iPad Journals as an Exit Ticket

I learned a new concept today and it isn’t even 8:00 am in the morning! Woohoo, me!

Of course, it is all due to the fact that I periodically get emails notifying me of a new article from the intrepid Lisa Johnson, who posted an article about Ipad journals as an Exit Ticket.

I looked at the beautiful interactive image she created below (which I have made a mental note to check out)  and it looked great, but I didn’t understand- what the heck is an exit ticket. So I did what any red-blooded librarian would do (Okay, what any red-blooded, capable of googling human would do) and googled exit ticket.

I bet this is not a new concept to you actual teachers, so bare with me.

I found this article that laid it all out for me- admit and exit tickets are activities used for the purpose of leveraging the time usually wasted between classes. Then I thought of the English class I was in the other day that begins each class with a writing prompt. Admit ticket?

Now the article below makes sense…I like the Exit ticket strategy below, because it is a way of summarizing the information learned that day. The iPad is well suited to this purpose as the student can quickly log a journal entry in their iPad, snap a quick photo of a relevant image for that day’s class and quickly send it to their teacher. ideal!

I would be curious to know- is the idea of an admin and exit ticket a new idea? Does anybody use them?

See on Scoop.itipadyoupad

» iPad Journals as an Exit Ticket |

See on www.techchef4u.com

Literature Circle Discussion: Part II- Another Layer

See on Scoop.itipadyoupad

In Part 1 of Literature Circle Discussions, I shared 6th Grade Humanities teacher, Emily Vallillo’s well structured and organized Literature Circle lesson. Literature circles are a way to support s…

Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

I learned a new word: Annotexting!I love the idea of having the students analyse their discussion afterward- I thought it was the teacher who had put together the annotation, but after re-reading the post, I am pretty sure it was the kids! This is a way to take our grade 7 reading circles to the next level with the iPad, which would allow the students to do all of theses steps on one device. Check out the video which gives a step by step of the process.

See on langwitches.org

Literature Circle Discussions: Part I

See on Scoop.itipadyoupad

6th Grade Middle School humanities teacher, Emily Vallillo, was ready to add another layer to her literature circle discussion. Her learning targets for the literature circles were clear. Learning …

Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

This is very timly considering the grade 7 book circles have just been formed! Here are some simple but great ways to enhance the discussion with the use of the iPads: have the students film the discussions. Get them to  write a blog post about what they took away from their discussions. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just useful!

See on langwitches.org

Ok Fine. I’ll Tweet. Or at least I’ll lurk your tweet..

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 11.00.17 AMI joined Twitter years ago, after attending a conference that lauded its potential for professional connection. I signed up, trolled around for a while, got confused by all the @s and the #s and promptly forgot about it, only checking it once every few months. Then my twitter account got hacked and I had to change my password and it was too difficult and too time-consuming (it would have taken me all if five to ten minutes to figure out my password- can’t possibly spare the minutes!) for me to bother.

I don’t know why I’ve had such a block with this social media. Perhaps it was because I didn’t want to have to go check another site. I mean, I already had all my RSS feeds plus Facebook and now linked in. How many social media sites does one have to be on anyway?

Another reason, is that though tweeting is all about brevity, the people who do tweet seem to do it with a frequency that rivals rabbit reproduction rates (try saying that 5 times). It was daunting- I didn’t have that much to say or share.

Then, last year, Mr. P. wrote a guest blog post on this here blog. I dutifully, edited it and read it, but the idea that I could use twitter not just as a method for communicating with my peers, but as a research tool did not sink in ( sometimes I am slow on the uptake).

Now, my slow awakening to twitter has been precipitated in the last few days by the imminent demise of igoogle. At the risk of sounding like a tech dinosaur, igoogle is (but soon won’t be, going the same way as the google reader and the dodo) a page where you can add as widgets,  the sites that you most frequently visit. On my igoogle page (which was my default home page on my browser) I had my email, my RSS feeds, the weather, my calendar, and my newsfeeds, which included NY Times most emailed, CBC news, etc. I loved my igoogle page. I could scan all this stuff, check out the things that interested me  and then move on.

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 10.31.21 AM

But igoogle is on its last legs and I needed to find an alternative. I opted for Netvibes, another app that allows you to gather all your important widgets in a visual display (aesthetically not so pleasing as igoogle, but beggars can’t be choosers as the saying goes):

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 10.34.24 AM

One of the default widgets they had on the page when I signed in was, lo and behold, my twitter feed (how they knew how to access it is a bit of disturbing question, but I can only imagine it is because I use the same email for both). It came to me then that my main problem with twitter- that I would have to actually go to the twitter site to view the feed – was now solved (I know- I could have done this long ago). I could scan my twitter feed along with my news feed and not be more bothered than that. Only problem is, I had neglected my feed for so long I was only following a few  people. And also, how the heck do the hashtags work?

So. I spent a few minutes bulking up the people I follow. I also tried searching different hashtags. Here is the results of one of my searches:

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 10.52.40 AMI clicked on the first link to see if it was helpful, and lo and behold, a whole new way of viewing information popped up at me:

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 10.54.32 AM


So far so good. I feel like a whole new batch of innovative ideas just arrived at my doorstep!

By the way, there are many apps on the iPad that allow you to view all of your social media , from Facebook to the NY Times in one place. Flipboard.

Do Your Students Know How To Search?

Last week I gave a session to a grade 11 class on how to research, so the article below is especially salient, at least in my mind. Our students may be digital natives (that is, a generation that have grown up with computers and the internet from day one) but that does not mean they know who to tap into the full potential of the internet or that they use it in anything but a passive, consumeristic (is that even a word? Consider it coined if not) manner.

This was confirmed the other day when I escorted three of our students to the World Social Science Forum to participate on a panel on the internet and youth. In order to prepare for the panel, the academic leading the discussion sent us some examples of sites where students can unleash their full creativity- from coding to deviant art. Though many of the sites mentioned were not new to me, I was surprised at how the reaction of the students. “I had no idea these even existed,” sad one. “Why don’t we talk about those more?”

Ok- so that is a discussion for another day (and one behind my belief that discussion on responsible use and digital citizenship needs to be framed more in a positive light). But another thing that came out both in my session with the girls and on the panel, is that even the students do not feel they are sing the power of the internet adequately.

This goes for searching as well. In the article below they give some effective online search strategies. Have you every used any of them? I admit, I have only used the quotations marks to search for a whole phrase.

And then my mind got blown when I saw this short, one minute video about using Google news to find primary sources, something that would have been very useful to show the grade 11 students as they searched for events in the 20th century:

You never stop learning…

See on Scoop.itipadyoupad

There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

See on www.edudemic.com

Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category + Apple Press Invitation Sent

Forgive if this post seems like it is accompanied by a huge sigh. Apple has announced a media event on October 22. Which can only mean one thing- a new generation iPad.


Anyone else feeling obsolete?

Also, check out the teacher’s corner on the app store (see article before for more information). I would be curious to know if you find something new!

See on Scoop.itipadyoupad

In recognition of the widespread use of iPad sin schools and general education, Apple recently released a new Apps for Teachers category in the App Store.…

Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

Although many of these I have already talked about, it is worth taking a look….

See on ipadeducators.ning.com