In our class mobile devices are always open. Students are always engaged with devices while participating in class experience. Here we see a student with iPad, cell phone and coffee on her work space. Can students multitask? Are they working on something that is not class related? This student continues to participate in class and ask questions during peer presentations. With trust comes self monitoring and a sense of community of learners.
Student Teaching Class iPad Integration – Team One
No idea how students planned to imbed iPad into 2 hour class presentation requirement in the special education methods class. This group was rehearsed and ready to start. On Tuesday they met in the classroom for a dry run. On presentation day they arrived 45 minutes early. Rearranged furniture in room for group activities and to set up presentation equipment Twenty minutes before class time they ran into my office in a panic. The computer was not working in our classroom. SOLES Desktop Support provider Richard Garner tried alternate ways to connect. No go. He went to find another classroom. We considered moving next door but another class would start there in 45 minutes. Richard came to the rescue. We moved to the auditorium. Not a beat was lost and show went on.
The class was designed to be student engagement in the lesson. Shown here is a reading app. Each student was given an app list of software to download for the presentation. Each student was able to see what was on the screen while personally interacting with the reader.
The favorite class activity was watching a youtube video and then logging into a web link that provided a way to give their points of view. As a prompt was answered the response was shown on the screen. To heighten the suspense a countdown app was set up on the podium where classmates saw a visual countdown of time left to complete group seat activity. Team One applied various means of student engagement, entertainment and discovery of apps that everyone wanted to jot down for their own “app toolkit”. The challenge was to encourage the three remaining teams to develop their own creative way to deliver their two hour class. I left them with a plea not to try to copy the team one engaging experience – rather be themselves.
One of the students’ favorite project they realize with the iPad in my French Culture and Civilization class is the interview.
For this activity, students must find a francophone person (friend, student, parent, teacher) to interview about French culture and daily life. Students must ask questions adapted to their interviewee’s situation (has the person lived in the U.S.? Can he/she compare life styles in France and the U.S.? Is the person from a francophone region of the world such as Quebec, Belgium, French Polynesia, Martinique?). Questions can also be aimed at verifying information given in our textbook or about articles they read for class: was Vercingétorix really a great French hero? Are people in the hexagon or overseas convinced that de Gaulle was a great president? Do Parisians still have a “maison de campagne” or week-end home? Are the French opposed to GMOs? Why is nuclear power so important in France? etc.
Last year, after writing a page and a half of instructions and protocols, I noticed that some basic information was missing, such as advice about choice of location for the interview. So this year, I added a few items and mentioned to the IT department that a few students had found the editing process with iMovie rather time-consuming. Immediately, I was offered an intern to give a mini demo to my students in class! Her supervisor was there too and she gave a concise, well structured presentation to my students, sent a file beforehand that I posted on Blackboard as a reference for my students and shared her email address with my class to provide follow up! In my second survey this week, the students said how much they had appreciated the presentation and how helpful it had been to them. So, I have the feeling that the interviews are going to look a lot more professional than last year and that the students will be more proud of their work in the end. They now know how to make a page intro, mix photos with film, play with the sound track, vary the transitions, etc… I look forward to the results!
This is the big day. Students were excited when I sent them an email before semester started about the iPad project. Las week they were so excited and an unusually happy chit chat first day of class. The procedure has many of the kinks that made iPad distribution clunkier in Spring 2012 for my assessment class.
Shahra gave an overview and her presence gave the class a sense of importance and purpose. Students were impressed that the Senior Director of Technology Services took the time to come to their class.
Once IT staff left the class was like Christmas Day. Everyone toying with their iPad and nudging the person next to them when they discovered something new found in their exploration. When the class settled down and some questions about how the grant was awarded we turned to specific class assignments that were tweaked to require interaction with the iPad. The second time around I decided a grade incentive might heighten student use of the iPads. At this point they all agreed that that was okay with them.
Sent students home with task to getting familiar with their iPad. I explained the project was interested in learning all the different ways the iPad became part of their daily life. Suggested they explore entertaining apps and options that were leisure focused. Left them with the thought that sometimes the best instructional uses serendipitously seeped out of personal time wondering.
Even I was excited that I could trade my iPad 2 from the previous grant in for a new iPad Air!
Even though all students in this graduate class received iPads, they still have their laptops open during class with iPads sitting on the side. Is it a typing issue? We were adding to a padlet. Is it a productivity issue? Having access to files on the computer. Or do they use the iPad for certain activities and the laptop for others? Some are switching back & forth between iPads & laptops — so are we making it easier for them OR more confusing?
Really interested in hearing about projects and apps with other project faculty. One thing surprising me is how many apps students are already using.
Looking for best way to keep record of the apps and usage students share beginning of class. I don’t want to miss capturing these finds!
One thing that we have discovered is that the power cords are REALLY short. If students come to class with low battery, then accommodations must be made:-)