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iPads and Tablets in School

Hello.

It’s been a long time since I posted here. November’s been busy, busy, busy at school and at home. But I decided that I have something worth sharing today, and if you’re a student or a teacher, it should have a positive impact on the time you spend at school.

Last night I came across ipad4schools.org, another blog here on WordPress, which I’ve decided to follow because of the wealth of information I found there.

The post that really caught my attention is the one called “iPad guides“, which has some fantastic ideas on using iPads to engage students in their own learning at a depth I rarely see in schools. The post includes a number of PDFs, which you can print for a class or library bulletin board. They’re visually appealing and easy to understand, which means they’re likely to actually be used by the intended audience – students and teachers. I’ve already posted 3 of them in my room, and this afternoon’s last-period grade 10 class will begin experimenting with a few of them. This should be fun and educational!

New Way to Search for Cool Apps for School

Good morning. I don’t think of myself as someone who promotes or endorses products or services for commercial gain – I’m just a science teacher, after all – but I find myself constantly surprised at the sheer quantity of high-quality, exciting, engaging, and entertaining educational material available online these days. (How’s that for alliteration?)

At the end of the day yesterday I stumbled across Graphite.org, a new website that includes a rating system for different educational apps and programs. According to the Graphite home page, “Graphite is a free service from Common Sense Education that makes it easy to discover the best apps, games, and websites for classroom use.” It’s a pretty intuitive site to navigate, with filters for age groups (K-12), subject areas, platform (iOS, Android, Windows, Linux), and product type (app, online, software). Ratings are based on both content and

Screen capture from the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Screen capture from the Lawrence Hall of Science.

One of the things I like as an educator AND as a parent of two school-age children is the “Field Notes” section, where people who are actually using the applications describe what they’re doing and evaluate how well it works.

Here’s a quick list of a few things I found through Graphite that may apply to my classes, and which you may find useful as well:

Screen capture from California Academy of Sciences.

Screen capture from California Academy of Sciences.