One of the unexpected but amazing outcomes of the iPad survey I’ve been conducting is that I am ferreting out the hidden experts in the school. Okay, in all fairness, my library seems to be the black hole for all rumours and gossip and grapevines (ironic for a place of knowledge, I know. Great on book knowledge, not so great on people knowledge) and I am probably the only one in the school who didn’t know about this, but still. Yay!
Mr. H is an Ed Tech dude! As well as being a teacher, he has had experience in the business world, and worked for LEARN where he could meld his interest in technology and education.
When asked about whether student engagement increases or decreases when he uses tech in his classroom, he brought up a point I had never thought of:
The students respond well if you start using a technology they have never seen before. It has an impact..they have the ability to suck it up so fast. Because button pushing is now in their DNA, when you bring something new to them it excites them.
He also thinks that that integrating technology in education is essential:
You have to put these [iPads, probes, computers] in kids’ hands because that is the environment they are going to work in.
My H. gave me some excellent places to find resources for integrating technology in the classroom. Most work on the iPad:
- Phet: Interactive simulations (they don’t work so well on the iPad because of the pesky flash thingy- though some of the simulations are in java).
- Edmodo: He will be giving a tutorial to our teachers soon about how to use it effectively in a classroom, so watch for it!
- Schooladvice: This is his own website – Mr. H. maintains it as an unpaid, volunteer thing because he believes knowledge should be shared. Check out his Resources for teachers!
- Sharemylesson.com: Thousands of lesson plans by teachers for teachers:
Thanks Mr. H!