iPads 4 Learning @ MLP12C

Encouraging Learning Through Mobile Technology Use

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Year 7 Home Project Tasks

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For this term teachers in the Year 7 team have attempted to give the homework given to students more purpose and meaning. This has been via ensuring that the tasks set are directly linked to what is being covered in class and through giving students a ‘voice’ in how they present their homework. Rather than also have students create a multitude of various smaller tasks, a more major, singular project is issued.

Students are accessing their weekly homework via an iTunesU Course that has been created for them.

Recently as part of an Economics task, students were to develop a short video depicting them participating in their ‘Dream Job’. Below are just a few responses that were collected! ūüôā

 

LOOK at our Learning!

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Our Year 2 Team Leader and eLearning Coach Michelle was recently asked to trial a great new app with her very creative and innovative students! This is again testament to the great work the MLP12C staff and students are involved in! The app, which is called Easy Blog Jr, lets the students add text, photos, images and videos straight to a blog via the students iPad device.

Now rather then going in to a whole lot of detail about the app itself, which can be located on Michelle’s blog, I have embedded the link here to Michelle’s class blog which is used to showcase and reflect the awesome learning that happens in her class. We look forward to seeing what more wonderful work that Michelle’s awesome learners take part in!¬†

Click on the banner below to view these wonderful examples of iPad created student work!

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Yr 6 Commercial Design & Development

Of recent weeks our Year 6 students have embarked on creating advertisements relating to  their inquiry unit focusing on Economics! Students are wanting to raise money for charities that either they have decided upon and are wanting to support and/or have been selected by their teachers.

The examples below are just 4 of these marvellous creations, all made entirely on their own mobile devices, in and out of the classroom! These are indeed just another example of the outstanding work our kids and staff do in relation to using mobile technology, iPad devices, to support learning and teaching!

 

The Evidence Is Here…

Just a small portion of the crowd at Michelle and Jess’ presentation.

On the weekend the annual ICTEV (ICT in Education Victoria) 2013 Conference took place and two of our very own staff, Michelle in Yr 6 and Jess in Yr 3, presented on the wonderful things that we are doing within our 1:1 iPad Programs.

I have been fortunate enough to hear from several of the people that attended their session and they all had nothing but excellent things to say!

One of the highlights from the presentation that Michelle and Jess gave was a video they showed which had been created by one of Michelle’s fantastic year 6 students, Leah. The video, which is embedded below is an outstanding reason as to why our staff and students are leaders in technology use to support learning.

Leah created this digital story based on a narrative that she had written in class and as you can see, it is absolutely amazing! The creativity that she has displayed, especially seeing that the entire video was created on an iPad, is stunning.

If you ever needed evidence to prove that technology has a place in an educational setting to support teaching and learning, this is it.

Enjoy!

 

Lil’ “iPad” Rockstars!

We just had to share the following video that 2 of our year 6 students produced using nothing but their iPads! Impressive stuff!

Their wonderful teacher Michelle told me that her class were¬†investigating¬†different forms of poetry. Some students explored songs and these boys asked if they could change the lyrics of Sweet Child O’Mine. Now, Michelle is somewhat of a ‘rock chick’ and with being one of her all time favourite songs‚Ķ she of course encouraged their request!

So sit back and enjoy! ūüėČ

 

iPad Heads!

Had to share this great photo from one of our year 6 classes! Very inventive!

Pic Collage

One app the kids in year 6 and 7 have come to love is Pic Collage. Like a lot of applications that may seem one¬†dimensional, and this is an example, once a bit of creative thought is added, most app’s can be so much more and this is certainly one of them.

Students via this¬†application¬†can create more than just Collage’s of their favourite pics and images. They can¬†use this app in¬†many¬†many ways to support what is being covered in class. Students can take photos of their work and¬†comment¬†on what they have done via the text box function. They can also use the editing options available to them to alter and change the¬†appearance¬†of¬†images¬†taken. Stickers can be added to images as well as being able to change the background look also of what images and text you may be including.

Lastly, as the two creative young lads below have demonstrated, you can use your photo editing skills to really manipulate and alter images! If only the photo below was real… or is it?

Sovereign Hill iPad Excursion

Yesterday we had a great opportunity in taking our all Year 6 students to Sovereign Hill to see how mobile technology, and obviously in our case iPads, could be best utilised by students!

The idea for this came from having members of the Sovereign Hill education team visit our College early on in the term and discuss not only iPad use by students, but effective and transformative use. We wanted students to be creative and collaborative and demonstrate this via the work they were to complete. We wanted the ip[ads to be used as a tool to assist their learning but also be used in innovative ways to record and gain a greater understanding of what they were to be part of and see.

Stephanie and her team suggested we bring our year 6 students to Sovereign Hill to see how they themselves chose to use their devices to support and enhance their visit. The overall aims of the visit were:

  • To establish an understanding of how students with iPads would choose to use their devices while on excursion and to complete follow up tasks.
  • To develop our knowledge of iPad applications that are useful to students and teachers on excursion.
  • To create a bank of examples of effective use of iPads on excursion that can be used as exemplars for other teachers.
  • To understand how teachers and students are currently using iPads as educational tools so that our program and resource development can support these learners.

Eureka!

Prior to attending Sovereign Hill with the students, our Year 6 team leader, Michelle, and I visited and spent the day at Sovereign Hill to investigate and plan what we could have the students doing with their devices throughout the day. Of course, we wanted the kids to take ownership of this however we also so wanted some set tasks related to the displays and demonstrations available that were linked to those things, however offered students choice in how they were to present their work!

We felt that it would be a great idea to develop an eBook that we could share with all students to assist them through their visit. This eBook can be downloaded below in a PDF format. The teachers spent some time with the kids prior to the visit to ‘hook’ them in to the activities and tasks directed their way so that they had an understanding of what it was we were asking them to do.

The day involved the students being booked in to several of the many outstanding programs that Sov. Hill has to offer and it was this throughout the day that perhaps proved to be our downfall. The students had very little time to explore and go off on their own to use their devices as we would have liked, and what time they did have solo was spent either in the candy Store or the bakery! Cannot blame them for that!

Over the coming week students will be aiming to complete some of the tasks within the eBook and then share these with their teachers and others.

Thanks to Steph and her dedicated team for the opportunity. Thanks to the years teachers and supporting teachers taht attended and made the day as successful as it was!

Lastly, the students will be completing a survey set for them to determine how they felt their devices could have best assisted them in completing set tasks as well as documenting their day.

If you have any questions about what we were involved in, please leave a comment! Thank you!

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Thinking with iPads!

 

Lately I’ve noticed an influx of iPad education¬†based blog reviews hitting the web all¬†focussing¬†on learning styles, thinking skills, and developing higher order thinking skills.

Below i have added several great links to assist teachers in using iPads based around developing higher order thinking schills such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s and other key learning strategies.

1. iPad App’s and Blooms Taxonomy

 

2. A¬†Quick¬†Guide on Blooms Taxonomy App’s¬†for¬†iPad

3. K-5 iPad App’s According to Blooms Taxonomy¬†

4. Appitic – Curated iPad App’s for Learning

5. iPad Recommended Educational App Lists

6. Mrs. Alline – Directory of Educational iPad Lists (Bloom’s and MI Included)¬†

7.¬†Applications¬†for Challenge Based Learning – See Below…

Hopefully these few sites come in handy! They have for us!

Fed Square, the NGV & iPads

Recently I came across this blog post titled, ‘A lesson at the Zoo: Enhancing Field Trips with iPads‘. The post outlined how a group of 20 odd teachers were involved on a trip to the zoo to¬†investigate¬†how iPads could enhance an excursion!

So, after reading this, what BETTER way to investigate this further than tagging along on our recent year 6 excursion to Melbourne, primarily visiting Fed Square, the NGV, Birrarung Marr, and the famous Hosier Lane, known for it’s outstanding examples of street art.

Was the quietest bus trip ever!

The day’s events were for students to look at an investigate various forms of art and art work and to look at the differences between them. As mentioned already, the viewing of the street art was sensational, as was the art exhibition in the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) showing top Year 12 student Art Work. We also focused upon Aboriginal Art in both painting and sculpture form which was a real eye opener to the students.

Throughout the day, in the rain!, students were taking pictures and video footage of what they saw. To see approximately 120 students wandering around taking photos with their iPads was great and some examples of the photos that they took was outstanding!

Art imitating art?

The task for the students, which i am sure will be directed to an extent from their great teachers, is to utilise the footage and information that they took and sourced to create some excellent informative pieces about their excursion. For students to be utilising mobile technology to build and enhance their learning is certainly a great thing and to see from a teachers point of view. Students engaged in the task, using technology, collaborating with other peers, and demonstrating highly ordered thinking skills.

Once the students have completed their presentations i’ll be sure to get them here for you all to see!

Thanks!

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