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iPads in the Science Classroom
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firstname.lastname@example.org Using iPads in the Science Classroom About Us Allison Savoy
Previously: 8th Science @ Ereckson M.S.
Piloted iPads for Allen ISD
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction Texas A&M University
Presently: Jesuit College Prep of Dallas
House Principal @ Allen High School
Previously Science Instructional Specialist Agenda Poll - Get your device ready!
The Big Debate
Lesson Planning Tips & Tricks
Project Based & Collaboration
Lesson Plan Ideas for Specific Areas
General Science Lesson Plan Ideas
Conclusion & Questions The big debate... iPads as an individual's device vs. iPads as a classroom set
While the iPad is meant as a single-user device many schools are purchasing them as classroom sets or for teachers to "check out" for projects and assignments. There are issues to consider for both classroom sets of iPads as well as iPads used by the individual as a personal device. Tips and Tricks for Lesson Planning Or "things I have learned the hard way..."
Plan your lesson THEN incorporate the iPad
Search for apps through the web vs iTunes
Content specific apps vs creating & productivity apps
Cost of apps
What about websites? Not just a browser!
Try everything out on the school network first - Yes apps could be blocked.
Keep all learners in mind and make sure it is curriculum and grade appropriate.
Create a learning community and be open minded.
Request students bring ear buds.
Have a handful of chargers. Some words on apps iPod/iPhone/iPad apps - look before you download.
Apps requiring logging in and out can be an issue if you have a class set.
Network compatibility: many web filters will block apps.
New apps come out all the time, but always test drive them. Journaling Capture notes and labs. Embed photos, record audio, edit a document, organize by notebooks, email or DropBox.
Can log in and out
Audio, take and embed pictures, easily email,
Can only type, not write
Web based too
Best for individual use devices
Import/export from Dropbox as a PDF, RTF, or note
Handwritten or typed
Audio, take and embed pictures
Import PDFs (iAnnotate best for this) Student Example Notability captures a lesson on making a periodic table of candy corn. Project Based Learning & Collaboration iMove - create movies on their iPad. Students love the movie trailer ability too. Lesson Idea: Jigsaw the body systems then show the videos in class.
Google Docs - Good for collaboration, but limited on the iPad. Lesson Idea: Students who are working together on researching a topic or who need to share documents.
ShowMe - Record what you are writing Khan Academy-style. Can be uploaded for other students to see. Lesson Idea: Have students work out diagrams or math problems for other students to view to study. Flip your classroom !
Prezi - Power points are so yesterday. Honorable Mentions Scribble Press - Make a storybook
SockPuppets, PuppetPals, & Toontastic - Tell a story.
Lesson ideas for story telling apps: Tell the story of Alfred Wegener, or any other scientist/science concept that came to be accepted. These apps are best if the assignment is done in story-format. SockPuppets: 30 sec only so good for a quick check of concepts. Favorites of my ESL students.
Edmodo for collaboration - Like Facebook, but secure and teacher monitored. Not enough time to get into all of it, but check it out! Science Specific - Chemistry Nova Elements - Interactive periodic table, watch Nova's "Hunting the Elements," and build atoms and molecules. Best free app out there.
Lesson ideas: Take a journey together through the periodic table, scavenger hunt, race to build an atom/molecule, research resources, just play!
Molecules - Study the ball-and-stick form of a molecule. Better for high school.
Lesson idea: Assign a molecule to research. Take a screen shot and label the diagram. Earth Science MyTopoMaps for interactive topographic maps.
Lesson ideas: Model with playdough the topography of Mt. St. Helens. Pull up the topography of the neighborhood and locate our estimated elevation, if there is a stream near by which direction is it flowing, etc. are good questions to go along with this app if you are staying indoors.
Puzzling Plates has three levels that teach about the plates, location of earthquakes and volcanoes, and the types of plate boundaries. After an intro lesson to plate tectonics this app will practically teach your students. Game-ish in style.
Lesson idea: Make this app apart of a station rotation, have then do one level and answer questions to guide them through "playing" with the app. Biology Anatomy apps - Good, but expensive. Just preview first for content that is grade appropriate.
iCell - awesome cell app that shows plant, animal, and bacteria cells with three levels of information makes it great with multiple levels.
Lesson idea: Use this app as reference tool for learning more about the cell or labeling a diagram. Have students recreate the cell and label with information on a large piece of paper.
Pangea Safari, WeAllEat, LittlePreds - Games that "teach" the food chain/web and symbiotic relationships.
Lesson idea: Good game to play after a lesson as a reward. Discuss with students what strategies helped them "win" and how it relates to the animal world. Physics Data Analysis - Great for graphing data. Can be a little confusing so look it over first and create directions to help students. Syncs to your Dropbox.
Lesson ideas: Graphing lab data of any kind!
Vernier's Physics apps: Vernier Video Physics (stand alone) and Graphical Analysis (probes needed?).
Lesson idea for Video Physics: Take a video of a student or object in motion, then graph it. Example given in the app.
Pasco's Sparkvue uses the iPad's accelerometer and graphs the movement.
Lesson idea: Illustrating speed by having students race with them (pushed on a scooter, pulled on a towel, etc.) Astronomy StarWalk - Like a star party on your iPad.
Worth every penny.
Lesson ideas: Observing the sun's movement in the sky for the seasons, observing the moon, click on stars/moons/planets/space objects to learn more about them. The possibilities are endless with this app.
MoonPhase - View the moon's current/future/past moon phases. Visual calendar of moon phases.
Lesson ideas: Calendar helps illustrate predicting the moon phases - Birthday moon phase! When the moon and sun rise/set.
Planet Earth 3D - Teaches students about the structure, rotation, relationship with the moon, and habitat.
Lesson ideas: Guide students through the content on the app. Even goes into the tides! Click on buttons to learn more information. Scavenger hunt through the app! General science Khan Academy - A plethora of videos on a variety of science topics. Your students just might enjoy listening to Sal Khan more than you!
Lesson idea: Practicing note-taking, reviewing a topic (all those 6th and 7th grade TEKS?), tutoring.
TED - TED talks videos about 10 to 15 minutes long on a variety of topics _ PREVIEW FIRST as some can get pretty deep.
Lesson ideas: for that gifted learner who needs to be kept busy. To model scientific discovery/experimentation (not all science occurs in a lab with chemicals!), to start a discussion on a topic. Assessment PollEverywhere.com is web-based and allows students to "text" in their answers through their phone or through the web on their iPad.
Lesson idea: Checking for understanding, free response for brainstorming, surveying.
GoogleSurvey apart of the apps puts all the responses into a spreadsheet for easy assessment.
Lesson idea: Have students scan a QR code to take them to the survey. Answer multi-choice questions till they get the answer right. Free response.
ThatQuiz.org is another assessment website that is web-based. Can monitor students' progress.
Lesson idea: When you don't want to use Google Survey, to practice test questions, but monitor their progress, can have the students retake it. Require log-in. QR Codes What is the best way to get the students to a website address among many other things that I don't have time to get into. To get a QR code reader go into the apps store and find a FREE QR code reader. My favorite is EasyQR.
To make them I like QRstuff.com. Conclusion “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
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