Today, I reflect on the moment I was approached by an administrator to be a pilot teacher for a 1:1 iPad initiative in my high school. I found myself anxiously awaiting the shiny new iPads that would be rolled into my room. And came they did. Now what? What do…
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Continuous instruction during the winter months sometimes feels like climbing up a steep, snow covered hill while dodging oncoming sleds. We keep treading the snow covered incline, but slide back every few steps.
With record-breaking snowfall, many school districts around the nation are exploring options for a non-traditional school day during the winter months; whereby students receive instruction while off for inclement weather. Although this idea is meant to keep from extending the school year as well as provide more instructional continuity, the founding concept reaches far beyond simply making up a snow day. This Blended Learning model has the transformative power to change traditional teaching and learning. Through this transformation, learning becomes more student centered, more innovative, and without the laws of time and space.
Your digital transition all started when your administration handed you some iPads.
You felt comfortable with the websites your students used on the computers in the back of your room, so you added the links to the home screen of the iPad.
Next, you searched your content in the app store to find apps for your students. Although overwhelmed by the number, you selected a few (hundred).
In the end, you used the iPads for stations, content-specific game-based learning apps, and rewards. Maybe even added in a little whiteboard app for some excitement.
Am I right?
You survived a few months with mobile devices, and no one got hurt (not even a cracked screen), but the learning in your classroom wasn’t transformed quite like you had imagined.
So, now what?
- Stop the drill-and-kill apps.
- Don’t be overwhelmed with the App Store.
- Install these 11 apps.
- Commit to trying one app from each element every unit this school year.
Here are four elements to consider before presenting your next lesson.
Element One: Consume
Goal: Differentiate instruction, perform frequent formative assessment checks, provide 24/7 access to content, vary content delivery methods