Implementing iPads into the classroom setting
As an instructional coach, I get asked a lot about different types of technology that can be implemented into the classroom. One of the schools that I am currently working with, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District, asked me to put together a list of iPad applications and how to use them in the classroom. Of course, there is so much to share out with the teacher that I decided to put together a Six Part video series that will showcase...
Part 1: Implementing the iPad into the Blended Learning Classroom
Key Take Aways
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What is the difference between a checklist and a choice board in a blended and personalized learning classroom?
The difference is simple. A checklist is something that you have to complete. For example, think about when you are packing for a trip. You make a list of all of the items that need to be packed as well as all of the chores that need to be complete before leaving the house. That is a checklist.
A choice board are 5C's activities (creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and connectedness) that can be used to showcase understanding of the content. For example, you are on vacation, you generate a list of activities that you would like to do while at the resort. You don't have to complete all of the items on the list but rather you get to pick and choose which ones would work best for you.
Below are samples of a checklist and a choice board.
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Last week, while working with a team of educators from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, a couple of educators came up to me and asked if there were any new presentation tools that would replace PowerPoints. I quickly went to my Edshelf and showcased twenty-five new presentation tools that they could use within the classroom setting. Each one of the teachers took a different tool and they started to explore and learn more about how to use the online program as a way to showcase understanding of unit, theme, or standard.
Below is the sample list that I provided to the teachers. If you would like to follow or save the list to share with your classroom, just follow me on EdShelf by clicking on this link.
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Written by: Charity Dodd
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In Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk - How Great Leaders Inspire Action, he shares his Golden Circle. The Golden Circle has three rings. The outer ring is the WHAT, the middle ring is the HOW and the center of the circle is the WHY. He states that everyone knows WHAT they do, some know HOW they do it, but very, very few know WHY they do what they do. By WHY he means what is your purpose, what is your belief. Why do you get out of bed everyday and why should anyone care? He says inspired people think from the inside out. Inspired people start with WHY.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR WHY?
Think of Balanced Learning as the big umbrella that captures the process of blended and personalized learning by adding in the time for Maker Space, Coding, STEAM, Project Based Learning, and 20% time. The transformation of the classroom will in return start to produce students that are ready to take on the Innovation Era.
How can we change learning mindset? The first thing a teacher needs to do is get rid of the rows. If the classroom is set up in rows facing the front of the classroom, the learner automatically assumes that they will be watching a slide show while the teacher delivers the information. The learner will take notes, sit quietly, and raise their hand when called upon. The photo below is a classic case of setting up a classroom in rows. Even though the school purchased high end flexible chairs the teacher has still aligned them into direct instruction grouping facing the front of the classroom. Take a moment to examine the photo and look at the tape marks on the floor. The tape marks indicate how far the student can travel while sitting in their chairs.
Generating Flexible Classroom Environments
- Mini Lesson with the teacher
- Independent work location
- Digital content area
- 4C's plus 1 collaboration environment
Creativity and Use of Space
Steps to change your space
- Step 1: Take a photo of your current classroom space
- Step 2: Leave your room
- Step 3: Examine your classroom with a colleague or learning coach. Look for items that are needed in the classroom all of the time. Is your desk taking up too much space? What needs to be cleaned up or moved in order to generate flexible seating
- Step 4: Draw up your dream flexible learning environment. Use paper and pencil or an online design tool or app. Make sure to include a mini lesson area, an independent work environment, a place for digital content (I love setting up digital content bars), and a place for students to collaborate and work together.
- Step 5: Generate a list of items you wish to purchase or build for your classroom. Start a Donor's Choose campaign.
- Step 6: Go back into your classroom
- Step 7: Before moving anything, stop and envision the space. Can you see your students learning together? Can you see you teaching a mini lesson instead of whole group? Can you see the mindset change?
- Step 8: Start to move the furniture, clean up the room, and store items that are not needed on a daily basis
- Step 9: Teach in this environment for a few weeks and then reevaluate the classroom design. Is it working? What needs to move? If there is room for tweaking, then go up back up to Step 1 and repeat the process.
Classroom Design Challenge
What to buy at a Garage Sale for the classrooms?
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How to use the Garage Sale finds within the classroom?
Choice Board Example
Explanation of the Items
Sample Direction Cards
App Dice- Wonderopolis.org
Who doesn't love a Cootie Catcher? Turn the famous paper game into a review game, a vocabulary game, and even an exploration of a new topic game. Here is a Google Folder with a bunch of free cootie catchers to use within your classroom environments.
Create Something, Create Anything
Allow students time to create something, anything that showcases a standard or even their passion. Pull out craft supplies where students can cut, paste, and share their ideas through hands-on items.
Create a Voice QR Code
Jenga Review and Practice
Take a garage sale find, a Jenga Game, and spray paint the pieces. with clear gloss paint. Once the paint dries, write questions and discussion points onto the pieces. Students play the game and review ideas, talk about main concepts, and share out ideas while trying not to tip over the game. (Create a challenge and see which group can get the most blocks stacked)
Another Garage Sale board game find. Give time for the students to learn how to play the game of Taboo. Next, students use the teacher generated Taboo cards to review vocabulary or concepts taught in class. Take the learning to the next level and have the students create their own review Taboo Cards. Download sample Vocabulary Taboo Cards.
Sample Taboo Cards: China Vocabulary Cards
Using craft paper, students create their own paper airplane. Let them see how far it can fly. Ideas on how to tie it into the classroom content.
Complete a QR Code Scavenger Hunt
Make a SMORE!
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We are little more than a month away until, the annual "Wild" Side of Blended and Personalized Learning Conference at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This is not your typical conference but rather an event that showcases work and ideas from educators that are actually implementing blended and personalized learning strategies into the classroom environment.
- Blended Learning- Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3
- Personalized Learning- How to get started and where to go next
- STEM and STEAM Sessions
- Gifted Learning Sessions- Providing rigor and real-world applications Coding in the Classroom- Tech tools for easy code lessons
- Maker Space- If you build it they will come
- SeeSaw 101
- Class Hub- Managing the classroom devices
- Newsela- Differentiated Instruction with current events
- PearDeck- Engaging students during mini lessons
Two Amazing Keynote Speakers
- Brian Seymour from Pickerington Schools
- Dr. John Marschhausen from Hilliard City Schools.
Dr. John Marschhausen, the Superintendent of Hilliard City Schools, will be the Keynote Speaker on June 14th. Dr. Marschhausen will be talking about how personalization can help to educate the whole child. The below video showcases the March 17th visit from Apple Education to the Hilliard City Schools.
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Marcia Kish - Blended and Personalized Learning coach that designed the Three Phases of Blended Learning
Jeff Kish - Coding Expert that showcases how to implement coding into the classroom.