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.