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iPad App Sessions
Transcript of iPad App Sessions
(not your fingernails) Tap once with your finger to...
Open an application on the Home screen
Choose a field such as a search box
Select an item in a list
Follow an online link Tapping twice will...
Enlarge the size of a web page
Zoom in or out in the maps app Pinch your fingers together
or move them apart on the
screen to quickly reduce or
enlarge photos, maps,
web pages, or e-mail messages Drag to scroll (also referred to as swiping).
When you press your finger to the screen
and drag to the right, left, up, or down,
you move around the screen. To scroll more quickly on a page, quickly flick your finger on the screen in the direction you want to move. Press and hold.
If you're in any application where you can select text,
pressing and holding near text will select a word and
bring up editing tools that allow you to select, cut, or
copy text. Practice Session Tap on the Safari App Tap the search bar in the upper
right hand corner and type in a city Enter a
below. Tap on a link to move to
another web page Drag one finger around the page to scroll. Put your fingers slightly apart on the screen, and then pinch your fingers together to reduce the page; with your fingers already pinched together, place them on the screen, and then move them apart to enlarge the page. There really is an app for that... Where do you find apps? Type your subject here Apps I Love! 21st century learning isn’t a trend as much as a reality.
It’s 2013, so whatever you’re doing in your classroom right now is technically 21st century learning. Semantics aside, we all can improve, and many of us are being held accountable for improvement by administrators, blogs, and the local PLC to “bring the next generation into the 21st century.”
With that kind of pressure—and constant district walk-throughs—it may be necessary for you to fake a 21st century thinking and learning environment to make the right kind of impression with the right people, and give the appearance of forward-thinking. 1. “Do Projects”
Projects are what students do in the 21st century. (This is distinctly different than project-based learning, mind you.)
One of the most powerful ways to employ a 21st century learning tone and process is to start big–with broad, sweeping projects that change the world, and give students constant opportunity to revise thinking, innovate, design, publish, and curate. 2. Create a class twitter account
Then use it to announce trivial things like due dates of 20th century work. (No one will notice—you’re on twitter, and that’s all that matters.) And when you bring up a new idea in a data team meeting, tell them you heard it on twitter. #streetcred 3. Force collaboration
And when students have trouble collaborating, tell them collaboration is a 21st century skill, throw a calendar at them (or maybe just toss it on their desks casually) and tell them to get with the program.
If that doesn’t work, find the closest map and pound your index finger on China and tell them everything’s about to get real in the next fifty years if they don’t wake up. 4. Skype with strangers!
Skyping with classrooms in India—or even in surrounding counties—is a sure-fire example of a 21st century classroom if there has even been one. Fire up the ol’ Skype machine, exchange awkward questions, smile a lot, and it’ll be over before you know it. 5. Be dramatic
Play Ken Robinson and Shift Happens videos every 6-8 weeks to keep students on their toes and increase the sense of urgency in your classroom. When parents ask what students learned at school, they’ll definitely remember the video, play it on their iPhone, and create an instant certainty in the mind of the parents that good stuff is happening in your classroom. 6. Buy iPads
iPads support mobile learning, allow access to hundreds of incredible apps, and make children grin. If it’s a 21st century learning environment you’re looking for, a classroom full of students pinching and zooming on little glass rectangles will give it to you in spades. 7. Make students blog
The blog is the new novel. (I read that on a blog.) It gives students an instant audience with millions of potential readers, allows for constantly fluid text to be revisited and revised, and can be even be seen from outer space.
Do it yesterday. 8. Apps on apps on apps
And lots of them. Download more than you use, to the point that your iPad can’t even update the ones you actually use because there’s no room left. Try for at least a 10:1 ratio here of download-to-use rate. 9. Blend, blend, blend!
Go all Kitchen Aid on your curriculum and blend it until it’s unrecognizable from what you taught 3 years ago.
Create short YouTube videos, prime students with questions, and watch them all show up to class chomping at the bit to make magic happen. Ignore that many of the students who need the “flip” lack either the access or the thinking habits to make use of it all.
Like a great margarita, if you blend good things happen. 10. Add a column for “Creativity” on every rubric
Creativity is a 21st century currency, and the best way to make sure it happens is to give points for it. They’ll get with the program stat. http://www.apple.com/education/ibooks-textbooks/