I took advantage of a few technology sessions that were available at the conference I attended this weekend. One of the presenters discussed the steps we go through when we start using new technology, which I thought was interesting.
1. Substitution: same idea with a new tool (i.e. flashcards, but on the iPad)
2. Augmentation: improvement (i.e., now the flashcards talk)
3. Modification: big changes in the way students are asked to do tasks
4. Redefinition: new tasks, asking students to do things they (and we!) have never done before
I think I'm probably still towards the beginning, but I did learn about a bunch of things I want to try before the year winds up and I likely lose the iPad cart. There was a whole lot of emphasis on digital creation (like videos) as a form of writing.
But anyways, I started simple today. I had read good things about the app Show Me and decided to try it. Basically it is a whiteboard that students can write and draw on, but it records what they write as well as any audio. It also allows for taking and adding pictures. It would be great for math, as students could solve the problem and record their explanation as they do it.
We have spent a lot of time lately on nonfiction, so we are going back to fiction and reviewing story elements. We have a folktale in our basal called "Half-Chicken" that the kids love. I thought they could do an oral retell/summary of the story using the app.
So I quickly gave them a run through on the app and partnered them up. Here's a sample of what we got (it isn't finished because we ran out of time). Keep in mind they are new to all of this. Also, my class is apparently extremely noisy as you will hear.
It's pretty simple. They have a pen and colors at the top, along with an eraser. The picture button can be used to add or take a picture. The red button is for record and they can stop and keep going as needed.
When they are done, it gives them a chance to watch their video to review before saving.
After previewing, they give their Show Me a name.
Then the iPads are logged in with my Show Me account so the videos all go online to my account and can be accessed from the computer.
They were super psyched to see what they had done on the Promethean Board. And hopefully they now know why I was asking them to work quieter!