Shift Happens

This youtube video originating out of the University of Minnesota keys in on the “Why” of our iPad learning tool initiative.

*From the Desk of A Monroe Township Classroom
As the math and science teacher in the MAPS program I have been able to use the IPAD in several ways to actively engage my students which increases their motivation and improves their attitude about school. Here are a few highlights of how we use the IPADS in my classroom.

Dynamics of Geometry – I have created a digital notebook for my students in iPUB that they can open in their IBOOKS library. Also, the students are using the Garage Band app to make a song project called “The Beats of Geometry” in which they rap about our essential questions and enduring understandings.

Algebra II – We have gone completely paperless. My students get their do now and classroom notes from my WIKI, download these files and open them in Good Reader. In Good Reader they can type into the PDF files or use the freestyle tool to write free hand on the IPAD. They are looking forward to taking their first “paperless” test next week on the IPADS.

Physics – We often begin our day by watching a video that has been embedded in the class WIKI then students will complete the DO NOW by posting on the WIKI; this creates an environment of collaboration in the class. We are able to video tape all of our labs on the IPADS and review them for purposes of revisiting our data. Currently the students are working on a project in where they combine images, facts, and video feed to create a timeline about a famous physicist.

Chemistry – My class starts the day with a question in POLL FOR or more recently in today’s, the class can see everyone’s responses instantaneously on the whiteboard. The students are currently working on a project in Keynote about the elements. They are also looking forward to my training them in IMOVIE so we can create a project comparing and contrasting their life with recent developments in chemistry industry and technology.