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30 Jan 2015
Part 1: A Shift in Perspective Part 2:  Before Going 1:1 Part 3: Learning Environment Part 4: Classroom Management   Part 5: Start Simple Teachers often share their apprehension about using iPads instructionally. The App Store is a daunting collection of content apps, utilities, and games. But instead of starting your search in the App Store, consider the things you do each day in class. My biggest recommendation to any teacher is to start the school year and use iPads as a tool in your normal routines. For instance, in my classroom we do a bell ringer activity daily. Instead…
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22 Jan 2015
Part 1: A Shift in Perspective Part 2:  Before Going 1:1 Part 3: Learning Environment   Part 4: Classroom Management Initially, iPads can be incredibly distracting to students. They have a hard time understanding how the iPad can be used for educational purposes but have no problem messaging their friends, downloading games, or changing their wallpaper to a ridiculous selfie or cat picture. That novelty will wear off. But for the first week or two of class, it was tough to even get their iPad out of their hands.   Students want their device and value it highly. It is…
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05 Jan 2015
Part 1: A Shift in Perspective Part 2:  Before Going 1:1   Part 3: Learning Environment Where do you learn? How comfortable are you when you work, grade, read? When learning can happen anywhere, why sit in rows of desks? Why sit in desks at all? Many of the classrooms at Pearson have undergone a transformation. We have a number of classrooms that got rid of their desks and replaced them with large tables for projects and collaboration. Others have arranged their desks into collaborative groups or partnered arrangements. Rows are dead.     In addition to arranging the typical…
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10 Dec 2014
Before Going 1:1   If 1:1 is on the horizon for your grade or school, there are a few things you can try this year in order to get ready and used to working in a 1:1 classroom. The biggest difference between 1:1 and what currently exists at secondary schools is Shakopee is the level of access. Based on my experience teaching 7th grade and coaching high school athletes, a majority of students have a device in their pocket with the ability to do a lot of interactive and engaging activities. Using cell phones, you can makeQR code scavenger hunts,…
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