|Day One: Students Get Wallpaper Set|
Our first task was to create a collage featuring pictures of the students who would be sharing each of the iPads along with the number assigned to each iPad. This collage would become the wallpaper for each device. We also had to get the apps that had been selected onto the devices and get the docks aligned with the apps we would be using most: Evernote Safari, Google Chrome, Google Search, and Dropbox. We wanted to make sure we could hit the ground running and it gave us an opportunity to explore some of the apps we would be using!
|Students read primary source document|
I can already tell these devices are going to be a great tool for allowing the students to be active learners that dictate exactly what they need to learn better, learn deeper, and have information on demand at their fingertips! They will also provide me with the opportunity to deliver the resources needed to meet the individual needs of all of my students.
So, one of the main observations I will be making over the next several months is whether these devices actually transform learning, and if they do, then how...On day two, this was a very easy observation to make. In the past, to provide access to a lengthy reading passage for all of my students, required that I personally read that passage. While this was adequate help, the students could never "stop my play button and rewind me if they missed something!" These devices provided an opportunity for students to have access to this additional help on demand as needed. Gotta love technology!