I have just finished an education about digital tools - Lin Education. Maybe any of you have done it to?
Lidköping invests a lot in digital tools and education about it. In one year we have moved from 5 iPads per class to one iPad per two pupils, and the sixth grade have one iPad per pupil.
The education has been great and twisted our thoughts many times. The digital journey went from using it for documentation with the camera, pic collage (an app) and playing apps for math and Swedish to use it for formative assessment, finding information, writing, and much more. I use the iPads every day and in almost every lesson in some way. The kids love it and I see how motivated the pupils are. Last week we were talking during the lunch about what they should do under the lunchbreak, they wanted to look for spring-signs, and asked me: - Can we use the iPads and document what we find?
During the Lin education examination we had 20 minutes to show our journey, where we are today and what our goal is. I was nervous about how we should fill the 20 minutes, but after it felt like I could have talked for an hour about things we do and what we have learned. One important thing we have found out is that there is no goal, if we have a goal then what comes after?
So what do I do with iPads in the classroom (during the english class)?
- They practice english with apps (games).
- They write things on paper - practice and then record when they are speaking english with sock puppets (an app with different socks, backgrounds, voices) and they send it to me.
- They also write and record at the same time with Explain everything.
- They are filming each other (or just the paper) when they are telling things.
- Right now they are making dolls and they are going to have a fashion show with the dolls telling the clothes and filming with they're iPads.
- I have also read a homework and recorded it with the iPad. I put it on our digital platform where they could find it at home and practice their homework.
- With my iPad I also take pictures of books we use and show it on the projector so they all can follow and see were I'm pointing and so on.
There is so much to do, but this is pretty much what I have done so far. I feel like I can see much easier where each pupil is, what they need to practice more and it's easier to assess them. Without the iPad I would have a hard time to hear each pupil and assess it.