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Thanks Beth so much for your

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Thanks Beth so much for your blog and the other helpful blogs. I have been teaching Algebra with iPads for three years. When I started it was fairly new to my area and it has been amazing to watch the use of iPads in the classroom evolve.Your blog and the others have really helped me think about new things to try in my classroom.

Thank you so much Beth. I

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Thank you so much Beth. I will be looking at all these this week!
Mara

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Hi Mara. You hit on some

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Hi Mara.

You hit on some great points. The camera and microphone on iPad may be the most valuable assets for primary students! I wrote a bit about this in a few other posts:

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/back-to-school-ipads-5-steps-beth-holland
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipads-pedagogical-crutch-education-innovati...
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/redefining-learning-through-screencasting-b...

There are some extraordinary teachers who are blogging about their use of iPads in primary classrooms.

http://www.mrswideen.com (grades 1-3)
http://blogs.falmouth.k12.ma.us/simplysuzy/ipaddling-in-the-byod-classroom/ (3rd grade)
https://sites.google.com/site/ipadsatnta/ (NTA iPad team from Chicago)
http://mattbgomez.com (kindergarten)

I hope that helps!
Beth

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Thanks for sharing that

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Thanks for sharing that article! You may also like Chris Harrow's post in how he uses AirSketch for the same reasons in his class where he only had 1 iPad.

http://casmusings.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/air-sketch-ipad-app/

Hi Beth, I really enjoyed

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Hi Beth,
I really enjoyed your article. My school has just been awarded a magnet school grant and our focus is technology and language. I am excited that we will be getting ipads into the classrooms. I was thinking of the game applications that we could use. After reading your article, I can see we could do so much more - I can especially see how your ideas could work for 4th and 5th graders.
Today during my 1st graders science hands on investigation of seeds, I could see how I could apply the same ideas as far as letting them take pictures of what they observed and then record the ideas that they can't write yet.
I've recently started a reflection journal for my masters program and realized that I could be taking pictures of pieces of my lessons with my iphone or ipad and then adding it to a journal entry in Pages.
Do you have any similiar ideas for primary students?
Thank you,
Mara

Great article. And totally

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Great article. And totally agree. Check out this case study in Colorado where students using iPads and DisplayNote app for note taking actually saw 10-14% improved results. The key I think was the ability to have the notes saved alongside a screenshot of the teacher's content.

http://displaynote.com/uploads/docs/university-colorado-displaynote-case...

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

I'm so glad that you linked

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I'm so glad that you linked to Lisa Guersney's article! iPads and other mobile devices can really empower students as creators. You make some excellent points.

As iPads and other

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As iPads and other touch-screen devices are popular among young students, it's interesting to see how they're being used in the classroom. As mentioned in this blog article, students can use various mediums on their iPads, such as texts, pictures, audio recordings, and drawings to customize their notes according to their learning style. This flexibility also supports one of the elements of Universal Design for Learning (UDL): promoting students' expression through multiple means.

In addition, I think iPads can be used in other ways to enrich the learning process. For instance, in this article, The Smart Way to Use iPads in the Classroom (http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/04/ipads_in_t...), we learn about students and teachers at a school in Zurich, Switzerland are using iPads in an unconventional way. Instead of using it as a portable screen or gaming device, they are used as a video camera, audio recorder, and multimedia notebook. Similar to note-taking, students here are more focused on what they can produce, and not what the iPad can produce. For instance, a fifth grader teaches a first grader, and records it using her iPad. Another student creates a flow chart on her iPad, and then records the voiceover to create her presentation. Thus, the students are opened to express themselves in multiple ways. The students and teachers can then re-watch these videos and see how they've progressed over time. Everything is also saved in the student's blog or digital portfoilo. Although we often receive feedback from our peers and instructors, this allows us to watch ourselves and self-critique as well.

Also, as mentioned in the article, students at the Swiss school were allowed time to reflect and create projects. I think this an important mindset, regardless of what technology we use.

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