Wow! The last two Friday’s have blown my mind. I am so excited and inspired by the new things I have discovered and the questions I am now asking. Last Friday was Challenge Based Learning and today I went to a workshop on integrating the iPad/iPhone/iPod into your classroom, with the very inspirational, Marco Torres.
I really liked Marco’s analogy of ‘Studio, Stage, Community’. Those of you familiar with ‘Caves, Watering Holes and Campfires’ learning spaces may relate. The amount of technology students have at their fingertips should not be overlooked, whether we as educators, parents or members of the community like it or not, it can not be ignored or avoided. It’s here, now and students are always going to use it! Marco described the ‘Studio’, where students are using technology to produce content, the ‘Stage’ being the Internet, sharing their work and finally ‘Community’, where their work is celebrated with a global audience. He emphasised the fact that with mobile devices, students have their ‘Studio, Stage, Community’ on them at all times.
As a result of today’s workshop, I thought I would share some of the apps and ideas that were discussed. Some, I had heard about but never tried and there were also lots of new ones. The focus was on students using most of these apps to create- not just regurgitate information or play drill and practise games.
GarageBand- GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go.
See (and hear) the potential-http://vimeo.com/43162659 Students playing in an iPad Orchestra created by their teacher. Directed by Marco Torres
No surprises here- Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity.
Wkikhood- Organises the information from Wikipedia for any place in the world. Within a few clicks you not only get access to all the locations around you, but also the vast information related to these locations categorized by “persons” und “culture/buildings”.
AppShopper keeps you up to date on the newest App Store apps, sales and freebies.
Barefoot World Atlas- A magical interactive 3D globe that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet.
ShowMe- Allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online.
iMovie- Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips.
AutoRap- Simply speak into your iPad or iPhone and it turns it your speech into a rap song.
Haiku Deck- The simple new way to create stunning presentations for any occasion.
Explain Everything- Easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations.
Word Lens- See the world in your language: instantly translate printed words using your built-in video camera, in real time!
With these apps and examples of student learning I saw today as well as last Friday I am beginning to ask my self many questions.
How can I challenge my students to ask ‘under the surface questions’?
What am I doing in my classroom to get students to come up with their own ideas about learning?
How can my students learn by watching me learn?
How can I encourage my students to challenge themselves and their own thinking?
I would love to hear your thoughts.