I’ve recently been trying to plan for internship and figuring out ways in which I can integrate technology. I love the idea of using iPads – even if the school does not supply iPads for students. This website provides plenty of ideas for using iPads in middle years classrooms. More specifically, I have been wondering what kind of apps and features on an iPad would be beneficial as a teacher. I came across a couple websites that lists plenty of apps teachers can use to benefit the classroom overall – eLearningIndustry and TCEA.
There are a few I wanted to focus on a learn a little more about –
This app allows you to wirelessly project sketches from your iPad to another screen for presenting and engaging an audience. It allows you to move more freely around a room while also having the attention focused on a presentation screen. Would be great for engaging students and sharing ideas – teachers could ask students to draw or write their responses on the iPad, allowing the rest of the class to see the response as well.
Class Dojo – Behaviour and Classroom Management
Although ClassDojo can be controversial, positive behaviour management is important in the classroom. ClassDojo allows teachers to encourage students, maintain effective classroom management, connect with parents/guardians, and help save time. More information can be found at ClassDojo’s website.
GroupMaker – Organize and Create Groups in the Classroom
Although it might seem simple, this app could be very beneficial when a teacher wants to vary the composition of groups in classroom work. It can be time-consuming and complicated creating groups – some students are absent, some students do not work well together, some students are always in the same groups and do not interact with other classmates, etc.