible.
On my explorations on Pinterest I found many websites which promoted the use of iPads in the teaching and working with children who have learning difficulties. One being “paths to literacy” which contained a blog titled “The iPad & Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities: Apps for kids with CVI”. It lists app which can aid their development which I found very interesting as the teaching of children who have learning difficulties and disabilities has been something that has been on my mind since the beginning of the course. The blog opened my eyes to the opportunities that iPads offer for all students.
So far I have been enjoying the ICT seminars as its showing how much technology can impact teaching and the lessons in a classroom. I’m looking forward to the rest of the Hungry Games! May the odds be ever in your flavour!