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4th grade teacher in southern California

Hi, Monica, I read your post

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Hi, Monica, I read your post on using QR codes to differentiate instruction yesterday…brilliant! I tried it today with my 4th graders as we continued our study of the properties and states of matter. My GATE students scanned one set of codes and the rest of the class used a different set. No one really seemed to notice that they were not all the same because each group had 4 different sites they could use. Students worked in cooperative groups (either GATE or regular ed) to collaborate and create posters with the information they found on their webpages. So far, their posters show great detail and synthesis of the facts about matter. Thanks for the idea!

4th grade teacher in southern California

Hi, Monica! Since so many of

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Hi, Monica! Since so many of your followers are working in 1:1 classes, I thought I’d share an idea for teachers trying to help students navigate to specific webpages. It’s frustrating to have a really great website that you want your students to see on their iPads, but they cannot type the long URL correctly! A brilliant teacher at my school shared this idea with me and it solved that headache. You will need two apps: I-nigma and QR Code Creator (both available from the AppStore). On your iPad, open to the webpage that you want the students to use. Copy the URL. Open QR Code Maker. Click on Add (upper right corner).You will be prompted to give the webpage a name, then click Add. You will see the new listing at the bottom of the page. Click on No Image Available. Paste the URL that you copied into the bar at the top. Click Create and the app will create a QR code for that specific webpage. Click Save. You can use it straight from the app or save it to your photos. Students open the I-nigma app on their iPads and aim it at the QR code on your iPad’s screen, or you can project it under an Elmo or SmartBoard. The students will hear a tone when their iPad has read the code and Safari will open the exact webpage that you want them to see! It sure beats trying to have 30+ 9-year olds type in lots of letters/numbers/symbols! You can create the QR codes in advance or, once you’re familiar with the steps, on the fly!

Business teacher

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Thank you for your suggestions about setting up your classroom for mobile devices. Our school is going to 1 to 1 iPad next year so I am very interested in finding out how others are using them. I like the ideas of implementing and becoming comfortable with only a couple of apps at a time. I am already feeling overwhelmed. Your suggestion of just using the device as a substitute rather than a completely new activity is also helpful. Our devices will be student owned rather than school owned. Do you have any ideas that would help to track apps used in that situation? Also, you mention how you have the expectations posted, but do you have consequences of not following expectations? Again - thanks for the helpful start to setting up my own class.

Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

JMaybin: You're very welcome!

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JMaybin: You're very welcome! Here are some math apps that I love: http://classtechtips.com/category/math/
Some on this list are definitely for elementary students, but you should find ones that work for your seventh graders too!

Seventh grade math teacher from Ohio

Thank You

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Thank you for sharing your routines and expectations. I found them extremely helpful. My school has a one-to-one program and gives each student a netbook during the school year. One of my favorite activities that I did this past year was creating music videos with our video software. My students were struggling with the distance formula, so they wrote lyrics and made dances to remember them. They were allowed to work alone or in small groups. The excitement and enthusiasm was awesome, and the videos turned out GREAT!

Seventh Grade Teacher

I love your strategies to

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I love your strategies to maintaining an organized classroom while still incorporating new technology. At my school, we are currently looking into BYOT: Bring Your Own Technology. The biggest problem I think we are facing is reluctant teachers. It will definitely be a big change but I think it is a necessary one. My biggest concern is finding the applications that would best suit my classroom. I teach seventh grade math and I am not too familiar with many applications. Do you have any suggestions? Again, thank you for the strategies!

Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

Thank you Dawn! It's so

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Thank you Dawn! It's so wonderful to hear that your principal is very tech driven! I think that supporting teachers as they create lesson plans that utilize a specific app can make them see how an iPad can be used effectively in their instruction. If they feel like there is no time to search for apps, show off one or two of your favorites and how you would use them with students.

Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

Thank you! I think Twitter is

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Thank you! I think Twitter is fantastic for daily professional development tons of great tips! I have some upcoming webinars that focus on this topic too: http://classtechtips.com/events-press/events/

Great tips!I agree that the

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Great tips!I agree that the issue I come across is the lack of professional development for teachers. Any advice on professional development resources?

Technology Coordinator for PK-8 Catholic School

A Great Start...

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Thank you for posting your ideas and organization strategies. As, the technology coordinator, I am at the beginning stages of implement over 100 iPads into my school. I truly appreciate your advice and process.

The challenges I have faced so far include reluctant teachers. We currently have 5 iPads to share and only about 4 teachers use them on a regular basis. Many teachers can't find the time to search for apps that they can use and are nervous about handing the devices to the students.

My new principal is very tech driven and wants to find time in my schedule to support the staff. Have you tried professional development with your teachers? Any advice or resources that you can share?

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