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Use of Tablet Devices in the Classroom - Improving learning using apps

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Rob Whitehouse

on 17 September 2014

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Transcript of Use of Tablet Devices in the Classroom - Improving learning using apps

Independent Study
Specific Learning Difficulties
Communication & Motor Difficulties
Presenting with the iPad
Prezi is modern, smooth and engaging
Enables pictures, videos and links to be inserted seamlessly
Present wirelessly
Presentation can be shared live with 30 people (not even in the same room)
It is then available online afterwards via a link
Why tablets?
Easy to use
Customisable (apps)

In what ways can they help learners learn?
Organisation (calendars, to do lists, organisers)
Assignment writing
In what ways can they help teachers teach?
Assessing learning
Group work/Projects
Resources/extension activities
Classroom management
Research, Planning, Assignment writing & Revision
Voice Recognition
Ideal for anyone who finds typing or spelling very difficult
Built-in voice recognition often at bottom of keyboard. Dictate straight into your note or document
There is also the free Dragon Dictate app
Speak clearly & state the punctuation you want to use.
Mobile technology & app market is one of the fastest changing industries currently
Failing to keep abreast of new technologies not only means we will miss out, but also that our teaching becomes less relevant to our learners
By turning mobile technology into the new 'assistive software', our learners will become more independent
Use of Tablet Devices in the Classroom - Improving Learning Using Apps
by Rob Whitehouse

Assignment Writing
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All tablets provide a built-in notes app - predictive text, spellchecker, coloured backgrounds which are easier on the eye and can be emailed, printed or copied into another app or text box.

Evernote - sync across all your devices and computers, add pictures, record sound at the same time, sort and search notes using folders and tags.

Notability - similar to
Evernote, but you can also
draw into the note and the
audio can be synced with
what you are writing at that
Mindmapping is an effective way of planning and organising ideas. On PC, there are expensive programmes
such as Inspiration and MindView.

Mindmeister is one web and app-based solution that works well on tablets and smartphones. It is a good option because your maps are backed up online and you can turn your detailed maps into text documents.
Flashcards are a great way to revise, but they are no longer restricted to bits of card.
Online creation using apps like Quizlet & StudyBlue
Access to thousands of card sets
Images and text, even sound in paid versions
Apps for all platforms, which can be downloaded for offline use
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Tools like Evernote and Delicious can be useful for bookmarking useful sites, articles and journals. Encourages reflection and topics can be easily found later using tags
Educational apps like Khan Academy, TED and iTunes U provide quality materials
Text to speech is widely available on tablets and is useful for those who struggle to read or retain what they have read
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Apps can give a voice to those with communication difficulties, such as GridPlayer
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Assessment of Learning
Socrative for quizzes that give instant, visual results
Groupboard, Today's Meet, Lino enable collaborative spaces for whole class/group discussions
Group work/Projects
Blogging using WordPress, Tumblr or the more visual Jux
Creating videos using Explain Everything
Socrative or GoSoapBox for voting and opinions
Google surveys and Survey Monkey for clear, visual data
Resources/Extension Activities
Many apps/web tools enable teachers to easily generate or re-use interactive content for their learners
Videos (Khan Academy, TED, iTunes U, YouTube)
Quizlet & StudyBlue flashcards
Spelling City
& many more
Classroom Management
A number of apps can control the lesson content on your learners' tablets:
NearPod - iOs, Android, web
IdeaFlight & SlideShark - iPads only
HaikuDeck & Prezi - iPad & web
How can tablets help teachers teach?
How can tablets help learners learn?
Notetaking apps have folders or, in Evernote, tags
Google Calendar can be synced across every PC, tablet and phone
Student organisers (iStudiez Pro) and to do list apps (Wunderlist, Any.Do, Errands) keep on track of deadlines, classes & life in general
Assignments can be written just as effectively on a tablet as on PC or Mac
Mindmeister enables planning and sending as a text document
Note apps allow for sorting of short notes or just continuous text
Google Drive & Microsoft
OneDrive allow for storage &
editing of files, synced across
all platforms
: Apps for spellings, predictive text, speech to text, organisation & mindmapping
: As above, but also options for weak fine motor skills
: More interactive and visual content at the pace of the learner
Apps can help develop or rediscover fine motor
skills & tablets include voice control features
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